Chitwan Travel Guide
Chitwan Travel Guide: For the outdoor enthusiast, Chitwan is heaven by another name. The splendid hills, the magnificent wildlife, the lofty birds are all here in this nature’s paradise. Lying at the foot of the Himalayas, it also is home to some of the rarest animals. One of the last populations of single-horned Indian Rhinoceros (Rhinoceros unicornis) lives in the Chitwan national park which is also one of the last refuges of the Bengal tiger. If rafting or paragliding catches your fancy, fly free. The place will give wings to all your outdoor desires.
Places to visit in Chitwan
Chitwan National Park
One of the few places left to sight, one-horned rhinos and other endangered species like the Bengal Tiger, the Gangetic Dolphins and the Gharial Crocodile, it’s a verdant forest with sal trees covering 70% of the area. About 600 species of plants, over 43 species of large mammals, 526 species of birds, 150 different types of butterflies, 126 species of fish and 49 species of reptiles abound here.
The handsome black-faced, grey langur monkeys and the common brownish red rhesus monkeys, deers include the spotted, barking, samber, hog, swamp and Asia’s largest antelope, the blue bull frolic here unconcerned. Other animal species include leopards, wild dogs, various species of mongoose and cats, wild boar, porcupines, bats and squirrels.
Nature trek to Gadi Hill
Go for Village walks, nature and bird watching tours on Chepang Chitwan Hills trail. You will reach the Uppardang Gadhi – displaying classic octagonal artillery that defended the surrounding countryside and offers spectacular views in every direction.
Apart from a 70mm view of the Himalayas, it affords magnificent sunrise and sunset views from the top of Siraichuli hill. A mixture of experiences of hills and Terai, Cultural Experience the lifestyles of ethnic groups, bird watching and other natural attractions can be had on this trail.
One of the newest adventure sports is on offer but you have to make your own arrangements.
When thousands of water birds migrate along the Koshi Tappu reserve, it is a heavenly sight. Even otherwise, Chitwan is a birdwatcher’s delight with more than 450 migrant and local species.
Raft down the Trishuli River to Chitwan for a different experience. A gentle 2-3 day trip will take you down to Narayanghat.
How to Reach there
It is a 46kms drive east to west (Mahendra Highway); 36kms drive Mugling Narayanghat High way, 17kms Mugling to Mahakhola (Prithivi Highway). Flights to Bharatpur (Nepal) and Meghauli are also available.