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Chitwan National Park

Trip code
Package name Chitwan National Park
Duration 7
Max. elevation 1320 m
Level Easy
Transportation All ground transportation as per itinerary
Accomodation 3*** Hotel in Kathmandu and Tourist Standard hotel in Chitwan
Starts at Kathmadu
Ends at
Trip route Kathmandu - Chitwan National Park - Kathmandu
Cost USD 350 per person



‘enjoy the thrill of jungle safari at Asia’s best national park in Chitwan’
Chitwan National Park is a popular and famous park for wildlife safari as well as to experience the natural pristine surroundings. Enriched with exotic flora and fauna in the harmony of nice Tharu farm villages, the indigenous tribes of lowland Terai.
Chitwan National Park is located in Nepal Mid-South around the low flatland of the Terai belt, of warm sub-tropical climate. Where dense deep green jungles are found, and the home to Tharu the native tribes of southern areas of Nepal.
The Park with an area of 952.63 sq. km, is surrounded by a Buffer Zone of 
729.37 sq. km. Where all nice lodges, hotels, and resorts are situated, as well as the elephant stables for an exciting safari into the park. 
Riding through the dense green jungle, the home to many endangered animals, such as the one-horned rhinoceros, and Royal Bengal tigers. Includes Gangetic Gharial and Marsh Mugger crocodiles with elusive freshwater Gangetic Dolphins with four types of deer.
Two species of monkeys, wild boar, sloth bear, wild elephants, leopard, and jungle pheasant exist. As well as wild hens and peacocks with more than 500 species of bird life. Chitwan National Park is the nearest and best place for all types of Jungle and wildlife activities. The park was established in 1973 and is Nepal's first National Park, it extends over the foothills. 
A perfect holiday destination for all age groups and families with young children, and an adventure thrill. As well as an educational tour, especially for nature lovers and botanists to Zoologist students. Chitwan National Park is designated as UNESCO World Heritage Site, for its preservation of pristine nature and wildlife.
Chitwan National Park is regarded as Asia’s best park due to its exciting location, and various species of mammals and birds; in the nice comfort of lovely lodges and resorts. Chitwan can be reached by various means of transportation, by a drive for 4-5 hours, or take a short flight. 
Landing at Chitwan Bharatpur airport, or enjoy a surge of adrenaline rafting downstream on glacial Trisuli or Seti Rivers to Chitwan. An enjoyable and exciting, as well a pleasant place to relax, besides wildlife activities for a few days to a week.

1. Chitwan’s Elephant Breeding Center
Located in the heart of Chitwan National Park is the Elephant Breeding Center, a sanctuary devoted to the preservation and safeguarding of Asian elephants. Guests can observe these magnificent animals up close, gain insight into their behaviors, and support the park's efforts to save this endangered species. The center stands as a symbol of Chitwan's unwavering dedication to the well-being and education of wildlife.

2. Should You Ride an Elephant at Chitwan National Park?
The question of whether to ride elephants at Chitwan National Park has sparked ethical discussions within the realm of responsible tourism. As awareness grows about the impact on elephant welfare, alternative experiences such as jeep safaris and guided walks are increasingly favored. Choosing ethical encounters ensures a harmonious coexistence with the park's wildlife.

3. Effects of Riding an Elephant at Chitwan
Riding elephants at Chitwan National Park has raised concerns regarding the well-being of these gentle giants. The repetitive nature of the activity and the weight of riders can lead to physical strain on the elephants, impacting their health over time. Responsible tourism emphasizes the importance of minimizing the impact on wildlife while still providing enriching experiences for visitors.

4. How Many Tigers Are There in Chitwan National Park?
Chitwan National Park is renowned for its successful tiger conservation efforts. The park is home to a significant population of Bengal tigers, a critically endangered species. While exact numbers may vary, conservation initiatives, stringent anti-poaching measures, and habitat preservation have contributed to Chitwan's reputation as a crucial tiger habitat.

5. How Old Is Chitwan National Park?
Established in 1973, Chitwan National Park stands as one of Nepal's oldest national parks. With a legacy spanning several decades, the park has evolved into a model for wildlife conservation and sustainable tourism. Its age signifies a commitment to protecting biodiversity, providing a sanctuary for endangered species, and creating an enduring natural legacy.

6. Is Chitwan National Park Worth Visiting?
Undoubtedly, Chitwan National Park is a treasure trove for nature enthusiasts and wildlife lovers. The park offers a mosaic of experiences, from wildlife safaris and bird watching to cultural encounters with the indigenous Tharu communities. The combination of biodiversity, responsible tourism practices, and diverse activities makes Chitwan an exceptional and worthwhile destination.

7. Famous Activities of Chitwan National Park
Beyond its wildlife and conservation efforts, Chitwan National Park boasts a myriad of activities, including jungle safaris, bird watching, canoe rides, and cultural experiences with the Tharu people. Each activity adds a layer to the park's allure, ensuring visitors a holistic and enriching exploration of this natural haven.

Trip Itinerary

Day 1 : On arrival at Kathmandu airport 1,320 m and transfer to hotel.

