Chitwan National Park

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  • Jyatha, Thamel, Kathmandu, Nepal


Chitwan National Park is the first national park of Nepal. It was established in 1973 with an area of 932sp km. Later in 1977, the park was extended to its present area of 952.63 sq km. Due to its wide biodiversity, it was listed as a World Heritage Site in 1984. Moreover, in 1997 an area of 729.37 sq km was added as a buffer zone. Before the 1950s, the forest of Chitwan spread more than 2600 sq km was the hunting grounds for the ruling class.

Chitwan National Park is located in the inner lowland plains of south-central Nepal. It is connected with Parsa, Nawalpur, Chitwan, and Makwanpur districts. The park lies in an altitude range of 100 m to 815 m in the Sivalik Hills. It is detached from the human settlement with the kindness of Narayani and Rapti Rivers in the north and west. Likewise, it shares borders with Parsa National Park to the east and Valmiki National park to the south.

The park is also home to 68 species of mammals including the Royal Bengal Tiger and greater one-horned rhinos. Similarly is housed 55 species of amphibians and reptiles. Likewise, around 546 species of resident and migratory birds are found in the forests, riversides, and lakesides around the park. Between September and November, and February and April, migratory birds join the residential birds and create spectacular bird-watching opportunities.

Trip highlights

  • The ideal habitat for diverse species of mammals, birds, reptiles & insects
  • A UNESCO World Heritage Site, Chitwan National Park is a protected jungle in the immediate vicinity of the capital, Kathmandu
  • Activities in Chitwan National Park includes a Jeep Safari, sighting of one-horned Rhinoceros and Royal Bengal Tiger
  • Canoeing at Rapti River and visit crocodile breeding centre
  • Visit Tharu local village and know their unique lifestyle

Detailed Itinerary

Day 01: Kathmandu to Chitwan National Park

Today, we start our journey to Chitwan. On reaching Chitwan National Park, we attend a briefing program related to our jungle tour.

16:00pm – We take a tour to a nearby ethnic Tharu village. Then, we visit the National Park Visitor’s centre. It is followed by the sunset view from the bank of Rapti River.

19:00pm – You will be treated by a cultural dance of Tharu community or slideshow presentation on almost everything in Chitwan.

20:00pm – It is time you enjoy your dinner. Stay overnight at hotel.

Day 02: Chitwan Jungle Tour

Today, you will just explore the jungle, wildlife and enjoy all of it.

6:00am – Wake up

6:30am- breakfast time

7:00am- Canoe ride along the Rapti river + jungle walk

13:00pm- Enjoy your lunch.

15:00pm- Jeep Drive

20:00- Enjoy your dinner. Overnight stay at Chitwan

Day 03: Chitwan to Kathmandu

After the breakfast, we drive or fly back to Kathmandu.

  • Trip facts

  • Trip duration : 2 nights 3 days
  • Grade : Moderate
  • Activity : Jungle Safari
  • Starts in : Chitwan
  • End in : Chitwan
  • Max Altitude : 1310 m
  • Location Covered: Chitwan
  • Best Season: All Year Round

Cost Includes

  • Transfer by land or air
  • Meal on full board basis in Chitwan
  • Accommodation at Hotel
  • All jungle and tour activities
  • All entry permits, Jungle guide, etc

Cost Excludes

  • Meals and accommodation in Kathmandu
  • International Flight & any other airfares
  • Nepal entry visa fees
  • Items of a personal nature
  • Tips for jungle guide

Extension Tours

Jungle Safari
Pokhara Tour

Necessary Information

1. Visa to Nepal

You can obtain the Nepalese visa from Nepalese consulate in your country easily or upon your arrival at Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu. For that, you require a valid passport with 2 copies of passport size photos. Similarly, a visa for Nepal can be obtained at Nepal India border entry point at Birgunj, Nepalgunj, Kakadvitta, Bhairahawa, Gaddachowki and Kodari on the Nepal China border.

A15/30/90 day multiple entries Nepalese visa can be obtained by paying USD 30/50/125 or equivalent foreign currency respectively. For more information, please visit

2. Welcoming upon your arrival in Nepal

We will be at the airport to welcome you upon your arrival to Nepal. We will be carrying the Raj BalaTreks & Expedition placard with your name underneath. From airport you will escorted to your hotel and we help you to check-in.

3. Where is Chitwan National Park?

Chitwan National Park is located in the mid Terrai area of Nepal. It's famous for a jungle that has a population of tigers, elephants, Rhinoceros, crocodiles and a host of bird life.

