Since the 19th Century, Chitwan National Park has been known as "the heart of the jungle." It was once a private hunting preserve of the Rana Family that ruled through a hereditary prime ministership from 1848 to 1951. The park was remote and only reachable by horseback or on foot. Within its boundaries, the park contained an abundance of Royal Bengal Tigers, One-Horned Indian Rhinoceros, Sloth Bears, leopards and wild elephant herds.
In the early 1950s, this area was made malaria free, and farmers from the hill regions moved into the Terai to start farms. This infringed on the animals. In 1957, Nepal enacted the first of its conservation laws to protect the animals and the area of Chitwan National Park was set aside as a conservation area. The National Park was established in 1973 to protect the dwindling animal populations.
Chitwan National Park is a success story as it has defied the trend and the endangered animals are growing in numbers. It is a common site now to see the rare Rhinos. The park contains today 932 square kilometers of land along with a buffer zone of an additional 766 square miles. No one is allowed to live in the park, but humans and animals do successfully share land in the buffer zone.
Chitwan is an incredible place. Even though it is directly south of the mountains, it is in the Terai region which is the beginning of the jungle areas of the northern plains of India. Here you can see the wild animals along with over 160 varieties of birds, colorful butterflies, and two different types of crocodiles. This includes the endangered Gharial crocodile who looks vicious with its long snout and teeth, but who's diets consists only of fish.
You will have two days to explore and enjoy the park. Exploration is done on the back of an elephant plus an opportunity for either a jungle walk for a canoe trip to look for birds and crocodiles on the Rapti River.
This is a quick trip developed by Swiss Nepal Family Trekking & Expedition. It is a short 35 minute flight to Chitwan from Kathmandu, and then transfer to your resort to begin the activities.
If you don't have a lot of time, then this short trip to Chitwan National Park is ideal for you. Chitwan is so close to the mountains, but it is the other face of Nepal where the wild animals can be seen and appreciated.
DAY 1 – Fly to Chitwan, Cultural Show in Evening
DAY 2 – Jungle Safari in Morning, Return to Kathmandu by Air
DAY 1 – Leave Kathmandu early morning and fly to Chitwan where you will be picked up by private vehicle and taken to your resort. There will be a briefing on the park by your guide. Day's Activities include:
2:00 pm – Lunch
3:30 pm – Canoe Ride and visit to Elephant Breeding Center
7:00 pm – Dinner
7:50 pm – Tharu Cultural Show
Overnight at your Resort.
DAY 2 – Elephant Safari, Return to Kathmandu: The morning starts out with an elephant safari before returning to Kathmandu by air. The Day's activities include:
6:30 am – Elephant Safari
8:30 am – Breakfast
9::00 am – Transfer to local airport, fly back to Kathmandu
While traveling with Swiss Nepal Family Trekking & Expedition, your all around safety and satisfaction is of our paramount concern. Please note that the Trip Leader has the authority to cancel or amend any part of this itinerary if it is necessary due to any safety concerns. We leave no stone unturned to keep the itinerary mentioned above, but as this adventure does include traveling in the Himalayas, we can’t guarantee that it will not be necessary to make changes if conditions so warrant. Some of these factors include extreme weather conditions, unexpected natural disaster, health conditions of any of our group members, etc, can all be contributing factors necessitating changes. Swiss Nepal Family Trekking & Expedition’s Trip Leader will try to ensure that the trip runs as per plan, but we kindly request that you be flexible if need be.
All accommodations for Chitwan Short Tour are on twin sharing basis with inclusive trip costs and are chosen based on standard hygiene, standard of service and food, location and more. There are accommodations during the trip. We will spend nights in 3-Star Hotels in Kathmandu & Deluxe in Chitwan. Solo travelers may share a room, or if requested, we can arrange for a private room for an additional fee. We at Swiss Nepal Family Trekking & Expedition will do all we can to make your trip as pleasant and enjoyable as possible.
During the tour, we can enjoy typical Nepali food, different ethnic cuisines as well as all types of international cuisine (Tibetan, Continental, Italian, Indian, etc.) from pizza and chips to apple pie. We can even enjoy hot chocolates, variety of breads, drinks and snacks. Dinner and breakfast will be served at the tour where we will spend the night. A farewell dinner with cultural show and breakfast will be served in our stay in Kathmandu as well as breakfast served in Chitwan.