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Royal Chitwan National Park comprises 932 square kilometres of secluded sal and riverine jungle, a magnificent environment of vegetated hills, lakes and flourishing plains, which contain a greater variety of wildlife than any other area of Nepal.

Nepal’s first national park is located in the lowlands of southern central Nepal on the border with India, 160 kilometres from Kathmandu along the twisting roads that negotiate the Himalayas. The relative isolation of this area has allowed wildlife to flourish. Over 480 species of birds have been recorded here, as well as many mammals, reptiles and numerous insects. Mammals include the endangered Indian rhinoceros, wild boar, sambar, muntjac, chital, rhesus, and hanuman monkeys, whilst reptiles include marsh mugger, and gharial crocodiles. 

Activities here include wildlife-viewing from elephant back, jungle walks, birdwatching, game drives and river safaris. 

Chitwan National Park is part of the Tiger Conservation Unit, which is a huge area of protected land that aims to preserve the alluvial plains and sub-tropical deciduous forest of the Nepalese lowlands that are integral aspects of the Bengal tiger’s natural habitat. Studies have indicated that there are around 80 breeding tigers in the boundaries of this protected area, but these individuals are more timid and cautious than their relatives in the parks of India.

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Key info

  • Ideal for viewing: Bengal tiger, Asian one-horned rhino, leopard, sloth bear, gharial crocodile
  • Where: Chitwan District, Nepal

Wildlife trips

This wildlife location is featured in the following itinerary:

Nepal Wildlife

This two-week itinerary visits a trio of national parks in the low lying Terai region, along the border with Nepal’s southern neighbour, India. This area has some of the best locations in the entire subcontinent to see wildlife such as rhino, elephant and Gangetic river dolphin, not to mention prolific birdlife.

  • When to go: Oct-May
  • Duration inc. flights: 13 days
  • Price inc. flights: From £3,695 pp
  • Trip type: Tailor-made trip idea
Suggested accommodation options are shown below. Please contact us for further recommendations.

Rhino Lodge

This lodge offers cottage-style accommodation just a few minutes from the entrance to Chitwan National Park, which houses over 350 species of birds and many mammals, making it Nepal’s premier wildlife destination. Rooms are equipped with en suite facilities and overlook beautiful gardens and the River Rapti.

Tiger Tops Tharu Lodge

Located in Chitwan National Park, this lodge offers accommodation in 12 traditional rooms and seven large African safari style tents, all built from sustainable materials, and with en suite bathroom. Nepal’s original wildlife lodge, it remains at the forefront of ecotourism and offers luxury in a fantastic natural setting.