Chitwan National Park
Located in south central Nepal, the Royal Chitwan National Park consists of forests and grasslands. Animals include the rhino, tiger, wild elephant, antelope and hyena. Crocodiles, dolphins, cobras, kraits and pythons are also found here. There are 525 species of birds. Bharatpur, the gateway to Chitwan is 146 km from Kathmandu (20 minutes by air) or131 km from Pokhara. Activities: A Typical two-night/three day jungle safari consists of the following activities. Special programs can be arranged with your tour operator.Elephant ride: the best and safest way to view wild animals is from the top of an elephant. Usually a number of elephants enter the jungle together.Boat ride: There are crocodiles in the jungle rivers. Riding in a canoe allows you to see them from up close as they are sunning on the sandbanks. You will see a lot of water birds too.Jeep ride: Driving around the jungle in a jeep is another good (although noisy) way to observe its denizens.Jungle walk: Walking in the forest puts you in the thick of things. Please note that it can be dangerous.Bird Watching: A walk about to view the colorful jungle birds is fun, even if you are no great enthusiast.Village tour: The Tharus are an indigenous people of the Terai plains. You can visit by ox-cart or on foot to observe their lifestyles.Cultural Proagram: At the end of the day, you will be entertained by a traditional Tharu dance around a campfire.
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