Chitwan National Park: 4 Days

Rhino at Chitwan National Park
Trip Information
  • Duration4 Days
  • DestinationNepal
  • Difficulty Level Easy
  • Max Altitude200m
  • Activitywildlife safari
  • Group Size1+
  • Trip StartKathmandu/Pokhara
  • Trip EndKathmandu/Pokhara
  • Best TimeSeptember to June
  • Explore the diverse wildlife, including Chitwan National Park's most exotic and endangered species.
  • Get a tour of the forests in the jungle safari in a private jeep or on an elephant's back.
  • Immerse yourself in Tharu culture through celebration, including Tharu music and dance.
  • Visit the Elephant Breeding Center to learn about various actions taken by the National Park in elephant conservation. Visitors can also see baby elephants here.
  • Visit the Gharial Conservation Park.
  • Click excellent photographs of exotic animals like the Royal Bengal Tiger, Four-Horned Antelope, and Bengal Florican, among many other varieties of birds and animals.
  • Canoeing in the Rapti River, with the opportunity to watch various aquatic animals like crocodiles and gharials.

Introduction: Chitwan National Park

Chitwan National Park is in Sauraha, which lies in the Chitwan district in the western region of Nepal. The national park is located in the Terai region of Nepal; hence, it is marked by lowlands and plains. Traveling across the plains of Chitwan allows visitors to view the agriculture and animal farms along with dense forests, flowing rivers, and grasslands.

Chitwan, which translates to the heart of the jungle, is home to different animals and is listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The Chitwan National Park, with an area of 952.63 km2 (367.81 sq mi), has been the habitat for almost 50 mammals, 525 birds, and 55 amphibians and reptiles. This place is a gem for nature and wildlife lovers.

Entering Chitwan National Park allows visitors to see some endangered and rare animals and birds. Some of the wildlife that exists in the national park are the one-horned rhinoceros, the gaur, the Royal Bengal tiger, the wild elephant, the four-horned antelope, the pangolin, the golden monitor lizard, the python, and other animals. The Bengal florican, Lesser florican, Giant Hornbill, Black Stork, and While Stork are other birds in the area.

Similarly, the Tharu people, natives of the area, have lived in Chitwan for ages. The unique and vibrant culture of the community is open for visitors to gain some insights into the way of life of the Tharu people. The traditional music and dances are a way of offering hospitality to visitors who come to the Tharu society. Similarly, the local cuisine and culinary specialty delight visitors as they savor the unique and local flavors.

Another highlight of the national park are the jungle safaris. Tourists around the globe visit Chitwan solely intending to go on a jungle safari. Thus, the safari in the Chitwan jungles is the location's primary attraction. Jungle safaris can be done in a private jeep or an elephant back, each providing a unique adventure. Everyone will equally be able to explore the natural habitats with the thrill of encountering wildlife in a natural setting.

Various other activities that can be done in the national park include canoeing in the Rapti River, which is another thrilling adventure. Similarly, butterfly watching, bird watching, sunrise or sunset viewing, visiting the Elephant Breeding Centre, photography, and nature walks are also recommended.

So come together with Holiday Tours Nepal to wander along the dense vegetation of Chitwan National Park while immersing yourself in the lap of nature and witnessing some of the marvelous flora and fauna. This comprehensively planned Chitwan National Park 3-night/4-day package will be a well-rounded and enjoyable experience for traveling solo, in groups, with families with elderly or children, and with your loved ones.

Why go towards Chitwan National Park?

As mentioned earlier, Chitwan National Park is home to various flora and fauna. For this reason, people from around the globe come here to take a chance at encountering these wild animals. Photographers and wildlife enthusiasts visit the park to savor the memories of exotic animals and birds, including the Red Panda and Royal Bengal Tiger.

Similarly, due to the abundant availability of animals like one-horned rhinoceros, elephants, musk deer, wild boar, Bengal fox, Honey Badger, Large Indian Civet, Indian Grey Mongoose, Blue Bull, and antelopes, the jungle safari can never be a tedious experience. As there are about 525 bird species, including the Great Hornbill, Pied Kingfisher, Himalayan Swiftlet, Spotted Owlet, White-throated Kingfisher, and many other species, Chitwan National Park is also favored by many bird watchers.

The national park is also a popular choice among butterfly watchers. The Jungle is home to 206 different species of butterflies, thus enabling one to view varieties of butterflies in the same area. Some species of butterflies in and around Chitwan National Park are Autumn Leaf, Bamboo Forester, Baronet, Chocolate Pansy, Commander, Common Crow, Chestnut Tiger, Lemon Pansy and many more.

Similarly, as the Tharu community is settled amidst the Jungle, the local cuisines and culinary flavors are a unique experience for food enthusiasts. Tharu dishes like hongi (snail), sidra (fish), Bahamas Sadako (roasted soybean), sikarni (yogurt with sugar, cardamom, and fruits like mango or banana), and the tass set (boneless lamb slices marinated with Nepali herbs and spice) are available on the menu.

Various cultural dances, music, and performances are hosted by the Tharu community, including Danda Nach (Stick Dance), Ago Nach (Fire Dance), and Mayur Nach (Peacock Dance). Which is the most popular dance in Thai culture? Some may ask. The Sakhiya dance performed during the Dashian and Tihar festivals is popular in the Tharu community. Thus, the dance performance will be another delight for the visitors and another reason to visit Chitwan National Park.

