Riding elephants in Chitwan

Chitwan National Park 3-Day Package Tour

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Pick-up from hotels in Kathmandu available on request. Alternatively meet at the Nepal Social Treks and Tours office. Please contact Nepal Social Treks and Tours for full meeting point details.

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What You'll Do
  • Explore the stunning flatlands of Nepal's Terai, in stark contrast to its better-known mountains
  • Visit the Chitwan National Park to see rhinoceros, wild boar, monkey, leopard and sloth bear
  • Look out for rare Royal Bengal tigers from the back of an elephant
  • Spot more than 500 species of bird, such as falcons, kestrel, parakeets, ibis, cuckoos and kingfishers
  • Canoe down the Rapti River
  • Swim with bathing elephants
  • Enjoy Tharu cultural performances and learn more about the indigenous villagers
  • Visit a crocodile breeding center and an elephant breeding center
  • Stay overnight in the deep jungle to experience its peace
Ride elephants and canoes on a 3-day package tour of the remarkable Chitwan National Park in Nepal. Explore Chitwan’s natural diversity and learn about the authentic culture of the locals at traditional dances and slide show presentations.
What to Expect
Explore the stunning flatlands of Nepal’s Terai and Chitwan region on a 3-day package tour that explores the area’s biodiversity, and includes soft activities such as elephant rides and light canoeing.

For a country known for its beautiful mountains, the Gangetic flatlands of the Terai, which stretches throughout the southern part of Nepal, provides a wholly different experience. A visit to Nepal remains incomplete without seeing the beauty of the Terai, and Chitwan is the best place to go.

Established in 1973, Chitwan National Park is located just 500 feet (150 meters) above sea level. Chitwan gets steamy from March through June, with peak temperatures reaching 43°C in the shade. Short grass makes February to May the best game-viewing season, but the autumn months are also gorgeous, with superb Himalayan views. In winter (December-January), Chitwan is pleasantly warm compared to Kathmandu, while the humid monsoon season (July-August) is intense, with pounding rain, swollen rivers, and luxuriant vegetation.

During the tour, you will get the opportunity to explore the wildlife from different perspectives. Explore by Jeep on a drive to a crocodile breeding center. Visit the first elephant breeding center in Asia, located just minutes from the hotel, where you will see baby elephants socializing with their parents, and discover how elephant meals are prepared.

On a sunny day, one of the main attractions on the Rapti River is to swim with the elephants as they take their baths. You will also join experienced naturalist guides to examine some of the more specialized habitats of the animals. There are a number of watchtowers en route to climb for better views of the surroundings.

Several towers and lakes have been created by a local community committee to preserve wildlife in the forest, and should you wish, there are provisions to stay for an extraordinary night to feel the deep and peaceful jungle environment.

There are several ways to get to and from Chitwan. On the outward journey, you can depart by car or coach at 07:00 for Mugling, at the confluence of the Marshynagdi and Trisuli rivers. From here, travel by raft and float down to a picnic spot - where you can pause for lunch - and continue to where the Nepal Social Treks and Tours vehicle will be waiting to transfer you to Chitwan.

Alternatively, depart from Kathmandu by car or coach at 07:00, and drive along the Mugling-Narayanghat Highway for approximately 105 miles (175 kilometers) to Chitwan. An air service is also available from Kathmandu to Bharatpur every day, taking about 20 minutes and costing USD 85.00 per one-way.

Day 01:
Upon arrival in Chitwan, a tour representative will meet you for the transfer to your camp, where you will be offered refreshments and receive a briefing of the camp’s facilities, as well as details of the day’s activities.

Following lunch, take a tour of a nearby ethnic Tharu village, where you will learn more about the lifestyle of the Tharus. Enjoy a sunset view from the banks of the Rapti River, before watching a Tharu cultural dance performance, which you will also be invited to participate in by the villagers. Alternatively, a slide show presentation will be given about Chitwan before dinner.

Day 02:
Following a wake up call at 06:00, enjoy a quick breakfast before canoeing along the Rapti River. This is an excellent opportunity to spot native birds and look out for 2 rare species of crocodiles; the marsh mugger and the fish eating gharial. Chitwan National Park is home to more than 530 species of birds, and your guide will help you to spot cormorants, herons, egrets, cranes, woodpeckers, osprey, falcons, kestrel, parakeets, ibis, cuckoos, kingfishers, swallows, drongos, babblers, and many more.

Lunch will be followed by an elephant safari. From the vantage point of the back of a well-trained elephant, look out for 4 different kinds of deer, rhinoceros, wild boar, monkey, leopard, sloth bear, and – if your are really lucky - Royal Bengal tigers. You will also encounter many smaller mammals that call Chitwan home. A trained naturalist will accompany you for the 90-minute safari, explaining the flora and fauna of Chitwan Park as you tour.

Enjoy another Tharu cultural dance presentation or slide show presentation in the evening before dinner. Tharus are the indigenous inhabitations of the Terai, and your expert guide will help you to interact and communicate with them to learn about and experience their traditional way of life.

Day 03:
Another early wake-up call and breakfast is followed by a tour of the National Park Visitor's Centre, where you can learn more about the history of the National Park and about the region’s wildlife. Depart at 10:00 for your return journey to Kathmandu.
What's Included
  • Accommodation on a twin share basis
  • All meals
  • Jungle activities
  • Naturalist guide during elephant bathing and safari
  • Tharu cultural show
  • National Park permit
  • All ground transportation by tourist van
  • Chitwan National Park entrance fee and Nature Conservation fees
What's Not Included
  • Air fare and airport taxes
  • Tips and personal expenses
Cancellation Policy
Cancel up to 1 day in advance for a full refund
Meeting Point

Pick-up from hotels in Kathmandu available on request. Alternatively meet at the Nepal Social Treks and Tours office. Please contact Nepal Social Treks and Tours for full meeting point details. (Open in Google Maps)

Know Before You Go
• This tour is offered on full board package basis
• You will need to provide your travel insurance policy number
• Please be specific about which language you would like to be guided at the time of booking

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