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Chitwan jungle safari

Trip Cost: USD 180

Chitwan Jungle Safari offers an exhilarating 3-day tour in Chitwan National Park, spanning 932 sq km of land in Chitwan, Nawalparasi, Parsa, and Makanpur districts. Established in 1973, Chitwan National Park holds the distinction of Nepal's first national park and a UNESCO World Heritage site since 1984. Situated 165 km southwest of Kathmandu and 147 km southeast of Pokhara, this former royal hunting reserve is renowned for its abundant wildlife, including the Royal Bengal tiger, rhinoceros, elephants, various bird species, and captivating Tharu cultural shows.

The park's landscape comprises 70% Sal trees, 20% grasslands, and 10% riverine trees, encompassing the Narayani, Rapti, and Reu rivers. Its diverse ecosystem, featuring Siwalik and sub-tropical deciduous forests, is home to 31% of Nepal's mammal species, 61% of its bird species, 34% of its amphibians and reptiles, and 65% of its fish species. With an impressive array of wildlife, the park boasts 525 bird species, 600 plant species, 49 amphibians and reptiles, and 68 mammal species, including tigers, one-horned rhinos, wild elephants, four-horned antelopes, gaurs, boars, leopards, and pythons. Moreover, the park shelters 694 one-horned rhinos, 128 Royal Bengal tigers, gaurs, sloth bears, monkeys, and crocodiles.

The Two Nights Three Days Chitwan tour offers the opportunity to observe various bird species such as peacocks, woodpeckers, floricans, white storks, black storks, flycatchers, Brahminy Ducks, Gangetic crocodiles, marsh crocodiles, and different types of butterflies. Terai is known as the gateway to the Himalayas. The Bishazari Lake, covering 285 hectares (7900 acres), was designated as a Ramsar site on 13 August 2003.

Every year, around 150,000 tourists participate in the 2 Nights 3 days of jungle safari, which includes activities like a Jeep tour, jungle walk, village walk, canoe ride, Tharu cultural show, bird watching, elephant bath, and sunset view. Additionally, tourists spend an extra day exploring the Ramsar site and Machhan (animal view tower). For an optimal experience, the best time to visit Chitwan National Park is from October to March. 

Village Walk 

A professional guide takes the typical Tharu village, traditional mud houses with thatched roofs. Tourists observe their lifestyle, dress, food habits and interaction. The profession of indigenous Tharu people is farming and animal husbandry. 

Sunset View 

Rapti Riverbank Sauraha, Chitwan, offers an impressive sunset view reflecting under the water. The views of sunrise and the Himalayas, Manaslu and Annapurna can be superb on a clear day. Tourists enjoy wildlife activities at the Rapti riverbank with a restaurant.

Tharu Cultural Show 

Tharu cultural show begins at 7 p.m., with a typical dress, including stick dance, funny dance, group dance, and video documentaries. Tharu boys and girls play instruments in a hall. The unique cultural show displays Clapping Dance, Stick Dance, Thekara Dance, Dafu Dance, Jhumara Dance, Peacock Dance, Single Stick Dance, Fire Dance, and Jhilli Dance. Tourists are welcome to dance at the end. 

Canoe Ride 

The handmade long wooden Canoe with two skilled Tharu guides rows with sticks on the Rapti River. Tourists enjoy wildlife activities at the riverbank while rowing. Participants observe crocodiles, fish, birds, rhinos, and tigers with their time. 

Jungle Walk 

An adventure Jungle walk with a nature guide spots rare animals and diverse plants. Participants should wear animal-friendly clothes, green, black or brown colour before the jungle walk. The park is the home of migratory and resident birds, including peacocks. Take care of rhinos, bears, tigers and snakes. Follow your guide, and climb on a tree if needed. 

Elephant Bath 

Elephant bath with swimming offers on Rapti river with Mahouts. After the jungle safari, Mahouts brings elephants for a bath. Tourists also swim in the river. Hot and Cold drinks are available at the riverbank restaurant. 

