Manas Tiger Reserve is in Assam bordering Bhutan.
The wild reserve is contiguous with the Royal Manas National Park on its borders in Bhutan, increases the chance of seeing the ‘big five’ on the same game drive – herds of elephants, wild water buffaloes, leopards, tigers and the Indian one-horned rhino – making it singularly unique as a safari destination.
And if you’re feeling adventurous, search hard enough and you might even add the clouded leopard, golden cat, hoolock gibbon, and even Gangetic dolphins to your list. This is one reason why it has also been designated a UNESCO Natural World Heritage site, a tiger reserve, an elephant reserve and a biosphere reserve – all at the same time.
Set against the backdrop of the Himalayan foothills, the park is named after the Manas River, which borrowed its identity from the serpent goddess, Manasa. The river meanders through the heart of the park and supports one of the richest flora and fauna biodiversity in the world.
It’s also an important migratory corridor for the elephant population of the entire Indo-Bhutan region, and a whopping 380 species of birds have been recorded here too.
Some of the endangered species find life here the pygmy hog, Bengal florican, golden langur, Assam roofed turtle, and its population of wild water buffalo. But, let’s be real, the main attraction is the tigers, of which there are only 60 in the park. So, if you’re looking for a chance to spot one of these elusive creatures, make sure to go on a morning safari at 5 am.