Chitwan National Park is synonymous with some of the most rewarding and stimulating wildlife activities in Nepal. The park is approximately 1,000 sq. km. of sub-tropical lowland jungle, five hours by road from Kathmandu or a 25 minute flight. It is home to a multitude of wild animals including the Royal Bengal tiger and the endangered one horn Rhinoceros native to Nepal of which there are less than 1,500 surviving. There have also been more than 420 species of birds recorded inside the park.
Most of our jungle itineraries include a stay at a lodge within the park of which there are only six. The accommodation is normally in double thatch cottage style rooms. A typical package is based on a two night / three days stay. Activities include elephant safaris, canoeing, bird watching and nature tours conducted by resident professional guides and naturalists.
A visit to Chitwan allows the opportunity to fully experience the contrasts of Nepal. It offers an insight into a very different natural and cultural setting compared to the more familiar visions of the Kingdom. Chitwan fits well into a tour with a varied itinerary and can be easily combined with rafting and treks in the Annapurna region.
Our clients often choose to continue the trip from Royal Chitwan to Lumbini, the birth place of the Buddha, an important pilgrimage site. Others proceed directly to the beautiful lakeside town of Pohkara with arguably the most famous mountain backdrop anywhere in the world.
Day by Day Itinerary:
leave Kathmandu or Pokhara on a tourist bus in the morning to Chitwan - reach in
Chitwan after about 5 hours drive - see the jungle guide in the bus terminal and proceed to the camp/resort - welcome drinks - introductory talk by the program manager - lunch served - a little rest after a little tour around Tharu (Chitwan's an indigenous tribe) village - dinner - good night.
wake up with bed tea - refresh - breakfast - ready for canoeing - jungle walk - return
to camp -lunch - rest - ready for an elephant safari - return to camp in about dusk - cultural program performed by Tharu youngsters (Famous Tharu Stick Dance) - dinner - good night.
wake up with bed tea - refresh and rush to go for bird watching tour (this tour must
be made at the time birds awake and head for food just before sun dawn) - return to camp - heavy breakfast - time to say good bye to the staffs - proceed to the bus - bus starts late morning from Chitwan to Kathmandu or Pokhara.
you can relax in the splendid natural garden and write memorable diary or choose any of your optional activities on the extra cost. Guides are always there to help you. Food supply and sleep is still in the package for the extra day.
The prices for above safari programs will be inclusive of tourist bus/public bus from Kathmandu or Pokhara to Chitwan and return to Kathmandu or Pokhara or any Indo-Nepal border towns, all meals (breakfast, lunch, dinner and tea or coffee), all accommodations in private room with bathroom in twin sharing basis (single stay in a room is also possible), all payable government avenues and all jungle safari activities (an Elephant riding safari, canoeing tour, village tour, jungle trek, cultural program, bird watching and elephant breeding center visit etc.)
The prices for above safari programs will be exclusive of any alcoholic drinks, coca-cola, mineral water, any expenses of personal nature and the air transportation. We are not responsible for any extra expenses due to road blockage; sudden announced public strikes, or any natural disaster
Information of Jungle Safari
As the crow files, ninety Kilometers south - west of Kathmanndu, is the Royal Chitwan National park. Widely acknowledged as one of the best national park in Asia, it spreads over a total area 967 square kilometers.. In the north- west section of the park is an island known as the Bandarjhola. Surrounded by the Narayani River, this unique island consists of riverine forest, tall grassland, marshland, numerous inlets and oxbow lakes. Such a diverse combination of nature is found only here on this island providing a perfect habitat for wildlife.
Here where the famous elusive Royal Bengal Tiger prowls and the endangered Great One- Horned Rhinoceros you will also fine leopards, sloth bear bison, wild boar, dear monkey, crocodiles, pythons, freshwater dolphins and many other smaller animals and reptiles. For the bird watcher, it is a paradise island with over 450 species of exotic birds, many of which are migratory making Chitwan their winter home.
One of the best ways to view the flora and fauna of Chitwan is from elephant back enabling you to penetrate deep into the Jungle through tall grassland, but there are many other exciting ways too. Our experienced naturalists and nature guides will take you on jungle walk, bird watching, for boat ride to seek out both the Marsh Mugger and Gharial crocodiles, and to observe wildlife from one of our watchtowers
Activities in the Park
Elephant safari is one of the best ways to explore the jungle. The tour enables you to enter into the dense forest and tall grassland to view animal species and birds. Here, you will have great opportunity to photograph the animals from close quarters
A Jeep safari through the jungle provides more game spotting opportunities than might be expected otherwise because it goes deeper into the jungle, usually beyond the beaten track. A thrilling tour in a four wheel drive into the heart of the park will enable you to view some of the rarest species of animals, birds etc. You can also visit the observation Tower for viewing the enchant movements of the animals in the wilderness. The jeep can be diverted to visit the crocodile breeding farm as well.
Jungle walk is another way of experiences the wilderness. Our trained naturalist will take you across the flowing water of the Rapti River and the prime areas of the park to view nature's gifts like wild species of animal and birds blended with the surrounding flora and fauna. Eraly morning and late afternoon walk is the best to avoid mid day heat.
The parks are well known as a paradise for the birds. Some 450 species of resident and migratory birds have been recorded so far. You may encounter many of them, while making this tour. Other species like the Giant Hornbill, Lesser Frolic and the paradise Flycatcher will also attract your attention when your are traveling along the banks of the Rapti River.
Village tours allow visitors to experience a stay in a typical Nepali village. This gives visitors an opportunity to observe the rich Nepalese cultural tradition from the closer quarter and intermingle with locals.
The cultural program is another way to enjoy and make meaningful contrast of visit. The drumbeat and the agile breathtaking stick dance performed by the Tharus people. Their rhythmic movements and the exciting drumbeat may urge you to join them in their performances.
A typical handmade Canoe will take you along the famous Rapti River where you will encounter the Harmless Gharial and the mud drenched crocodile, basking in the sun at the River banks. Moreover, many aquatic birds can be seen on the way.
What is included in the price?
- All Safari Activities.
- All jungle activities
- All accommodations while safari including breakfast, lunch and dinner.
- Highly experienced Government licensed safari guide during the trip.
- Government / Local taxes, Tourist service charge, guide insurance and salary, national park and conservation area fees.
What is not included in the price?
- International airfares.
- Transportation to and from Kathmandu by air or road as per itinerary.
- International Airport Departure Tax.
- Any type of personal expenses, such as alcoholic beverages and drinks, phone and laundry.
- Entry visa fee US$ 30 (duration 60 days from date of issue) - you may easily obtain the visa upon your arrival at Tribhuvan International Airport - Kathmandu .
- Rescue & travel insurance, trip cancellation costs, accident or health emergency, evacuation, loss, theft or damage to baggage and personal effects. We strongly advise you to take out personal travel insurance.