Chitwan, known as the heart of the jungle was the favored hunting ground for Nepalese royalty until the 19th century. Formely known as Royal Chitwan National Park, it was established in 1973 and received UNESCO world heritage status in 1984. The park covers 932 km2 (360 miles2) of the tropical Terai lowlands of southern Nepal. With elevations ranging from 100 to 815 meters (330 to 2,674 ft) Chitwan offers a stark contrast to the mountainous landscapes that have made Nepal famous. The previous royal hunting grounds were once visited by King George V on a hunting expedition where is rumored to have shot 37 tigers and 8 rhinos. Due to overhunting, the number of rhinos and tigers in the park plummeted paving the way for Chitwan to become a protected area an a national park in 1973. The park now attempts to protect wildlife from poachers while attempting to preserve the wildlife populations in Nepal. The part is regarded as the most developed in Nepal and is also the most frequently visited.
The park offers over 700 different species of wildlife with 19 different types of snakes including the King Cobra. Chitwan is also home to starred tortoises, monitor lizards 113 species of fish and mugger crocodiles. Chitwans’ most famous inhabitant is the endangered Bengal Tiger which thrives in the floodplain habitat of the Terai. The Bengal Tigers share the park with other large cats including the leopard, fishing cat, jungle cat and the rare marbled cat. Chitwan is also known for having the highest population density of the sloth bear. Other notable species include Golden Jackals, Bengal foxes, spotted linsangs, honey badgers,yellow-throated martins and striped hyenas which roam its protected grounds. Other notable residents are the rhinoceros, Gaurs wild boars, Sambar deer, Red muntjac, hog deer, Rhesus monkeys, hanuman langurs, Indian pangolins, Indian porcupines, several species of flying squirrels, black-naped hares and endangered hispid hares are also present.
Several species such as the Bengal florican, lesser adjutant, grey-crowned prinia, swamp francolin grass warblers. Slender-billed babblers, egrets, bitterns, storks kingfisher, spotted eagle, peafowl and jungle fowl are found . Apart from the resident birds about 160 migrating and vagrant species arrive in Chitwan in autumn from northern latitudes including the Greater Spotted Eagle, Eastern Imperial Eagle and Pallas's Fish-eagle. Common sightings include Brahminy ducks and goosanders.
The best time to visit the park is from October to February as many of the park lodges are closed for the rainy season from May to August. Chitwan is a 5-6 hour drive by a tourist coach or a private vehicle from Kathmandu passing along the scenic Trisuli River. Chitwan is also accessible by Air on a short 20-minute flight followed by a relaxing jeep ride to the park. The trip cans also me supplemented by a rafting trip over the class 2 to 4 rapids found on the Trisuli River. There is a wide range of accommodation in and around Chitwan and popular safari Lodges include Chitwan Jungle Lodge, Tiger Tops ,Machan Wildlife ResortTemple Tiger ,Jungle Safari Lodge ,Island Jungle Resort ,Fewa Wildlife Resort ,Tiger Camp , (Chitwan paradise , Hotel hermitage , Park Side if you stay on sauraha)
Duration:1 - 7 Days
Best Season:All season
Group Size:02+ Pax
Arrival and welcome
Briefing by the Camp staff
13:00 - Lunch
15:30 - Elephant ride/nature walk/
18:30 - Slide show/Tharu stick dance
19:00 - Dinner
05:30 - Wake up call
05:45 - Tea/Coffee
06:00 - Elephant ride/bird watching
08:00 - Breakfast
09:00 - Canoe ride/elephant briefing / swimming and bath
15:00 - Elephant ride / nature walk / / Canoe ride
18:30 - Tharu Stick Dance/slide show
19:30 - Dinner
Morning free for packing.
8:00 A.M. Breakfast
9:00 - Departure from the lodge
Good Karma Trekking will take you teither park via your preferred method of transport. Booking at your preferred hotel can be arranged for the duration of your stay. After you complete your visit, we will arrange transportation tyour next destination or back tKathmandu as you see fit.