Chitwan National Park

Arrival City


Departure City


Lodging level


Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Trip Grade


Maximun Altitude



Wildlife Safari, Bird Watching


The ideal habitat for diverse species of mammals, birds, reptiles & insects!

With its lush forests and exotic fauna which include the rare one horned rhino, the Royal Bengal tiger, crocodiles, elephants, deer and over four-hundred species of birds, Chitwan National Park offers one of the finest wildlife experiences in Asia. Lying in the Terai belt, encompassed by the Churia Hills and flanked by Rapti, Reu and Narayani rivers, the park covers an area of 932 sq. km. Established in 1973 as the oldest National Park in Nepal, the park became a World Heritage Site in 1984.

During the late 19th century, Chitwan was the private hunting reserve of Rana Prime Ministers. In 1911, a hunting party to Chitwan led by King George V, is said to have shot thirty-seven tigers and eight rhinos. Between 1933 and 1940, the King and his guests, is said to have killed four hundred and thirty-three tigers and fifty-three rhinos. By the late 1960s the population of rhinos and tigers in Chitwan had dwindled drastically due to indiscriminate hunting and poaching. The declaration of Chitwan as a national park in 1973 and the imposition of strict measures against poaching and unauthorized conversion of forest to farmland have helped in increasing the wildlife population. At present Chitwan National Park is regarded as one of the most developed and most frequently visited National Park in Nepal.


You start your trip today and head off to Chitwan. Upon arrival to your destined resort, you will be briefed by the Lodge manager about your jungle activities and the schedules. After lunch, you will have a Nature walk around the jungle or visit to the observation tower. In the evening there will be a slide show about the information of the National park on its history, wildlife etc. followed by the dinner.

Chitwan National Park houses rich wildlife, lush grasslands and rare species of bird and animals. It gives a unique and exceptional wildlife experience, being the home to several rare species, in particular, the one-horned rhinoceros, Royal Bengal Tiger, leopard, bear, wild boar, deer, bison, crocodiles etc. Unlike African animals, those in Chitwan tend to be rather solitary and shy, but the chancing of sightseeing these are very high owing to the expertise and experiences of guides. You surrender yourself to the pure pleasure of jungle activities including wildlife safari, canoeing, bird watching etc.

You will continue to explore more and experience the jungle activities as per your package in the National Park.

After breakfast prepare for departure to Kathmandu.

General Information


By Surface

It is a pleasant scenic 5/6 hours’ drive by a tourist coach or a private vehicle from Kathmandu on Prithivi Highway along the banks of Trisuli River. En route you drive past several traditional Tharu villages and eventually reach the pickup point at the fringe of national park from where you will be escorted to your lodge.


By Air

It is a 20-minute pleasant flight from Kathmandu to Bharatpur airport (near Chitwan National Park). Upon arrival at Bharatpur air strip, a representative from the lodge you are booked in will escort you to Chitwan National Park.


By Raft

Explore Himalaya organizes a day rafting trip on 2-4 class Trishuli River. You can combine rafting trip and Chitwan Wildlife tours. After concluding rafting trip, a further 2 hrs’ (approx.) drive will take you to the park.



  • Neutral colored clothing is recommended.
  • Light clothing is needed for daytime with a sweater and warm jacket for the evenings from November to March.
  • Pants / Trousers are recommended for safari and jungle walk.
  • Comfortable walking shoes, sun hat, sunglasses etc. are essential.
  • Insect repellent and personal medical requirements should be carried.
  • It is highly recommended to travel light with only one small suitcase or duffle bag.
  • During the warmer months swimming suits are recommended.
  • A Small flash light is recommended.
  • Binoculars add greatly to your enjoyment for bird and wildlife viewing.

In case of rafting and jungle safari tour combination, please visit ‘rafting in Nepal’ section for more details on Rafting and its essential information.

