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Asian Rhinoceroses, Chitwan National Park, Nepal


Chitwan is famous as one of the best wildlife viewing national parks in Asia and was declared a UNESCO Heritage Site in 1984.

The park is world-renowned for rhino sightings in great numbers. With mixed vegetation of savannah, riverine and sal forest, Chitwan is Nepal’s most-visited national park and a haven for wildlife aficionados.

Four of the ‘Big Five’ can be seen (rhinos, tigers, leopards and Asiatic elephants) along with a rich population of deer, wild boar, marsh mugger and gharial.

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Chitwan, Nepal
Tiger Tops Elephant Camp, Chitwan, Nepal
Tiger Tops Elephant Camp, Chitwan, Nepal
Asian Rhino, Tiger Tops Tharu, Chitwan, Nepal
Chitwan, Nepal


Due to its close proximity to the Himalayan circuit, the park also shelters winter and summer migrants along with more than 500 native bird species.

Chitwan is a birdwatcher’s paradise – replete with species, such as the great hornbill, ruddy shelduck, pied kingfisher and red-headed trogon. Strict conservation policies and military patrolling have reduced poaching incidents and the park’s rhino population is on the increase.

Meet our experts

A passion for travel runs right through every one of our experts - meaning they're always ready with first-hand insight about their specialist countries.

Kate Hitchen

My travels were first inspired by my love of the UK, which I take as much pleasure in exploring as countries far and wide. For me, travel is all about the adventure, the people I meet and the food I sample along the way.

In fact, I am never happier than when I’m cycling, trekking or simply eating my way through a country! My heart and head regularly pull me east, notably to India but I may also be found wandering through the galleries and piazzas of Italy or daydreaming about fresh ceviche in the far west.

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Joe Parkes

As a child I read voraciously so the seed of travel was planted by none other than Enid Blyton. Family holidays ran the gamut from icy dips in the early summer seas of Cornwall, to camel rides in north Africa, from Times Square to Tenerife. A GAP year upon leaving school cemented the travel bug. After graduating University and before stumbling, happily, into a career in the travel industry I spent a couple of glorious years exploring southern and east Africa, large swathes of South-east Asia, India, Nepal, and Sri Lanka.

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