Contrary to popular belief, Nepal is not just the snow-clad mountains but also much more. With 16 national parks covering almost 16% of the kingdom coupled with the astonishing difference in topography, vegetation and climate, Nepal has a lot to offer a wildlife fanatic.
No trip to Nepal is complete without visiting one of the various wildlife sanctuaries. These wildlife reserves located in the flood plains of the country attract visitors from all over the world. It is quite amazing to see that the country holds such diversity in a small area. The magnificence of the towering mountains is matched by the abundance of wildlife in the tiny kingdom. One moment you are in a French Alps type of environment and within minutes you are amidst tropical forests teeming with wildlife. A foray into the deep jungles of the terai is stepping into the domain of the Royal Bengal tiger, or “Sher Khan” made famous by Rudyard Kipling in his ever popular ‘Jungle Book’. So you can step into the shoes of Mowgli to match his escapades and relive the adventure.
The various parks scattered around the country offer a unique opportunity to view a variety of animals from close quarters. Several resort that boast comfortable accommodation and delectable cuisine dot the parks. Manned by trained personnel they provide various wildlife activities like safaris on elephant backs, jungle drives in jeeps, walks through the jungle, canoe trips that take you deep into the jungle, beyond the beaten tracks. The anticipation of encountering a rhino or a tiger face to face or listening to the sights and sounds of the jungle gives you a high beyond comprehension. Apart from animals the culture and lifestyle of the tharus, the local indigenous people of the terai, offer a unique cultural experience.