    The Trip Cost Includes
    • 3 Nights Hotel accommodation in Chitwan on twin sharing room with full board plan
    • Jungle Safari activities as per the package in Chitwan National Park
    • National Park Fees
    • Service of an expert jungle guide as per itinerary

    The Trip Cost Excludes
    • Nepal Visa 
    • Any airfares
    • Hotel, Tours and all Meals in Kathmandu
    • Personal gears and clothing
    • Tips for guide, porters and drivers etc.
    • Any expenses of personal nature like bar bills, laundry, telephone, internet, snacks etc.
    • Personal Insurance and Medical expenses
    • Any expenses incurred in emergency evacuation due to any reason
    • Any other services not mentioned under the heading “price includes”


Pay Now


Your booking of this trip will be confirmed by email once we receive your deposit of $300 and the signed copy of booking form and contract. The balance is due no later than two months prior to departure. If you book a tour less than 2 months prior to departure, you must send the full payment within 7 days of confirmation by us.


If you cancel your booking, the following scale of charges will apply: • 2 months before departure – Loss of deposit (US$ 500) • 29 days to 2 months before departure – 30% of total trip cost • 10 to 28 days before departure – 60% of total trip cost • Less than 10 days before departure – 100% of total trip cost


The itinerary is taken only as a guideline. We cannot be held responsible for any delays caused by International or domestic flights, strikes, Government regulations, weather or natural casualties etc. In such cases, Explore Himalaya shall provide suitable alternatives which will be decided upon mutual agreement. If you have any questions regarding this trip, please feel free to contact us at or directly by phone: +977-1-4518100. We answer all enquiries within 24 hours.

Local vegetation

The park’s vegetation is dominated by sal forest, open grassland sand riverine vegetation. There are also flowering species of trees like sissoo, silk cotton tree and flame of the forest. These trees bloom from January to early spring and fill the forest with their colorful flowers. The tall elephant grass dominates the grass grassland and gives it a savanna like appearance.


The park is the home of great one- horned rhino, the world’s third largest land mammal. They feed on grass which is also their normal habitat and move alone or in groups. Elephants are seen frequently at the Park. The Royal Bengal tiger, the most glamorous and elusive of all Chitwan’s animals, is estimated to number just about a hundred in Chitwan. They are by nature reclusive and do not attack unless provoked or hunting for food. There are four different species of deer living in the park – the barking deer, the hog deer, the sambar deer and the spotted deer. Over 400 different birds have been recorded here, including the Indian peafowl, the tuneful blackheaded oriole and the openbill stork. The park’s rivers and the swampy areas are home to various reptiles like the pythons, marsh mugger and gharial which feed on fishes. The common leopard, langur and rhesus monkey also make up the park’s wildlife population.

Things to do & Places to Visit

The greatest thrill while at Chitwan is jungle walk. However, you need to be accompanied by at least two guides. Jeep safari is another exciting thing to do. Canoeing along the Rapti or Narayani rivers is the most restful way of watching the wildlife especially the aquatics birds and crocodiles. Several lodges arrange visits to nearby Tharu villages. Tharus, the original inhabitants of Chitwan, have their own culture, language and customs which are quite different from that of Nepali hill people. A visit to the elephant breeding camp and the gharial breeding centre can also prove to be informative.


The Best Time to Visit

The best time to visit the park from October to February. Many of the park lodges are closed between May to August, the rainy season.


Where to Stay

At Chitwan, a variety of lodges are available, from multi-starred to basic but comfortable. There are no campgrounds for campers inside the park. Sauraha has a wide range of options. Meals are provided either by the lodges, or you can have something at the restaurants.



The itineraries and activities of the Chitwan and the Bardia national parks are almost similar in character, but activities may vary between seasons. The number and course of your safari activities are determined by the number of nights you book for. Two nights – three days programs could include activities like jeep safari, jungle walk, bird watching, dugout canoe rides on the river. In the evening a cultural show of the traditional Terai dances are a must. By booking three nights – four days program you could add up a few more specialized excursions like a jungle jeep drive and a visit to the elephant breeding centre. Unlike African animals, those in Chitwan tend to be rather solitary and shy. There are also boat trips arranged to see the crocodiles and other aquatic animals.


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