One of the famous wildlife sanctuaries and national parks of Nepal is Chitwan National Park.
Blessed with lively vibrant wildlife and extensive woods, Nepal boasts of upwards of 100 distinct types of mammals and 750 variations of birds inside its asylums. The thick jungles of Nepal are an extraordinary wellspring of tourism for the nation and they annually draw huge attraction to visitors from around the globe.
Yes in this article, I will cover all the facts that will make you visit Chitwan National Park once in your lifetime.
Chitwan National Park stands today as an effective testimony of nature conservation in South Asia and best recognized for the endangered one-horned rhinoceros and imperial royal Bengal tiger. This is the first national park of Nepal established in 1973 to save a special environment essentially significant to the entire world. The park area covers a pure territory of 932 sq. km and is arranged in the subtropical internal Terai lowlands of the southern central part of Nepal. The park has increased a lot more extensive recognition in the world when UNESCO included this territory in the list of World Heritage Site in 1984.
Chitwan lies southwest of Kathmandu close to the Indian frontier. The National Park boundaries have been depicted by the Narayani and Rapti rivers in the north and west, and the Reu river and Someshwor hills in the south and south-west. It imparts its eastern border to Parsa Wildlife Reserve. It also has a Ramsar Site named Beeshazari Tal (20,000 Lake) which is a famous destination in Chitwan in its buffer zone.
How to get there?
You can go to Chitwan via car or bus on the Kathmandu-Mugling-Narayanghat Highway or potentially through Mahendra Highway from Hetauda. It is around 5 hour’s drive from Kathmandu to Narayanghat. Local transports are accessible to Tadi Bazar which is about an hour drive from Narayanghat. A 6 km walk or bullock-cart ride carries the guests to Sauraha, the park passageway. Additionally, air services from Kathmandu to Meghauli and Bharatpur are accessible.
When to visit?
Chitwan has a tropical monsoon atmosphere. The best time to visit is October – February when temperatures are milder. Normal temperatures drift about 25°C (77°F), with high humidity, in spite of the fact that the mornings can be very cool. The March-June can be hot. June to September is the monsoon season, with regular and heavy rain. During monsoon season, streams may flood, making a few streets blocked. Feb–Apr, and Sep–Nov are peak birdwatching periods because at that time most of the migratory species visit the park.
What is the national park all about?
Chitwan National Park is the place you come to encounter a different side of Nepal, aside from the hiking, climbing and the intrigue of Kathmandu. This is the place for wildlife viewing and a safari-type environment. Visitors come here mainly to see natural wildlife. Tours from the hotels take guests out into the park, either by walking or more frequently, on elephants for a close-up view of the animals.
The park is home to rhinos, Royal Bengal tigers, panthers, sloth bears, gaur (wild buffalo) deer, wild elephant, striped hyena, pangolin, reptile, and python. and numerous different critters. Freshwater dolphins (Gangetic) and crocodiles possess the waterways and rivers yet are rarely observed. In excess of 500 types of birds make Chitwan heaven for ornithologists.
Among the endangered birds found in the park are Bengal florican, giant hornbill, lesser florican, black stork and white stork, Few of the basic feathered birds seen are peafowl, red wilderness fowl, and various types of egrets, herons, kingfishers, flycatchers, and woodpeckers.
The National Park is effectively occupied with the scientific studies of several types of wild flora and fauna.
Things to do in Chitwan:
- Elephant ride
- Guided jungle walk
- Terai Tharu Culture Museum
- Wildlife breeding projects
- 4WD safaris
So, if you are in Nepal and a true wildlife loving person then You should put Chitwan National Park on your list..…. Whatever the climate and whatever the season Chitwan National Park has something for everybody. With your recyclable water bottle, free and natural colored clothes and a camera in your bag you will be in for a mind-blowing experience of a lifetime!