Chitwan is a region in Nepal which was once a favourite hunting ground of the country’s ruling class. The Chitwan National Park was established in 1973 and was the first of its kind in Nepal. The park was later granted the status of World Heritage Site in 1984. Located in south-central Nepal, it is situated at an altitude ranging from 100 m to 815 m in the Churia Hills. The Chitwan National Park is among the most popular tourist destinations in Nepal, and is a paradise for birdwatchers due to its staggering numbers almost 543 avian species.
The flora and fauna of Chitwan consist mainly of sal trees, and is home to at least 700 species of wildlife. The fauna consists of species such as the Butterfly Moth, King Cobra, monitor lizards, mugger crocodiles, the Royal Bengal Tiger, Sloth Bears, Bengal Foxes among others. Safaris are a primary experience at the Chitwan National Park, be it the Jeep safari that explores the jungles for creatures both big and small; an elephant safari to witness wildlife in a more intimate manner; or birdwatching with your pair of binoculars to see the many colourful wonders of the avian world. Apart from exploring the forests, the many rivers that flow around the park provide an opportunity for whitewater rafting. The Trishuli River is one such example that is suitable for both beginners as well as experienced rafters. A rather unusual sport, invented here at the Chitwan National Park is the game of elephant polo, which is not just unique but also highly popular in Meghauli. An unmissable sight, these games are usually scheduled for the latter half of the year. The masks that are typically seen in homes of art connoisseurs, can be bought here locally. Traditionally used in Buddhist festivals, these beautiful carved wooden faces make for thoughtful souvenirs or gifts.
Meghauli Serai—a Taj Safari, offers a memorable experience of the Chitwan National Park.
Meghauli Serai, Chitwan National Park