Chitwan National Park (CNP) situated in lower plains of Nepal is one of the famous tourist destinations in Nepal. This national park that once acknowledged as Royal National Park is the first of its kind in Nepal established with a noble mission of protecting wildlife. This beauty and pride of Nepal encompasses thick green forests, grasslands and remarkable vegetations. Apart from that, this place is home to rare creatures like one horned rhinoceros, tiger, elephants, crocodile etcetera. Tour to Chitwan National Park will provide you the best memories of your life as you can engage in many activities like Elephant ride, jungle safari etcetera, let alone the diversity of flora and fauna you will witness here.
Chitwan National Park is a famous destination for wildlife lovers out there. Not only this, the natural views, diverse vegetations, unique culture of locals, opportunity to be in close vicinity of the wildlife, attracts thousands of voyagers to Chitwan and Sauraha every year. Through this incredible tour, you will come to a fair conclusion that though, mountains like the majestic Mt. Everest are huge part of Nepal, there is so much more to Nepal than it. This place is an ultimate destination for adventure, animal and Safari lovers
Chitwan National Park encompasses many wildlife. The green forests covering about 70 % of the land here provides with many activities that will indulge you while completely captivating your attention and keeping you from boredom. The extensive vegetations like the crawlers for instance- King Cobra, Rock python, tortoise, crocodiles and many fish species have found their home in this huge national park. Other mammals like Bengal Tiger, clouded leopards, one horned rhinoceros, elephants, Bengal foxes, wild boars, Sambar deer, hog deer etcetera are found here.
You can get to Chitwan National Park via different ways. Chitwan National Park (CNP) is located in south central Nepal - Nawalpur, Parsa, Chitwan and Makwanpur districts in the subtropical Inner Terai Lowlands. The airport nearest to Chitwan National park is 10 Kilometers away in Bharatpur. If you are going through a travel agency, how will you travel from Kathmandu to Chitwan National park will depend on you trekking package. Here, we provide some options on the well acknowledged travelling method to Chitwan National Park.
One way you can get to Chitwan National Park is via a tourist bus which will take you approximately 6 hours from Kathmandu. You will be sharing the tourist bus with other traveling members. This is an optimal and economical way to reach there that requires less expense.
Travelers can reach Chitwan National Parks by privately booked transport means like jeep or car.
You can reach there via flight. Find out more about Kathmandu to Chitwan flight price by contacting us.
You can also opt for Mini- Vans to reach Sauraha from which you can take a bus or taxi to best resorts in Chitwan or Sauraha close or Chitwan National Park.
Located adjacent to Chitwan National Park, Sauraha is a small town/village that can be regarded as the eastern gateway to Chitwan National Park. It is near Rapti river and provides visitors with eclectic options for accommodations, Chitwan hotels, restaurants and resorts in close vicinity of Chitwan National Park.
Sauraha is where you want to be for mid-priced or even relatively cheap 3-4-star hotels. You can find Jungle Safari Lodge, Affordable Chitwan National Park Safari here with so much more. You will witness many mud huts and houses with Tharu settlements in Sauraha Chitwan of Nepal. Accommodations in Sauraha are much cheaper than accommodations in Chitwan National Park.
History of Chitwan National Park
Chitwan National Park is the very first National Park in Nepal established in 1973. Before hosting this National Park, Chitwan was one of the sought-after hunting grounds for ruling class of Nepal mainly during cool winter seasons. At that time Chitwan used to be home too hundreds of tigers, leopards, rhinoceros and other animals.
The forests and grasslands of Chitwan were eventually encroached by the farmers and these areas were afterward opened for settlements. This was followed by extensive poaching and hunting of wildlife. Up to 70% of the forest in Chitwan was cleared followed by the rampant poaching and hence sharp decline of the Rhino population.
As this situation got worse and many animals that were abundant before were in verge of annihilation in Nepal, Chitwan National Park was established with the mission to protect and breed the endangered animals. The establishment of this National Park that was before known as Royal Chitwan National Park also ceased the rapid encroachment of the forests in the neighboring region in Lower Nepal.
Chitwan National Park Nepal Became a member of World Heritage Site in 1984. When it was established in 1973, the area of Chitwan National Park was 544 square kilometers. Later in 1977, other contiguous areas were also encompassed making up the area of 932 square kilometers which is current Chitwan National Park area.
