24. Elephant-back Wildlife Safari

The Chitwan National Park, another world heritage site of Nepal, is renowned for its elephant jungle safari on which you will discover a lost world of signature species including the one-horned rhinoceros, the Bengal tiger and the mugger crocodile.

Chitwan National Park is the first national park in Nepal, covering an area of 932 km2 (360 sq mi), is located in the subtropical Inner Terai lowlands of south-central Nepal. In altitude it ranges from about 100 m (330 ft) to 815 m (2,674 ft).


Elephant back safari, dug out canoe ride, visit to elephant breeding centre and crocodile breeding centre, birdwatching and exploring indigenous people’s villages.

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Chitwan, oh what an adventure!

Chitwan is enjoyable all year round. I was there in early November 2010 with Binaya, our trekking/tour hero. The most memorable to me is a long lasting sunset on the far end of plain land on a never ending drive along the mustard fields blooming in yellow. Next was the sunset over the river so calm to make you feel spiritual immediately. Later on the bone fire and barbecue lightened our night on chit chat with tourists and ourselves.

The elephant safari early in the morning was a unique experience, however, less rewarding for our group in terms of numbers of animals we spotted. A dug out canoe ride right after it was far more rewarding and adventurous. I set out in the community forest side which was quieter and lush green. It was a great birdwatching trip and bonus were spotting an elephant on bathe, one baby crocodile sun bathing, another big crocodile doing the same few meters away and finally a couple of crocodiles on the river bank. One among the two was a Ghariyal, a fish eating crocodile with elongated mouth found only in some parts of Asia.

Lucky, our timing was right – no crocodile in the water underneath our canoe.

Eating weird food in nearby Narayanghat Bazzar was another adventurous experience – fried intestine of goat, boiled head parts and especially fried meat locally called ‘Taas’.

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