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Chitwan National Park
 
Recognized as the best managed national park, the Royal Chitwan National Park (932 sq km) is home to over 50 species of mammals, 525 birds, and 55 amphibians and reptiles. The world’s endangered species found in the park include One-horned rhinoceros, Gaur, Royal Bengal tiger, Wild elephant, Four horned antelope, Pangolin, Gangetic dolphin, Gharial crocodile, Golden monitor lizard and Python. Similarly, the endangered bird species of the park include Bengal florican, Lesser florican, Giant hornbill, Black stork and White stork.

 In the late 1960s, Mr Karna Sakya, the chairman of nepalnature.com had initiated pioneering works such as reconnaissance survey, demarcation etc in Chitwan towards establishing the first national park of the country. It was declared as the Royal Chitwan National Park in 1973. Recognizing the global significance of natural heritage of the park, UNESCO declared Royal Chitwan National Park a World Heritage Site (#284) in 1984.   Chitwan meets three criteria for the World Heritage Natural properties, such as the last major surviving example of the natural ecosystems of the Terai region (Criteria ii), superlative natural features of exceptional natural beauty in terms of its scenic attractions of forested hills, grasslands, great rivers and views of the distant Himalaya (Criteria iii), and significant populations of several rare and endangered species, especially the one horned Asian rhinoceros and the Gharial crocodile (Criteria iv).

Chitwan is a vivid illustration of the Terai-Duar Savannas and Grasslands, which is one of the most significant Global 200 Ecoregions.  It holds a key segment of the ambitious Terai Arc Landscape approach that envisions long-term biodiversity conservation.  The park is a mosaic of land uses comprised of pristine Sal forests, grasslands covered with tall grass including the elephant grass (Saccharum species), rivers and wetlands including the Beeshazari tal, a Ramsar Site.

Chitwan reflects a dramatic history of conservation.  Initiated with rhino conservation in the late 1960s, Chitwan has been an icon of conservation.  With the introduction of the progressive policy of the Buffer Zones (750 sq km) in the surround villages, Chitwan provides a world model of community based biodiversity conservation. The community including women groups has reclaimed the degraded land by growing community forests, which turned out to be the wonderful habitats for wildlife including rhino and tigers.

Mild winter is experienced in Chitwan during October through February followed by dry and hot spring season during March through May. The hot and humid season of monsoon lasts from June through September.

Wildlife sightings are most frequent in winter and early spring. In January when the annual grass-cutting season is over, wildlife sightings are most dramatic. Migratory birds flock with the residential ones in September-November and February-April, creating spectacular views.  Unbelievably, the endangered species like greater one-horned rhinos can be closely viewed on an elephant back.  With the help of nature guides, tiger and other species can be sighted.  Equally interesting components of the park are the crocodile rehabilitation center and the elephant-breeding center where aged animals and their babies can be seen closely.  Numerous other wildlife species both animals and birds can be watched in their natural habitats.

Chitwan offers diverse experience of nature within a relatively short span of space and time.  There are opportunities for all sorts of personalized activities including nature walk in the forests, elephant ride in the thick tall grasslands, jungle drive along the forest roads, canoe ride along the gentle streams, strolling around the villages, bird watching, and so on.
 


 
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Crane Watch (Lumbini)
Best of Wildlife and Wetlands (Shivapuri – Chitwan and Koshi)
Best of Nepal Wildlife (Shivapuri – Pokhara – Lumbini – Chitwan)
Best of Nepal Birding Safari (Shivapuri – Lumbini – Chitwan and Koshi)
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Recommended Destinations
  Kathmandu Valley   Bhaktapur Durbar Square   Chitwan
Recommended Activities
Bird watching and hike in Shivapuri Nagarjung, Elephant Safari, River safari and Jeep safari in Chitwan, Trek to Everest, Langtang, Annapurna and Mustang, Scenic Mountain tour of Pokhara, Sarus Crane and Bird Watching in Lumbini the birthplace of Buddha, Sunrise and Sunset view from Nagarkot, Mountain Flight to see Mt. Everest and Himalayan Range, Tracking Wild Bengal Tigers and Wild Asian Elephants in Bardia, Mahasheer Fishing in Karnali River, White water rafting in Bhote Koshi and Trishuli River, Journey to the valley of Snow Leopards,