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Chitwan National Park

Chitwan National Park

(932 km2) and Buffer Zone (750 km2)

Chitwan (means forests where leopards dwell), is the first national park of Nepal established in 1973. According to UNESCO, the World Heritage Site is "At the foot of the Himalayas,

Chitwan is one of the few remaining undisturbed vestiges of the Tarai region, which formerly extended over the foothills of India and Nepal. It has a particularly rich flora and fauna. One of the last populations of One-horned Asiatic rhinoceros lives in the park, which is also one of the last refuges of the Bengal tiger."

For its exemplary community-oriented conservation works, CNP has received wide acclaim as the "best managed park" at the 5th World Park Congress.

Climate

The park enjoys three main seasons: hot and dry summer, a hot and humid rainy season and a warm winter. Between October and February, the average temperature is 25ºC ensuring a pleasant climate. From March through June, temperatures can reach as high as 43ºC. The hot and humid days give way to the monsoon season that typically lasts for four months from June through September. The best time to visit is from October through March.

Flora and Fauna

The park has a rich flora that includes sal, Palash, silk cotton, Tree fern, Cycas, Screw pine and orchids. There are more than 50 different types of grass species, including the elephant grass, renowned for its immense height reaching up to 8m.

The park is home to 58 species of mammals, 539 types of birds, 56 types of reptiles and amphibians, and 124 species of fi sh. The mammalian species include the rhinoceros, tiger, elephant, antelope, leopard, wild boar, bear etc. while among the reptiles found here are the golden monitor lizard, python, crocodile etc. Some of the bird species found here are: Black Necked stork, the Lesser Adjutant stork, the Grey Headed Fishing eagle, the Brahmini ducks, the Bengal florican, the Lesser florican, the Gianthornbill etc.

Areas of Interest

The park is an example of ecological successions. Once inhabited by over 11,000 people, the Old Padampur area along with the abandoned farmlands, irrigation canals etc.has become a prime habitat for rhinoceros. A visit to the crocodile breeding center at Kasara, and an elephant breeding center at Khorsor near Sauraha can be both rewarding and educative. Monitoring of tigers, rhinoceros and birds is scientifically carried out in the park. Wildlife sighting is more frequent during the annual grass cutting season in January. During the months of September to November, February to April, thousands of migratory birds arrive to join the residential birds providing bird watchers with spectacular view of a variety of birds. Chitwan is known for shrines like that of the Bikram baba where newly weds come to pray for a good conjugal life and the Valmiki Ashram where the Ramayan epics are represented.

In Chitwan, tourism related festivals, fairs and events are organized by the local bodies while Tiger

Tops' annual World elephant Polo Championships is held at Meghauly during the winter. There are information centers and wildlife museums in such places as Kasara, Khorsor, Sauraha and Tikauli. One can visit the Tharu museum and souvenir shop located at Sauraha. Basic information is also available at the various lodges.

Activities

Depending upon the level of adventure and interests, visitors can participate in a variety of activities such as elephant rides, jungle drives, canoeing rides, nature/village walks, bird watching, cultural programs etc.

Access

Public buses, tourist coaches, and airlines services link Chitwan with Kathmandu and other parts of the country. Private vehicles can also be hired. The road journey from Kathmandu is about four hours long. Visitors can also reach the park by rafting down the Trishuli and Narayani rivers. The Bharatpur airport, half an hour drive from Sauraha, is served by regular flights to and from Kathmandu and occasionally Pokhara.

There are nine entrance gates to the park:

  • Kasara via Jagatpur
  • Ghatgain via Patihani
  • Bhimle via Meghauli
  • Khagendra Malli via Bhandara
  • Sunachuri via Sunachuri along the east west highway
  • Sauraha via Tandi (Ratna Nagar)
  • Laukhani via Pragatinagar
  • Amaltari via Danda
  • Kujauli via Rajahar

Basic Facilities

There are seven high class resorts in the park, and over 60 different lodges mostly in Sauraha and other areas outside the park. The service provided by these lodges which include accommodation and food is excellent and they also organize a variety of activities (nature/village walks, elephant rides, jungle drives, canoe rides, Horse rides, camel rides, cart drives, folk dances etc) in and around the park. Bicycles and other means of transport are available on hire. Other facilities are restaurants, cyber cafes, souvenir shops and medicine shops.

