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The beautiful Royal Chitwan National Park is located 166 km southwest of Kathmandu and nearly 204 km southeast of Pokhara. The park sprawls across lushly wooded hills and is home to a variety of flora and fauna. Chitwan offers great tiger and rhino spotting opportunities.


The Royal Chitwan National Park is a sprawling area of low, heavily forested hills bordering India in the south. A veritable haven of wildlife, you can spot a wide variety of animals like the one-horned rhino, elephant, leopard, deer, wild boar and around 400 species of birds. The park, formerly a royal hunting preserve, covers nearly 400 square miles of dense forest and is home to nearly 60 Bengal Tigers.

The best time to visit the park is March through May. The elephant grass at this time of the year grows up to 20 ft, which is too short to provide cover to the rhinos who prefer this riverine environment. This is the natural habitat of endangered animals like Bengal Tigers, one-horned rhinoceros and gharial crocodile. The park also secures populations of other endangered species such as wild elephant, four-horned antelope, striped hyena, pangolin, Gangetic dolphin, monitor lizard and python.

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