Chitwan National Park is one of the most beautiful reserves in Asia. Here, wild animals abound in their intact habitat. Just half an hour by plane from Kathmandu, the park is in the Terai plains and is home to a wide variety of endangered species such as the Indian rhino and the very discreet royal Bengal tiger. Listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, the park has a particularly varied flora and a fauna rich with more than 450 species of birds. Hotels within the park are ideal for elephant safaris, canoe trips or jeep rides.
Go for a leisurely ride on the back of an elephant, find a boat and cross a river or observe wild animals in their natural habitat, these are some of the unforgettable experiences offered by Chitwan National Park, those that remain forever etched in memory. The department of Chitwan owes its fame to its national park, the best maintained of all Asia. The park is home to a wide variety of wild animals including the Indian rhino and the discreet royal Bengal tiger, both endangered species.
Half an hour’s flight from Kathmandu, in southern Nepal, the park is located in a subtropical climate. Hotels, both within the park and on the edge of the park, welcome tourists who come to experience a jungle safari. Chitwan is easy to access, both by air and by land. The nearest airports are Meghauli and Bharatpur, where planes land regularly.
The park is the favorite destination for tourists looking for jungle safari. From this narrow strip of land proclaimed a national park, elephant safari is done in the particular zone of the buffer area. You can see numerous wild animals in during the safari in the different parts of Chitwan National Park.
Important projects supported by friendly nations and foreign institutions were born in order to save the tiger and the rhino. As proof of success, we now easily meet the rhino, and occasionally the royal Bengal tiger camouflaged in tall grass. Blocked, the Rapti river creates an artificial lake, Lami Tal, around which one can observe a flock of aquatic and exotic birds.
The park offers front row seats to be amazed by the rich culture of the Tharus, the largest ethnic group in the Terai. Their famous dances delight tourists who sometimes join the dancers for frenzied rounds.
The wide choice of activities means that you never get bored in Chitwan, that you stay there for two days or a week.
Accommodation in Chitwan National Park
Many hotels and resorts of various standards, ranging from the most luxurious to the simplest, inside and outside the park welcome tourists. Most include an elephant safari, jungle walks, canoe trips, and other cultural activities. Reservations can be made in Kathmandu at the counters of these hotels and resorts.
Wildlife and reproductive centers
In addition to the One horn Rhino and the Royal Bengal Tiger, the Sloth Bear, the wild boar, the gaur (or the Indian bison), 4 species of deer, 2 species of monkeys, 2 species of crocodiles, Leopards, wild cats, large variety reptiles and more than 500 species of birds have also taken up residence in the park. In addition to the jungle safari, the park offers other equally exciting activities such as visits to the elephant breeding center or the crocodile farm where these animals have been successfully bred in captivity.
Things to do in Chitwan National Park
- Elephant Safari
- Jeep Safari
- Canoe Ride
- Jungle Walk
- Elephant Breeding Center
- Tharu Culture Dance
- Bird Watching
- Elephant Bathing
- Sunset View
- Tower Night Stay
- Tiger Tracking
The elephant safari is the highlight of your stay in Chitwan. The elephant takes the visitor to the heart of the jungle, cutting paths where there are only trees, wading in the river to offer a breathtaking view of the jungle. This elevated position gives the possibility to take pictures without equal. Walks in the jungle, jeep safari or canoe trips are other ways to observe the multiple species of birds and the extreme diversity of flora and fauna present in the park. With a little luck, you will spot the very discreet royal Bengal tiger.
Bird watching: Chitwan National Park is made up of three types of vegetation: Hardwood Forests, Riparian Vegetation, and Meadows. The world’s largest variety of bird species, 539, has been recorded here. The naturalist who accompanies you will show you birds nestled in trees that you would not notice on your own.
Getting There – Chitwan National Park
By plane: there are regular flights from Kathmandu to Bharatpur Airport. Chitwan is also served by Meghauli Airport. The rest of the trip is by road.
To see more of the country, you can also get there by road. Four hours is enough to reach Chitwan. The road passes through the Mahabharat chain (2,500 meters) and runs along the Trishuli river for almost its entire length. The option of rafting in Chitwan is not lacking in spice.