Chitwan National Park is a huge nature reserve, covering sal forest, water marshes and grassland. You have the chance to spot plenty of wildlife here, amongst others many endangered species like the Indian one-horned rhino, Bengal tiger, sloth bears, leopard, Gangetic dolphin and the gharial crocodile. It also is a perfect place for bird watching and spotting a variety of colourful butterflies.
In 1984 Chitwan was made a UNESCO World Heritage Site for its outstanding beauty and significance as a habitat for endangered species. Today it is one of the most popular visitor attractions in Nepal and an important site of wildlife conservation.
The highlight of every Chitwan visit is a safari on elephant back. This has the advantage that wildlife is less scared by elephants than by the sounds of walking tourists or jeeps, so you are more likely to spot even rare wildlife. If you want to, you can even go bathing with the elephant – promised to be a very refreshing experience for both of you.
You can also go on walking or jeep safaris to explore the jungle. From a slightly different angle you can spot wildlife from canoe, on a canoe ride on Rapti River. This is an excellent opportunity for birdwatching and you might even see two rare species of crocodile: the Marsh Mugger and the Gharial Crocodile.
In the villages around Chitwan national park you can learn about the traditional lifestyle and culture of the Tharu and have the chance to see cultural shows including their famous stick dances and singing.
Chitwan treks and tours
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