Chitwan National Park

Chitwan National Park – Jewel of the Nepalese Foothills

Nestled at the foothills of Nepal, Chitwan National Park is recognised as one of the worlds’ biodiversity hotspots and falls amongst WWFs’ 200 Global Eco-regions. And its also a UNESCO World Heritage site so bonus! The spectacular landscape, covered with lush vegetation and the Himalayas as the backdrop really is an exceptional natural beauty.

Chitwan National Park

If this is not ‘exceptional natural beauty’ then I don’t know what is…

An incredibly diverse natural ecosystems of subtropical lowland, wedged between two river valleys produces a mosaic of riverine forest, grasslands, forested hills and alluvial flood plains.

Chitwan National Park

So much green, so much wide open space…I think I’m in love

One of the parks main rivers that flow through is the Narayani river, the third-largest river in Nepal which originates in the high Himalayas and is a tributary of the Ganges, the most sacred river in India.

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Not too shabby I guess…Ok, who am I kidding! If there were no crocodiles in here I’d swim all day, every day!

Chitwan is also famed for its rich flora and fauna and 800 species of wildlife can be observed here including 68 species of mammals and over 500 species of birds (one of the highest concentrations in the world).

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And the best part is..You don’t have to look far for any of it! Seriously from the park entrance you can see a elephant and a crocodile (can you spot both?)

The park is home to one of the last populations of single-horned Asiatic Rhinoceros and is also one of the last refuges of the Bengal Tiger. It also gives shelter to many other endangered species including sloth bears, clouded leopards, otters, hyenas, mongoose, civets, pangolins, monkeys, gaurs, crocodiles and wild elephants.

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But its not all about the big stuff. Look at this little guy! I had to laugh when our guide was more excited to find him than all the rhino’s. I guess its like diving where after a while its the macro stuff that really gets you going.

During our 3 night excursion we managed to spot over 16 rhinos, a ridiculous amount of birds, elephants, civets and deer. Make sure you do a jungle trek as opposed to a jeep safari as you will be immersed more and really get a feel for this incredible wonderland!

Chitwan National Park

I mean.. Does it get any better than this? Just like a painting, but I swear this isn’t staged! Trekking over jeep safari does have its perks!

I highly, highly recommend contacting a local guide Bali [balaram.40C@gmail.com or +9845150440] for a passionate and safe experience in Chitwan National Park. Seriously this guy is the man, highly respected in the community and being doing it for donkeys years. He still loving doing his job everyday, and even goes out on his days off, which really says something about his passion!

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And look at that smile! He was the nicest guy we meet in Nepal..where there is alot of competition!

I would place Chitwan National Park  alongside the Amazon, Borneo, Yellowstone and Galapagos as the greatest natural landscapes I have witnessed and highly recommend it to anyone in the area with even a passing interest in wildlife and geographic processes! Two days trekking over 50 km and even I am still craving more! But now its off to Poon Hill. Until next time Chitwan …

Chitwan National Park

Tiger marks but no tigers…Luckily we saw them in Ranthambore National Park later on! But I’ll still be back…

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  • Tiger Tracking in Rajasthan: Ranthambore National Park - July 10, 2016 at 11:08 pm

    […] in their stride [I mean if you have got it, flaunt it right?], and makes such a great contrast to Chitwan National Park in Nepal where everything is skittish and difficult to see! Here in Ranthambore we were able to get right […]

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  • Tracking Ranthambore National Park Tigers in India August 8, 2016 at 3:04 am

    […] in their stride [I mean if you have got it, flaunt it right?], and makes such a great contrast to Chitwan National Park in Nepal where everything is skittish and difficult to see! Here in Ranthambore National Park we were able […]

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