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Max. Elevation
1320 m / 4330 ft
Group size
1 - 60 pax
Level
Easy
Transportation
All ground transportation as per itinerary
Best Season
Sept, Oct, Nov, March, April, May
Starts at / Ends at
Kathmadu /
Accomodation
3*** Hotel in Kathmandu and Tourist Standard hotel in Chitwan
Meals
Breakfast in Kathmandu and all meals in Chitwan National Park
Trip Route
Kathmandu - Chitwan National Park - Kathmandu

Highlights

  • Enjoy the exciting wild-life safari around Asia’s best Chitwan national park.
  • Chitwan national park listed in UNESCO World Heritage Sites due to rich wild life.
  • An enjoyable and pleasant location around Nepal Mid-South of warm Terai belt.
  • The nearest park for all types of wild-life activities in the comfort of nice hotels.
  • Country’s first national park established in 1973 to preserve exotic flora / fauna.
  • Explore the park's diverse avifauna, with over 500 bird species recorded, including exotic species like the Bengal florican, giant hornbill, and endangered vultures.
  • Vibrant Tharu culture by visiting Tharu villages, interacting with locals, and experiencing traditional dances, music, and cuisine.
  • Enjoy breathtaking sunset views over the Rapti River from designated viewpoints within the park, offering stunning vistas of the surrounding landscapes and wildlife-rich riverbanks.

Overview

CHITWAN NATIONAL PARK
‘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.

Important Note

Mode of Tour: In best available Lodges, Hotels.
Tour Grade: Moderate with short nature walks.
Area of Tour: Nepal Far South Mid-West around Bardiya district.
People and culture: Populated by indigenous Tharu tribes, with Chettries, Bharamins with some hill peoples, follows Hinduism religion and cultures.
Tour duration: 03 / 04 Days, with drives both ways.
Total Trip: 06 Nights / 07 Days from arrival to main departures.
Best Seasons:
Nearly all months of the year except for monsoon wet seasons of rainy time from mid-June to August. The rest of the months are good for the Safari in Chitwan National Park. However the best time is spring from March to May, and autumn/fall from September to November. 
As well as during the winter months of December to February, cold morning and night time. March to May is quite warm with most days being clear for views and short walks and drives. 
Autumn is also the best time for safari in Chitwan National Park, most days are clear but cold morning and night time. The days are shorter during autumn and winter times due to limited sunlight hours.

Trip Itinerary

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. 

Max. altitude

1,320m / 4,331 ft.

Accommodation

Hotel

Meals

Welcome Dinner

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.

Max. altitude

1,320m / 4,331 ft.

Accommodation

Hotel

Meals

BLD

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. 

Max. altitude

100m / 328 ft.

Accommodation

Hotel or lodge

Meals

BLD

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.

Max. altitude

100m / 328 ft.

Accommodation

Hotel or lodge

Meals

BLD

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.  

Max. altitude

1,320m / 4,331 ft.

Accommodation

Hotel

Meals

BLD

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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Includes

  • All arrival and departure transportation airport / hotel / airport.
  • 3*** (Three Star) Hotel in Kathmandu / Chitwan at tourist standard hotels
  • In Kathmandu on Bed and Breakfast only basis.
  • Sightseeing tour as per the itinerary.
  • Full board in Chitwan includes B-L and Dinner with afternoon refreshments.
  • Service of city guides throughout the trip with tour escort.
  • Comprehensive medical kits and re-confirmation of international air tickets.
  • Transportation on private vehicles as per group size and vice-versa.

Doesn't Include

  • Nepal Visa-Personal travel and medical insurance.
  • Expenses of personal nature and gratitude (tips) hard / soft drinks throughout the trip.
  • Personal gear and medical kit.
  • Emergency evacuation by any means of transportation services required.
  • Early return from the trip due to personal / medical problem in this case clients should bear his / her own expenses on return from the tour back to Kathmandu. Including expenses of accompanying guides.
  • Meals in Kathmandu besides 
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Wonderful trip to Chitwan National Park, Nepal.

It was amazing trip in Nepal . The beauty and animals of chitwan national park made our tip more joyful . It was worth choosing himalyan forever treks as our guide .

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Frequently Asked Questions

Chitwan National Park approx. 150 km or 94 miles a drive of more than 5 hours to reach near the entrance of Chitwan National Park. Located Nepal Mid-South within the district of Chitwan itself, extends to districts of Nawalparasi, Parsa and Makwanpur.

Chitwan National Park and the surrounding town of Sarauwa, a popular tourist destination. Gets more visitors after trekking, where one can find all types of accommodation from budget, standard to deluxe hotels. 

All hotels and restaurants offers comprehensive food menu to choose from.From Continental, Chinese, Indian, Tibetan and Nepali and bakery products. The most famous and popular is Nepali Dal / Bhat (boiled or steam rice, served with various lentil soups, vegetable or meat mild curry, includes pickles of choice.

Spring time of March to May will be the best time, when days are longer with enough sunlight hours. Quite warm during the day time, but cooler morning and night time. The other best season are autumn / fall starts from September to November, days are mostly clear and fine with mild sunny days. Cold morning and night time, interested people can visit during winter time of December to February, very cold morning and night time. 

At present all cities and towns including rural villages have facilities of ISTD and STD or cell / SAT phones. Where one can easily communicate around the world.WI-FI and Internets available around all cities and towns as well in most hotels in Chitwan. SIMS cards available on showing your passport copies with small charge as per your time in Nepal.

The main religions of Nepal is Hinduism about more than 80 %, followed by Buddhism. The two main religions Hindu and Buddhism have their own special interesting culture and custom. The native Tharu of Terai belt around Chitwan district follows Hindu religion and culture. Celebrates many festival events to mark the harvest, good times to plant paddies and other Hindu religious festivals.

Chitwan National Park is a UNESCO World Heritage Site located in the southern part of Nepal, known for its rich biodiversity and conservation efforts.

Chitwan National Park is situated in the subtropical lowlands of Nepal, in the districts of Chitwan, Nawalpur, Parsa, and Makwanpur.

The primary purpose of Chitwan National Park is to conserve the natural habitat and wildlife of the region, including endangered species.

Common attractions include Bengal tigers, one-horned rhinoceros, Asian elephants, various bird species, and the Rapti River.

The most common way is by road from Kathmandu or Pokhara, with options for private vehicles or tourist buses. There's also an option for a short flight to Bharatpur followed by a drive.

A typical visit to Chitwan National Park is 2 to 4 days, depending on the activities and experiences you want.

Activities include jungle safaris, elephant safaris, bird watching, canoeing, nature walks, and cultural experiences with local Tharu communities.

Yes, a permit is required for entry into the national park. This can be obtained at the park entrance or through authorized tour operators.

Wildlife sightings may include Bengal tigers, one-horned rhinoceros, Asian elephants, deer, crocodiles, and a variety of bird species.

Yes, visitors can engage in community-based tourism, including interactions with local Tharu communities, cultural performances, and learning about traditional practices.

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