Chitwan National Park is the first national park of Nepal, established in 1973, located in southern central Nepal, some 146 km away from Kathmandu. It is one of the few serene jungles in the Terai region. This park has been listed as a natural heritage site by UNESCO back in 1979. The park which covers a total of 932 sq. km. is the home of various flora and fauna and inhabitants of one-horned Asiatic rhinoceros.
The park has a rich flora that includes sal, Palash, silk, cotton, tree fern, cycas, Screw pine, and orchids. It is also the home of over 50 different types of grass species. It is also the home to 58 species of mammals, 539 types of birds, 56 types of reptiles and amphibians, and 124 species of fish. The mammalian species include the rhinoceros, tiger, elephant, antelope, leopard, wild boar, and bear to name a few. There are reptiles, so there are the golden monitor lizard, python, crocodile, etc. Some of the bird species found here are the black-necked stork, the grey-headed fishing eagle, and the Bengal Florida to name a few. Besides having a jungle safari, you can participate in varieties of activities such as elephant rides, jungle drives, canoeing rides, natural/village walks, bird watching, cultural programs,s, etc. You can explore these diverse facets and have fond in your lifetime.
There are public buses, tourist coaches, and airline services directly linked from Kathmandu to Chitwan. You also can hire a private vehicle. You can reach within merely within 4 hours drive. You also can reach the park by rafting down the Trishuli and Narayani rivers.