Chitwan National Park, Nepal

Chitwan National Park (CNP) is a world heritage site located in the subtropical southern part of Nepal, the Terai. According to the Chitwan National Park government website there are a total of 68 species of mammals, 544 species of birds, 56 species of amphibians and reptiles and 126 species of fish in the park. The park is particularly known for its protection of One Horned Rhinoceros, Royal Bengal Tiger and Gharial Crocodile- which you can catch a glimpse of in the wild (if you are lucky!).

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An orphaned baby one-horned rhino being looked after in the village
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One-horned rhinos in the wild

 

There are elephant safaris to take you around the park however I would be cautious, as the conditions that the animals are kept in can be very confronting.

It’s possible to explore the National Park by foot however when I visited there over 10 years ago, I was on edge.  At the time, we were told to run and climb a tree if a rhino charges at us. The entire time on the walk, I could only focus on looking for tall trees that would hold my body weight.

For those that are a little braver than me, it is a fabulous place to visit and walk but there are canoe rides and cultural activities for those not wanting to venture to close to the wildlife.

Visit: http://www.chitwannationalpark.gov.np  to find out more

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