Not many travelers know that you can take a safari in Nepal.
The truth is, Nepal’s Chitwan National Park,otherwise known as “The Heart of the Jungle”, is a major World Heritage UNESCO park with a wicked assortment of wildlife and endangered species. If Chitwan isn’t on your bucket list for Nepal, it should be.
A Guide to Chitwan National Park
Chitwan Park spans 932 sq kilometers of grasslands, lowlands, wetlands and river and is home to 600 species of birds and 68 mammals (including the endangered royal Bengal tiger, sloth bears, langur monkeys and one-horned rhinoceros) .
HIstorically, Chitwan National Park was once a gaming resort for the royal families. But in 1973, the park became a conservation park, preserving and protecting endangered wildlife and in 1983 it became a World Heritage UNESCO site.
The park is patrolled by the Nepali army but the Tharu ethnic minority has many villages around the park. They are its silent guardians, helping protect and maintain it. Many are employed through the resident lodges.
The Tharu are an indigenous ethnic culture often found in the lowlands of Nepal and India.
Read more from source: Tigers, Rhinos and Deers… A Guide to Chitwan National Park