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Jungle Safari

The Wild roar of tigers, the sweet chirping of jungle birds, soothing breeze and the splashing ripples of the river Rapti... this is what a visit to the Royal Chitwan National Park may sound like…a dream in reality; but at the RCN, reality speaks for itself. Visit Chitwan if you believe the above statement and all the more if you doubt it. The experience would sure go down as family memorabilia. Striking Features of the Park: There are more than 43 species of mammals, over 450 species of birds, and more than 45 species of amphibians and reptiles located within the boundaries of the park. And there are some outside too. This is one of the most important sub-tropical parks in the Indian sub-continent. The Park is home to more than 43 mammal species, 450 bird species, and more than 45 species of amphibians and reptiles.The Park is well known for the diversity of its eco-systems. Within the park are the Churia hills, ox-bow lakes, and the flood plains of Rapti, Reu and Narayani rivers. Fauna and Flora Mammals There are more than 50 species of mammals in the park. The park is famous for conservation of the endangered one-horned rhinoceros, tiger, gharial, gaur, wild elephant, four horned antelope, striped hyena, pangolin, Gangetic dolphin, monitor lizard, and the python. Some other animals found in the park are sambar, chital (deer), and hog deer, barking deer, sloth deer, common leopard, ratel, palm civet, wild dog, langur and rhesus monkeys. Amphibians More than 45 species of amphibians and reptiles live in the park, more famous of which are the marsh crocodile, cobra, green pit viper and various species of frogs and tortoises. Birds There are more than 450 species of birds in the park. Counted among the endangered birds are the Bengal florican, giant hornbill, lesser florican, black stork and white stork. A few common birds are peafowl, red jungle fowl, and different species of egrets, herons, kingfishers, flycatchers and woodpeckers. The best time for watching the birds is in March and December. Flora One fifth of the park comprises the floodplain of the Narayani, Rapti and the Reu Rivers. It is covered by dense Elephant grass interspersed with forests of silk cotton (Kapok), Acacia and Sisam trees. Adventure Activities one of them is being aware to & watching the natural wonders of Nature that is so abundant at the Park. Watching unique birds and animals from atop an elephant can be an exciting thrill in a league of its own. Here is a list of activities that can make your trip to the Royal Chitwan National Park the memory of a lifetime. Canoeing Canoeing on Chitwan’s calm Rivers is an excellent way of seeing waterfalls. The park's dolphins and crocodiles, however, are seldom seen. The high temperatures experienced in the park make bathing in the river an attractive pastime. Water-holes also lure some for a swim. Watching the elephants showering is a very interesting affair. Elephant Tracking Elephant rides is a major Chitwan attraction. Wild boar, red deer and other creatures of the jungle can be seen in the morning and evening, especially from atop the tall pachyderms. One more advantage is that rhinos can be approached without danger. Apart from the animals, luxuriant vegetation and jungle chorus of different sounds at different parts of the day - make the ride a thoroughly memorable experience. Jeep Safaris Jungle safaris by the good-old land rover make it possible to explore the length and breadth of the National Park. It’s an exciting feature of the Park. White- Water Rafting White-water rafting ventures and jungle safaris together represents the ultimate adventure in this area. The river trip itself takes two to three days, commencing at or upstream of Mugling and ending in Narayanghat. Animal Watching from Hides Apart from safaris on foot and elephant back, hides offer animal watchers another way of getting what they want. Called ‘machans’ in the local language, these wooden towers are usually erected in clearings crossed by game paths. The best time to watch red deer and rhinos is early morning and evening.
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