|Chitwan National Park-Nepal|
Chitwan National Park is Asia's best National Park for viewing wild-life. Chitwan National Park is a major tourism destination-one of Nepal's most popular with numbers of visitors increasing steadily.
Of all the world's remaining jungles, one of the most enchanting is Royal Chitwan National Park in the Himalayan Kingdom of Nepal. Here at Chitwan Jungle Lodge, you will discover a lost world of towering trees with twisting vines, prehistoric rhino, lumbering elephants, crocodiles, pythons, deer, brilliantly colored birds.
Aside from the natural beauty and wildlife to be seen in the park, higlights of Citwan National Park and its surrounding area include Elephant Breeding Center, Wild-life display and information center, Tharu Villages that surround the park, Tharu Cultural museum, and the bird education Society.
To fully experience the jungle, you must live within it-nothing less will do.
Different activities in Chitwan National Park
- Elephant Back Safari
- Jeep Safari
- Elephant Breeding Center
- Jungle Wal/ Safari
- Canoe Ride
- Village Walk
- Cultural Program
- Elephant Bathing
- Crocodile Breeding Center
- Ox- Cart or Pony Ride
- Bish Hajar Taal Trip
Elephant Back Safari Elephant Ride or also called Elephant Safari is a major attraction and the most popular and adventurous way in Chitwan to encounter with the and number of reptiles scores of wild animals including rare One- Horned Rhinos and to elusive Royal Bengal Tigers as well as hundreds of species of Birds and number of Reptiles,Wild Boar, Red Deer and other creatures of the jungle can be seen when you are at the back of the trained elephants and around the Jungles. The experienced Mahouts take you deep into the forest to ensure more sights of animals at closest possible distance to make your trips more enjoyable and meaningful.
Jeep Safari: Jeep Safari is an exciting ride in CNP. You can take nature best view on open top Jeep into the dense forest of Jungle. Through the open jeeps, visitors can catch glimpses of rare wild flora and fauna in their natural habitats. Jeep drive will also take you to 'Crocodile Breeding Center' at Kasara of CNP's headquarters, where you can observe breeding activities of Crocodile.
To do the Jeep Safari you get two option:
The first option is a short safari, this will take about 4 hours and you are in the jeep with a maximum of 7 persons. With your back you will sit to the side of the jeep. The safari will start around 13.00 P.M. and finishes around 17.00 P.M.
The second option is a full day safari. The jeep is more comfortable, better seats and a private car. This trip will start early in the morning and finish around the same as the short drive.
Tip: During a jeep safari you should not wear bright colors. This will scare the animals so off white, black, grey, dark green are preferred.
Elephant Breeding Center Located 3km outside Sauraha next to Chitwan National Park. Nepal is one of the few large elephant breeding centers in the world. It's accessible by tour, boat or by walking from Sauraha which is about 3km.
The Sauraha elephant breeding center was established in 1989 with 5 stud bulls and 15 females along with 6 babies. Today there are 20+ elephants within the breeding center. The center was set up to try to increase the population of the Asian elephant in the region through breeding. You will have an opportunity to visit the breeding center.
- 50/60 Rupees for a Foreigner
- 25 Rupees for SAARC Countries
- 10 Rupees for Nepalese.
Jungle Walk / Safari Jungle Walk is one of the adventurous and entertaining activity of Sauraha. One can walk through dense forest around the natural habitat of the wild animals during the jungle walk. Sauraha is considered as the best destination in Nepal for Jungle Walk. If experiencing the wild plains of Nepal and bird watching interests you, you take a jungle walk with naturalist. This walk provides you with the ideal situation of viewing the wild animals very close. Bird watching is always best on foot. Specialist will help you spot identify the different varieties of birds, both local and migratory, that are found in Nepal.
