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Safari in Nepal.

Area 932 sq.kms.

One of the oldest and most popular National Parks in Nepal, is situated within the inner subtropical Terai lowlands of Southern-Central Nepal. The park was designated as a World Heritage Site in 1984.The Park covers a pristine area with a unique eco-system of significant value to the world. It contains the Churiya hills, ox-bow lakes and flood plains of the rivers Rapti, Reu and Narayani.

Approximately 70 % of the park vegetation is covered by Sal forests. The remaining vegetation types include 20 % of grassland, 7 % of riverine forest and 3% of Sal with chirpine. The latter are found in the Churia (Siwalik) range. Which are the low hills after the Terai flatlands. The riverine forests mainly consist of khair, sisso and simal or kapok (the silk cotton tree).

The grasslands are a diverse and complex community with over 50 species. 
The Saccharun species, popularly known as elephant grass, can reach 8m in height. The locals for thatch roofs use the shorter grasses such as Imperata.There are more than 43 species of mammals in the park. The Park is famous for the endangered and elusive "Royal Bengal Tiger" . The park is home to the one horned Indian Rhinoceros, fresh water ghariel crocodile along with many other common species such as gaur (asian bison) wild elephants, four horned antelopes, striped hyenas, pangolins, Gangetic dolphins, monitor lizards and pythons.

Other animals found in the park include sambars, chital (spotted deer) barking deer, sloth bear, palm civets, langurs and rhesus monkeys.The park is also famous for over 450 species of birds. Among the endangered birds are the Bengal florican, the Giant Hornbill, the Lesser Forican, the Black Stork and White Stork.

Common birds seen in the park including Peafowl, Red Jungle fowl, and different species of Egrets, Herons, Kingfishers, Flycatchers and Woodpeckers. The best time for bird watching is around March and December.More than 45 species of amphibians and reptiles have been recorded in the park, some of which are the Marsh mugger Crocodile, cobras Green Pit Viper and various species of frogs and tortoises.The Chitwan National Park is also an educational field for botanists 
and zoologists alike. The park is actively engaged in scientific studies and research concerning several species of wild fauna and flora.

The Chitwan National Park has many lodges and tented camps inside and outside as well. The park can be reached via a 190-km road, a drive of approximately 5-6 hours and by Air about a 20-minute flight to Megauli or to Bharatpur including a short ride by elephant or by a four wheel drive. It may also be reached by the ultimate way with a surge of adrenaline and scenic floats Rafting on the Trisuli River.

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