On arrival at Kathmandu, Nepal International Airport our guide and staff will meet you with traditional welcome. After knowing the staff of Himalayan Forever Treks, a short drive to your hotels. Located in the heart of a city within an exciting Thamel area, an interesting place where most good hotels and restaurants situated. Reaching at the hotel, check your lovely rooms, after getting refreshed join in for group briefing. Provided by your guide or Group Leader, offers useful and important information of the tour, hotels. Includes details and local culture with do’s and don’ts, evening a group welcome dinner in a nice Nepali Restaurants. 

Day 2 : Tour of Kathmandu around places of interest.

Morning after breakfast, our city and cultural guide receives you at the hotel for exciting tour. The drive leads in the heart of Kathmandu city, where interesting historical Durbar Square / Palace Courtyard located. The right spot to observe Nepalese cultures. Tour of ancient monuments listed in UNESCO World Heritage Sites, next tour takes you to old Swayambhunath Stupa of more than 2,600 years history.  A Buddhist monument situated on a hillock west of Kathmandu city outskirt, the famous landmark of the country.

1. Kathmandu Durbar Square:

Nestled within the bustling streets of the Kathmandu Valley, Kathmandu Durbar Square stands as a living museum of Nepal's royal history. As the former royal palace, this UNESCO World Heritage Site boasts an array of palaces, courtyards, and intricately carved temples. The architecture reflects a harmonious blend of Hindu and Nepalese artistry, with pagoda-style structures, ornate windows, and detailed wooden carvings that showcase the country's cultural diversity. Visitors can explore the Hanuman Dhoka Palace, Kumari Ghar (the Living Goddess's residence), and numerous shrines that bear witness to the city's royal past. The vibrant atmosphere, with street vendors, local artisans, and traditional performances, immerses visitors in the authentic charm of Kathmandu.

2. Pashupatinath Temple:

A short distance from Kathmandu Durbar Square, Pashupatinath Temple emerges as one of the most sacred Hindu shrines globally, nestled along the banks of the Bagmati River. Dedicated to Lord Shiva, this UNESCO-listed site draws pilgrims and tourists alike with its spiritual aura and stunning architecture. The temple complex encompasses a series of shrines, ghats, and courtyards, each contributing to the religious ambiance. The main temple, adorned with silver and gold, features intricate carvings that narrate Hindu mythology. Visitors can witness the solemnity of cremation ceremonies along the riverbank, a profound experience that underscores the cycle of life and death in Hindu tradition.

3. Boudhanath Stupa:

A beacon of Buddhism in Kathmandu, the Boudhanath Stupa is an imposing structure that commands attention with its colossal mandala. As one of the largest stupas in the world, it serves as a focal point for Tibetan Buddhism in Nepal. The stupa's whitewashed dome is adorned with prayer flags, while the all-seeing eyes of the Buddha gaze serenely in all four cardinal directions. Pilgrims and visitors alike circumambulate the stupa, spinning prayer wheels and chanting mantras, creating a rhythmic and meditative atmosphere. The surrounding area is dotted with monasteries, shops selling traditional Tibetan artifacts, and rooftop cafes that offer panoramic views of the stupa and its vibrant surroundings. Completing the tour back to hotel, afternoon at leisure and preparation for the tour beyond Kathmandu.

Day 3 : Drive to Chitwan National Park premises, transfer to hotel, lodge.

Morning overland journey from Kathmandu takes you on exciting highway through many farm villages and towns, then following Trisuli River all the way to reach the low sub-tropical Terai around the flat land of Nepal, where dense green forest of Chitwan National Park located.

After an interesting drive reaching Chitwan, near outskirt of the park, where all good hotels are located. Transfer into a nice hotel, lodge or in a resorts, afternoon leisure nature walks or visit Tharu village the indigenous tribe of low land Terai and of Chitwan. 

Day 4 : Day 04-05: Full day jungle activities with elephant ride and jungle walks.

Himalayan Forever has reserved two more full days, to enjoy exciting safari and jungle activities. All programs as controlled by lodge, hotel management in coordination with park officials.

The Jungle activities or nature walks, starts early morning before breakfast, as well continues till lunch time. After a leisure afternoon the jungle activities start till sunsets at dusk. Dinner is mostly served inside the dining room or in the garden lawn with entertainment of Tharu folk cultural programs.

Jungle Program and activities: Morning Bird Watch Tour, Machan (Watch Tower) Tour, Jungle walks, nature walks, elephant safari. After lunch jeep safari or elephant briefing, bathing elephants includes jungle walks or elephant safari for those who did get the morning ride on an elephant.

Day 6 : Drive back to Kathmandu and transfer to hotel.

Early morning nature activities, return to the lodge for breakfast and then depart from lodge in Chitwan for exciting drive to Kathmandu. The journey follows Trisuli River upstream for few hour and then uphill to reach Kathmandu valley, from the high point of the valley rim a short drive of an hour back brings you into hustle-bustle city life of Kathmandu, and then transfer to your hotel with afternoon free for individual activities and shopping souvenirs.  

Day 7 : International departure for homeward bound.

Last day in Nepal and at Kathmandu, get ready for final departure as per your international flight time. Himalayan Forever Trek guide and staff transfer you to the airport. Bidding farewell to the guide and staff as you depart for homeward bound flight, after a wonderful experience on Wildlife Safari at Chitwan National Park.


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