UNESCO World Natural Heritage Sites in India

Manas Wild Life Sanctuary, Assam:This wildlife sanctuary isManas Wildlife Sanctuarysituated in Barpeta District, about 176 kms from Guwahati in the foothills of Bhutan. The Manas Wildlife Sanctuary is one of the India's most magnificent national park and a well known World heritage site. It is situated on the banks of the river Manas at the foothills of the Himalayas. It covers an area of 519.77 square kms. Its surroundings are even lovelier than those of the larger Kaziranga. Manas Wildlife Sanctuary was established in 1928. Hunting and killing of wildlife became banned here with the British government declaring it a protected area. It was declared as a tiger reserve, under Project Tiger, in 1973. It got the status of a World Natural Heritage Site in 1985 and in 1990 was elevated to the status of a national park.It also houses as many as 380 species of birds, including the endangered Bengal florican. The other birds are - giant hornbills, jungle fowls, bulbuls, brahminy ducks, kalij pheasants, egrets, pelicans, fishing eagles, serpent eagles, falcons, bee-eaters

Sundarbans National Park:The Sunderbans forest is home to more than 250 tigers. A number of rare or endangered species live in the park, including tigers, aquatic mammals, birds and reptiles.The Sundarbans has three wildlife sanctuaries, one within the national park at Sajnekhali, as well as south of the park at Lothian Island and Haliday Island. In addition to tigers, the area is full of reptiles, birds, and other animals such as monkeys, wild boar, and deer.The Sunderbans are a part of the world's largest delta formed by the mighty rivers Ganges, Brahmaputra and Meghna. If you only have a day to spare, Sundarban Chalo offers popular small group day tours to the Sundarbans from Kolkata, best suited to backpackers and budget travelers. Their two and three day tours are also excellent, and will give you the opportunity to visit villages as well as jungle.

Keoladeo National Park:Keoladeo National Park magnificent bird haven actually came into being ironically, as a duck shooting preserve for Maharaja Suraj Mal of Bharatpur. He transformed the shallow depression formed by the confluence of River Gambhir and River Banganga into a reservoir by damming the rainwater in monsoons. Over 300 species of birds are found in this small park of 28.73sq. kms of which 11 sq. kms. are marshes and the rest, scrubland and grassland. Here and raised paths, camouflaged by babul trees and undergrowth make viewing easy. A quiet ride by boat in the early hours of the morning is also an unforgettable experience. Every year Bharatpur waits with bated breath for the arrival of the Siberian cranes. You can see the Indian sarus.
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