Once known as the Royal Chitwan national park is now just Chitwan national park. This UNESCO world heritage site and a national park was once a hunting ground for royals for big games. Now it protects some rare species of plant, animals and birds. Chitwan national park makes a part of any tours in Nepal because it offers exceptionally beautiful wildlife safaris in the country.
Chitwan which is the largest and the first national park in the country is located in the district of Chitwan. It takes around 5 hours to reach chitwan from Kathmandu and the center of Chitwan from where all activities begin is Sauraha. Sauraha is located in the heart of the national park and is facilitated with modern day amenities. The modern houses, tribal huts and the wild animals all live together as a small and happy family in here.
What to see in Chitwan National Park
Jungle walks can last from anywhere in between one day to one week, no matter the length you will not regret it. Depending on the time of the year you will see different species of animals. The more longer your stay and the deeper you venture the better are the chances of spotting rare species like the Rhino or the Tiger.
Jeep Jungle Safari is a very good mode of viewing the exotic animals in the national park in a very short time. Jeep jungle safaris are very good when combined with other forms of jungle safari’s. This type of safari takes you deep in the jungle and chances of spotting tigers and rhinos are better.
Elephant rides are the most easily accessible and convenient way of jungle safari in Chitwan national park. This as well is the best way of seeing one horn rhino and the best time to spot is either early in the morning or late in the evening.
Elephant breeding center is located in the heart of Sauraha and was made in the first place to protect the endangered elephants in the region. Most of the time there are several baby elephant in the breeding center and it is an absolute privilege to watch elephants eating and doing their chores on everyday basis.
River boating and Canoeing on Rapti river is a fabulous way of watching wildlife in their natural state. The boat ride helps people see crocodile, alligators, deer, bear and many others. Local canoe boats are made out of single tree stem and are very thin and look unstable but however have never had major mishaps or reported accidents.
Tharu village, culture and dance is another unique way of life you can experience while you are in the Chitwan national park. Tharu are the original inhabitants of Chitwan national park and had big communities before Sauraha became business oriented. Even till the day there are small communities of Tharu people who live right by the buffer zone of the national park and they still represent unique way of life.
|Day 1||Kathmandu - Chitwan|
|Day 2||Chitwan All day|
|Day 3||Chitwan - Kathmandu|
Kathmandu - Chitwan
The journey to Chitwan begins early in the morning unless you are travelling by your own vehicle. The bus ride takes around 7-8 hours and on one of the major highways and along major tributaries. Overnight in Chitwan. In the evening you will watch beautiful dances performed by tribal Tharu people. Meal plan D
Chitwan All day
The day begins by walking to elephant breeding center and watching how elephants are fed and taken care of. After breakfast and breeding center we will do a jungle walk. Jungle walks are very adrenaline pumping because at any moment you can encounter with wildlife and some rare species of animals. After jungle walk you will have a choice of doing either elephant safari or jeep safari. These safaris are beautiful way to see one horn rhino and bengal tiger. In the evening we chill by the rapti Lake. This Chitwan trip can be extended for another day where you can do canoeing, visit crocodile breeding center, bird watching and visit Tharu villages. Meal plan B,L,D
Chitwan - Kathmandu
After breakfast you will board a bus back to Kathmandu and take the same route back. Meal plan B
Our trip to Chitwan was amazing, we enjoyed every second, Raj is the best guide, he is really funny. The place is just wonderful. If you are going to Nepal, you can not miss this trip, you will enjoy every activity and it will become unforgetable!!View Complete Review