Jungle Safari is an act of exploring the forest regions via a jeep or by sitting on the back of an  elephant or even on a horse. Nepal , home of more than 200 species of mammals and over 900 species of birds , is one of the world’s most lucrative destinations for wildlife lovers all around the world. Jungle Safari is the best way to enjoy these gems of nature roaming freely in the wild. There are 10 National Parks and four wildlife reserves all over Nepal so you will never be short of visiting sites for exploring. Some of the best destinations for jungle Safari in Nepal are listed below:

Chitwan National Park

one horned rhino- Chitwan National Park

Bardia National Park :

Home of over 30 species of mammals and over 350 species of birds , Bardia National park is the largest national park in terai of Nepal stretching over 968 sq km. It is situated in mid-western region of Nepal accessible by short drive from Nepalgunj city. The major attraction of this park is Largest wild tuskers in Asia, the majestic species of Elephant. Rhesus Monkey, Hyenas , Civets, Wolf roam in the  jungle. There are vast swathes of grasslands within the region where sightseeing would be easier.

For vegetation lovers, towering sal trees and carpet of savannah and riverine vegetation would be the best of the treat. It is heaven for bird lovers as exotic bird species such as cormorants,egret,storks,geese,jungle fowls etc wander in the sky of the park. Babai River, which cuts through the park , is home of Black Buck, gharial and mash mugger crocodile. There is much to see and explore and jungle safari is the best way to get most out of this parks. Many companies provide these services in reasonable price. There are many jungle safari packages which includes airport pickup,lodging and additional services. The cost of safari starts from $150 .

Bardia National Park-jungle safari

Koshi-Tappu Wildlife Reserve:

Located in Eastern region of Nepal, it covers an area of 175 square km and included the region of Saptari and Sunsari District. It was primarily established to conserve wild buffalos which are the endangered species. Easily Accessible through  East West Highway, Saptakoshi river flows through the reserve which is home to special species of dolphins only found here. Some of the major attractions of Koshi Tappu are wild buffalo(water buffalo also known as Arna),deer, nilgai, mugger crocodile and Gangetic Dolphins.

There is a birdwatching ground where you can watch different exotic species of wetlands birds. You can also enjoy boating in Saptakoshi river watching several aquatic animals.If you purchase the safari package in one of the reputed travel agencies, they will take care of all the nitty gritty things like accommodation,transportations, skilled safari guides and necessary permits. The cost of packages vary with the travel agencies.

Shuklaphanta Wildlife Reserve:

Shuklaphanta Wildlife Reserve-jungle safari

Shuklaphanta wildlife reserve is located in far western Terai of Nepal. It is also the prime destination for great jungle safari in Nepal and is a habitat for 2,000 swamp deers, around 50 elephants and 30 tigers. There are many open grasslands and numerous waterholes in the park. The forest consists of Towering Sal Trees with marsh vegetation on the floor. Originally established as protected hunter area, safari in this park allows you to spot animals such as spotted deer, blue bulls, barking deer, hog deer, wild boars, leopards, jackals, langurs and rhesus monkey.

Open grasslands will allow you clear sight of some of the rare birds species such as endangered Bengal Florican,Sarus crane, swamp francolin, grass owl etc. Reptiles such as mugger,cobra , crocodile and python live in swampy regions. Thus there are much to explore in this park and couple of days of jungle safari would be quite enough to get the most out of this reserve. It is easily accessible via roadways and flights from Kathmandu and many travel agencies provide affordable packages including accommodation and transportations services.

Although, there are many other locations best suited for jungle safari in Nepal, these locations are particularly popular among the tourists because of unique experience they provide. Safari is just a click away in Nepal as many travel agencies nowadays provide online booking system. They provide cost effective packages which will take away the extra tension of managing everything by yourself. Just buy suitable packages provided by travel agencies  and get ready to enjoy unique safari experience. If you want the thrill of doing everything yourself, all the above jungle safari sites in nepal are easily accessible by roadways and flights and accommodation is not of much trouble as these safari sites are located in either urban or suburban areas.

Nepal is also one of the cheapest Asian countries to visit in 2020 http://geniuserc.com/10-cheapest-asian-countries-for-tourism-in-2020/

Learn more about Tourism in Nepal here https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tourism_in_Nepal

By Aashiz Poudel

Aashiz is currently a mechanical engineering students pursuing his degrees at IOE,Purwanchal Campus, Dharan. He is not just limited to the field of mechanical engineering. He loves coding and building stuffs.

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