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Chitwan National Park – Postcards from Nepal: e-Book

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The Chitwan National Park was completely wild and a hunting ground of the Rana rulers until the 1950s. Guest lists included royalty and Who’s Who from Europe and India. The area was inhabited in pockets by the Tharus who had built a resistance to malaria, endemic to the region. In the 1950s, vast swathes of the forest were cleared to eradicate malaria and to settle people from the hills seeking better economic opportunities. However, such a large and sudden influx of people, mostly those who had not known how to live in harmony with the forest and its residents, led to greater man-animal conflicts. Poaching rose sharply – the number of rhinos declined from 800 to under 200, and tiger population also dipped dramatically.

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Chambal Wildlife Sanctuary, Uttar Pradesh

Chambal Wildlife Sanctuary, Uttar Pradesh

Chambal has always been infamous for being home to some of the most notorious dacoits living within its ravines, and the image has not changed even as the gun-toting outlaws striking fear on horseback are mostly in the past tense. What awaits instead is one of the most beautiful birding and animal reserves in and around the pristine Chambal river. And, surprise surprise, it is just over an hour away from India’s most famous touristic address: the Taj Mahal. Join us for the safari.

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