As Chitwan National Park is located on lower Nepal, climate here is highly humid throughout the year except few months on winter. The Spring, Summer and Autumn weather are more or less similar except for few fundamental differences. The temperature during Spring can rage between 30 to 40 degrees. There can be sporadic rainfall which is not that likely. The Autumn weather condition is very similar to that to Spring.
If you decide to travel to Chitwan National Park during June, July, August and September, you are likely to be hit by heavy rainfall as this time marks Monsoon/Summer in Nepal and in Chitwan National Park. During Summer, the weather or climatic condition is very hot due to the soaring temperature that can reach as high as 43 degree Celsius.
The months from October to February is when winter prevails in Chitwan National Park. You will experience the coldest weather in the Chitwan National Park vicinity during this January when temperature can drop a low as 7 degrees. On the positive light, even during January days, the temperature can reach up to 20 degrees during afternoon.
What is the Best time to visit Chitwan?
To enjoy every second in Chitwan National Park, it’s very important that you decide the best time possible. Though Chitwan National Park is open throughout the year, the extremely hot and humid environment during the Summer season can make the visit extremely uncomfortable for you. While coming here make sure that, you arriving on the time when most of the wildlife will be visible and when the forest is as luxuriant as possible, and the weather comfortable.
One of the most favourable time to visit Chitwan National Park is during Winter (October to February). The clear skies, comfortable weather, the dry environment makes this season perfect for visiting Chitwan National Park. Moreover, you are likely to meet many wildlife during this season. Another, plus point is the tall Phanta grass is cut by the locals here from January to March, making the animals visible.
Summer (March to May) can get extremely hot and uncomfortable for you due to increasing temperature and humidity. Also, the Monsoon (June to September) season is not a good time keeping animals’ visibility in mind. To make matter even worse, the persistent leeches might get to you during this season.
Though you will see evidence of existence of Chitwan National Park tigers, you are unlikely to see one. Don’t get sad yet, many other things that Chitwan National Park will make up for it.
The best time to spot tiger in Chitwan National Park is April and May as Tigers are probable to come out of their den and roam around watering holes and rivers during these dry months. If you are bend onto spotting tiger , we suggest you this time of the year.
What is Chitwan National Park famous for? / Activities to look forward to on Chitwan National Park
Chitwan National Park of Nepal will reveal to you the secrets of nature. You will see rare animals like one horned rhinoceros, Bengal tiger etcetera here. On top of that, there is much more you can do here than view these rare animals in Chitwan National Park area. Following we have listed out some things to do at Chitwan National Park Nepal:
Chitwan National Park Jungle Safari will give you one of the most exhilarating walks of your life. This safari/ walk around the heart of Chitwan can be single, in group for duration of 1 day or 2 days or even more depending upon the travelling package. Though your safari tours you will witness many animals like one horned Rhinoceros (Yup you heard it right, you might see one of the rare animals worldwide), many birds, Rhesus monkey, deer and many more. The Chitwan Jungle Safari cost will range between 1400 to 2000 rupees a day. You need not worry about this as High Venture will have handled it.
For those visitors running short on time or for whom walking through the woods is too much of hustle, you can go for this engaging activity. You can inside out of jungle within no time through jeep tours. Chitwan National Park Jeep Safari cost usually revolves around USD 180 which is equivalent to Nepali 21000 rupees and it includes the food and accommodation cost. You can have distant view of the wildlife and multiple vegetations through these tours.
Elephant ride in Chitwan National Park is another unique activity that you can do here. Through this exotic and unique experience, you can observe other wildlife, birds and vegetations. everything feels new and freshening from top of Elephant back. The elephants are trained, so you can seat high on their back and enjoy the ride. This service is provided by almost every lodges and tour agencies. This 1 – 1.5-hour long Elephant ride costs over 2500 rupees for foreigners.
This is something you can do in Sauraha Chitwan Nepal. Elephant breeding Center was established with the mission to protect the elephants of the regions. We highly recommend you to explore Chitwan Elephant Breeding Center. You will see baby elephants there. You can walk here or take a rickshaw or other available transport to reach there. You can stop a while for photography with a cute little baby elephant on the frame.
