Chitwan National Park
Set in Nepal’s Terai, Chitwan National Park is the country’s oldest reserve and arguably provides the best opportunity to see Nepal’s varied wildlife. The park contains diverse ecosystems from thick jungle to tall grassland, and the Reu and Naravani Rivers. This diversity makes it rich in flora and fauna and as a result, home to the largest population of Bengal tigers of any of Nepal's parks.
Chitwan is home to over 450 species of bird and 50 species of mammals, including some of the planet’s most-loved animals. The most famous inhabitant is the tiger, and Chitwan is now estimated to be home to around 125 individuals, with this figure still rising. Another star of the park is the one-horned Rhino, a magnificent creature whose thick skin and vast size make it a joy to observe, despite its temperamental reputation. Chitwan has strict punishments in place to stop numbers of these majestic creatures falling, and the hard work is paying off! Other mammals to look out for are leopards, sloth bear, antelope and otters.
There are many activities on offer, and a variety of great ways to explore the park. Jeep safaris offer the chance to go deeper into the forest than you could on foot, but jungle walks are a fantastic way to get closer to nature at a slower pace, giving you a chance to spot the more timid creatures. For a true adventure, go canoeing along the Rapti River, giving you a chance to see Gharial Crocodiles, marsh muggers, various fish and even dolphins if you’re lucky!