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Manas community and wildlife tourism

Introduction of ecotourism in Royal Manas National Park is due to vast natural diversities of birds, animals and plants in addition to exotic culture and traditions and physical features. It has 58 mammals, 900 vascular plants and 426 birds. It provides habitat for elephants, tigers, smaller cats and their preys. Recent camera trap survey reveals that there are 25-40 tigers in the park.The park can provide unique exotic experiences which is not available in other parks. The Royal Manas being at the centre of Bhutan Biological complex connecting Western, Northern and Eastern protected areas, it is important to protect it to maintain ecological functions and genetic health. The survival and the continuity of heterogeneity in animals, birds and plants are very much necessary and Royal Manas plays the crucial link between. The communities living in the park are subsistence farmers and are one of the poorest groups in Bhutan. With the ecotourism institution managed and run by the communities, it will empower communities to improve their income and living standards. By engaging communities and visitors in ecotourism activities in Manas, it will enable the park to promote better awareness about natural environment of Manas and culture of local people. The park borders four districts of Zhemgang, Pema Gatshel and Sarpang where Khenpas, Scharchogpas and Lhotshampas live. Lower Khen and Royal Manas National Park were closed for tourism due to security and lack of tourism infrastructure. However, in 2010, Royal Government of Bhutan has declared it open for tourism. In order to reduce negative impacts of tourism in Royal Manas National Park and bring greater benefits to local communities, the park management has built community eco camps in Gomphu, Pantang, Shilingtoe, Panbang and Norbugang which are managed by the communities. The community camp managers have been trained in guiding, cooking, house keeping and waiting. The total trek will take around nine days. The trek will provide excellent opportunity for tourists to experience Khenpa culture and best wildlife experience. It also provides one of the best birding expereince for the visitors. The park staff are devloping waterholes, watch towers and short walking trails to natural saltlicks to provide best wildlfie esperience to the visitors. Because of clean Manas River, it also provide best fishing (catch and release) and rafting experience to the visitors. Besides, if planned well, will provide good opportunity to experience local festivals. Your visit to Manas will help us to support conservation and local communities. Please feel free to ask for the detailed programme. Be the first one to visit the Royal Manas National Park.

Best time to visit the park is from October to May. Contact us for the detailed itinerary.