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Chitwan National Park, Nepal

Asian rhino, Chitwan National Park, Nepal
Overloaded canoe, Chitwan National Park, Nepal Large mugger crocodile, Chitwan National Park, Nepal
Above: Asian rhino, Chitwan National Park, Nepal
  • Asian rhino, Chitwan National Park, Nepal
  • Overloaded canoe, Chitwan National Park, Nepal
  • Large mugger crocodile, Chitwan National Park, Nepal

Chitwan National Park (formerly Royal Chitwan) is Nepal’s most popular safari destination and is easily reached from Kathmandu or Pokhara by road. Established in 1973, it was given World Heritage status in 1984.

Located in the south of the country in the Terai plains and close to the border with India, Chitwan does not suffer the extreme weather conditions found in the mountain areas of Nepal. Its climate is sub-tropical, which is one of the main reasons why so much wildlife is found here.

All of our tours use lodges that are situated inside the park. This gives you immediate access to the flora and fauna, you are able to experience the jungle much more intimately and can begin your tours into the park early while other groups are still having their breakfasts.

The lodges that we use have their own elephant stables which you can visit and see the giant animals being fed. There may even be an opportunity to help them get washed in the river.

The wildlife that exists in the park is vast. You are more than likely to see the Indian one-horned Rhino, Deer, Gaur and over 500 species of birds. Active in the park, but less visible to humans, there are thought to be around 80 tigers, Sloth bears, leopards, Langur monkeys and Mugger and Gharial crocodiles. There are also over 150 species of butterfly.

There is in fact a crocodile breeding programme in place in the park and this has dramatically increased the population of both the Mugger and Gharial crocodiles.

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