National Parks in Nepal is the hub of natural property and geographic variation; there are nine National Parks, three wildlife reserves, one hunting reserve and six conservation areas cover 28,998.67 sq. km. (19.70 %) total territory of Nepal. Among them two national park are enlisted in world heritage site by UNESCO, they are Chitwan National Park and Sagarmatha National Park.
National park is the most exciting place to visit. Nepal being a naturally diverse country is able to maintain its natural beauty in proper level. Nepal is graphically divided into three regions. And they are Himalayan region, Hilly region and Terai region. Also national parks are situated in each geographical region. Sagarmatha National Park is situated in Everest region; Shivapuri National Park is situated in hilly region and also touch with Kathmandu. Chitwan National Park is situated in Terai region of Nepal.
Basically National parks are established for protection of natural beauties and endangered animals and for conservation of flora and fauna. Also popular for different tourism activities like Jungle safaris, animal hunting, trekking, hiking, mountaineering, and many more. As Sagarmatha national park is famous for Everest base camp trekking, Everest summit, exploration of alpine zone and monasteries located in high altitude. Khaptad national park has its own religious importance it is the home of Khaptad Baba a popular Pilgrimage of this region. Rara is the smallest national park of Nepal; hold the country’s biggest lake expend 10.8 sq. km and scenically the most beautiful lake at an elevation of 2999m. Rara national park covers an area 106 sq. km. Shey-Phoksundo is the largest national park of Nepal which covers an area 3,555 sq. km; buffer zone 1349 sq. km spreads Dolpa and Mugu districts in the Trans Himalayan region. It is habitat of rare snow leopard, grey wolf, musk deer, Tibetan sheep and wild yak. Besides these national parks, Dhorpatan Hunting Reserve is one of the hunting conservation areas of Nepal. Other national parks are famous for trekking purpose as well as carries different importance in form of religious, cultural, natural and social activities and for bird watching as well.
Main purpose of National park is to conserve endangered animals, flora and fauna for coming generations and to entertain to those who have never get chance to see those creatures. So join Himalayan Smile to have more experience of National Parks, Hunting Reserve, and conservation areas.