|Starts at: Kathmandu
|Ends at: Kathmandu
|Trek Region: Chitwan
|Transport: Private Car
|Duration: 3 Days
|Trip Grade: Easy
|Max Altitude: Not Applicable
Chitwan National Park was the first National Park created in Nepal. Covering an area of 952.63 km2 (367.812 miles), the park was established in 1973 and was made a World Heritage Site in 1984. Lying in the south of Nepal, the altitude ranges from 100m (330ft) to 815m (2,674ft) in the Sivalik Hill area. The Narayani-Rapti river system protects the area in the north and west, while to the east, it borders Valmiki National Park, a tiger reserve in India. With its headquarters in Kasara, gharial and turtle conservation breeding centers were established, and more recently, a breeding center for Gyps vultures was also established.
On the downside, traditionally, this area belonged to the Tharu ethnic communities, who were forced off of the land when it became a protected area. As most Tharu families had to leave their land, they became landless and fell into poverty – something that happened along the southern belt of the country as protected areas spread.
Today some locals have established lodges and hotels or work as jungle guides, spreading their knowledge of the wildlife and countryside.
There are many hotels, ranging from the deluxe to the budget, and a range of activities to enjoy inside and outside the park boundaries. Chitwan is also a peaceful place to relax and explore (outside the park) yourself.
Magical Nepal offers this tour in Standard and Luxury. The default price is for a standard tour. You can upgrade it to luxury during checkout. Please choose. Luxury Package. Please choose the flight during the checkout process if you want to upgrade it to the flight.
There are several activities you can do during your stay in Chitwan. It doesn’t only limit to Chitwan National Park. There is a Tharu ethnic community that has its own culture. A Glimpse of their lifestyle is another addon of Chitwan. We have outlined the most popular trips we recommend.
Luxury Stay: Green Park, Chitwan, is an extremely comfortable hotel that has been running for over six years in Chitwan. All the rooms have private bathrooms, such as tea and coffee-making facilities, and air conditioning. Its outside bar and swimming pool make it an ideal place to relax day and evening.
Food is included in the package rate and combines Western, Nepali, and Indian cuisine.
You will reach Chitwan via Private Car. You can upgrade it to flight if you wish to. An additional 1 hour is required from the airport to Hotel.
Chitwan is around 5 hour drive. It takes around 20 minutes by flight, plus that extra hour by road.
Day 1: Chitwan – Arrival at the Resort. Enjoy Tharu Village
Day 2: Chitwan National Park: Jeep Safari, Elephant Breeding Center
Day 2: Chitwan To Kathmandu
On arrival, enjoy some light refreshments while being briefed about the resort and the activities you will be experiencing. After lunch, there is a tour of the surrounding Tharu villages in the traditional manner – by a cart pulled by an ox! This will give you a feel of how the locals lived before the park was established.
After dinner, retire to your very comfortable room.
Breakfast is taken early so visitors can enjoy the early morning sounds of the jungle.
Then it’s time for a jeep safari through the park with the possibility of spotting some large animals, such as the one-horned rhino and a tiger. If you are very lucky, you will see varieties of deer and smaller mammals.
Return to the resort for lunch before taking a canoe down the river. This exciting trip takes place in a traditional dug-out canoe, and there are chances to see crocodiles and deer drinking by the riverbank.
Before returning to the lodge, there is a trip to the elephant breeding center where the elephants are housed.
This evening there is much excitement when a culture program comes to the resort. You will witness, and be obliged to join in, traditional Tharu dances such as the stick dance. This is a fantastic way to round off the day. Dinner will be served at the end of the program.
Tea and coffee are served to wake you up early before setting out for a bit of bird spotting. There are around 500 species of birds in Nepal, most of which live around Chitwan National Park. Even if you don’t think bird watching is for you, the sounds and colors of the birds against the forest’s peaceful backdrop are extraordinary.
After a good breakfast, it’s time to say goodbye to the jungle and head onwards to your next destination.
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