ROYAL CHITWAN NATIONAL PARK

Location: Royal Chitwan National Park, the oldest national park in Nepal, is situated in the subtropical inner Terai lowlands of South-Central Nepal. The park was designated as a World Heritage Site in 1984 by UNESCO.

Features: The Park covers a pristine area with a unique ecosystem of significant value to the World. It contains the Churiya hills, ox-bow lakes and flood plains of Rapti, Reu and Narayani Rivers. Approximately 70% of the park vegetation is Sal forest. The remaining vegetation types include grassland (20%), riverine forest (7%), and Sal with chirpine (3%), the latter occurring at the top of the Churiya range. The riverine forests consist mainly of khair, sisau and simal. The grassland forms a diverse and complex community with over 50 species. The Saccharun species, often called elephant grass, can reach 8 m. in height. The shorter grasses such as Imperata are useful for thatch roofs.

There are more than 43 species of mammals in the park. The park is especially renowned for the endangered one-horned rhinoceros, the tiger and the gharial crocodile along with many other common species such as gaur, wild elephant, four-horned antelope, striped hyena, pangolin, Gangetic dolphin, monitor lizard and python. Other animals found in the park include the sambar, chittal, hog deer, barking deer, sloth bear, palm civet, langur and rhesus monkey.
There are over 450 species of birds in the park. Among the endangered birds are the Bengal florican, giant hombill, lesser florican, black stork and white stork. Common birds seen in the park include the peafowl, red jungle fowl, and different species of egrets, herons, kingfishers, flycatchers and woodpeckers. The best time for bird watching is March and December. More than 45 species of amphibians and reptiles occur in the park, some of which are the marsh crocodile, cobra, green pit viper and various species of frogs and tortoises.


The park is actively engaged in the scientific studies of several species of wild fauna and flora.

HIGHLIGHTS IN CHITWAN NATIONAL PARK:

Elephant Back Safari: Travel through open grassland and dense forest on elephant back in search of rare games. Be on the lookout for the great one horned rhino, four species of deer, wild boar, sloth bear, leopard, bison and the big one- the Royal Bengal tiger.

Canoeing:
A typical hand-made dugout canoe will take you for a ride on the great Rapti River where you can see gharials and   marsh mugger crocodiles basking in the sun and can enjoy watching the many colorful birds.
Jungle Drive:
You can taste the wild world on the 4-wheel drive deep in to the heart of the park for viewing some of the rare species of flora & fauna.

Jungle walks:
You can enjoy a natural walk in the jungle in safety accompanied by our well-trained naturalist who will interpret the hidden secretes of the land as you walk through ancient groves or perch in a strategically located with tower (Machan)  to observe animals grazing, drinking at ponds or resting in the bushes.

Bird watching:
Bird lovers will have a wonderful opportunity to see many species of birds in the early morning as the new day dawns.

Buffer zone village tour:
Experience the unique culture of the Tharu people. Relish what their culture is like in the Tharu village museum in the heart of Sauraha near the resort. For centuries, the Tharus have lived very close to this protected area and hence their tradition reflects their intimate relationship with the nature world. Visit the Tharu village and share their world with them as you reach out to touch another culture.

Elephant breeding center:
Of all the animals, elephants are the most graceful. Our naturalist will take you to the Hattisar to demonstrate how elephant's meals are prepared and how they eat in the elephant breeding center. They will explain the nature and habits of elephant. And you can see the twin born baby elephant.

Swimming & Elephant Bathing:
The clear water of Rapati River tempts you to swim in sunny days either before lunch or after lunch or just relax beside the serene river land and watch the graceful elephants taking a bath.

Flock Dance:
After dinner our friendly trained naturalist and jungle guide are there to make you feel at home and tell you jungle stories. This follows a breathtaking Tharu stick dance (a culture program performed by the ethnic group of Chitwan).

Ox-Cart Ride:
For those who love old ethnic traditional way of transport, we have an ox-cart that will give you an experience of the unique mode of transport while finding on the old dirt road near by Tharu village.

Visit to observation tower:
Be calm and quiet on the 35- feet high wooden tower built in the prime location of the park, which offers unique chance to see the movement of the animals in wilderness.

Visit of Twenty Thousand Lake :
To enter Chitwan National Park you must purchase a park permit. This permit is valid the whole day, so you can use it for different excursions on the same the day. The permit costs 500 rupees per person per day. The money from park permits is being used to preserve the national park and protect it from poaching and deforestation.
The prices below are excluding the park permit.

