Most travelers to Nepal think of trekking in the Himalaya, but there’s another entirely different landscape to explore in the south of Nepal —Chitwan National Park. Under the forested canopies of this national park, you’ll spot rhinos, tigers, elephants, and a variety of birdlife.
Chitwan was the first national park in Nepal. Established in 1973, it’s a five-hour drive or 25-minute flight from Kathmandu, and it consists of 360 square miles of sal forest, grassland, and marshes. The park is located in the subtropical Inner Terai lowlands. To visit, you must to be accompanied by a guide. Most safari trips start early in the morning: animals are most active around dawn and the heat is less overwhelming. Options for exploring include safari hikes, canoeing, or a jeep safari in the park.
The Chitwan National Park also runs a very successful one-horned rhinoceros breeding program, and visitors on safari are almost guaranteed to spot one of the spectacular animals, as well as other wildlife. This tour gives you time to fully explore the highlights of Chitwan, while staying in some luxurious–as well as unique–accommodation.