Chitwan National Park is probably the most popular national park of Nepal and one of the most visited tourist destinations. Established in 1972, it was enlisted in the UNESCO World Heritage list in 1984. The park covers an area of 932 km2, spread in the subtropical Inner Terai lowland of south-central Nepal. Chitwan National Park is an abundance of wildlife and flora.
In your visit to the park, there are several options for you to choose like you can have a jeep safari, elephant riding, canoeing and jungle walk. You can either option appropriate for you. However, today we will talk about the jungle walk.
As the word itself implies jungle walk, you have to walk the park and explore on your own. What can be more adventurous than going in the field on your own and exploring the things? The park is mainly known as the home of one-horned rhino, gharial crocodiles, and Royal Bengal Tiger. But, not to worry there will guides assisting you in every step and keeping away perils. It is all about your safety, even for a solo traveler, it is mandated to go with guides.
As you walk proceeds, you and your guides will walk along the main street of Sauraha. After a while, you will come across a river, Rapti River and cross it on a canoe. In Rapti River, you will see gharial crocodiles in waters or banks. After crossing the river, your actual jungle walk will take place. The vegetation of the jungle is predominated by sal trees covering the 70% of park area. Before entering the jungle, you will be provided with some tips for danger. With much wildlife in the jungle, a dangerous condition may occur. Like climb a tree or run in the zigzag way if you encounter rhino, run into a thick forest if you met an elephant, be silent and still if met with tiger and many other tips. You must grab yourself a bamboo stick in case animals attack you.
You and your group can see many crocodiles walking parallel to the bank of Rapti River. You can also see rhinos in the pond where they come to drink water and bathe on hot days of summer. Sometimes other animals like bulls and cows can be seen with bathing with rhino. Grazing rhinos can be spotted too. As you go deeper in the forest, you can see peacocks and dear. If the day is bright and nice, then you may also see wild boar, sloth bear, Royal Bengal Tigers, and dolphins. Do not forget to look in the trees too as Chitwan National Park is home to about 600 species of birds. Brahminy ducks and goosanders are generally spotted in the park.
It will be best if you visit the park during January or February, as the sunlight doesn’t pierce through the dense forest and animals comes out of the jungle in search of sunlight, which will give you perfect chance to see them. Having the live experience of seeing the animals which you have seen only in biology books, magazine or wildlife documentaries is amazing.