Food (Candy) making for elephant (350 rupees p.p.)

Fruits, leaves, small branches of trees and tall elephant grass are considered as the food of elephants. They need hundreds of pounds of food  in a day and drink up to 200 liters of water. Sitting beside the elephant driver, you can make the candy-Khuchi (in Nepali) for elephants using straw, rice, sugar and salt. An hour program provides you a wonderful oppurtunity to feed such an amazing creature of the world.

Elephant washing (450 rupees p.p.)

You will get a feeling of childhood wonder as you help bath an elephant. You’ll be rewarded with a refreshing trunk full of cold water. This is also the best way to cool off on a hot afternoon. And a whole lot of fun!!!
(max. 4 people at a time, 1/2 hour)

Twenty thousand lake visit guided (by jeep 1050 rupees; by bicycle 650 rupees per person)

The Twenty Thousand Lake is a magical natural lake situated in the middle of jungle forest. This place is also famous for spotting birds and many other animals like rhinos, the special Gharial or Marsh Mugger crocodile, deer and other species. Morning or afternoon tours by motorbike or jeep.
The round trip to the lake is approximately 30 kilometers.

Canoeing & Elephant Breeding Centre (1150 rupees per person, park permit needed)

A relaxing way to explore the jungle is to canoe down the Rapti river. The trip takes about 45 minutes, during which you can spot various water birds and two different types of crocodiles, called Gharials and Marsh Muggers. After the canoe it’s a short walk to visit the Elephant Breeding Centre, where you can enjoy watching the elephants and their babies.

Elephant jungle ride (1750 rupees per person park permit needed)
Visit the jungle on the back of a five ton elephant. This thrilling elephant ride provides a great vantage point for viewing the abundant wildlife in the area, and a great chance to spot a rhinos or tiger from high above the tall grasses.. (1.5 hours)

Bird watching on a long canoe trip and visit the Crocodile Breeding Centre 
(5500  rupees per person, incl. guide and picnic lunch, park permit needed)
Float along the river on a long canoe for 3 hours of bird watching. Once back on land we take a jungle walk stopping for lunch in a jungle tower. Afterward lunch continue the walk until we reach the Long Lake in the middle of the park. Here you visit the Crocodile Breeding Centre. Finish the tour with a jeep ride back to Savanna.

Special bird watching trip (1500 rupees per person, Park Permit needed)
Either early morning or late afternoon would be a great time to spot about 500 different spiecies of birds in the Chitwan area. With an expert Naturalist guide, your approx. 2 hour bird-watching trip around grassland rivers, lakes and forest will be very exciting and will teach you a lot about the birds. (approx. 2 hours) When you really love birds, the special bird watching tour can be 2 or 3 days as well (price on request).

Overnight stay in the jungle incl. dinner - 50% of price goes to the village (3500 rupees per person, park permit needed)
Stay overnight in the jungle high above the ground in the Jungle Tower, where two rooms are available. Spot jungle animals from your elevated position and listen to the sound of the jungle at night as birds sing and monkeys frolic.
In the afternoon you travel from the Jungle Tower to a Tharu village. Collect your dinner along the way as you learn from the Tharu villagers to pick edible vegetables in the jungle. Then learn to prepare your own dinner in a Tharu house. After dinner the Park Guide will escort you to your jungle house, where you spent the night. The guide will keep you safe and secure during this wildlife escapade. In the morning a jeep picks you up at 7 o’clock.
(Max. 4 people)

Jungle walk (whole day 1750 rupees per person, half day 1300 rupees per person, park permit needed)
A fantastic way to get close to the wildlife with two local professional guides. In this exciting jungle adventure enjoy the green harmony of tall trees and an impressive range of animals. Keep an eye out for tigers, crocodiles, wild elephants, monkeys and rhinos that all inhabit this area. It’s possible to see all of them, if you are lucky.
(All day program, incl. lunch, max. 8 people)

Jungle tour plus (extra 200 rupees per person)
Our Tharu guide will share the secrets of the jungle including the food he collected when he was a young man living in the jungle. The Tharu people know the jungle like it’s their garden. They will spot the best edible items  and collect food from the jungle and have it prepared on your return to the lodge as an appetizer.

Jeep safari, full day or half day (park permit needed)
Jeep safari is a very popular way to explore deep in to the jungle of Chitwan. Set the route to include a range of attractions from a visit to Long Lake, Tamor Lake, the Crocodile Breeding Centre or the park museum. A great way to see the natural beauty of the jungle and spot wildlife.

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