The oldest national park in Bhutan, Royal Manas National Park is one of the largest national parks in the country. Known as the "conservation showpiece of the Kingdom", it is the largest example of tropical and sub-tropical ecosystems in Bhutan. Occupying south-central Bhutan, it shares its southern borders with Manas Tiger Reserve in India. Rich in wildlife species, including many of the endangered ones, it is a natural marvel that displays the distinct flora and fauna of Bhutan and the Himalayan Region.
Officially set up in 1966 as a wildlife sanctuary, the Royal Manas National Park was later converted to a National Park in 1993. Spread across an area of 1,057 square kilometres, it covers the districts or dzongkhags of Zhemgang, Sarpang and Pemagatshel in Southern Bhutan.
Known for housing various plants and animal species, it is a proud home to Royal Bengal Tigers, Asian Elephants, Himalayan Black Bears and several more animals. Distinct plant species, used in medicinal, religious, commercial and food purposes, are the crown jewels of this national park.
Apart from being a haven to flora and fauna, it has appreciably good connectivity with other national parks and wildlife sanctuaries via biological corridors. It is connected to other natural reserves of Bhutan like the Jigme Singye Wangchuk National Park in the northwest, Phibsoo Wildlife Sanctuary in the southwest, Phrumsengla National Park in the northern centre, Jomotshangkha Wildlife Sanctuary in the south-east.
The holy Manas River and other small streams and tributaries also form a part of the national park and make it look even more beautiful and natural.
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