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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 situated in the sub-tropical lowlands of south central Nepal. Formerly a hunting reserve for the Rana rulers and their foreign guests, Chitwan Naitonal 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 3 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 herpeto fauna and 126 species of fish. The park is especially renowned for the preservation of One Horned Rhinoceros which was almost extinct in 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 include leopard, sloth beer, 4 species of deer, 2 species of monkeys, wild elephant, wild buffalo and more than 600 different species of resident and migratory birds.

Chitwan National Park is one of the most visited destinations of Nepal. Wildlife lovers can enjoy elephant back safari, jeep safari, dug-out canoe trips, birding and nature trek. Chitwan is also home to Tharu tribal people.

How to get to Chitwan?

You can get to Chitwan from Kathmandu by air or private transport or regular tourist bus. Although, it's only 100 miles from Kathmandu, due to the ongoing construction works, road travel can take up to 8-9 hours. By air, it's only 25 minutes followed by 30-60 minutes' drive, depending on the location of your lodge.

If you are traveling from Pokhara, it takes about 6-7 hours by private transport or 7-8 hours by regular tourist bus. Due to ongoing road works, there may be travel delays. Instead, you can take flight which costs $ 95 for one way.

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, significant travel delays are expected.

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, alternative elephant back safari or jungle trek will be provided. Most commonly sighted animals are one-horned rhinos, deer, wild boar and monkeys. One-horned Rhinos were once almost extinct in the early 70s!  We will be always on the lookout for less frequently seen animals such as bears, leopards and Bengal tigers. Although the tiger population is believed to be about 100 in the park, it's a territorial animal and due to thick vegetation, chances of seeing one are very rare! 

In the evening, attend an informative slide show 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 wealth of knowledge on the park. 

Overnight at the lodge.

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 king fisher, 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.

Overnight at the lodge.

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.

Overnight at hotel.

Meals : Breakfast

Trip Map

Trip Info

Trip Includes

  • Accommodation on double occupancy basis.
  • 2 breakfasts, 2 lunches and 2 dinners.
  • English speaking local certified nature guides.
  • Safari excursions as per 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 in the morning at 7 a.m. and arrive in Chitwan National Park by lunch time. One way bus fare costs $25 and roundtrip costs $50.

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

From Pokhara

There are no flights between Chitwan and Pokhara.

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

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

Accommodations.

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

Meals.

The trip includes 2 breakfasts, 2 lunches and 2 dinners. Meals are served in banquet style.

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

Chitwan National Park can be visited throughout the year but the trip is best done during the spring months of March and April when tall grasses are burnt and animals come out to feed on the new sprout of the plants. Fall and winter are also good time to visit Chitwan National Park. June, July and August are the rainy months and safari excursions are not so enjoyable.

Booking

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

Cancellation and refund

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

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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