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How To Reach Manas National Park
Sprawled across an extensive area of 2837 sq. km from Dhansiri River in the east to Sankosh River in the west, Manas National Park lies in the Indian state of Assam. Located at the foothills of the Eastern Himalayas, it is bound by forests in Bhutan to the north. A World Heritage Site, Manas attained the status of a Biosphere reserve. Its scintillating natural landscape sweeps people off their feet. It is the place of alluvial soils and tropical forests, of diverse and endangered species of wildlife and pristine natural beauty. To know how to reach this enchanting destination of Manas National Park in detail, read on.
The airport closest to Manas National Park is the Guwahati International Airport located at a distance of 180 km, which takes about 5 hours to cover. As a gateway to the east, Guwahati Airport is well connected with major cities of the country. Regular flights are operational from cities like Kolkata, Delhi, Mumbai, Bagdogra, Hyderabad, Jorhat, Dibrugarh etc. Private and public carriers like Go Air, Jet Airways and Air India provide air services to and from Guwahati. The Drukair operate twice a week connecting Guwahati with Paro in Bhutan and Bangkok. From the airport, tourists can hire taxis to reach the national park.
The nearest railhead to Manas National Park is Barpeta Road Railway Station that is located 22 km from the park. One can reach Barpeta by train via Guwahati Station which is well connected with the rest of the country. From the station tourists can hire taxis or cabs to reach Manas.
National Highway 31 adjoins Barpeta Road with Guwahati. Barpeta Road is 22 km from Bansbari. This is the main Manas entry point where Musa Jungle Retreat stands. Manas is about 176 km from Guwahati. There are a number of buses plying between Guwahati and Manas and tourists can choose from Non Ac, AC Delux, Sleeper, Semi-Sleeper and Multi-Axple Semi Sleeper buses. Most travellers however prefer to hire a car or cab to reach Manas.
Getting By in Manas National Park
For moving around and exploring the national park, people have to depend upon jeep safaris, elephant safaris and boat rides. Private cars and public transport are not permitted within the premises of the park.