Chitwan National Park
Chitwan National Park is one of the premier drawcards in Nepal, and there was little damage to areas visited by tourists in the 2015 earthquake. The World Heritage–listed reserve protects over 932 sq km of forests, marshland and rippling grassland, and is home to sizeable wildlife populations. It’s little wonder this place is so popular.
Meaning ‘Heart of the Jungle’, Chitwan is famous as one of the best wildlife-viewing national parks in Asia, and you’ll have an excellent chance of spotting one-horned rhinos, deer, monkeys and up to 544 species of birds. If you’re extremely lucky, you’ll see leopards, wild elephants, and sloth bears – though it’s the once-in-a-lifetime chance to spot a majestic royal Bengal tiger that attracts people in their droves.
Sadly, Chitwan lost many animals during the decade-long Maoist insurgency, when the army was preoccupied with the conflict and unable to provide adequate protection from poachers. However, the good news is that recent census figures show rhino numbers are substantially recovering (503 individuals in 2011) and tiger numbers are steadily increasing (around 120 adults in 2013).
The best option for experiencing Chitwan National Park is to stay in one of the luxury lodges located on the edge of the park away from the crowds at Sauraha. The government stopped the luxury lodges from operating inside the park in 2012. Most of these lodges have developed alternative lodges just outside the national park boundaries. Though this experience doesn’t come cheaply, the sense of adventure, less crowding and access to more remote parts of the park make it very worthwhile.
That said, most budget travelers opt for the more affordable lodging in Sauraha, a tourist village on the northern bank of the Rapti River, a border of the park. Sauraha has a lively backpacker scene, and while many enjoy its social nature – it’s a great place to have a beer watching the sunset over the river – others are let down by its insensitive and overly commercial development.
Two whole days in the park is really the minimum for wildlife spotting. The nature of dense jungle, tall grass and the nocturnal hours kept by many animals are all factors that make spotting animals far from guaranteed. A good approach is to treat wildlife viewing as one would the pastime of fishing: some days you’ll get plenty of bites, others not a nibble. Irrespective, it’s all about the thrill of the chase and being out and about in tiger and rhino country. Be aware that the popular four-day, three-night packages out of Kathmandu and Pokhara include a day of travel at either end.
Day 01: Arrival at Kathmandu
Upon your arrival at Kathmandu at TIA, a representative of A One Nepal Trek will warmly welcome you to Nepal. She/he will guide you towards the hotel room of Nepal. The day can be either rest day or some sightseeing day of Kathmandu. The night will be at the hotel by discussing the tour and enjoying the delicious dinner.(Service include: Airport pickup+Hotel with BB)
Day 02: Kathmandu to Chitwan.
Take a bus driver to get Chitawan at 1 p.m. Hotel will have to pick you from bus park to hotel.
|On Your arrival at Sauraha Bus park, Tadi. You will then be transferred to the Resort where you will be offered refreshment & be given a briefing & its facilities. After being given your programmes for the day, your room will then be allocated to you.|
|15:00||Village tour to a nearby ethnic Tharu village where you will learn more about the life and lifestyle of the Tharus. Visit the National Park Visitor's center where you can learn more about the history of the National Park and about wildlife & Sunset view from the bank of Rapti River.|
|19:00||Tharu cultural dance presentation (which you will also participate in) by the local villagers.|
Day 03: Chitwan National Park Activities.
|06:00||Wake up call.|
|07:00||Canoe ride along the Rapti River. An excellent opportunity for Bird Watching and for seeing the 2 rare species of crocodiles; the Marsh Mugger and the fish eating Gharial. + Jungle Walk + on the way back one can enjoy the elephant bathing.|
|15:00||Elephant Safari. An excellent opportunity to see four different kinds of deer, rhinoceros, wild boar, monkey, leopard, sloth bear and theRoyal Bengal Tiger (If you are lucky).You will also encounter many other smaller mammals that have made Chitwan their home.|
|19:00||Tharu cultural dance presentation or Slides show presentation.|
Day 04: Chitwan to Kathmandu.
|06:00||Wake up call.|
|07:00||Visit the Government Elephant Breeding Centre.|
|09:00||Departure for onward journey to Kathmandu.by bus. Hotel in Kathmandu.|
Day 05: Farewell Finally, the day of returning back to our home country and busy schedule has come with the ending of our glittering tour over to the highlands of Nepal. A One Nepal Trek will organize a small farewell program at the airport and will help for any inconvenience that may arise during the departure. We wish for your better journey ahead.(Service include: Breakfast+Airport drop)
- All Airports pick up and drop.
- 2 nights your standard hotel in Kathmandu with breakfast.2* hotel.
- 3 days 2-night excursion to the park with all food, lodge, and activities.
- Round trip drive by tourist standard bus.
- All necessary paperwork and permits (National park permit)
- A medical supplies (first aid kit will be available)
- Trip completed certificate.
- All government and local taxes
- Nepal Visa fee (Nepal provides on arrival visa in Immigration, bring accurate USD cash and two passport photographs,)
- International airfare to and from Kathmandu
- Meal city like Kathmandu.
- Extra calculate for additional programs as per above itinerary.
- Travel and rescue insurance.
- Local donation & Tips for guides and porters.
- Personal expenses (Pot of tea, bar bills, battery recharge, extra porters, bottle or boiled water, shower etc)
The Chitwan National Park (CNP) is a world heritage property, and it also contains a Ramsar Site – Beeshazari Tal in its buffer zone. The CNP has a history of over 3 decades in park management and a rich experience in resolving conflicts between the park and the people.
It is a rich natural area in the Terai, the subtropical southern part of Nepal. A total of 68 species of mammals, 544 species of birds, 56 species of herpetofauna and 126 species of fish have been recorded in the park. The park is especially renowned for its protection of One Horned Rhinoceros, Royal Bengal Tiger and Gharial Crocodile.Also, the area offers rich in culture, cultivated land.