Asian Rhinoceroses, Chitwan National Park, Nepal

Chitwan

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

Wildlife

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.

Where to stay

Some of the wonderful places to stay that we frequently recommended.

Tiger Tops Elephant Camp £££££

  • Nepal
  • Safari and Wildlife Lodge

Located on the edge of Chitwan National Park, close to the Narayani River, Tiger Tops Elephant Camp offers the opportunity to stay alongside Tiger Tops’ 12 resident Asian elephants. Tiger Tops Elephant Camp allows you to connect with the elephants in a more personalised, profound and unobtrusive way. Guests can enjoy a range of elephant activities or simply spend time with the herd throughout the day to get to know their individual personalities, behaviour and habits. Six comfortable safari-style tents with attached bathrooms accommodate you during your stay.

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Taj Meghauli Serai £££££

  • Nepal
  • Safari and Wildlife Lodge

The lodge sits on the bank of the Rapti river and offers excellent rhino and gharial sightings. The guides are excellent and the lodge’s other staff are all very hospitable, which is a trademark of Taj Safari in India.

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Barahi Jungle Lodge £££££

  • Nepal
  • Safari and Wildlife Lodge

The beautiful Barahi Jungle Lodge offers comfortable surroundings with an amazing wildlife experience. The lodge has naturalists to accompany you on a jeep safari and jungle walks. The lodge cares for their own elephants, so the chance to witness the animals bathing in the river is a real possibility. The individual cottages, overlook the forest and are built using natural materials. The verandah looks out across the river. You might be lucky to spot a rhino from here. The large swimming pool also overlooks the river and reserve. The food is top-notch and bountiful and prepared to personal taste.

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Tiger Tops Tharu Lodge £££££

  • Nepal
  • Safari and Wildlife Lodge

Situated in Chitwan’s buffer zone near the river, Tharu Lodge is owned and managed by the famous Tiger Tops group who set up the first camp in the jungle here before it was even declared a national park.

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