Chitwan National Park – Jungle Safari
The Royal Chitwan National Park, established in 1973, is one of the richest and most spectacular wildlife sanctuaries, situated 75 air miles south west of Kathmandu in tall grass land and magnificent forests.In this panorama jungle setting inside the 960 square km park is found one of the greatest wildlife in South East Asia.
One horned Rhinos, several species of deer, sloth deer, wild boar, fresh water dolphins, bison, marsh muggers, leopard and crocodiles, over 450 species of birds, 67 different kinds of butterflies and the elusive nocturnal Royal Bengal Tiger.
Nowadays the National Park can be easily visited on all levels of budget. A typical day inside the park includes early morning jungle walks, elephant rides, dugout canoe rides, jungle drives, sunset walks, elephant bathing and many others. The evening can be spent visiting a Tharu village, where you get a rare opportunity to witness a traditional Tharu dance..A fifth of the park is made up of the floodplains of the Narayani, Rapti and the Reu Rivers and is covered by dense tall Elephant grass interspersed with revenine forests of silk cotton (Kapok), Acacia and Sisam trees.
This ecologically diverse area is the last remaining home in Nepal for more than 300 of the endangered Asian one-horned Rhinoceros and harbours one of the largest populations of the elusive and rare Royal Bengal Tiger. Besides Rhino and Tiger, Chitwan also support a great variety of flora and fauna. There are four species of Deer, including the Spotted Chittal, Leopard, Sloth Bear, Wild Dog, Small Wild Cats, the white stockinged Gaur (world’s largest wild cattle) and many other smaller animals. The swampy areas and numerous Ox-bow lakes of Chitwan provide a home for Marsh Crocodiles.
In a stretch of the Narayani River is found one of the few remaining of the populations of the rare and endangered fish-only eating Gharial. In the summers the park is alive with migrants such as the fabulous paradise flycatcher, the Indian Pitta and Parakeets.
When to Visit- Other than monsoon months (July to September), a visit to Chitwan National Park is funfilled and exciment at any time of the year.
By Air – A short half hour flight to Bharatpur and couple of hours drive, escorted by our staff will reach you in the heart of the jungle.
By Road – A five hour long and winding road as you descend towards the warmer side of the country, following the Trisuli River and the scenery is quite pleasant. A good way to enjoy a country drive.
By Raft – The last days of the rafting is mainly floating because the river gets wide and less rapids, and eventually leads you closer to the National Park. A few hours drive from the raft putout point and you escape from the noise of the big cities. It is a great place to relax and experience something different from the mountain trek. A pleasant one indeed.
Accomodation – It ranges from basic to luxuries, with almost all the resorts built in traditional styles. All have solar-heated showers, a well-stocked bar to relax and friendly staff willing to share their knowledge of the jungle with you.
Programmes – Our programmes are designed in a way so as to make your stay enjoyable but also exciting at the same time. However, viewing wildlife at their best require early morning and late afternoon excursions and guest are advised to comply to the schedule and regulations for their own advantage.