Elephant Ride 

There are 51 elephants of hoteliers and cooperatives in Sauraha, Chitwan. Tourists participate in an elephant safari (4 people in an elephant) at 7 a.m. and 4 p.m. to the buffer zone. Elephant riding can be bumpy. The elephant safari will be 1:30 to 2 hours. The elephant safari goes Sauraha, Kasara and Meghauli to buffer zones Kumroj, Baghmara, Batuli, Dakshinkali, Nawajyoti and Bandevi community forests. Bring binoculars for a closer view of animals. Animal lover tourists will not take elephant safari and prefer Jeep safari. 

Jeep Drive 

The four-wheel jeep drives in Chitwan National Park with an expert guide after the Rapti River canoe. Tourists will see the Royal Bengal tiger, the rhino, and the peacock. Nowadays, tourists choose only jeep driving. There are 37 jeeps in Sauraha, 15 in Kasara, 15 in Bhimle, and seven in Amaltari to observe the national park. Each jeep requires paying 5000 Rupees each time for a government tax. 

Elephant Breeding Centre 

Animal lovers visit the Khorsor breeding centre. The office provides elephant information and sells entrance tickets. Approximately 15 babies with mother elephants are at the stable. Every day, the caregiver feeds the elephants. Tourists enjoy an elephant activity with photos and videos. 

How to Reach The Park 

Chitwan National Park access from Kathmandu and Pokhara by flight (20 minutes) to Bharatpur Airport and tourist bus (5/6 hours) to Sauraha Bus Park (1 km away from the hotel). Bharatpur Airport to Sauraha, Chitwan, takes a 35-minute drive. A private car from Kathmandu and Pokhara goes to the Chitwan National Park. Along the way, tourists participate in 3 hours of Trishuli rafting. Sauraha, Megauli, and Kasara are popular entrances to Chitwan National Park. 

Chitwan Jungle Safari Cost

Group Size: 1 Pax tourist - 180

Group Size: 2-5 Pax tourists - 170 Per Person

Group Size: 6-10 Pax tourists - 160 Per Person

Name of the hotels

1. Hotel Parkland

2. Green Park Chitwan

3. Tiger Tops Tharu Lodge

4. Landmark Forest Park

5. Barahi Jungle Lodge

6. Kasara Resort

7. Jungle Villa Resort

8. Sarang Wildlife Sanctuary

9. Travellers Jungle Camp

10. Machan Country Villa

11. Island Jungle Resort 

Day 1: Drive from Kathmandu to Chitwan

Day 2: Program in Chitwan National Park

Day 3: Drive from Chitwan to Kathmandu

Day 1: Drive from Kathmandu to Chitwan
The bus from Kathmandu leaves at 7 o'clock in the morning and takes a 5-hour journey with views of terraced fields, river valley, highway town, and the Himalayas. After the park, will offer the following program.

  • Explain your programs, check in the hotel and offer a hot lunch.
  • Village walk visiting National Park museum with a sunset view at the bank of Rapti River.
  • Tharu Cultural Show.
  • Dinner.

Day 2: Program in Chitwan National Park

  • Wake up call and breakfast
  • Canoe ride along the Rapti River. We watch birds and crocodiles. Jungle walks and elephant baths.
  • Lunch break
  • Jeep safari
  • Dinner

Day 3: Drive from Chitwan to Kathmandu

  • Wake up call and breakfast
  • Visit Elephant Breeding Center
  • Departure to Kathmandu or Pokhara

Trip Cost Includes

  • Bus tickets between Kathmandu and Chitwan
  • The full board of meals in Chitwan
  • Nature guide

Trip Cost Excludes

  • Not includes in the program
  • Tip to guide

Trip Facts

  • Duration: 2 Nights - 3 Days
  • Altitude: 150 m
  • Difficulty Level: Easy
  • Activities: Jungle safari, walking, bird watching
  • Supportive: Nature guide