Tharu Village Walk The Jungle Scenery, birds and animals alone do not make up the unique features of Chitwan National Park. The indigenous local people, the Tharus, are also of immense interest.Tharu is an ethnic group indigenous to the Terai, the Southern foothills of the Himalayas in Nepal and India. They are people of the forest in Chitwan, they have lived in the forest for hundreds of years, practicing a short fallow shifting cultivation. They planted rice, mustard, corn and lentils, but also collected forest products such as wild fruits, vegetables, medicinal plants and materials to build their houses, hunted deer, rabbit and wild boar and went fishing in the rivers and oxbow lakes. They are recognized as an official nationality by the government of Nepal. The majority of Tharu live in Nepal where they constitute 13.5% of the total population. They are also several endogenous sub-groups of Tharu. The Tharu village is situated very close to the Royal Chitwan National Park.
The village tour is famous for close and personal observation of the Tharu culture. The village itself is comprised of several mud and reed huts. Domestic and farm animals roam around or are in enclosure. There's a small museum there which displays the tools and traditional clothes people use out in the fields. As you walked into the village you realized that the villagers were much used to tourists and lens flare. Tharu village walk revealed a lot of things, such as to witness the daily life-style and activities of the Tharu communities. A professional guide/ expert naturalist will accompany you through the area and help you gather insights into the Tharu way of life.
Tharu Cultural Program The Tharu Cultural Program organized at Sauraha, Meghauli plays a significant role to entertain the tourist visiting Chitwan. The Tharus People in colorful traditional costumes, unique in their disparity with the common mode of dress all over Nepal, are sure to captivate you. Tourists get full entertainment by the Tharu dances. Dances like Danda Naach (Stick Dance), Ago Naach (Fire Dance), Mayur Dance (Peacock Dance) are some the popular highlights of the cultural program. The program start at 6pm to 8 pm every evening or on demand and lasts for 45 minutes.
Crocodile Breeding Center Crocodile breeding center is one of the most enjoyable program which is the part of Jeep Safari in Chitwan National Park. The endangered program is receiving attention of Chitwan National Park. Along with the Crocodile you can enjoy viewing scary Mugger Crocodile.
Ox Cart or Pony Ride Chitwan Ox Cart or Pony Ride is one of the best option to explore Tharu Village in Sauraha, Chitwan. One Ox Cart can accommodate 6 person once where tour guide will be there explain about the indigenous Tharu Community's culture and their lifestyle and other many things. Ox Cart and Pony Ride is environment friendly and always funny way to explore Tharu Village.
Bish Hajar Taal Trip: This lake is listed in world list of swamps and is situated 6 km south east of Bharatpur one of the famous tourist destination. Bish Hajar Taal in Chitwan which is also known as 20 Hajar Tal is renowned for bird watching place and home of different species of birds along with migrant birds. 20 thousand lake is also famous for alternative jeep safari when inside National Park Jeep Safari is closed.
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How To Get Chitwan National Park
By Land Chitwan is easily accessible from major cities of Nepal like Kathmandu, Pokhra and Lumbini. By the easiest way to reach Chitwan is by Tourist Bus from Kathmandu (Rs 500, Five to Seven Hours). Buses leave the Thamel End of Kantipath in Kathmandu at around 7am. From Pokhra Tourist Buses (Rs 400 to 450, Five to Seven Hours). Depart from the Tourist Bus Stand at 7am.
By Raft You will get to Chitwan National Park by Rafting on the Trishuli River. If you're lover of adventurous sports you get thrilling moment in Trishuli River. Without guide it's dangerous.
By Air If you're bound for Chitwan, the best option is to fly into Bharatpur and take taxi (Rs 1800-2000 to Sauraha). Both Buddha Air and Yeti Airlines offer daily flights to Bharatpur from Kathmandu (US $ 106- 30 minutes). Planes Tickets to Chitwan are available from nearly all Travel Agencies in Kathmandu. Flights run daily depending on numbers. Travel agents and Hotels can make booking.
Best Time To Visit Chitwan
Visiting any city at the opprtune time is important to explore and enjoy and to make your holidays memorable. The best month for good weather in Chitwan National Park are January, February, March, April, October, November and December.
- On an average, the warmest months are April, May and June.
- January is the driest month.
- The rainiest months are July and August.