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Published on : Thursday, August 31, 2017
The assistant tourist information officer, Dept. of Tourism, Bodoland, Bhuma Rani Bargayary, has introduced the Manas National Park to the South Indian market in July at the India International Travel Mart or IITM, Bangalore.
To quote Bhuma, “Bodoland is an upcoming tourism destination. We are a territorial council within the state of Assam. We mostly promote wildlife with Manas National Park being our main product. It is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, sheltering many wild animals and birds such as one-horned rhino, panther, Royal Bengal Tiger, Wild Asiatic water buffaloes, etc. We have some rare and endangered species of birds like the Bengal Florican and the hornbill. Birdwatchers take a trip for four or five days to spot as many as they can from the 450 bird species here.”
Bhuma explains that the Manas landscape is defined by three distinct moods because of the season as the wide array of colors often become a treat for any eyes. “We have tall grasses out here. Manas has three different moods. When the monsoons begin in July, the wild grasses (elephant grasses) grow very tall and by November, the Forest Department burns them, making it look barren. The new shoots that come up draw herbivores for grazing and hence, there are more sightings of animals such as spotted deer, swamp deer and birds. As the shoots grow taller, it is a different beauty altogether. In February and March, the orchids and silk cotton plants start to bloom. When the cotton plants start blooming, the entire forest turns red and when the cotton starts to break in March and April, they flutter all over making the expanse look like a white carpet.”
“We also promote Ultapani, a reserve forest which houses more than 400 different species of butterflies. There is also the Chakrashila Wildlife Sanctuary to preserve the Golden Langur. Bodoland Tourism has chalked out a place for paragliding in Chakrashila, which will be open for tourists from the next season. Besides this, the Mahamaya temple (called the Shakti Dham) draws many pilgrims.”