Safari in Chitwan National Park
The Chitwan National Park (932 sq. km.) 200 Km south west of Kathmandu is most most popular Wild Life Safari Park in Nepal.
Wild Life in the National Park: Chitwan National Park is the largest habitat for one horned Rhinos, and is also second largest habitat for Royal Bengal Tigers in Nepal. Other wild animals are: wild elephants, four species of Deer, Sloth bear, Gaur (bovine), wild Boar, Striped Hyena, Jackals, Crocodiles (Ghariyal and Magars), Leopards, Langoor (monkey), and many more. Endangered Birds like giant Hornbill, Bengal florican, black Stork, white Stork, etc. are among 450 species of birds found in the park.
Village Sauraha and Eco-tourism: Village Sauraha is an old settlement of ethnic Tharu people. The village Sauraha is in buffer zone jungle of Chitwan National Park. The Chitwan National Park is best known for Conservation of wild life and Eco-tourism in the world. Where as Sauraha is a best example of a jungle village, adjacent to the park, where Men and wild animals support each other for their living.
Rapti river beach: The beach of River Rapti is a very popular spot in Sauraha. You can enjoy the best sunset view in a hot evening with a chilled beer.
Safari inside Chitwan National Park: You can stay in a resort inside Chitwan National Park. There are several resorts inside the park at from west to east part. The tariff of such resorts are higher than those resorts at buffer zone. However you will have more modern facilities in the resorts at Buffer zone. Sighting of animals also vary from one location to other.
SafariElephant ride: You climb on an Elephant back, ride into the grassland which is as tall as an elephant and virgin forest of the Park to see Rhinos, tigers, and other wild animals.
Safari activities: Elephant ride, Jungle walks, Bird watching, Canoeing in a dug-out canoe, Visit to Elephant breeding center, etc.
Cultural activities: Tours in and around Tharu village and cultural programs performed by the ethnic Tharu communities. The Cultural variety includes famous stick dance and dance with guests.
Additional activities: Jungle drive by Jeep (seasonal), Devghat tour, and visit to the exotic Bis Hazari Taal (Twenty Thousand Lakes).
Safari at Chitwan National Park 2 night/3 daysDay 01: Lunch upon arrival; Village Tour and Sunset view from beach Rapti river; Dinner
Day 02: Jungle walk after early morning Tea/Coffee. After breakfast: Canoeing and Trip to Elephant breeding center; After lunch, Elephant ride Evening: Cultural program and Dinner around the camp firing.
Day 03: Bird Watching (or extra elephant ride at extra cost) after early morning tea/coffee.8.00 AM: Breakfast 9.00 AM: drive to next destination Extra day Jeep drive to Kasara; Gharial Hatchery Farm; visit to Bis Hazari Lake (wetland)
How to go there?
By Air: Daily flights from Kathmandu to Bharatpur Airport duration about 25 minute; US$ 87.00 per person and hotel transfer from the Bharatpur airport costs US$ 20.00 per jeep.
By Private vehicle: 4 Hours drive and you can enjoy en-route Cable Car ride to Mankamana Temple; from US$ 50.00 per person for a group of three; from Kathmandu or Pokhara.
By Tourist bus: 5-6 hours cost US$ 8.00 to 15.00 per person; from Kathmandu or Pokhara
By white water river rafting: You can make journey to Chitwan National Park more adventurous by white water river rafting. You can enjoy river rafting in Trishuli river (grade 2-3). The rafting trip in river Trishuli can be a trip of 1 to 3 days from Kathmandu. Or you can enjoy 2 days river rafting in Sheti river (grade 2-3) if you are going from Pokhara.