Bishazari Tal

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Bishazari Tal
Chitwan 2.jpg
LocationChitwan, Nepal
Coordinates27°37′05″N 84°26′11″E / 27.61806°N 84.43639°E / 27.61806; 84.43639Coordinates: 27°37′05″N 84°26′11″E / 27.61806°N 84.43639°E / 27.61806; 84.43639[1]
Lake typeoxbow lake
Basin countriesNepal
Surface area3,200 ha (7,900 acres)
Surface elevation286 m (938 ft)
Official nameBeeshazar and Associated Lakes
Designated13 August 2003
Reference no.1313[2]

Bishazari Tal, also spelled Beeshazar Tal, is an extensive oxbow lake system in the buffer zone of the Chitwan National Park, a protected area in the Inner Terai of central Nepal. This wetland covers an area of 3,200 ha (7,900 acres) at an altitude of 286 m (938 ft), and is situated between the Mahabharat mountain range (Lower Himalayan Range) to the north and the Siwalik range to the south. In August 2003, it has been designated as a Ramsar site.[1]

The Nepali words 'bis' बिस् (twenty), 'hajār' हजार् (thousand) and 'tāl' ताल् (lake) mean '20,000 lakes'.[3]


The forested wetland provides habitat as a waterhole and wildlife corridor for wildlife species including Bengal tiger, sloth bear, smooth-coated otter, one-horned rhinoceros, white-rumped vulture, Pallas's fish-eagle, lesser adjutant stork, ferruginous duck and mugger crocodile.[1]

A panoramic view of Bishazari Tal


  1. ^ a b c Bhuju, U. R., Shakya, P. R., Basnet, T. B., Shrestha, S. (2007). Nepal Biodiversity Resource Book. Protected Areas, Ramsar Sites, and World Heritage Sites (PDF). Kathmandu: International Centre for Integrated Mountain Development, Ministry of Environment, Science and Technology, in cooperation with United Nations Environment Programme, Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific. ISBN 978-92-9115-033-5. Archived from the original (PDF) on 2011-07-26. Retrieved 2018-12-14.CS1 maint: uses authors parameter (link)
  2. ^ "Beeshazar and Associated Lakes". Ramsar Sites Information Service. Retrieved 25 April 2018.
  3. ^ Turner, R. L. (1931.) बिस् bis, हजार् hajār, ताल् tāl. In: A comparative and etymological dictionary of the Nepali language. London: K. Paul, Trench, Trubner.

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