While the high Himalaya makes up Nepal's northern region, the southern lowland
known as the Terai is covered with dense tropical jungles teeming with diverse wildlife
and exotic birds. Here you will find some of the most exciting safari destinations in the
world. You will be going into deep jungle on elephant back or four-wheel drive vehicle
to view wild animals in their natural habitat. Other thrills are canoe rides on the jungle
rivers, nature walks, bird watching excursions, and village tours.
Among the 14 national parks and wildlife reserves in the Kingdom, the Royal Chitwan
National Park (932 sq km) is the most popular safari destination. More than 43 species
of animals are found in Chitwan. The endangered one-homed rhino, Royal Bengal
tiger, Gharial crocodile, four-horned antelope, striped hyena, and the Gangetic dolphin
are the main attractions here.
The best part is that it is close to Kathmandu and easily
accessible (only 165 km overland), and Bharatpur airport adjoining the park is a mere
25-minute flight away (there are daily flights from Kathmandu). Many adventurers also
choose to go down by raft. However you go, a jungle safari is an experience you will
remember for a long time.
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