Suggested itineraries for Chitwan National Park Tour

DAY 01

Kathmandu /Chitwan by drive

  • Breakfast at the hotel
  • Drive to Chitwan
  • Lunch at the lodge
  • Jungle activities
  • Dinner and overnight at the lodge

After breakfast in your Kathmandu Hotel, we drive to Chitwan which takes approx 5 hour enjoyable and scenic drive through beautiful Nepal's landscape along with the Trisuli River ( famous for White Water Rafting). Before reaching to our lodge, we cross drive through the Tharu Villages of Chitwan. The ethnic tribe of the Tharu's is the local inhabitants of Chitwan and is agriculturists by profession. Then drive finally brings you to the lodge.

Upon arrival at lodge, you will be met and briefed by the Guest Relation officer regarding the park and the programs available.

Lunch will be followed by a choice of activities arranged for you.

Chitwan National Park is the home of the great one horned rhinoceros, sloth bear, wild boar, Gaur (bison), 4 species of deer, 2 species of monkeys, 2 species of crocodile, the elusive Royal Bengal Tiger, over 450 species of birds and various other reptiles.

Later in the afternoon, the guests will be taken for elephant safari or nature walks depending on the time of arrival at the resort.

In the evening before dinner, the slide presentation about the flora and fauna of Chitwan national park will be organized by our well trained senior naturalists. This will be time when the guests can gather more information about the flora and fauna of Chitwan National Park.

Dinner and overnight at the lodge

Meals included: Lunch and dinner

DAY 09

In Chitwan

  • Full day at Chitwan
  • All meals and overnight at lodge

Early morning guests will be mounted on elephant back and taken for a jungle safari for 2‐3 hours penetrating through dense grasslands to view wildlife in their natural habitat. This grass commonly known as elephant grass is dense and grows to a height of 18‐20 ft. It is the favorite habitat for rhinoceros and other mammals.

After breakfast, you are taken to our elephant stables where a senior naturalist briefs about the interesting and unbelievable habits of elephant. Here one may witness the rare scene of the elephants at bath.

Lunch at the lodge

In the afternoon you may choose to relax around the resort or take a drive through the jungles for a canoe ride down the Rapti River. The river ride provides opportunity of viewing the gharial crocodiles as well as the mugger crocodiles, fresh water dolphins, otters and varieties of water birds. OR, You may also feel like going for a nature walk or birding with one of our naturalists to know more about the flora of the Chitwan National Park. Those on canoe ride are taken back to the resort four wheel drive jeep from the end‐point.

Dinner and overnight at the lodge

Meals included: Breakfast, lunch and dinner

DAY 10

Chitwan/Kathmandu by drive

  • Breakfast at lodge
  • Drive back to Kathmandu

Breakfast at lodge

After breakfast in the morning, since Chitwan is a bird paradise of resident and migratory birds, making it a delightful and educational experience for every bird watcher. Special bird watching tour can be arranged too.

Drive back to Kathmandu (it will be an approx 5 hrs drive) in a private vehcile or you may choose flight from Chitwan to Kathmandu ( 20 minutes ) paying extra supplement cost of USD 85 per person

Meals included: Breakfast

Please e-mail us at info@natrajtrekking.com for cost details


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Client Reviews

QuoteHi Anil
MANY, MANY, MANY thanks for organising our tour itinerary while in Nepal. We had an ABSOLUTELY fantastic time in Chitwan, Pokhara and Dhampus. We shall never forget it, and so enjoyed the experience, the wonderful and friendly people, the culture, the food, the country, the mountain trekking, jungle walks, bird watching, wildlife, elephant rides, canoeing, village walks, photography, and other general "tourist stuff".

Howard Adam
President & CEO

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