Manas and Nameri forest (should we skip one)

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#1 Sep 8th, 2010, 14:43
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Hi,
We are planning to visit Mans national park (if possible, will try to book Mathanguri bunglow), Nameri national park (try to book Nameri eco camp) and Kaziranga (hotel not decided, will prefer some place near to forest and with good view). This will be during December end. Some one is suggesting us that instead of going to Nameri, we should stay more nights in Manas forest. (Our comparison condition is natural beauty of forest and river). So my question to members who have visited or have idea about both Manas and Nameri (eco camp) is
- How do compare these two forests? Are their vegetation, terrain similar?
- Do you think we should visit both the forests or stay more nights in Manas and skip Nameri?
thanks in advance.
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Manas is still on top of my wishlist but I had a chance to visit Nameri once. Nameri is a beautiful place with the Jiabharali river piercing it right in the middle. In case you love bird watching(who doesn't?), it is a place for you.

But, Nameri is typically visited on the way to Arunachal Pradesh. Since you already have Kaziranga and Manas in your itinerary, it is recommended that you avoid the extra distance and spend more time in these two instead.
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Thanks indra3040! We are able to get booking for Mathanguri bunglow in Manas. Off course with a condition that it can be canceled anytime in case of VIP movement. After reading you suggestion we are now planning for Manas and Kaziranga only!
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Its good if you can stay at Mathanguri since it is inside the forest.

But as far as I know there are other resorts in this area. See the following link of an NGO which runs eco tourism camp with the help of local villagers,

http://manasmaozi.com/

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http://sites.google.com/site/manasmews/
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Thanks a lot for the links! I have heard about them. But I have gathered from many sources, that highpoint of staying in Manas is staying in Mathanguri bunglow. Though they have very limited facility. A person has to buy all food item, groceries , diesel/kerosene for generator etc. before staying there. So we are waiting for this adventure!! Hope the booking does not get canceled. If it gets canceled in the worst case, we shall try to book one of these eco camp!
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Problem is end of December is peak season and since the popular places in North Bengal are unpredictable due to political disturbances, the places in Dooars and Assam are in high demand.
If your booking does get canceled very late, you may find that the other nearby places are already full.

Anyway, best of luck for your adventure while at the Mathanguri. Will be looking forward to your trip report.
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Thanks indra3040! I am hoping for the best!
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I have worked in Manas for quite a few months last year with the Maouzigendri NGO. It is a place very close to my heart and would definitely recommend staying over there. It is most definitely worth staying at the Mothunguri bungalow which directly overlooks the Manas river. If you stay at the Maouzigendri run Jungle Camp then they will make the booking arrangements for the Mothunguri bungalow as well.

In terms of natural beauty Nameri and Manas both have their own charm as the forests are different, but for me it is the warmth of the bodo people which keeps getting me back to Manas again and again.
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Thanks piran_e. But the package price mentioned in Maouzigendri website is pretty high for us. I tried to contact them, but most of the numbers are not working. Anyway I shall try to talk to their office to find further details.
Btw, any idea, how long does it take to reach nameri from manas? We shall take a car, but we have small child with us. Some one told us that it may take more than 8 hours! Is that true?
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Manas to Guwahati is around 175Km. Guwahati to Tezpur is 180Km. and from Tezpur, Nameri is around 35 Km. away.

If Manas turns out to be too expensive, a good alternative plan is to fly to Tezpur from Kolkata directly and from Tezpur visit Kajiranga and Nameri as both are fairly close.
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thanks indra3040!
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It will take approximately 6 to 7 hours to reach Nameri from Manas. Will PM you the number of the coordinator at Manas to whom you can speak regarding your trip.
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Thanks a lot piran_e! Will contact by the number you have provided
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Hi Piran_e

Kindly advise me on my visit to Manas. Am planning to visit this sometime soon with my mom (about 70 yrs) and my spouse.

How long does it take to reach Manas from Kaziranga.

Our plan is to stay for 2 nights after arriving from Kaziranga. So what is it that you will reccomend for Safaris. I've read that the elephant safaris at Mathanguri are the main draw here. How does one go about booking it.

Have also read a lot about the Mathanguri forest resthouse. We do not want luxury but is it clean - bedding and loos? Do they give you hot water or at least running water. I've read some bad reviews. Kindly correct me if my impression is wrong. Or would you rather reccommend the bansbari lodge.

All advice is welcome.

Thanks in advance
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