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We say: With news that since 1970 hu­man­ity has wiped out 60% of an­i­mal life on the planet (WWF), we’re pleased to see Nepal is buck­ing the trend. As of late 2018, Ben­gal tiger num­bers here have risen to around 235, up from an es­ti­mate of 120 in­di­vid­u­als in 2009; there are only about 4,000 in the world. Cou­pled with the rise in one-horned rhino at Chit­wan NP and the up­grade of Shuk­laphanta Wildlife Re­serve to na­tional park sta­tus in 2017, Nepal is fast be­com­ing a wildlife haven.

But since the 2015 earth­quake, the num­ber of vis­i­tors to Nepal is still down. It’s def­i­nitely time to head back. Head for Chit­wan to spot ghar­i­als, ele­phants, sloth bears and tigers (some 120 roam here). Or seek out the over­looked gem of Bar­dia NP in the south­ern low­lands, vis­ited by fewer than 20,000 peo­ple a year yet roamed by some 50 tigers.

Don’t miss: Chit­wan’s Tiger Tops Ele­phant Camp out­lawed ele­phant-back sa­faris in 2015, but you can now spend a day with a ma­hout, car­ing for these in­cred­i­ble an­i­mals in­stead.

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