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Chitwan National Park


3 days 2 nights

Code NP-CP2

Category Nepal Classic Tours

  • Group Size 2-16
  • Difficulty Level 1
  • Rating Popular
  • Highest Altitude 4297 ft.
  • Trip Starts From Chitwan
  • Trip Ends At Chitwan
  • Type Classic Circuits
  • Season Spring, fall and winter
  • Destination Chitwan
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Overview

Chitwan National Park is in the sub-tropical lowlands of south-central Nepal. Formerly a hunting reserve for the Rana rulers and their foreign guests, Chitwan National Park is the first protected area of Nepal established in 1973 and was recognized by UNESCO as the world heritage site in 1984. The park covers 932 square km area and comprises three kinds of vegetation-grasslands, riverine forest, and sal forest.

The park has diverse wildlife. It has recorded a total of 68 specifies of mammals, 56 species of herpetofauna and 126 species of fish. The park is especially renowned for the preservation of One Horned Rhinoceros which was almost extinct in the early 70s. Now, the rhino population in Chitwan is more than 500. The park is also home to the Royal Bengal Tiger and endangered Gharial Crocodile. Other wildlife includes leopard, sloth bear, four species of deer, two species of monkeys, wild elephant, wild buffalo and more than 600 different species of resident and migratory birds.

Chitwan National Park is among the most popular tourist destinations of Nepal. The activities in Chitwan include elephant back safari, jeep safari, dug-out canoe trip, birding and nature trek. Chitwan is also home to Tharu tribal people, many of whom still live with their centuries-old lifestyle and traditions.

How to get to Chitwan?

You can get to Chitwan from Kathmandu by air or surface. Although it's only 100 miles from Kathmandu, a road trip can take about five or six hours. By air, it's only 25 minutes followed by 30-60 minutes' drive, depending on the location of your lodge.

Coming from Pokhara also takes about five or six hours by car. A public mode of transport will take longer.

Detailed Itinerary

Day 01~Arrive in Chitwan National Park

Arrive in Chitwan National Park.

From Kathmandu, you can get to Chitwan by air (25 minutes) or private transport (6-7 hours) or tourist bus (8-9 hours). From Pokhara, it takes 5-6 hours by private transport or 6-7 hours by tourist bus. Due to ongoing construction works, you can expect significant travel delays.

After lunch at your lodge, embark on a game drive to the forest. Jeep safari is operated during the dry season only and may cancel due to insufficient participants. In that case, they will offer an alternative elephant back safari or jungle trek. Most commonly, spotted animals are one-horned rhinos, deer, wild boar, and monkeys. The rhinos were once almost extinct in the early 70s, but after the establishment of the national park, the number has bounced back to more than 500!  We will always be on the lookout for less frequently seen animals such as bears, leopards, and Bengal tigers. Although the tiger population in the park is more than 100, it's a territorial animal, and also due to the thick vegetation, you can see one by luck.

In the evening, we attend an informative slide show program on Chitwan’s flora and fauna, history of the park and the conservation efforts, conducted by the in-house naturalist who is usually a local with a wealth of knowledge on the national park. 

Meals : Lunch, Dinner
Day 02~Chitwan National Park

After breakfast at your hotel, your nature guide will take you on a boating trip down the Rapti River. We will catch sights of sunbathing crocodiles and aquatic birds such as kingfisher, storks, egrets, etc.

After lunch, we will go on an elephant back safari in the park.

In the evening, enjoy the cultural program that features folklore singing and dancing by Tharu troupe. Tharus are the original inhabitants of Chitwan and are believed to have immune against Malaria! 

The activities order may change depending on the park regulations and availability of the safaris.

Meals : Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 03~Depart Chitwan

If you are a morning riser, you may go for a short birding tour in the park. Following breakfast, depart Chitwan for your next destination.

Meals : Breakfast

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Trip Info

Trip Includes

  • Accommodation on double occupancy basis.
  • Two breakfasts, two lunches, and two dinners.
  • English speaking local certified nature guides.
  • Safari excursions as indicated in the itinerary.
  • National park entrance fee.

Trip Does Not Include

  • Drinks, tipping, laundry, phone and other expenses of personal nature.
  • Transportation to/from Chitwan.
  • Extra expenses due to nature and unforeseen events.
  • Travel insurance.

How to get to Chitwan National Park & away

From Kathmandu

Tourist Bus: There are regular tourist buses that depart Kathmandu at 7 a.m. and arrive in Chitwan National Park by lunchtime. One way bus fare costs $25 and roundtrips $50.

Private Car: You can book a private car with a driver that cost US$ 160 for a round trip. 

By Air: From Kathmandu, it's 25 minutes long flight to Bharatpur followed by 30 to 60 minutes' drive to your lodge, depending on its location Airfare plus the airport transport costs $125 for one way and $250 for a round trip.

From Pokhara

Tourist Bus: There are regular tourist buses that depart Pokhara at 7 a.m. and arrive in Chitwan National Park by lunchtime. One way bus fare costs $25.

Private Car: A private car with driver costs US$ 160.

By Air: US$ 100

Accommodations.

Accommodations in all category ensure private bathroom with running hot and cold water, heating and cooling options.

Meals.

The trip includes two breakfasts, two lunches, and two dinners.

Nature Guides

Your lodges provide in-house certified nature guides who are fluent in English, knowledgeable on Park's flora and fauna.

Best time for this trip

You can visit Chitwan National Park throughout the year, but March and April are the best months when the weather is mild, and the forests are open due to annual burning of dry grassland. Animals come out to feed on the new sprout of the plants and so the chances of animal-sighting are higher than other time of the year. Fall and winter month are also good. Chitwan receives a lot of rain during June, July, and August and it will also be hot and humid.

Booking

Full payment is due at the time of booking this trip.

Cancellation and refund

  • Ninety days before departure: Administrative fee US$ 25 per person.
  • 45-89 day's before departure: US$ 50 or 25% of the trip cost whichever is higher.
  • Thirty days to 44 days before departure: US$ 100 or 50 % of the trip cost whichever is higher.
  • Fifteen days to 29 days before departure: US$ 150 or 75% of the trip cost whichever is higher.
  • Within 15 days: 100%.

An airfare cancellation fee will be 10% of the ticket cost.

Accomodation

A : River View Jungle Camp, Sauraha ( Budget)

B : Jungle Villa Resort, Kasara (First Class)

C : Barahi Hotel, Meghali (Deluxe)

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