If you are looking for a jungle experience this monsoon, then Chitwan is where you should be headed to. Set right in the heart of Nepal down in the humid plains, Chitwan offers one of Asia’s best wildlife-viewing spots. These subtropical plains hide an array of wildlife worthy of The Jungle Book. Nature buffs from around the world come here to scan the treetops for exotic bird species and comb the jungles for rhinos and tigers from the backs of lumbering elephants. There’s plenty to keep you busy here, from joining the elephants at bath time to visiting local Tharu villages, and the brave can even take a guided walk through the jungle, surrounded by the hoots and roars of the forest.
Chitwan boasts more than 50 different species of mammals, including rhinos, tigers, deer, monkeys, elephants, leopards, sloth bears, wild boar and hyenas. Birdwatchers can tick off 450 different species of birds while butterfly-spotters have identified at least 67 species, some as large as your hand. It also has significant populations of Gharials (crocodiles). You may spot barking deer, spotted deer, hog deer, sambar and massive gaurs (wild oxen). Birds seen in Chitwan include bulbuls, mynahs, egrets, parakeets, jungle fowl, peacocks, kingfishers, orioles and various species of drongos. Keen birders should keep an eye out for rare species such as ruby-cheeked sunbirds, emerald doves, jungle owlets and crested hornbills.
You can find them all here in Chitwan National Park which is enlisted in World Heritage Sites. It protects over 932 sq km of forests, marshland and rippling grassland and most importantly has been a safe haven to sizeable populations of wildlife. Other notable attractions around here are Elephant Breeding Centre, and Tharu Villages. The breeding centre provides many of the elephants for jungle safaris in Chitwan where you can watch the fascinating creature and even a baby elephant if you’re lucky! You can also beat the heat with elephant showers and explore the Tharu villages nearby on foot or by bike and pay a visit to Tharu Cultural Museum. Tharu Cultural Show is something not to be missed whereby the indigenous Tharu people perform traditional Tharu songs and dances giving you a taste of their local culture. Apart from the Jungle Safari and jungle walks, you can also take a canoeing trip on the Rapti or Narayani river where you will have a good chance of spotting water birds and crocodiles. And as the monsoon intensifies, the jungle comes alive as it gets greener and denser. With so much going on, Chitwan is sure to surprise and delight the traveler in you. Click the following link and book your next adventure in the wild with us!