Chitwan National Park

General Description of Chitwan National Park – first national park of Nepal

Chitwan National Park is located in the mid Terai area of Nepal. It’s famous for a jungle that has an increasing numbered population of tigers, elephants, Rhinoceros, crocodiles and a host of bird life.

Chitwan National Park is the first national park in Nepal. This national park in the early days was called Royal Chitwan National Park. It was established in 1973 and granted the status of a World Heritage Site in 1984 AD.

National Park covers an area of 932 km2 (360 sq mi). Located in the subtropical – Inner Terai lowlands of south-central Nepal in the Chitwan District, Chitwan is most visited national park of Nepal for jungle Safari, also known as wildlife safari.

Sagarmatha natioal park is visited by many tourist statistically – because Mt Everest is in Sagarmatha national park. In altitude it ranges from about 100 m (330 ft.) in the river valleys to 815 m (2,674 ft.) in the Churia Hills chitwan is best place for luxury holiday in Nepal.

Chitwan National Park
Chitwan national park

In the north and west of the protected area inside national park by the Narayani-Rapti river system Chitwan NP forms a natural boundary to human settlements.

Closest, another natural park to Chitwan is Parsa Wildlife Reserve, contiguous in the south is the Indian Tiger Reserve Valmiki National Park. The coherent protected area of 2,075 km2 (801 sq. mi) represents the Tiger Conservation Unit (TCU) Chitwan-Parsa-Valmiki, which covers a 3,549 km2 (1,370 sq. mi) huge block of alluvial grasslands and subtropical moist deciduous forests.

Chitwan jungle safari Highlights 

  • •        Elephant safari
  • •        Elephant bathing
  • •        Jungle walk
  • •        Village tour
  • •        Tharu cultural programmes
  • •        Sightseeing of birds and animals

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Some of the most famous activities / attractions of the Chitwan are as follows:

Wildlife Experience

With the most exotic and endangered species inhabiting Chitwan national park, tourist gets to witness a diverse wildlife within a limited area; in a short time frame.

There are 56 species of animals, 49 species of amphibians and reptiles and 525 species of birds making it a paradise for the nature lovers and biodiversity enthusiasts.

Other endangered animals like one-horned-rhinoceros, Bengal tigers, four-horned antelope, leopards, sloth bear monkey are protected and conserved inside Chitwan national park. The cobras, pythons, marsh crocodiles, Gharials and freshwater dolphins are other attractions that provide the exotic touch to the wildlife of Chitwan nationalpark.

Trip to the crocodile breeding center at Chitwan is also a fun experience during the stay. Wildlife is one of the main attractions of the Chitwan.

Chitwan National Park
Tigher crossing rapti river inside Chitwan national park boundary

Jungle safari in Chitwan national park

Jungle Safari is one of the main attractions of the Chitwan National Park. Chitwan national park offer 3 types of Jungle safari:

  • Walking safari with guide and watchman
  • Jeep safari for animal/wildlife sightseeing
  • Elephant riding jungle safari

In Chitwan the hotels and lodges are situated in the midst of the forests providing the most natural experience possible. But to add to that experience, there are Jungle safari that happens every day. When you climb to the back of an elephant or tour by jeep; the Chitwan national park safari is the most unique, up-close and natural views of the protected jungles.

The most interesting sightseeing of wildlife includes rhinos and tigers just a few meters away. Along with the safari, one can also visit the elephant breeding center and enjoy the elephants bathing in the rivers. You will have chance to shower with elephant – it is surely a fun for summer holidays in Nepal.

Religious/ Cultural Tour

Apart from being the perfect natural getaway, Chitwan also includes social experiences. Various ethnic groups in the Chitwan national park surrounding is appealing from cultural and religious point of view.

A short guided tour to the nearby Tharu village allows you to experience life in the Terai region. Tharu village tour can be done by ox-cart or by walking.

Travelling with Nepalgram – we take you to the Tharu cultural center to witness their cultural dances in the eventful evening. Tharu dance takes place every evening.

On the other hand, a short hiking trip to the mid-hills of the region lead to interesting trails to the Chepang villages. The traditional, ethnic Chepang people and their unique lifestyles can be observed in this hike. The trek allows the beautiful views of the mountains, hills and plains along with a wide species of birds in that area. However – this hiking is not as famous as Chitwan national park safari.

Most of the travelers to Nepal will visit to the Chitwan National Park. They visit as a top up trip after multi days trekking in the Nepal himalaya or climbing in peaks of Nepal. Some tourist plan just for famous tour of pokhara, lumbini, Bandipur along with Chitwan national park.

Chitwan national park is Asia’s best national parks for a easy sighting of abundant & endangered wildlife, such as one-horned rhinos, Bengal tigers, wild elephants, sloth bears, monkeys, deer, and various types of birds.

Chitwan National Park

What is the best time to visit Chitwan National Park?

People travel to Chitwan national park all year around.

October to early March is the best time to visit Chitwan for pleasant 25°C temperatures, but if you can stand the heat, come in April and May, the end of the dry season when wildlife can be seen more frequently. But on the hind side temperatures is around 40°Cs.

How is accomodation in Chitwan national park?

Accommodation around chitwan national park ranges from basic hotels to luxury hotels. 5 star hotels around the Chitwan national park has attracted luxury travelers from all around the world. Heritage hotels, antique resorts, luxury hotels are best part of Chitwan national park tour in Nepal. If you are willing to stay in the home stays – Chitwan national park offers home stays in the villages of neighborhood.

What animals can you see in Chitwan?

The park is home to more than 50 mammal species, over 525 birds, and 55 amphibians and reptiles. The endangered fauna found in Chitwan national park are: One-horned rhinoceros, Gaur, Royal Bengal tiger. Wild elephant, Four horned antelope, Pangolin, Golden monitor lizard, Python, etc.

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About Author

I grew up in the mountains & got university education in Kathmandu to become an engineer. But with homely environment of mountains interest me to become a trekking & tour guide, by passion. I have been 6574 meter to the highest & fortunately got chance to explore most of Nepal and bit of abroad.

Eventually, passion converted to profession and here i am on behalf of Nepalgram - a Trekking agency in Nepal.

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