Chitwan National Park

by Julia Laporte February. 19, 2019 710 views

Chitwan was Nepal’s first National Park established in 1973. It has a proud history of wildlife conservation activities and anti-poaching measures, which have greatly reduced the number of incidents and recently even led to a number of zero-poaching years. The jungle is my favourite place in Nepal, as it is so quiet and peaceful and yet full of life. The wildlife can sometimes be difficult to spot and locate, which makes it all the more rewarding when you have a beautiful sighting of an animal.

This time of year, a heavy mist lies over the landscape in the mornings. So much so that you initially interpret it to be a cloudy and gloomy day. However, most mornings the mist gives way to piercing rays of sunshine and within an hour or two the mist is lifted completely revealing grasslands, some marsh-like areas as well as sal forests.

While all animals are exciting to see in their natural habitat I will highlight two experiences. On one of our days we lay low in an area where we had heard two tigers mating the previous day. When they mate they usually stay together for 2-3 days before going their separate ways again, so there was a good chance they would be in the same area. Sure enough, we heard them all day long and were hoping they would venture out into the river bed to allow us a glimpse. Unfortunately, we didn’t get to see them but hearing those primal and incredibly intimidating sounds all day made their presence very real and amazing.

Where we happened to be very lucky was a clear and wonderful sighting of a sloth bear, which is just as rare as seeing a tiger in Chitwan, depending on the season. The sloth bear was just across a canal of water and not affected at all to see us standing there watching for several minutes.

Chitwan National Park is such a magical place and I hope to be back again sooner rather than later.

Crossing the Narayani river in the morning to enter Chitwan National Park

Crossing the Narayani river in the morning to enter Chitwan National Park

Spotted deer

Spotted deer

Spotted deer

Spotted deer

Dew drops on the spider webs

Dew drops on the spider webs

Young rhesus macaque monkeys

Young rhesus macaque monkeys

Spotted deer

Spotted deer

Wild boar

Wild boar

Common langur

Common langur

The sun piercing through the forest canopy

The sun piercing through the forest canopy

One of many spider webs

One of many spider webs

Red-breasted parakeet

Red-breasted parakeet

The greater one-horned rhinoceros

The greater one-horned rhinoceros

Serpent eagle

Serpent eagle

At this time of year the grasslands are burned to make way for new growth and the hardened elephant grass is used in building fences and walls by the local people

At this time of year the grasslands are burned to make way for new growth and the hardened elephant grass is used in building fences and walls by the local people

Wild boar

Wild boar

Marsh mugger crocodile

Marsh mugger crocodile

Common Langur

Common Langur

A young rhino spotted while walking with elephants - in this picture past an elephant’s trunk and body

A young rhino spotted while walking with elephants - in this picture past an elephant’s trunk and body

The grasslands

The grasslands

The endangered gharial crocodile

The endangered gharial crocodile

Spotted deer

Spotted deer

The greater one-horned rhinoceros

The greater one-horned rhinoceros

Afternoon sun in the sal forest

Afternoon sun in the sal forest

Common langur

Common langur

Grey headed fishing eagle

Grey headed fishing eagle

Sloth bear

Sloth bear

One last try to stake out a tiger by the river side during twilight with our guide, Dan

One last try to stake out a tiger by the river side during twilight with our guide, Dan

Sunset over the lower hills of the national park

Sunset over the lower hills of the national park

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G B 2 years, 2 months ago

beautiful and fascinating series!

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Julia Laporte Replied to G B 2 years, 2 months ago

Thank you, Glo!

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Björn Roose 2 years, 2 months ago

Nice series smile

2 years, 2 months ago Edited
Julia Laporte Replied to Björn Roose 2 years, 2 months ago

Thank you, Björn. smile

2 years, 2 months ago Edited
Natascha 2 years, 2 months ago

I love the bear!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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Julia Laporte Replied to Natascha 2 years, 2 months ago

smile

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Paul Kullar 2 years, 2 months ago

Amazing

2 years, 2 months ago Edited
Julia Laporte Replied to Paul Kullar 2 years, 2 months ago

It really was.

2 years, 2 months ago Edited
Greg Blaney 2 years, 2 months ago

WOW, exceptional photos, Julia. I've been to this park and it was incredible, but I never saw the variety of wildlife that you saw. And you were able to get such wonderful pictures of each. I am truly envious grinning

2 years, 2 months ago Edited
Julia Laporte Replied to Greg Blaney 2 years, 2 months ago

Thank you, Greg. As It is my favourite place in Nepal we made sure to stay there a couple of days. It always comes down to time and some luck. smile

2 years, 2 months ago Edited
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