Nepals first and the most famous national park, Chitwan National Park
wilderness of rich ecosystem that includes mammals, birds, reptiles
and water animals of several kinds. It is little surprising therefore that this
is one of the most popular and most frequented parts of the country. Owing to
its rich adornment of nature the park was declared UNESCO Natural Heritage Site
in 1979. The park that includes in its area a part of the Shivalik Hills is covered
with deciduous forests overlooking the flood plains of Narayani, Rapti and Reu
rivers. There are around 600 plant species, 50 mammals, 526 birds and 49 amphibians,
reptiles found in the park. The highlights, of course, are the 500 Asian one-horned
Rhinoceros and some
100 nocturnal Royal Bengali Tigers that live in the dense forests of the park.
Sharing home with these are other animals like rhesus monkey, grey langur, deer,
leopards, white stocking gaur, wild boar, wild dogs and wild cats. Among reptiles
are different kinds of snakes including the python, while the river areas breed
amphibians like the endangered snouted gharial popularly known as Gangetic Crocodile
and marsh crocodiles.
The forest is alive during summer with the arrival of migrant birds
paradise flycatcher, Indian pitta and parakeets, while winter birds include waterfowl,
Brahminy ducks, pintails, bar-headed geese, cormorants and migratory birds from
Siberia. Other bird varieties are woodpeckers, hornbills, peacocks, peahens, floricans
and redheaded trogons. A
rare attraction of the park is the worlds fresh water dolphin variety sometimes
seen in River Narayani. Another factor adding a distinct touch to the Chitwan
experience is the colourful Tharu culture. There are also sites of religious and
historical importance at Devghat, Pandavnagar, Balmiki Ashram and Kabilaspur.
Chitwan can be visited in all seasons, but best time to visit is September to
March. Chitwan is easy to reach from Kathmandu and from other parts of the country.
Daily flights to Meghauli and Bharatpur are available from Kathmandu. It is also
connected by road
to the capital and other major cities in the country.
Chitwan is one of
the 75 districts of Nepal. Because of its strategic geographical location with
respect to the other parts of the country, and also because of the diversity of
the origin and culture of the people currently living there, this is sometimes
also referred to as the seventy-sixth district of Nepal. People from almost all
parts of the country have moved to this place permanently soon after this part
of a dense wilderness
in Terai (also commonly known as Chaar-Koshe Jhaadi was opened for new settlements
in about 1950s. At the foot of the Himalayas, Chitwan is one of the few remaining
undisturbed vestiges of the Chaar-Koshe Jhaadi of theTerai region, which formerly
extended over the foothills of Nepal. It has a particularly rich flora and fauna.
One of the last populations of single-horned Indian Rhinoceros (Rhinoceros unicornis),
Panthers /Leopards, Gharial crocodiles, pythons, and several kinds of dears live
(in addition to several other known and unknown species of animals, reptiles,
birds) in the Chitwan National Park, which is also one of the last refuges of
the Bengal tiger. There are also elephants that reside in the National Park. Entrance
fee to Royal Chitwan National Park:
HOTELS IN CHITWAN
For Nepalese: NRs. 20
For SAARC Nationals: NRs. 100
For Other Nationals: NRs. 550
are based on per person,per day basis. The Rates are subject to change. However,
please verify the rates with your trekking agency in Nepal. These charges should
be bought prior to departure from KTM or at the National Park itself.
Jungle Drives: Boarded
on a four-wheel drive safari jeep, you will drive through the jungle where you
can see hundreds of wild animals in their natural setting including the rare and
endangered species of Royal Bengal Tiger, One-horned Rhino etc. As you visit the
Ox-bow Lake and 20,000 lakes, you can see various mammals and birds that come
their to drink water.
Canoe Riding : You can boat on the Rapti
river on a typical hand-made canoe dug-out of wood. As you canoe, you can see
Gharials and Crocodiles basking in the sun and enjoy watching many colorful birds.
Bird Watching: Chitwan National Park is hometo about 500 species
of residential and migratory birds including the endangered species like Great
pied hornbill, Bengal Florican and Peregrine falcon. The park is an excellent
site for bird watchers.
Tharu Cultural Village tour : Tharus
are the indigenous ethnic tribe of Terai of Nepal. Safari Wildlife Lodge offers
guided cultural tours to the Tharu villages where you can interact and see the
Tharus and their culture. On the way you will also visit the recently opened Tharu
cultural museum, where you can explore and learn about the artifacts, tradition
and living culture of Tharus.
Elephant Breeding Center : We will
take you to the first Elephant Breeding center of Asia, where you can see baby
elephants socializing with their parents and other babies. The center lies at
a convenient location from our camp.
Tharu Stick Dance : We arrange
a Tharu Stick dance, a typical cultural dance of Tharus, every evening at the
camp. The drummers and stick dancers perform traditional movements and invite
guests to join them maiming rhythmically.
Elephant Safari : Riding
an elephant is the safest mode to enter the jungle. In the Safari you can have
close up views of the wild animals and their activities safely from the elephant
back. Many tourists have described this program as one of the unforgettable moments
of their life.
Elephant Bathing: If you are interested to have more
fun, you can enjoy the exotic elephant bath in the fresh running water of Rapti.
You can bathe together along with elephant(s) in the clean water of Rapti where
well-trained domestic elephants will shower and caress you with their trunks and
you can do your bit to the elephant if you are interested.
walk : If you want more adventure and intimacy with nature, you can walk through
the jungle accompanied by
a well-trained nature guide. This is a very enjoyable program that allows you
to have a close watch and learn about the flora and fauna of the park. The nature
guide will explain give you a detailed information about the plants and animals
there. From the Machans (watch towers), perched at various places inside the jungle
by the National park, you can observe wild animals walking around, grazing, drinking
water or sleeping in the bushes as you safely rest in the wilderness.
To Bring >>>
Chitwan, with its tropical climate,
has a high humidity throughout the year. Days are warm while the temperature during
nights never go beyond freezing point even in the midst of winter.
are suggested to bring with them Sun hats, Sun glasses, sunscreens, insect repellents,
flash lights, good walking shoes, binoculars, reference books on Chitwan's rich
natural heritage. In the rainy season between July and September, a raincoat is
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