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Elephant Safari in Chitwan National Park

Visit Chitwan National Park, home to one of the last remaining populations of Bengal Tiger
See the amazing one-horned Rhino on an elephant-backed safari
Great 3-day extension to your trek in Nepal!
Internal flights and full-board lodging included
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3 days

Chitwan was the first national park in Nepal. Formerly called Royal Chitwan National Park it was established in 1973 and granted the status of a World Heritage Site in 1984. It covers an area of 932 sq km (360 sq miles) and is located in the subtropical Inner Terai lowlands of south-central Nepal in the Chitwan District.

The river plains and jungle at Chitwan are home to one of the few remaining populations of the rare Bengal tiger, and also home to one-horned rhinos and wild elephants. All of these are best viewed on elephant-back safaris.

The park has a tropical monsoon climate with relatively high humidity. The winter, spring and monsoon are the three main seasons. The cool winter season occurs from October to February. The spring begins in March and is soon followed by summer that ends in early June. The summer days are typically hot with 30 C the average day temperature. The monsoon usually begins at the end of June and continues until September. The mean annual rainfall is about 2150 mm and during this time of the year rivers are flooded and most of the roads are virtually closed.

The park is about 6 hours' drive from Kathmandu to Narayanghat and there are also air services from Kathmandu to Meghauli and Bharatpur. If you are interested in visiting Chitwan we can arrange a trip with flights to and from Bharatpur.

We offer our 3-day Chitwan Safari as a private extension for any of our Nepal treks.

Detailed Itinerary

Day 1Fly from Kathmandu to Chitwan. Village tour by ox cart.

Early morning flight from Kathmandu to Bharatpur Airport and transfer to your lodge. You will have time to enjoy a spot of lunch before taking an afternoon village tour by ox cart to find out more about the local culture.

Day 2Elephant safari and visit to elephant breeding centre.

An elephant safari is an ideal opportunity to see some of Chitwan's larger animals such as deer, rhinoceros, wild boar, monkey, leopard and sloth bear. If you're really lucky, you may get to see the Royal Bengal Tiger - sighting are very rare so keep your eyes peeled. In the afternoon you will explore the Rapta River by canoe. Don't forget to take your binoculars to spot some of Chitwan's amazing birdlife and also the two rare species of crocodile: the Marsh Mugger and the fish-eating Gharial. You will complete the day by visiting the elephant breeding centre located within the park.

Day 3Dugout canoe bird watching tour. Fly to Kathmandu.

You spend your last day in Chitwan on a bird watching tour to discover some of the 450 different species that abound.  Look out for kingfishers, blue-throats, long-tailed nightjars, lesser adjutant storks, brown crakes and brown fish owl - just a few of the famous birds found in Chitwan. Transfer to Bharatpur airport for onward flight to Kathmandu.

What's Included

  • Return flight from Kathmandu to Bharatpur
  • Full board accommodation at lodge as per itinerary
  • Prices are based on 2 people sharing a room
  • Activities as indicated in the itinerary
Not Included
  • Drinks of choice at lodge
  • Tips and gratuities to guides/lodge staff
  • Extra excursions / services available at safari lodge
  • Items of a personal nature, such as laundry, wifi, and snacks
  • Deviation from the itinerary provided

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