Manas National park (A world Heritage Site:
A national park is one that preserves or conserves nature for future generations to study and enjoy.
‘Manas National park ‘or ‘Manas wildlife Sanctuary ‘ in Assam is such a national park. It was declared a sanctuary on 1 October 1928 with an area of 360 square kilometres. Prior to the declaration of the sanctuary it was a reserved forest called Manas R.F. and North Kamrup R.F. It was used by the coochbehar royal family and Raja Gouripur as a hunting reserve.In 1951 and 1955 the area was increased to 391 square kilometres.It was declared a world Heritage site in December 1985 by UNESCO.
Manas National park is located in the Himalayan foothills.It is contiguous with the Royal Manas National park in Bhutan.The name of the park is originated from from the Manas River, which is named after the serpent goddess Manasa.The Manas River is a major tributary of the Brahmaputra, which passes through the heart of the national park.
The area of ‘Manas National Park’ falls in five districts: Kokrajhar, Chirag,Baksa,Udalguri and Darrang in the state of Assam in India.
It is also fomous for its tiger reserve.It was declared,a tiger reserve in 1974.
The sanctuary is home to a great variety of wildlife that includes the golden langur,hispid hare,pygmy, capped langur, Indian one horn rhinoceros, elephant,gaur,and hog dear. The park boasts of the largest population of the endangered Bengal florican in the world,and is also a great place to see the great hornbill.
Thus, the richness and diversity of its fauna and flora have made Manas one of the most popular wildlife destinations in India today.
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