Shuklaphanta National Park
Shuklaphanta National Park is located in the far western lowland Terai of Nepal. The pristine sub-tropical jungle makes Shuklaphanta Nepal’s second largest wildlife reserve in Terai. The open grasslands and numerous waterholes of the park extend into a vast expanse of plain grasslands and Sal forests, while marsh vegetation is found along the rivers and lakes. The reserve that was originally a hunting area was later converted to wildlife reserve to protect swamp deer, around 50 species of elephants and 16 tigers. Other animals found here are spotted deer, blue bulls, barking deer, hog deer, wild boars, leopard, jackals, langur and rhesus monkeys. Among birds the reserve provides habitat to sarus, and endangered Bengal florican. Reptiles’ species include marsh bugger, crocodile, cobra and python.
Jungle safari and explore natural beauties are the most popular activities can be done in this park. Shuklaphata National Park can be reached from 1.5 hours flight from Kathmandu to Dhangadi or 670 kilometers drive from Kathmandu to Dhangadi. April to June and October to March is best time to travel in this park.