On Day 1, take a bus from Kathmandu to Chitwan, where you'll tour a nearby ethnic Tharu village. Enjoy the sunset from the banks of the Rapti River before admiring a Tharu cultural dance presentation or a presentation about the area. On Day 2, get ready for a day full of safari activities in the Royal Chitwan NP. On Day 3, say goodbye to Chitwan before making your return bus trip to Kathmandu.
About Chitwan National Park:
Chitwan National Park was declared UNESCO Natural Heritage Site in 1979. This park is situated in southern central Nepal, covering 932 sq.km covered with deciduous forests overlooking the floodplains of the Narayani, Rapti and Reu rivers. It takes 20 minutes by air and 5 hours of bus drive (146 km) by road to get there from Kathmandu.
This famous park is part of a rich ecosystem in which you can find abundant wildlife such as mammals, birds, reptiles and water animals of different kinds. The highlights of this park are the 500 Asian one-horned rhinoceros and some hundred nocturnal Royal Bengal tigers that live in the dense forests of the park. You will discover a lost world of towering trees and twisting vines, of pre-historic rhino and lumbering elephants, crocodile, python and deer, brilliantly colored birds and if you are lucky - the superb Royal Bengal Tiger. Other animals that you may come across are the rhesus monkey, grey langur, deer, leopards and wild cats etc. Another important element adding to the Chitwan experience is the colorful Tharu Culture, their way of living, tradition, and heart touching Tharu Dance. You will get to do many activities during your stay like a jeep safari or jungle walk, canoe ride, bird watching and village tour.
Day by Day Itinerary:
Day 1: Bus From Kathmandu - Chitwan National Park Accommodation Check-In (L/D)
This morning please make your own way to the Shorakhuttee tourist bus station in Kathmandu to take your included bus to Chitwan, where you'll be dropped off just a 5-minute drive away from tonight's accommodation just outside of Chitwan National Park. Here you will be briefed about the following days' program. Have lunch and then go on a tour to a nearby ethnic Tharu village where you will learn more about the life and lifestyle of the Tharus. Make a stop at the Chitwan National Park Visitor Centre where you can learn more about the history of the National Park and about the local wildlife. Enjoy the sunset from the banks of the Rapti River before admiring a Tharu cultural dance presentation OR a slideshow presentation about Chitwan. Have dinner and go to bed early so you will be ready for your jeep safari experience in Chitwan the following day. Overnight in Chitwan National Park accommodation.
Day 2: Chitwan National Park (B/L/D)
Have breakfast and get ready for a day full of safari activities in the royal Chitwan National Park. Take a canoe trip along the Rapti River, which is ideal for bird watching and for seeing the two rare species of crocodiles -the Marsh Mugger and the fish eating Gharial. From there, you will do one of the following activities. If you go for a jungle walk, you will search for the park’s elusive and amazing Rhinos, Royal Bengal Tigers, leopards, monkeys, crocodiles and more. Bring your camera so you don’t miss out on any opportunities to photograph these beautiful creatures.
You could also visit the Elephant Breeding Centre, before having lunch. In the afternoon, go on a jeep safari which will give you an excellent opportunity to see different kinds of deer, rhinoceros, wild boar, monkey, leopard, sloth bear and the Royal Bengal Tiger (if you are lucky). You may also encounter many other smaller mammals that have made Chitwan their home. Later, return to your accommodation to rest from your full day of adventuring. Overnight in Chitwan National Park accommodation.
Day 3: Bird Watching - Bus to Kathmandu (B)
Start the day with a cup of coffee or tea and then a brief bird-watching tour. Then, return to your accommodation, have breakfast, check out of your room, and say goodbye to the beautiful Chitwan National Park before your trip comes to an end with a bus ride back to Kathmandu. Happy trails!
*Important Note: Due to concerns regarding the treatment and welfare of captive elephants in Southeast Asia, we are no longer offering activities involving elephant rides or elephant trekking.
What to bring: Small backpack, passport copy, personal medicine, toilet paper, long/short sleeve shirts, long/short pants, trekking boots, flip flops, socks, sunblock, insect spray, raincoat (for the rainy season).