Chitwan National Park Tour
Chitwan National Park (Chitwan means in the heart of the jungle) covers 932 sq. km. in the flat lowland region of southern Nepal. It is one of the most important sub-tropical parks on the Indian subcontinent with populations of more than 43 species of mammals in the park. The park is especially renowned for its protection of the endangered one- horned rhinoceros, tiger, and gharial crocodile along with many other common species of wild animal. The estimated population of rhinos is 400. The park also secures populations of endangered species such as gaur, wild elephant, four horned antelope, striped hyena, pangolin, Gangetic dolphin, monitor lizard, and python.
Within the park lie the Churia hills, ox-bow lakes, and the flood plains of Rapti, Reu and Narayani Rivers. The Churia hills rise gradually towards the east from 150m. to over 800m elevation. The lower but more rugged Someshwor hills occupy most of the western portion of the park. The flood plains of Chitwan contain rich alluvial soils. The park boundaries have been delineated by the Narayani and Rapti Rivers in the north and west, and the Reu River and Someshwor hills in the south and south-west. It shares its eastern border with the Parsa Wildlife Reserve.
When to visit?
The best time to visit Chitwan National Park is from October through March, when the temperature averages 25 degrees Celsius.
The months of March, April and June can be extremely hot, while July - September is the monsoon season when river swell and part of the park become inaccessible.
How to get there?
By surface: A pleasant five hours drive by car or bus on the Kathmandu - Narayanghat highway follows the Trishuli river offering you a continually changing landscape from the mountains of the Himalayas to the plains of the Terai.
By raft: One of the most exciting way to travel to the park is to raft down the Trishuli River. For two or more days you can float down the river experiencing its numerous rapid and seeing a variety of village life, flora and fauna along its banks.
By air: 20 min. flight will bring you from Kathmandu to Bharatpur where you will be met by our staff and transfer to the resort.
What to Bring ?
Binoculars, Flashlight, Insect repellent, A jacket or sweater from November through February. Summer clothes are recommended with sunglasses and hats from April onwards. Pants should be worn during elephant rides. Bright colors such as red and white should be avoided since those colors have been known to upset the rhinos. Comfortable walking shoes are essential. Please carry only the bare necessities but not jewellery and valuable items. During the warmer months swimming suits are recommended.
Tour Program for Chitwan National Park
With the comfortable stay in one of several Jungle Lodges and/or Tented Camps set in Nepal\\\'s famous National parks of Chitwan and Bardia, you can enjoy elephant-back safari to observe for the rare great one horned rhinoceros, elusive tigers, leopards, crocodiles, bears, many species of deer, monkeys and many other rare & exotic animals & birds. Take nature walks to experience the close encounter with the armor-plated one-horned rhinoceros and follow tiger tracks through the thick sub-tropical jungles with trained local naturalists. Jeep drives through the park and boat rides down the rivers are also included. Birdwatchers will be awarded with many rare species that make up the 400 plus species recorded in the parks.
Day 01: Fly or drive from Kathmandu to Chitwan National Park. After lunch you can enjoy an elephant back safari or nature walk through the tall elephant grass that is the home of the rare and endangered One Horned Rhinoceros. In the evening enjoy cultural programs conducted by Tharu, community of Terai. You stay overnight at camp or lodge.
Day 02: Today you enjoy a full day of safari activities that will include elephant back safari, nature walks, canoe or boat ride, jeep drive, elephant bathing, bird watching, etc. as time permits. All outings will be guided by trained local naturalists and guides. Animals and birds to be seen are rhinoceros, crocodiles, bear, monkeys, several species of deer, pythons, peacocks, hornbills, woodpeckers (amongst more than 400 species of birds recorded in the park).
Day 03: After breakfast there will be another chance to go out on a safari activity. Afterwards start drive or fly to Kathmandu.