Royal Chitwan National Park
Of the 14 national parks and reserves in Nepal, the Royal Chitwan National Park is the oldest and the most popular safari destination for visitors. Situated in the sub-tropical Tarai lowlands, the jungle is home to endangered animals such as the one-horned rhinoceros and the Royal Bengal tiger. Other animals include leopards, wild elephants, Indian bison, sloth bears, crocodiles, pythons, monitor lizards, pangolins, and over 400 species of birds. There are different ways to explore the park, but elephant-back safaris are the most popular. Jeep safaris, guided walks, overnight jungle expeditions and canoe trips are also available. There is a wide choice of accommodation ranging from luxury camps or hotels within the park, to budget options on the outskirts.
Transport: The Royal Chitwan National Park is an excursion from Kathmandu or Pokhara – it is linked by public bus, tourist coach and air, and is a seven-hour bus journey from Kathmandu or six hours by bus from Pokhara.
Admission: Daily park entry permit: NPR 500 (extra charges apply for those wishing to fish, canoe, camp or go on safaris).