Sandwiched between the mountainous peaks of the Himalaya and the sweltering plains of India this small country offers a rich and diverse range of attractions for the discerning traveller. The landscape varies from the steamy jungles of the Chitwan National Park on the border with India to the precipitous slopes of the high Himalayas on the Tibetan border.

Roughly 500 miles east to west and 150 miles south to north the geography can be split into three distinct zones. The Terai is a slim lowland strip running along the southern border with India and is predominantly marshy grassland, savannah and forest. As the forest is cleared the region is becoming ever more agricultural in nature. The Terai is also home to three significant National Parks the most famous of which is Chitwan in the central area, with Koshi Tappu in the east and Bardia in the west. The Middle Hills range from 600 to 3500 metres and are divided into three separate areas: the Siwalik zone, the Mahabharat