Even if the main purpose of your trip is for some Himalayan adventures it is worth setting some time aside to visit one of Nepal’s National Parks. These wildlife reserves have been established to help preserve the country’s important native species.
Chitwan National Park, for instance, was set up in 1973 and became a World Heritage Site in 1984. It covers an area of 360 square miles in subtropical south-central Nepal. In altitude it ranges from about 100 metres (330 ft) in the river valleys to 815 metres (2,674 ft) in the hills, and it is home to vast array of animal and birdlife. The park is famously home to the endangered Bengal tiger.
Himalayan Magic Adventures will see you settled in a comfortable lodge with good food and drink. Your personal guide can take you on river trips, where you can see many species of bird and possibly a crocodile. You can visit traditional local villages and learn about the history of the area, its people and its culture. A ride on the back of an elephant gives you the opportunity to get up close with rhinoceros and other jungle animals, without threatening their habitat. If you are feeling adventurous you may want to take part in bathing the elephants – expect to get wet!
Your safari trip can be as long or as short as you like. You can visit Chitwan, for instance, for two or three days when travelling between Kathmandu and Pokhara.