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Chitwan National Park

At the foot of the Himalayas, the Chitwan National Park is located in the subtropical Inner Terai lowlands of South-Central Nepal, and is the last surviving example of the natural ecosystems of the Terai region. From the end of the nineteenth century to the 1950s, Chitwan, also referred to as the Heart of the Jungle, was a primary hunting ground for the ruling class of Nepal. With the threat of the extinction of rhinos, the park was established in 1973, and granted the status of a World Heritage Site in 1984, becoming Nepal’s first national park. The park now covers an area of 235400 acres and is home to a total of 68 species of mammals, 544 species of birds, 56 species of reptiles and amphibians and 126 species of fish. It now houses breeding centres for crocodiles, turtles and vultures, and is also a refuge for the endangered One-Horned Rhinoceros and the Royal Bengal Tiger. The park is renowned for its awe-inspiring scenery, with a rich supply of flora and fauna and the Himalayan mountains as the backdrop,  Chitwan is one of the most attractive areas of Nepal’s lowlands. With forested hills, dramatic river landscapes and steep cliffs along the valley basin, the Chitwan National Park is an exceptional display of natural beauty.