The national park in Chitwan (‘Chitwan’ means "in the heart of the jungle’) covers 932 sq. km. in the flat lowland region of southern Nepal. It is one of the most important sub-tropical parks.
What to Expect
The national park in Chitwan (‘Chitwan’ means "in the heart of the jungle’) covers 932 sq. km. in the flat lowland region of southern Nepal. It is one of the most important sub-tropical parks on the Indian subcontinent with populations of more than 43 species of mammals in the park. The park is especially renowned for its protection of the endangered one- horned rhinoceros, tiger, and gharial crocodile along with many other common species of wild animal. The estimated population of rhinos is around 400. The park also secures populations of endangered species such as gaur, wild elephant, four horned antelope, striped hyena, pangolin, Gangetic dolphin, monitor lizard, and python.
Some of the other animals found in the park are sambar, chital, hog deer, barking deer, sloth deer, common leopard, ratel, palm civet, wild dog, langur and rhesus monkeys.
There are over 450 species of birds in the park. Among the endangered birds are the Bengal florican, giant hornbill, lesser florican, black stork and white stork. A few of the common birds seen are peafowl, red jungle fowl, and different species of egrets, herons, kingfishers, flycatchers and woodpeckers. The best times for bird watching are in March and December.
More than 45 species of amphibians and reptiles are found in the park, some of which are the marsh mugger crocodile, cobra, green pit viper and various species of frogs and tortoises. The park is actively engaged in the scientific study of several species of wild flora and fauna.
The Chitwan region has had a long history of conservation. For many years it was the Royal hunting grounds for the Kings and dignitaries of Nepal and therefore hunting by the general public was forbidden. It did however become a favorite spot for big game safari hunters in the late nineteenth and early to mid-twentieth centuries. The long-term effect was a drastic decrease in jungle habitat and animal populations in the Chitwan valley as jungles were converted to farmland and big game were hunted and poached to
dangerously low numbers. The falling rhino (less than 200) and tiger (less than 30) populations in the present park region, led to the declaration of two-thirds of the park as rhino sanctuary in 1963. Since 1963 wildlife populations and ecosystems have been rebounding. In 1973 Chitwan became Nepal’s first National Park. The relatively pristine state of the modern park and its unique ecosystems prompted UNESCO to declare the park a World Heritage site in 1984.
Day 01: Fly to Shauraha Bharatpur Airport about 25 minute. Our staff will pick up you. You will then be transferred to our 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.
13:00 - Lunch
15:00 - Local village tour to a nearby Tharu ethnic group where you will have chance to learn more about Tharu’s lifestyle. Then you will visit National park Visitor’s center where you learn about history of the Chitawan national park, wildlife and sun set view from the bank of Rapti River.
19:00- Tharu cultural dance presentation (which you will also participate in) by the local villagers or Slide show presentation on almost everything under the Chitwan.
20:00 - Dinner
6:00 - wake up call
6:30 - Breakfasst
7:00- Canoe ride at Rapti River, an excellent opportunity for Bird watching and as well as seeing 2 rare species of crocodiles: the Marsh Mugger and the fish eating gharial, jungle walk and on the way back elephant bathing enjoy.
15:00- Elephant safari for excellent chance to see four kind of different deer, rhinoceros, wild boar, monkey,leopard, sloth bear and Royal Bengal tiger (if you are lucky). You will encounter many other smaller mammals that have made chitwan their home.
19:00 - Tharu cultural dance presentation or Slides show presentation.
20:00 - Dinner
6:00 - weke up call
6:30 - Breakfast
07:00- Tharu cultural dance presentation or Slides show presentation.
09:00- Departure for onward journey.
- Drop to domestic airport in kathmandu
- kathmandu to Bharatpur- Bharatpur to kathmandu flight ticket.
- pick up at Bharatpur airport, transfer to the Resort.
- All activities as per above mention in itinerary.
- All meals Breakfast,lunch and dinner
- Experienced jungle guide during the your activities
- National park entrance fee
- Drop to Bharatpur airport from Resort.
- pick up at kathmandu airport.
What's Not Included
- kathmandu hotel
- kathmandu city tour
- Jeep drive inside national park
- bar bill & cold drinks
At your hotel in kathmandu
Know Before You Go
If you would like to do jeep drive you can discuss with local guide.you need to join with group.