Although the mighty Himalayas steal the limelight as far as tourist attractions in the north of Nepal are concerned, the country’s southern extremities also have their fair share of natural beauty. Most of the nation’s southern border with India has rich, lowland sub-tropical forests, locally known as the Terai. The flora and fauna that abound within these boundaries are really amazing in not just quantity but variety as well. Nepal has five protected wildlife areas within which are located fourteen National Parks and Wildlife Reserves. Koshi Tappu and Parsa are in the east, Shuklaphanta and Dhorpatan in the west, while Shivpuri is in the mid-mountain region. Of the fourteen parks, Chitwan National Park is the oldest and best known amongst tourists; however, Bardiya (the largest) and Koshi Tappu are renowned as well.