Continued from Day 1…..
For Day 2, Mr. Martin, our guide cum naturalist of the resort, had advised us to wake up early in the morning at around 5 am for the jeep safari. However, having celebrated the birthdays of two of our friends the previous evening over great food (including some divine chocolate cake), drinks & chatting, we were having a hard time dragging ourselves from our beds. And when we did manage to do so, we saw that it was dark & foggy outside – one more reason to feel lazy! Here are some pictures of that early morning –
The chilly air seeping through our jackets was at first uncomfortable, but soon we got used to the cold. Just near the park gate, as promised by Mr. Martin, we saw a huge group of peacocks & peahens. The view was a lovely one. But before we could get down & see them from near & click a pic or two, they disappeared from the place into the thickness of the forest……… I think they didn’t like humans trespassing their space! 😦
Day 2 was not very lucky for us. We did not see many animals or birds like Day 1. However, we got to see a peacock from very close quarters. This peacock lives in one of the anti-poaching camps of the Park Authority. Actually it was rescued with a broken leg & was kept there for healing. But even after he was fine (but left with a limp forever), he never left the place – I guess he found home there! Here is a pic of him at his home –
After a trip through the jungles, we were once again taken to Mathanguri and this time to get a view from the IB Bungalow. It was simply beautiful. For arranging accommodation in this is a tough job, one need to make reservations many months earlier. And why not if the view from your room’s window is like this [minus the hanging me! 😛 ] –
On the other side of the River Manas were the Bhutanese lands. The river acts as an international border dividing India and Bhutan. We saw a majestic elephant with huge tuskers on the other side. Here is a pic of it –
Some more pictures of the river separating the 2 countries –
Mr. Martin showed us the tree, a few feet beyond the bungalow, which marked the borders of the 2 countries. One can drive up to a certain point in the lands of Bhutan. We, however, did not go since we were running out of time.
By the time we were done, our stomachs were growling and we were now more interested in grabbing some breakfast. Here are some more pictures of the day –
Overall, the trip was fun & we had a great time spotting some exotic birds & some animals too. The only thing we missed was the majestic Tigers, of which the Park is famous of. Maybe I will get to see them the next time I visit! 🙂 🙂
Tips: The best way to watch wildlife at the park is to use powerful binoculars, especially if you want to spot the exotic birds present there in huge numbers. You need to have patience & the eye to spot the animals as well as birds. A popular way to explore a majority of the Manas National Park in Assam is in a 4-wheel (Jeep) drive petrol vehicle. Much more terrain becomes available if on an elephant ride, but these are usually restricted to a few kilometers near the gate. A raft ride on Manas River from Mathanguri ending 25 km downstream at Bansbari is also a popular option. These take you deep in to the densest areas of the forest and often right in between some of the wildlife there, including elephants, rhinos and wild buffaloes & some water-birds too. Prior booking for accommodation should be done for a better experience.