Manas National Park in Assam has become the country’s first to introduce cycle safaris for tourists. Reportedly, during the first phase, 12 cycles will be made available for tourists, who will be able to enjoy a trip around the periphery of the deep forests and explore the off-beaten tracks.
Manas National Park, a UNESCO heritage park, is also a tiger reserve that is spread across an area of more than 2837 sq km. The park opened for tourists on October 2, 2020, after remaining closed since March 17, 2020, to prevent the spread of COVID.
Further, Dharani Dhar Boro, Officer on Special Duty, Manas Tiger Reserve said that in a way, 2020 has been a lucky year for Manas and its conservation efforts. Manas has also been conferred the Global Conservation Excellence Award by the Global Tiger Forum, which was jointly conferred upon the Manas and the Royal Manas of Bhutan. He added that Manas managed to bag the award as the tiger population here increased three times in a year, whereas as per the norms, it needs to be just a double.