Chitwan National Park
Chitwan National park is a world heritage property, and it also contains a Ramsar Site – Beeshazari Tal in its buffer zone. The CNP has a history of over 3 decades in park management and a rich experience in resolving conflicts between the park and the people.
It is a rich natural area in the Terai, the subtropical southern part of Nepal. A total of 68 species of mammals, 544 species of birds, 56 species of herpetofauna and 126 species of fish have been recorded in the park. The park is especially renowned for its protection of One Horned Rhinoceros, Royal Bengal Tiger and Gharial Crocodile.
Bardia National Park
The parks origins began in the late 1960’s when some 368 sq. kms were set aside as royal hunting grounds. However, it wasn’t until 1982 that the Royal Bardia National Reserve was officially formed, and even then it didn’t become a fully fledged National Park until 1988. The aim was to preserve the diversity of decreasing species, in particular the tiger and its natural prey species.
Over 1400 people living in the area, many of them farmers, were removed to provide a greater area for the abundant species within the park. A buffer zone and community forest were established around the park to try to reduce subsistence poaching inside the park by the local communities. Without so much human interference the diverse habitats inside the park have improved greatly. Bardia’s relatively remote location has meant the Park has enjoyed minimum impact from tourism, and though access has improved significantly over recent years, visitor numbers are still much lower than Nepal’s most famous park, Chitwan.
It wasn’t until the mid 90’s that basic facilities for travelers began to appear. Since then, tourism has started to increase and there now are a variety of lodges to choose from. To date the impact of visiting travelers has been minimal and the experience for a visitor is very different to that in Chitwan National Park as you feel much closer to nature and completely removed from bright lights shops, restaurants, bars and traffic.
– Asian Elephant (Elephas maximus)
– Greater one horned Rhinoceros (Rhinoceros nicornis)
– Spotted Deer or Chital (Axis axis)
– Hog Deer (Axis porcinus)
– Barking Deer (Muntiacus muntjak)
– Samber (Cervus unicolor)
– Swamp deer or Barasingha (Cervus duvauceli)
– Nilgai or Blue bull (Boselaphus tragocamelus)
– Black buck (Antelope Cervicapra)
– Wild Boar (Sus scrafa)
– Royal Bengal tiger (Panthera tigers)
– Leopard (Panthera nardus)
– Wild dog (Cuon alpinus)
– Golden Jackal (Canis aureus)
– Striped Hyena (Hyaena hyaena)
Gangetic Dolphin (Platanista gangetic)
These include the common langur monkey (Presbytus entelrus) Rhesus Macaque (Macaca mulatta) Indian fox (Vulpes bengalensis) Large Indian civet (Viverra zibetha) Small Indian civet (Viverricula indica) Asian Palm civet (Paradoxurus hermaphroditus) Jungle cat (Felis chaus) Leopard cat (Felis bengalensis)
Fishing cat (Felis viverrina) Yellow-throated Marten (Martes flavigula) Smooth-coated otter (Lutrogal perspicllata) Common Indian Mongoose (Herpestes guropunctatus) Indian Hare (Lepus nigricollis) Hispid Hare (Caprolagus hispidus) Indian porcupine (Hystrix indica)
Giant Flying Squirrel (petaurista) Indian flying fox (pteropus giganteus) Short-noesd fruit bat (Cynopterus sphinx) Indian Pipestrelle (Pipestrellus coromandra) common yellow bat (scotophillus heathii) Hoarybellied Himalayan squirrel (callousiurus stenensi) Five-striped palm squirrel (Funambulus pennanti) Fulvus fruit bat (Rousttus leschenaultia) Chinese Pangolin (Minis pentadactyla) Ratel or Honey Badger (Mellivora capensis) Grey Musk Shrew (Suncus murinus)
Whitewater Adventures Nepal can organise both off this national park trip from one night two days to three nights four days’ packages contact us for more details itinerary and information.