Established in 1973 Royal Chitwan National Park was the first of Nepal’s extensive network of wildlife sanctuaries that now covers and protects around eight percent of its territory. Chitwan is situated in the inner Terrai in the south of the country and it can be reached by either a scenic five hour road journey or a twenty five minute flight from Kathmandu. Chitwan National park is approximately 1000 sq kms of subtropical lowland mainly consisting of Sal and Riverine forest. The Chitwan Safari area is a habitat for a many wild animals. There are more than forty species of mammal living within the park. The 43 odd species of resident animals include among others, the one-horned rhinoceros, elusive Royal Bengal Tigers and Leopards, Gharial Crocodile, wild Gaur Borines, Elephants, Four-horned Antelope, Stripped Hyena, Pangolin, Gangetic Dolphin, Monitor Lizard, Python, Cobra, Green Pit Viper and tortoises. Other animals include the Sambar, Chital, Hog Deer, Sloth Bear, Palm Civet, and Langur and Rhesus Macaque monkeys. Chitwan is also home to around 450 species of birds, both resident and migratory.Among the endangered birds are the Bengal Florican, Lesser Florican, Giant Hornbill, and black and white storks. The common birds include pheasants, peafowl, red jungle fowl, various egrets, herons, kingfishers, flycatchers and woodpeckers.
Most Chitwan jungle itineraries include a stay at one of the lodges near the park. Accommodation is provided in jungle style cottages with attached facilities. A typical package is based on a two-nights / three days stay / extendable. Activities include elephant safaris, dug out canoeing, bird watching and nature walks conducted by resident professional guides and naturalists.
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