Chitwan National Park

Chitwan National Park is situated in south central Nepal. In the sub-tropical lowlands of the Terai, Chitwan is 20 minutes by flight or 146 km by road from Kathmandu. The park is bordered by the Rapti and Narayani Rivers in the north, Parsa Wildlife Reserve in the east, and the Indian border to the south. The rivers Rapti, Narayani and Reu and their floodplains provide the nourishment the park needs to create such a bountiful habitat for so many species of flora and fauna.

Being the first protected area of Nepal, Chitwan has a long history of  park management and experience in nature conservation. Originally, Chitwan was a big game hunting area for the royal families and their guests. Then, in 1959 the Mahendra Deer Park was created comprising the Tikauli forest from the Rapti River to the foothills of the Mahabharat. Next, the area south of the Rapti River was demarcated as a Rhino Sanctuary in 1963. Finally, in 1973 the whole 932 sq. km area was designated as the Royal Chitwan National Park. Following the peoples’ revolution in 2006, the park’s name was officially changed to Chitwan National Park.

In recognition of the value of its unique biological resources, UNESCO designated Chitwan NP as a World Heritage Site in 1984. In 1996, an area of 750 sq. km surrounding the park was declared a buffer zone, which consists of forests and private lands.

The park preserves a unique ecosystem significantly valuable to the world. This 932 sq. km area of low, heavily forested hills is a great place to relax and experience something different from the Himalayan Nepal. Visitors will be going into deep jungle on elephant back or four-wheel drive vehicle to view wild animals in their natural habitat. Other thrills are canoe rides, nature walks, bird watching excursions, and village tours. Most evenings local Tharu people perform their cultural dance by the fire or the expert naturalists introduce you to the history of parks, animals, birds etc. through slide shows and orientation programs.

This National Park offers dense wildlife & natural beauty to be explored. Keep your eyes peeled for Royal Bengal tigers, leopards, one horned rhinoceros, wild elephants, marsh crocodiles, wild boars, sloth bears, and several species of deer including spotted, barking, samber and hog deer. Above and around you in the trees are also more than 350 species of birds. Besides wildlife, you can also explore local village culture during your Chitwan safari, to learn about the local tribes of the Tharu people.

While visiting Chitwan National Park tourists have many choices of accommodation. You can stay inside or outside the park, in a resort, lodge, hotel, or tent. Volunteer Society Treks Nepal can discuss these options with you during the booking process, to ensure that we find you the best possible option to enjoy your Chitwan National Park safari tour.

Highlights of Safari:
  • Explore the Chitwan National Park
  • Elephant Safari
  • Jeep Safari
  • Elephant Rehabilitation Center
  • Observe Asian one-horned rhinoceros and Royal Bengal tigers
  • Discover the unique tradition and culture of Tharu people
  • Boating/Canoeing Trip
  • Bird Watching
  • Nature Walk
  • Swimming and Elephant Bathing
  • Jungle/Nature Walk
  • Camping & Hiking
  • Fishing
  • Study Tour
  • Cultural Tour
  • Visit to Crocodile Breeding Center
  • Village Tour

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