The highlight there were the Indian Rhinoceros (Rhinoceros unicornis, german: Panzernashorn, french: Rhinocéros indien). I saw them twice while walking into the park. Our guide kept us at a good distance, since rhinos are very aggressive and regularly kill people that get too close. I saw a few birds and butterflies in other parts of Nepal.
The other highlight in Nepal is seeing the Himalaya peaks. I saw the peaks of the Annapurna Range from Pokhara, the Langtang Range from Kathmandu and Nagarkot, and the Mount Everest area on the flight from Kathmandu, Nepal to Paro, Bhutan. Seeing the snow-capped high peaks was really spectacular. On the ground I never got to a very high altitude (only about 2,200 m (7,220 ft), in Nagarkot), nothing like the 5,200 m (17,060 ft) that I reached in Tibet.
Pictures of birds in Nepal and other nature pages are separate:
I have tried to identify the species with their binomial name. Some of them I have not been able to identify. If you can identify any of those, please let me know (email link at the bottom).
Fauna and Flora
Clouds glowing in the evening sun. (511k) Sunset at Chitwan. (465k) Morning mist over a small pond. (755k) Scenic mountain valley between Kathmandu and Chitwan. (1192k) Cloud bank in a mountain valley. (808k) Water lily. (748k) Morning dew on a spider web. (1269k) Morning dew on a spider web. (973k) Morning dew. (830k) Large snail. (506k) Termite mound. (832k) Large bee visiting a flower. (705k) Small moth. (599k) Large moth. (509k) Blue Admiral butterfly (Kaniska canace, german: Blauer Admiral). (873k) Indian Tortoiseshell butterfly (Aglais caschmirensis). (791k) Common Grass Yellow butterfly (Eurema hecabe). (528k) Great Eggfly butterfly (Hypolimnas bolina, german: Gewöhnliche Eierfliege). (595k) Great Eggfly butterfly (Hypolimnas bolina, german: Gewöhnliche Eierfliege). (620k) Two butterflies in flight, one behind the other. (621k) Grey Pansy butterfly (Junonia atlites), older butterfly, its wings are already deteriorating. (533k) Grasshopper. (346k) Bug (Macrocheraia grandis). They were everywhere in that area. (458k) Large spider. (584k) Stream Glory (Neurobasis chinensis). (495k) Green Marsh Hawk (Orthetrum sabina, german: Schlanker Blaupfeil, french: Orthétrum en alêne). (725k) Scarlet Skimmer (Crocothemis servilia). (597k) Asian Common Toad (Duttaphrynus melanostictus, german: Schwarznarbenkröte, french: Crapaud masqué). (739k) Common House Gecko (Hemidactylus frenatus, german: Asiatischer Hausgecko, french: Gecko asiatique). (398k) Rhesus Macaque (Macaca mulatta, german: Rhesusaffe, french: Macaque rhésus) with baby. (603k) Mugger Crocodile (Crocodylus palustris, german: Sumpfkrokodil, french: Crocodile des marais). (1056k) Indian Muntjac ssp. aureus (Muntiacus muntjak aureus, german: Indischer Muntjak, french: Cerf aboyeur). (953k) Chital (Spotted Deer) (Axis axis, german: Axishirsch, french: Cerf axis). (822k) Tiger kill. (1159k) Sri Lankan Sambar Deer (Rusa unicolor unicolor, german: Sambar, french: Sambar). (1135k) Sri Lankan Sambar Deer (Rusa unicolor unicolor, german: Sambar, french: Sambar). (810k) Elephant tracking an Indian Rhinoceros (Rhinoceros unicornis, german: Panzernashorn, french: Rhinocéros indien). (979k) Two Indian Rhinoceroses (Rhinoceros unicornis, german: Panzernashorn, french: Rhinocéros indien). (700k) Two Indian Rhinos. (827k) Indian Rhino. You can see the characteristic skin folds that look like armor plating. (738k) Asian Elephant (Elephas maximus, german: Asiatischer Elefant, french: Éléphant d'Asie) on his way home in the evening. (928k) Asian Elephant with large tusks. (894k) Asian Elephant with large tusks. (825k) Asian Elephant with baby. (704k) Elephant baby. (869k) Feeding elephant. (742k) Close-up of feeding elephant. (663k) Old female elephant, retired from working duty. (1113k) Excursion on elephants. (1029k) On an elephant in the Chitwan National Park. (1136k) On an elephant in the Chitwan National Park. (1040k) Mahout. (953k) Scrubbing his elephant at the end of the day. (745k) Having fun during bathing time. (852k)
View from Sarangkot before sunrise. (405k) The first rays of the rising sun hit some of the high peaks in the Annapurna Range (left Annapurna IV, 7,525 m (24,688 ft), right Annapurna II, 7,939 m (26,047 ft)). (473k) The first rays of the rising sun hit some of the high peaks in the Annapurna Range (left Annapurna South, 7,219 m (23,684 ft), right Machhapuchhre, 6,993 m (22,943 ft)). (476k) Machhapuchhre (6,993 m (22,943 ft)) in the early morning sun before sunrise. (488k) Sunrise over the Himalayas. (435k) Sunrise over the Himalayas. (487k) The Annapurna Mountain Range just after sunrise. (473k) The Annapurna Mountain Range with annotated peaks. (640k) Machhapuchhre (6,993 m (22,943 ft)). (742k) View from Sarangkot at sunset. Only the high mountains are still in sunlight. (573k) Machhapuchhre (6,993 m (22,943 ft)) just after sunset. (506k) Annapurna II (7,939 m (26,047 ft)) just at sunset. (511k)
Himalayas before sunrise. Notice the planet Venus in the upper left. (428k) Himalaya valleys with morning fog from Nagarkot. (390k) Sunrise over the Langtang Range from Nagarkot. (434k) The first rays of the rising sun hit the Langtang Range. (480k) One of the mountain peaks in the Langtang (possibly Langtang Lirung) receiving the first rays of the rising sun. (487k) Peaks in the Langtang Range in the early morning sun. (487k) The Langtang Range from Nagarkot. (801k) Part of the Langtang Range from Nagarkot. (543k) Sunset over Kathmandu Valley from Nagarkot. (416k) The Langtang Range in the last rays of the setting sun. (519k) Part of the Langtang Range in the last rays of the setting sun. (505k) Moon rise over the Langtang Range from Nagarkot. (469k)
High Himalayas from the Air
High Himalayas from the air with Mount Everest on the right. (551k) Mount Everest (8,848 m (29,029 ft)) on the left and Cho Oyu (8,201 m (26,906 ft)) on the right. (608k) Mount Everest. (645k) Mount Everest. (661k) Cho Oyu. (623k) Cho Oyu. (630k)