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Royal Manas National Park Tour and Travel Guide

Royal Manas National Park in Bhutan

Surrounding the eastern Saprang District, the western half of Zhemgang District, and western Pemagatshel District is Bhutan’s oldest protected area called Royal Manas National Park. Established in 1966, Royal Manas National Park with its diverse tropical and sub-tropical ecosystem has become a crown jewel of the quaint kingdom of Bhutan. It was entitled as a national park in 1993 and has recently 2011 opened to the outside world. Blessed with rich flora and fauna, Royal Manas National Park is not only the most diverse protected area in the Kingdom but is also noted as one of the world’s biologically outstanding parks.

Royal Manas National Park can be visited quite comfortably with the help of Bhutan Holiday’s pocket-friendly Bhutan Package.

Flora and Fauna of Royal Manas National Park

Located close to the southern town of Gelephu of Bhutan, Royal Manas National Park with its luxuriant forest has hyped the interest of many travelers who are venturing toward Bhutan. The Royal Manas National Park forms a protected area running from the lowland tropical plains to the snow-capped peaks. Royal Manas National Park is said to be home to more than 900 species of vascular plants, 60 species of mammals, and 431 species of birds, a paradise for nature lovers. According to the ranger of the Royal Manas National Park, about 25-35 Royal Bengal tigers are seen patrolling the perimeters of the park.

That’s not all sighting of large mammals such as Asiatic Water Buffalo, Gaur, Sambar, and Asian Elephants is a common occurrence in the lowland plain region of the national park. The Royal Manas National Park with its diverse natural feature is home to endangered wildlife species which include the Royal Bengal tiger, Asian elephant, greater one-horned rhinoceros, clouded leopard, Himalayan black bear, Gangetic dolphin, and pangolin. It is also among few places in the world where the golden langur resides, a primate of extraordinary grace and beauty with its long, silky blond fur which is often considered a sacred being by many Himalayan people.

The feline lover can spot more than 8 species of big cats during their visit to Royal Manus National Park. The moist sub-tropical region of RMNP creates a perfect ambiance to be the breeding ground or the sky for many exotic and globally threatened avian dinosaurs like Rufous-necked hornbill, Pallas fishing eagle, great white-bellied heron, spotted wren-babbler, blue-headed rock thrush and emerald cuckoo making it an ideal birding destination for the avid birdwatchers.

Activities to Do in Royal Manas National

Now, have a look at the notable activities you can do during your visit to Bhutan’s Royal Manas National Park.

Jeep Safari

Being blessed with the abundance of natural resources and flora and fauna, the concept of eco camp and jungle safari has become a ranging tourism theme for many travelers. During your jeep safari through the dense forest of Royal Manas National Park, you will be able to spot clouded leopards, Royal Bengal Tiger, Black Bear, Asian Elephant, Wild Water Buffalo, Gaur, One-horned rhinoceros, Hispid hare, Golden Langur, etc.

Elephant Riding

Here in this Royal Manas National Park, elephant riding is one of the worth doing activities. While you will are on a gigantic elephant, a mahout will be your guide who will direct the elephant to go through the grasslands of the forests. During your elephant ride, you will be able to spot one-horned rhinoceros, hornbills, and golden langurs.

Bird Watching

You can go bird watching at this National Park. It is home to a plethora of Himalayan birds including Wreathed Hornbill, White-bellied Heron, Pallas Fishing Eagle, Pied Hornbill, Great Indian Hornbill, Emerald Cuckoo, Spotted Wren-Babbler, Rufous-necked Hornbill, and other. Royal Manas National Park is indeed a bird watcher’s paradise.

Hiking and Boating

Hiking through the dense deciduous forest or boating in the serene river stream which splits the emerald forest in two, the serene ambiance and pristine nature of Royal Manas National Park can be enjoyed in many ways. You will be able to reach the 8 natural salt licks of the forest while walking through the hiking trails of this National Park.

Best time to visit Royal Manas National Park

It is open all around the year but November to April is considered the best time to visit Royal Manas National Park as you will be able to see a plethora of migratory birds and wild species. The weather in the Royal Manas National Park is soothing and quite magnificent. During the peak monsoon season, the national peak is recorded to receive rainfall of 5000 mm so it is best advised to avoid the rainy season to visit the National Park.

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