Chitwan National Park is the first national park in Nepal. Formerly called Royal Chitwan National Park it was established in 1973 and granted the status of a World Heritage Site in 1984. It covers an area of 932 km2 (360 sq mi) and is located in the subtropical Inner Terai lowlands of south-central Nepal in the Chitwan District. In altitude it ranges from about 100 m (330 ft) in the river valleys to 815 m (2,674 ft) in the Churia Hills.

In the north and west of the protected area the Narayani-Rapti river system forms a natural boundary to human settlements. Adjacent to the east of Chitwan National Park is Parsa Wildlife Reserve, contiguous in the south is the Indian Tiger Reserve Valmiki National Park. The coherent protected area of 2,075 km2 (801 sq mi) represents the Tiger Conservation Unit (TCU) Chitwan-Parsa-Valmiki, which covers a 3,549 km2 (1,370 sq mi) huge block of alluvial grasslands and subtropical moist deciduous forests.

4. Local Vegetation in Chitwan National Park

The park’s vegetation is dominated by sal forest, open grassland sand riverine vegetation. There are also flowering species of trees like the sissoo, silk cotton tree and flame of the forest. These trees bloom from January to early spring and fill the forest with their colorful flowers. The tall elephant grass dominates the grass grassland and gives it a savanna like appearance.

5. Wildlife in Chitwan National Park

The park is the home of great one- horned Indian rhino, the world’s third largest land mammal. They feed large on grass which is also their normal habitat and move alone or in groups. Elephants are seen frequently at the Park. The Royal Bengal tiger, the most glamorous and elusive of all Chitwan’s animals, is estimated to number just about a hundred in Chitwan. They are by nature reclusive and do not attack unless provoked or hunting for food. There are four different species of deer living in the park – the barking deer, the hog deer, the sambar deer and the spotted deer. Over 400 different birds have been recorded here, including the Indian peafowl, the tuneful blackheaded oriole and the openbill stork. The park’s rivers and the swampy areas are home to various reptiles like the pythons, marsh mugger and gharial which feeds on fishes. The common leopard, langur and rhesus monkey also make up the park’s wildlife population.

6. Things to do & Places to Visit

The greatest thrill while at Chitwan is jungle walk. However, you need to be accompanied by at least two guides. Jeep safari is another exciting thing to do. Canoeing along the Rapti or Narayani rivers is the most restful way of watching the wildlife especially the aquatics birds and crocodiles. Several lodges arrange visits to nearby Tharu villages. Tharus, the original inhabitants of Chitwan, have their own culture, language and customs which are quite different from that of Nepali hill people. A visit to the elephant breeding camp and the gharial breeding centre can also prove to be informative.

7. The Best Time to Visit

The best time to visit the park from October to February. Many of the park lodges are closed between May to August, the rainy season.

8. Where to Stay

In this tour, the accommodation options are 4-star resorts to budget homestays. We manages your accommodation fully furnished, air-conditioned, clean, and well-located resort that provides single or double rooms and triple bedrooms. The bed has a mattress, pillow, and blanket.

9. How To Get To Chitwan National Park

By Surface
It is a pleasant scenic 5/6 hours’ drive by a tourist coach or a private vehicle from Kathmandu on Prithivi Highway along the banks of Trisuli River. En route you drive past several traditional Tharu villages and eventually reach the pickup point at fringe of national park from where you will be escorted to your lodge.

By Air
It is a 20-minute pleasant flight from Kathmandu to Bharatpur airport (near Chitwan National Park). Upon arrival at Bharatpur air strip, a representative from the lodge you are booked in will escort you to Chitwan National Park.

By Raft
Raj Bala Treks & Expedition organizes a day rafting trip on 2-4 class Trishuli River. You can combine rafting trip and Chitwan Wildlife tours. After concluding rafting trip near Chitwan National park border it is further 2 hrs’ (approx) drive to the park.

10. Packing List for Chitwan National Park Tour
  • Neutral colored clothing is recommended. 
  • Light clothing is needed for day time with a sweater and warm jacket for the evenings from November to March. 
  • Pants / Trousers are recommended for safari and jungle walk.
  • Comfortable walking shoes, sun hat, sunglasses etc. are essential.
  • Insect repellent and personal medical requirements should be carried. 
  • It is highly recommended to travel light with only one small suitcase or duffle bag.
  • During the warmer months swimming suits are recommended.
  • A Small flash light is recommended.
  • Binoculars add greatly to your enjoyment for bird and wildlife viewing.


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