Chitwan National Park is a World Heritage site and was established in 1973. Chitwan National Park is extended to four districts of Nepal namely Chitwan, Nawalparasi, Parsa and Makwanpur with total area of 932 kilometer square. Chitwan national park is most visited National Park in Nepal and well known for the protection of One- Horned Rhinoceros, Bengal tiger and Gharial crocodile. Many wildlife species like Elephants, One Horned Rhinos, Monkeys, Four Horned Antelopes, Leopards etc are found here. Chitwan is home for worlds’ largest cattle species (368, reported in 2016). Chitwan National Park is the most popular bird viewing location in Nepal as more than 550 species of birds are found here.
There are many popular activities one can perform in Chitwan National Park. Some popular activities at Chitwan National Park are Elephant back safari, bath with elephant, canoeing, jungle walk, visit to Elephant Breeding Center, village walk, Bird watching, Tharu cultural program, view of sunset from the bank of river etc.
Elephant Back Safari:-
Elephant Back Safari is safest way to view wildlife at its natural habitat. It is one of many popular activities in Chitwan national park. Seated high on the back of the elephant tourists explore the sal dominant jungle. This is most suitable way to be up close to wildlife. It may not be the most comfortable experience but the tourists have high chance of spotting the uniquely wonderful one horned rhinoceros in the forest.
Bath With Elephant:-
Elephant uses dust and mud as lotion on their body to prevent themselves from flies and mosquito bite. Tourists can play and jump into the river from the back of elephant while bathing with the mighty elephants. People on the back of elephant love the trunk shower given by elephant. Bath with elephant is an entertaining jungle activity in Chitwan.
Dugout canoe, made up by digging a single trunk of tree was previously used for crossing the river. It is now used for tourist entertainment and safari as one can have amazing view of Marsh mugger crocodile and rare Gharial crocodile from the canoe.
Jungle walk in Chitwan is an adventurous and popular jungle activity. Walking into the natural habitat of wildlife and enjoying the magnificent view of wildlife, birds and towering trees is dreamlike for many people. Walk with the naturalist into the jungle is an amazing learning experience too.
Chitwan National Park is home for about 544 species of birds and is the best destination in Nepal to view different bird species on their natural habitat. Different bird species like Mynah, Bengal florican, Giant Hornbill, Goosander, Bulbuls, Peacocks etc and about 160 species of migrating birds like Greater Spotted Eagle, Imperial Eagle, Paradise-Flycatcher etc are also found here at Chitwan National Park.
Elephant Breeding Center:-
For the protection of declining number of elephants, the breeding center was established on 1985. Elephant Breeding Center in Chitwan is one of the only two Elephants Breeding Centers in the world. It is one of the prime tourist visiting locations in Chitwan. Tourists get chance to learn about behaviours, food and pregnancy of elephants. Baby elephants are the source of attraction over the breeding center. Tourists may also have a chance to see the elephants mating with the wild elephants.
Tharu Village And Cultural Program:-
Tharu Village located on the periphery of National Park is mostly made up of mud and clay houses with thatched roofs. Tharu are the ethnic group believed to have migrated from Rajasthan (India) years ago. Before 1950 there was deadly spread of malaria disease and Tharus seemed to be immune to malaria and survived that disastrous disease and been living there. Tourists can now learn the culture, visit the ethnic village and see their cultural dances during their visit to national park.
Day 01:Drive to Chitwan.
Day 02:Full day jungle activities at Chitwan National Park.
Day 01Drive to Chitwan.Early in the morning we start our 5-6 hour drive towards Chitwan. On arrival at Chitwan we will have lunch and rest for couple of hours. Your nature guide will then assist you to the walk through Tharu village. After seeing the mesmerizing view of sunset from the bank of river you are assisted back to hotel. Then you will observe the Tharu cultural dance and have your dinner.
Day 02Full day jungle activities at Chitwan National Park.After the breakfast, our jungle activity begins. We will start our jungle activity as elephant back safari (1-1.5 hours) and bath with elephant followed by canoeing, jungle walk, bird watching and visit elephant breeding center. Chitwan National Park is home for One- horned rhino and Bengal tiger, including several species of flora and fauna.
Day 03Departure.Drop to Tourist Bus Park for the final departure or to your future destination after breakfast. Thank you for your trip with Lovely Nepal tours and travel.
It is recommended to wear dim color clothes that camouflages easily with the surrounding during jungle safari. Bright and eye catching colored clothes (yellow, white, pink, orange, light blue, light green etc) are easily visible and thus greater risk of wildlife attack. Light and comfortable shoes are recommended instead of bulky shoes during the jungle walk. Light weight shoes are suggested to minimize the sound production while walking over the dry leaves and branches in jungle.