Chitwan National Park is situated in south central Nepal. In the sub-tropical lowlands of the Terai, Chitwan is 20 minutes by flight or 146 km by road from Kathmandu. Chitwan National Park is bordered by the Rapti and Narayani Rivers in the north, Parsa Wildlife Reserve in the east, and the Indian border to the south. The rivers Rapti, Narayani and Reu and their floodplains provide the nourishment the park needs to create such a bountiful habitat for so many species of flora and fauna.
Chitwan National Park offers dense wildlife and natural beauty to be explored. Keep your eyes peeled for Royal Bengal tigers, leopards, one-horned rhinoceros, wild elephants, marsh crocodiles, wild boars, sloth bears, and several species of deer including spotted, barking, sambar and hog deer. Above and around you in the trees are also more than 350 species of birds. Besides wildlife, you can also explore local village culture during your Chitwan safari, to learn about the local tribes of the Tharu people.
While visiting Chitwan National Park tourists have many choices of accommodation. You can stay inside or outside the park, in a resort, lodge, hotel, or tent. Tour and Trekking Nepal can discuss these options with you during the booking process, to ensure that we find you the best possible option to enjoy your Chitwan National Park safari tour.
You will be picked up at the airport by one of the Tour and Trekking Nepal staff and driven to your Kathmandu host family or a hotel. Here you will be welcomed into the family, be given your own room and be provided with all your meals while in Kathmandu. This will be your home during your orientation and volunteering in Nepal. With easy bus routes into town and the surrounding countryside, this quiet and safe suburb is the perfect base for your time in Nepal. Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner.
We tour Durbar Square, Pashupatinath temple, Swayambhunath stupa and Bouddhanath stupa which are all world heritage sites. The Durbar Square sheds light on the life of the royals in ancient times. Pashupatinath temple is one of the most important places of pilgrimage for all Hindus. Swayambhunath is also known as the Monkey Temple and Baudhanath Stupa is one of the largest stupas in the world. At noon, we are introduced to our fellow participants and discuss our trip at the Tour and Trekking Nepal office. Overnight in Kathmandu. Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner.
We descend down along the winding road on the banks of the Trishuli River. After checking in to the hotel, there will be a briefing on the activities we will be engaged in during our stay in Chitwan. We then walk on the banks of the Rapti River to enjoy the sunset in the sub-tropical jungles of Chitwan. In the evening, we enjoy dinner along with a brief cultural program showcasing the tribal dances unique to the Chitwan region of Nepal. Overnight stay in Chitwan. Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner.
Early in the morning, we will be mounted on elephants for a jungle safari through dense grasslands to witness wildlife in its natural habitat. After breakfast, we visit the elephant stables and even enjoy bathing the elephants. During the afternoon we can drive through the jungles followed by a canoe ride down the Rapti River. While canoeing, we may get a close look at the Gharial and Mugger crocodiles along with freshwater dolphins, otters and varieties of water birds. Or, we may even go for bird watching or nature walks and come closer to a variety of wild flora and fauna found in the park. Overnight stay in Chitwan. Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner.
We transfer to the tourist bus station and 06: 30 am drive back to Kathmandu by tourist bus. This scenic drive offers fascinating glimpses of rural Nepal as you pass through Middle Hill scenery along the famous rafting Trishuli River originated from Tibet northeast of Kathmandu. Overnight stay in Kathmandu. Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner.
Our journey in Nepal comes to an end today! A Tour and Trekking Nepal representative will drop us off at the airport approximately 3 hours before our scheduled flight. On our way to home, we have plenty of time to plan our next adventure in the wonderful country of Nepal.
Note: The above-mentioned program itinerary is a sample. The period and cost of tour and trekking, volunteering and internship can be changed or extended as per travellers or volunteers' availability of duration.