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Manas Wildlife Sanctuary

Barpeta Rd.
On the border between Bhutan and Assam
Assam, 781315, India
TEL: 91 36 6626-0288

Best for: Tigers, water buffalo, rhinos, (wild) elephants, golden langur, (a rare orange-furred monkey), Bengal florican (an endangered two-foot-tall bird)


Logistics: Situated on the border between Bhutan and Assam, India, this refuge is a four-hour drive from the city of Guwahati (and near Kaziranga park). Divided by the Manas River, this 89,000-acre preserve maintains UNESCO World Heritage Site status and is currently recovering from a decade of tribal and political turmoil. Safari options include Jeep tours and elephant rides, plus outboard raft excursions on the water. The park is open from October to April; January to March is peak period for fine weather and wildlife spotting.


Accommodations: The rustic, 16-room Bansbari Lodge is simple, clean, and convenient, and will arrange boat tours on the Manas Rivers. An on-site camp naturalist will help arrange terrestrial and water-based safaris (doubles from $120; www.assambengalnavigation.com).


Tip: Sip refreshment at a local tea garden like Adabarie Tea Estate—a century-old, 22-acre property an hour by car from the lodge and sanctuary; your hotel will provide directions.


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