I always feel that Parks are very enthralling and always brings a sense of adventure in me, the same happened when I visited The Manas National Park located in the Himalayan foothills in Assam. It has been recognized as a UNESCO Natural World Heritage Site, it also is a Tiger Reserve, Elephant Reserve and a Biosphere Reserve. It is home to a various floras and faunas, some at the brink of extinction.
I have read the list of endangered species that this haven is a home to. This includes the Assam Roofed Turtle, Hispid Hare, Golden Langur and Pygmy Hogs. There are only a few numbers of these faunas left in the world and most of them are only found in this National Park’s region. This National park is home to 55 species of mammals, 380 species of birds, 50 species of reptiles and 3 species of amphibians.
This park collaborates with the Royal Manas National Park in Bhutan and together houses and protects various endangered species. While I was at the National Park, the sheer richness in the amount of flora and faunas will astonish you. This park would be a treat for any nature lover from birdwatchers to flora enthusiasts to wildlife photographers and mainly a treat for biologists. The forest officials are also very friendly.
I had only planned to stay in the park for a few hours, but its sheer size, beauty and amount of wildlife to explore made me spend the entire day there without even realizing how time had actually flew past. The hills in the Manas National Park are actually the foothills of the Himalayas and this result in the sheer richness of wildlife. My most memorable experience was the elephant ride through the National Park; these gentle giants easily carried me, the mahout and a forest official with ease.
Being an avid photographer I had the rare opportunities to capture some rare birds and mammals in my photos. The Manas National Park is one of those places that truly captivates you and makes you forget about the chaotic life outside.