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At the western edge of the tiny and landlocked Republic of Nepal, the lush landscape of the Chitwan Valley is an area of tropical lowlands and one of the regions last unspoilt natural ecosystems. The Chitwan Valley is inhabited by numerous rural farming communities as the fertile land is ideal for grain and food crops, but it is the region's non-human inhabitants that provide a compelling reason to visit the area.

Since 1973, more than nine hundred square kilometres of the Chitwan Valley have been legally protected to ensure the preservation of local ecosystems and biodiversity. As a consequence, Nepal's first national conservation area, Chitwan National Park, offers visitors one of Asia's greatest opportunities to observe and encounter wildlife in a natural environment of unparalleled beauty.

Awarded UNESCO World Heritage site status in 1984, approximately seventy percent of Chitwan National Park's area is covered by subtropical rainforest whilst most of the rest is lush grassland. Within this stunning landscape, backdropped by the Himalayan Mountains, some of the world's rarest and most exotic birds and mammals may be found. This is one of the last habitats of the rare Bengal Tiger, the protected One-horned Rhinoceros and the Gharial Crocodile. Many other mammals can be seen in the park, which is also a haven for birdwatchers with 544 bird species observed here.

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Grand Tour of India & Nepal
Flexible Booking
(27 reviews)
2021AprOctNov
19 days from
£3,195 pp
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  • DestinationIndia, Nepal
  • Starts / EndsLondon Heathrow
  • AccommodationHotel
  • TransportFlight, Rail, Coach
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“Great experience but very tiring. We could have flown direct to |Amritsar and then taken a train back to New Delhi. We could in each city have stayed somewhere close to the sights so that we would not have needed to spend hours extra stuck in traffic jams as we tried to cross the cities.

Bishajari Tal

Within the National Park, Bishajari Tal is a network of connected lakes, man-made waterways and wetlands which can be followed by road and is excellent to explore by bicycle. Wildlife visible along Bishajari Tal's route includes monkeys, crocodiles, deer and innumerable species of birds.

Tharu Culture Museum

Located in the Chitwan village of Bachhauli, the Tharu Culture Museum invites vistors to explore the rich culture and history of the indigenous Tharu prople who have inhabited Chitwan for at least seven hundred years. Exhibits include traditional paintings, artefacts, instruments, handicrafts and natural medicines.

Kasara Durbar

The administrative Headquarters of the Chitwan National Park is housed in a former royal hunting lodge on the south bank of the Rapti River where there is also a small but informative natural history museum and visitor centre. Elephants at the park's nearby elephant breeding centre bathe in the river here at lunchtime each day.

Kurintar

The small village of Kurintar on the banks of Trisuli River in Chitwan is the site of Nepal's only cable car; an unmissable experience. Imported from Austria and boasting a 100% safety record since its inauguration in 1998, the Kurintar Cable Car transports visitors 2.8 kilometres to the sacred Manakamana temple which sits on a high ridge overlooking the river.

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