Manas National Park which is a continuation with the Royal Manas National park in Bhutan is situated in the state of Assam at a distance of about 176 kilometers from Guwahati. The Manas National Park sprawls over an area of about 540sq km of diverse topography and rich flora and fauna. The park gets its name from the serpent goddess Manasa which is a major tributary of Brahmaputra River and it passes through the heart of the national park. This is of major attraction to tourists in Assam and apart from being a Wildlife Sanctuary it has the status of UNESCO Natural World Heritage site, a Project Tiger Reserve, an Elephant Reserve and a Biosphere Reserve. Thus the Manas National Park situated in the foothills of the Himalayas apart from having an excellent topography is also noted for its rare and endangered endemic wildlife such as the Assam Roofed Turtle, Hispid Hare, Golden Langur and Pygmy Hog.
HISTORY : The Manas National Park was originally the hunting grounds for the Cooch Behar royal family and Raja of Gauripur and till 1928 it was called as Manas Reserved Forest and North Kamrup Reserved Forest. Initially it covered only an area of about 360 sq kms and was declared as a sanctuary only on October 1, 1928.Slowly around 1951 t0 1955 the area of the park was increased to 391 sq km.and Kahitama R.F. the Kokilabari R.F. and the Panbari R.F. were added in the year 1990 to form the Manas National Park. Recently in 1992 UNESCO declared it as a world heritage site and now according to reports it was increased to 950sq kms in the year 2008.
ORIENTATION :The Manas National Park is located in between Kaziranga and Jaldapada and is divided into three ranges where the western range is based at Panbari, the central at Bansbari near Barpeta Road, and the eastern at Bhuiyapara near Pathsala.