Chitwan National Park
Nepals’ Chitwan National Park also happens to be a UNESCO World Heritage Site with the Horned Rihno making it a proud home. Located in the park of Kasara, 13kms west of Sauraha bank of Rapti River; Chitwan National Park is home to several endangered wildlife species.
The main attractions of the park are Elephants and the Rhinos. Basically meaning “Heart of Jungle” it’s a thrilling place with crocodile filled marshed waters, dense waters and elephant safaris. There is also this hot boiling water spouts which take visitors by surprise. It’s good to be here in early hours as most of the activities of animals are carried out in the morning. Or else you can be here in the evenings. Afternoons are lazy.
Filled with host of wild animals like Bengal tiger, fishing cat, leopard cat, marbled cat, mongoose, golden jackals, Bengal foxes, honey badgers, striped hyenas, spotted linsangs, coated – otters, sambar deer, black naped hares, Gould’s sunbird, black chinned yuhina, blossom headed parakeet, slaty – breasted rail, Indian porcupines, flying squirrels, black neaped hares, endangered hispid hares, grass warblers, egrets, great spotted eagle, Eastern imperial eagle, brahminy ducks, Palla’s fish eagle and so on. its one of the most adventurous places of Nepal! Interestingly if you are here in early wee hours you are bound to see one of those sort - of smiling leopards and sloth – bears.
Elephant Breeding Centre
Inside the National Park there is an elephant breeding centre – a perfect place to say natural plays of baby elephants. See these cute babies playing in mud, sand and with their mothers – till the time you don’t intervene. Also see here how diligently elephant sweets are made out of molasses, salt and rice. To see the entire breeding centre one can either walk under the guidance of a guide or take a cycle along the road of Jungle Lagoon Safari Lodge. Be here at 6:00 a.m. to get the best experience of all times.
Get a hour and half jungle ride on the back of elephant which runs here every day. These rides are early morning and late afternoon. Yes, of course there is that Jungle Jeep Safari too; but elephant are the best and magnificent. After all, who cares for the man – made machines when there are those beautiful creatures are there (till the time you behave properly with them!). The ride takes you through the canope of Rapti river.
This thrilling place is best for 2- 3 days to experience the sounds of cockoos and other wild birds n animals in wee hours. Thrill fills in with passing of every leopard and royal eagle. Wild flowers make your way and the happily playing little elephants in the warmth of their mothers make it a pleasant destination. Mobile networks can be a problem while on Jungle safaris. With more than 160 species of birds and 296 animals species; it’s a perfect place for nature lovers - especially in the winters!