Besides spending time in the jungle, other popular activities that can be done in Chitwan are fishing, canoeing in the Rapti River, cycling, river rafting, elephant baths, and many more.

What are the activities to do in the Chitwan National Park trip?

So here is a short list of the activities that can be done in Chitwan National Park:

  • Elephant Jungle Safari
  • Elephant Bathing
  • Jeep Jungle Safari
  • Canoeing
  • Birdwatching
  • Butterfly watching
  • Tharu Village Tour
  • Sunset and Sunrise views
  • Rafting

Is Chitwan National Park safe?

Yes, it is safe to visit Chitwan National Park. The Chitwan National Park area is well-protected and patrolled. It is mandatory to walk in the jungle with experienced guides and rangers. Holiday Tours Nepal ensures a skilled ranger guide who will walk you through the safety trail and omit the danger zone, following all the necessary precautions and safety procedures.

The risk of animals is shallow; however, walking through the jungle with live wild animals must be cautious. Although cases of animal attacks do exist in Chitwan, they are rare. Suppose an individual does follow the instructions given by the guide with an awareness of the potential risks. In that case, the risk factor is negative. Similarly, exploring the jungle on an elephant's back or in a private jeep has no possible danger from the wild animals.

What are the permits for Chitwan National Park?

As Chitwan National Park is a protected area, a park entry permit is required according to the regulations. The park entry permit can be paid for in Bhrikutimandap, Kathmandu, while Holiday Planner Nepal can bring them from Bhirkutimandap, comforting you from the hassle. The entry fee for Chitwan National Park is according to nationality.

For Nepalese: NRs 150 per person per entry.
For SAARC Nationals: NRs 1,000 (about 8 USD) per person per entry.
For foreigners outside SAARC nationals: NRs 2,000 (about 15 USD) per person per entry.
Children under ten with a guardian can enter the national park for free.

 Outline Itinerary

Day 1: Arrival in Kathmandu and drive to Chitwan

Day 2: Full day in Chitwan National Park

Day 3: Full day in Chitwan National Park

Day 4: Drive to Kathmandu (5 hrs.) Pokhara (4 hrs.) and Lumbini (4 hrs.)

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After you arrive in Kathmandu, you will leave on a scenic drive towards Chitwan in a private jeep or a bus. You will start from the urban area of Nepal while shifting towards the more rural side and finally arriving at the metropolitan area of Chitwan. The drive from Kathmandu to Chitwan lasts typically five to six hours, depending on the road and traffic conditions. After reaching the destination, you will rest in the accommodation option. Afterward, you can have dinner and spend the night in Chitwan.

    You will wake up and get refreshed. Breakfast will be served upon request. After breakfast, you will visit the Chitwan National Park. As you enter the park, you will have a variety of options to choose from. You can start with a jungle safari in a private jeep or on an elephant's back. Thereon, you will explore the park hoping to encounter some exotic species on the premises. You will then take photographs and engage with the guide for further information. You can have an elephant bath at the end of the safari. After the jungle safari is completed, you can head to the Elephant Breeding Centre in Sauraha and learn about the actions to conserve elephants.

    As the national park exploration is complete, you will return to your hotel and have dinner. You will rest for the night.

      You will start your third day with a delicious breakfast. After breakfast, you will engage in various activities like rafting, canoeing, Sunrise or sunset viewing, butterfly watching, bird watching, and many more. You have all these options to choose from while you spend your afternoon in Chitwan.

      Later in the evening, you will visit the Tharu village. Traditional dances, music, and cultural performances will welcome you. You will then savor some delicious, authentic local cuisines and the Tharu Community culinary dishes. This unique experience will be thoroughly entertaining.

      After spending time, you will then return to the hotel. You will then rest and spend overnight in Chitwan.

        After spending the final night in this Chitwan 4-day and 3-night package, you will have breakfast this morning. After breakfast, you will then pack your bags and head towards the road. Depending on the following targeted destination, you will leave for Kathmandu, Pokhara, and Lumbini.

        You will go on to see the hilly landscapes, blazing waterfalls, and terraced farmlands while passing through some traditional settlements of the western region of Nepal. The road travel will be about 5 hours for Kathmandu and 4 hours for Pokhara and Lumbini. As you approach your destination and check in at the hotel, this will mark the end of the tour with Holiday Tours Nepal.

          Cost Details
          What's Included
          • All pick drop by private vehicle
          • 03 night twin/double shearing accommodation on full board (breakfast, lunch and dinner), tea/coffee, park entrance fee with safari activities with natural local guide
          • transportation form Kathmandu/Pokhara/Lumbini to Kathmandu/Pohara/Lumbini by tourist bus. (if you want both way flight or private vehicle also available on additional cost)
          • All applicable government and local taxes per the itinerary
          • First add kit box
          • Holiday Planner’s T-shirt, cap, duffle bags – if necessary.
          • Arrangement of emergency evacuation service (should have insurance for emergency evacuation and will be paid by your travel insurance company  
          What's not Included
          • International flight ticket with departure tax (if you need we can provide)
          • Accommodation in Kathmandu (If you need we can provide)
          • Travel insurance.
          • The Tips to the crews and drive
          • Extra expenses due to flight delays, strikes, weather condition or any event out of our control
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