Nepal may be home to most of the Himalayan range – a whopping 800km stretch – but it’s not content to stop there when it comes to breathtaking highlights. Chitwan National Park is another wonderous attraction, the lush, subtropical lowland yin to Nepal’s mountainous yang. It’s one of the few remaining undisturbed pockets of the Terai region, which once spread over the foothills of India and Nepal, and home to one of the last populations of Indian one-horned rhinos as well as a refuge of the Bengal tiger.
Wedged between two river valleys, covered with lush vegetation and with the mighty Himalayas as a backdrop, Chitwan National Park is a glorious eyeful.
The fact that you can explore Chitwan in a variety of ways makes it unique, and uniquely enjoyable. Elephant safaris run here, but we do not agree with riding elephants anywhere, full stop. Instead, jump in a jeep, hop in a canoe or, even better, walk – Chitwan is one of the only places in the world where you can spot a tiger on foot. If that doesn’t get your blood pumping, we recommend you see a doctor.
Find out more in our Chitwan National Park travel guide…