Places to Visit in Nepal
Chitwan National Park
In this page, we’re covering the various Chitwan National Park Tours on offer, Chitwan Jungle Safari, how to get from Kathmandu to Chitwan and the popular hotels in Chitwan.
To the earlier generation and the locals, Chitwan National Park used to be called Royal Chitwan National Park. Since 1973, this National Park has been a conserved and protected jungle area that has a myriad of flora and fauna. Chitwan National Park Nepal officially entered the list of UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1984.
Chitwan National Park Tours
For most tourists, the most convenient, comfortable and private experience exploring Chitwan National Park is to go for one of our Nepal tours. All our Nepal Tour Packages start from Kathmandu and they include private transportation and tour guide throughout the entire journey.
There are tours that include 1-night or 2-night stay in Chitwan where you can engage in the various Chitwan Jungle Safari activities.
Here are some of our Nepal Packages with Chitwan National Park tours and stay:
- 6 Days Nepal Wildlife Tour (3 nights in Kathmandu & 2 nights in Chitwan)
- 8 Days Kathmandu Pokhara Chitwan (2 nights in Kathmandu, 2 nights in Pokhara, 2 nights in Chitwan & 1 night in Nagarkot)
- 8 Days Kathmandu Chitwan Lumbini Pokhara (2 nights in Kathmandu, 2 nights in Pokhara, 2 nights in Chitwan & 1 night in Lumbini)
- 10 Days Nepal Trip (3 nights in Kathmandu, 2 nights in Pokhara, 2 nights in Chitwan, 1 night in Nagarkot & 1 night in Dhampus)
Chitwan Jungle Safari & Other Activities
One key reason people come to Chitwan National Park is none other than to go for the various jungle activities. You’ll have jungle trekking, jungle safaris by jeep, jungle safaris by elephant and even river boating.
Chitwan Jungle Safari
This is by far the most popular jungle activity in Chitwan National Park. For those who prefer a faster and deeper exploration of the jungle, they could go for a Jeep Jungle Safari. Using a jeep, we will have better chances of viewing the wildlife in the park.
For a more leisurely-paced and unique experience, one can opt for an Elephant-ride Jungle Safari. Choose between a private elephant jungle safari or a government elephant jungle safari for your 1-hour jungle trekking. You’ll be able to see deers, birds, rhinos and more.
Chitwan Jungle Trekking
For those who prefer discovering the jungle on foot, consider going for the equally-famous jungle trekking. There are many choices in terms of the duration, from half-day, to full-day, two-day, three-day and even 1-week jungle trekking.
The longer the duration of the trek, the more likely you’ll get to spot some rhinos, tigers, rhesus monkeys, and other exotic animals.
Chitwan River Boating & Canoeing
Besides exploring on land, you can also check out the waters in Chitwan National Park. Go for a 2-hour canoe ride on Rapti river and a half-day trek through the jungle for a complete jungle experience.
You’ll get to see crocodiles, birds, and even river dolphins if you’re lucky.
How to get from Kathmandu to Chitwan
There are several options on how to get from Kathmandu to Chitwan. Here are some of them:
One can take a flight from Kathmandu to Bharatpur Airport (the nearest airport to Chitwan National Park, 10km away). There is almost a daily flight from Kathmandu to Bharatpur, except for really low off-peak season.
When you arrive in Bharatpur Airport, proceed to take a taxi to Sauraha village. Read our detailed guide on how to fly to Nepal and flights to Nepal.
If you prefer to check out the rural scenes on the way to Sauraha village in Chitwan, opt for the cheaper (but longer) bus ride.Tourist buses leave from Kathmandu right outside the main Thamel area.
The journey from Kathmandu to Sauraha is approximately 5 hours, depending on the traffic and weather conditions. Do note that most buses leave between 6 to 7 am from Kathmandu.
If you want a more comfortable, private and flexible ride to Chitwan, go for a private transportation. Book from a Nepal travel agency like ours or you can simply go for one of our Nepal tours that include a stay in Chitwan.
Hotels in Chitwan
All accommodation in Chitwan are now located in Sauraha Village across the Rapti River. In terms of selection, there are guesthouses, hotels and resorts in the village. From budget to high-end accommodation, there is something for everyone in Chitwan.
Always consider the hotel’s location (if it’s near to Sauraha’s main road), price and amenities (most important) when choose an accommodation.
Evergreen Eco Lodge, Hotel Rhinoceros, Hotel Nana, Chilax House, Wendy’s Lodge.
Hotel River Side, Rhino Lodge & Hotel, Riverside Bamboo Resort, Chitwan Forest Resort, Chitwan Adventure Resort.
Hotel Seven Star, Green Park Chitwan, Hotel Westwood, Maruni Sanctuary Lodge
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