South-central region of Nepal is rich in temperate climate and sub-tropical forests, creating a perfect environment for breeding a variety of species of Flora and Fauna. The denser forests of Terai is home to some of the most exotic animals found in Asia.
Chitwan National Park (UNESCO World Heritage Site), covering 932 km2 /360 sq mi/, was established in 1973 in the subtropical inner Terai belts of South-central Nepal. It is known to be the first national park of Nepal.
Though, the forest has been under continuous surveillance and in protection from the poachers, the darker past of the region still manages to taunt it. The massive hunting expeditions enjoyed by many Royals, lords of the British Raj and hunting enthusiasts during the 19-20th century, have caused the mass depletion of some of the exquisite animals from the region. The mass poaching since 1950 has also caused the major depletion of One-horned Rhino and Royal Bengal Tiger in an alarming rate.
Found mostly in the forests of Bengal, Royal Bengal Tigers in a small number are found in Nepal and Thailand as well. Spotting a live ‘Beast’ in the wild is the rarest of all Safari activities.
You can either do wildlife safari in Chitwan as a sole trip or along with your trek as an addition.