What To Do In Chitwan National Park

If you are a nature lover, a wildlife enthusiast or simply want to experience a jungle safari, Chitwan National Park is the place for you.

Situated south of Kathmandu, in the western Terai lowlands, this World Heritage-listed reserve is a 5 to 6 hour drive from Kathmandu and Pokhara, or a short flight from Kathmandu.

Chitwan National Park is home to some incredible wildlife and endangered species: Bengal tigers, One-horned rhinos, leopards, Indian bison, sloth bears, wild elephants, Gharial crocodiles, monkeys, Mugger crocodiles, deer, Bengal foxes, spotted linsang, hyenas and many more.

If you are a keen bird watcher this is again the place to be: there are over 500 species of birds including herons, woodpeckers, flycatchers, red jungle fowls and kingfishers, and 150 species of butterflies.

And if you are most interested in discovering different cultures, this area is home to the Tharu people, an indigenous ethnic group of Nepal’s lowlands. Exploring one of their many villages is a fascinating experience. Their unique languages, way of life, and traditional houses made of elephant grass, dung, mud and painted with colourful decorations are different to anywhere else you’ll visit in Nepal.

Activities vary and can be organised according to your preferences and interests, but regardless of your choices you will have an unforgettable experience.

Here is what you can do while in Chitwan National Park:

  • Follow our experienced guides for a short or long jungle walk inside the park. There are different itineraries ranging from 4 hours to a whole day.
  • Go canoeing on the Rapti River to spot rhinos and crocodiles.
  • Get on a jeep and head inside the jungle for exciting safaris ranging from 4 to 8 hours.
  • Choose an early-morning elephant-back safari to explore the jungle in a natural way.
  • Visit the elephant breeding centre and get to know more about the elephants and the people around them.
  • Explore the Tharu villages and discover their unique culture and daily life.
  • Explore the tropical wetlands known as Twenty-thousand Lakes (Bishazari Tal), an oxbow lake system looking more like many small lakes.
  • Join a bird watching tour.
  • Take a deep and bath with an elephant in the Rapti River.

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