Washing elephants can yet another be a new addition to things you have done and Chitwan National Park is an easy destination that can have this arranged without much danger issues. You can wash elephants or even bath with elephants in the Rapti river after buying a ticket which is affordable within the range of 200 to 500. People line up to capture the photographs of elephant bathing.
Tourists and visitors can also be a part of river boating and canoeing through this travel. You might get a closer look of crocodiles sunbathing or swimming on the river and other animals as well. This is one promising activity that allures people to boating or Canoeing. You will boat in Rapti river whilst enjoying the views of rare animals relaxing on the wetlands.
This is another thing to explore on while on Chitwan National Park. Here, you can enjoy watching birds. The chirping sound of the birds whilst they are busy in their own will definitely go down as the best sound you hear all day long.
Tharu is one of the many indigenous ethnic group of Lower Nepal-Terai region. This village tour will take you to the Tharu Villages of Sauraha where you can observe the life style and culture of Tharu community. You can even explore Tharu Village museum which is positioned at the heart of Sauraha Bachhauli. You can visit the Tharu village yourself or go there with a guide who will charge you about 1000 rupees.
You can explore the culture and way of life of the local Tharu while on Chitwan National Park tour. The traditional Tharu song, Tharu dances, comedy acts, peacock dance (called as Mayur naach), Stick dance (Danda naach), fire dance (aago naach) together makes one heck of a show. You can see these dances every day between 6 to 8 and they last for about 45 minutes. After enjoying this unique culture, you can go back to one of the resorts in Sauraha.
If you want to see large elephants, do look forward for this activity. If you arrive before 9 am or after 5 pm, you can see elephants for free. The elephants are mainly males here and are used as part of ranger patrols. These male elephants have high significance as they are used to protect other wildlife from being hunted or poached. They have some contributions in the increased number of tigers in the area recently.
Day 01- Travel from Kathmandu to Chitwan
Day 02- Explore Chitwan/ Chitwan National Park
Day 03- Travel back to Kathmandu from Chitwan
One of the members of High Venture Plus will pick you up from the location that has been agreed upon by you and the travel agency. The location can be a hotel or bus station or International Airport. Depending upon the package, you are brought to Chitwan via tourist bus or private vehicle or domestic flight. We will escort you to the hotels in Sauraha Chitwan or resorts there. After refreshing, you will be accompanied by the guide for Tharu village tour. You will see lifestyle and unique culture of this ethnic group. You will see the typical dance of Tharu culture here. Overnight in the booked hotel near Chitwan National Park.
We will begin the day early enjoying the breakfast while enjoying the gorgeous view from the hotel. We then start exploring Chitwan National Park as we go to Rapti River for Canoe ride. Look out for that rare Gharial crocodile and marsh mugger during your canoe ride as you are likely to see one. After that, we will take walk towards the jungle exploring the species like monkey, wild boar, leopard, sloth bear, spotted dear, rhinoceros, elephant etcetera. With a little bit of luck, we might even see a Bengal tiger or a Leopard. We enjoy the views of the lush forest and the wild life it hosts as we take an elephant ride or elephant Safari. We will go to lodge for lunch in between and then enjoy ourselves while bathing elephant. We can even visit Elephant breeding center. We can go to Bis Hazari Tal which in Chitwan National Park is one of the best place for birds watching. By the end of the day, you can explore Tharu community some more, their villages and unique culture. You can adjust other “to do activities in Chitwan National Park” as well in you day as well.
Last day of the tour begins with you having breakfast early on the morning. We take a final brief detour of this royal park and bid goodbye to arrive back in Kathmandu.
People getting concerned regarding the safety while planning Chitwan National Park tour is completely normal given how this place is the home of many dangerous animals like crocodiles, snakes, elephants, tigers, rhinos and even bears. We wouldn’t be passing dishonest information if we say that Chitwan National Park is safe place But, you need to be on you keen senses and careful as well.
There have been records of visitors being attacked by the aggressive Sloth bear. Our trekking guides will provide you some “what to do’s and what not to do’s”. how safe Chitwan tour turns out for you depends on you as well. We highly recommend you to stick by those then Chitwan National Park tour will be safe as well as enjoyable.
Another possible danger you might encounter during this marvelous visit, the chances of malaria and Dengue. Abundance of mosquitos in subtropical region is not an odd thing. Be careful that your bed has mosquito net or your hotel room has mosquito repellant.