Despite being born and bought up in Assam, I never had the chance to visit Manas National Park – (a World Heritage site and also known for rehabilation of Clouded Leopard) untill November 2010 when Dr. Madhu came up with a nice plan to visit both Manas and Kaziranga.
We took a flight to Guwahati and from there took a Cab till Borpeta road. Our stay was booked at the Forest Rest House at Mothanguri. The whole day was spent on Travel and by the time we reach Mothanguri which is around 15+KM inside the Forest, it was dark.
The rest house is built on a hill overlooking the river Manas which seperates Assam and Bhutan. The other side of the Jungle is under Bhutan Kingdom and popular for Golden Langur. Golden Langurs are found in Manas as well but sightings are more on the other side. When we got up the next day morning we all were amazed to see and feel the beauty of the place and we beleived that the Mothanguri Rest house is probably one of the best located Forest rest house in India.
There were couple of things in our list – Wild Buffalo, Elephant, Tiger, Golden Langur and Capped Langur. November was surely not the best of the months to visit Manas – the forest was very thick. Moreover one night at Manas was not enough.
The real moment came when we were about to leave the rest house and was carrying our bags to the Gyp. Quite surprisingly and unexpectedly, we saw 4-5 Capped langurs on a nearby Tree just few meters away from the rest house. Even the manager of the rest house was surprised to see them so close.
click-click-click – 🙂 all got busy. I even forget to take a close look and observe their behavior or may be it was not required as we keep seeing langurs 🙂 so often.
Manas is a beautiful Jungle less visited. This insurgency hit National Park and also a Tiger reserve was once upon a time famous for Rhino. The Rhino rehabilation project is still undergoing and many rhinos were re-located here from Kaziranga. One of the recent image can be found in Rajarshi Banerji’s page on INW.