Manas Wildlife Sanctuary
Known for its rare wildlife in form of Assam Roofed Turtle, Hispid Hare, Golden Langur and Pygmy Hog, the park is also famous for its inhabitants of the Wild water buffalo. The name of park is after Manas River, a major tributary of Brahmaputra River, passing through the heart of the national park.
With an area of 360 km², Manas Wildlife Sanctuary was declared a sanctuary in 1928. By 1955 the area of park got increased to 391 km². Once declared as a world heritage site in danger due to heavy poaching and terrorist activities by UNESCO in 1992, it was removed from the List of World Heritage in Danger in 2011and was commended for its efforts in preservation. Apart from nearest village, Agrang, 56 more villages are directly or indirectly dependent on the park. Manas Wildlife Sanctuary falls under Kokrajhar, Chirang, Baksa, Udalguri, and Darrang, five districts of Assam, dividing park in three ranges. Being located in the Eastern Himalaya foothills, the park is densely forested.
The park gave life to a considerable variety of aquatic flora along riverbanks and in the numerous pools. Mammals including golden langur, Hoolock gibbon, capped langur, clouded leopard, tiger, leopard, golden cat, binturong, fishing cat, sloth bear, wild dog, Ganges dolphin, Indian rhinoceros, pygmy hog, swamp deer, etc. are main attraction of Manas Wildlife Sanctuary. Guwahati is the nearest airport at a distance of 176 km, from park. International cities and leading Indian cities are well-connected to Guwahati by air. Barpeta Road at a distance of 22 km is the nearest major rail station, which is connected to main cities of India by regular and alternative trains. Park is connected to the neighboring regions by road through Barpeta Road.