CHITWAN

Chitwan literally means “heart of the jungle”. In recent years Chitwan tops the list of things to do in Asia. It is a truly wildlife adventure of a different kind – jungle safaris on elephant backs or jeeps, birdwatching, canoe rides and jungle walks. The Chitwan National Park is Asia’s best preserved conservation area, where wildlife thrives and their habitats remain intact. Only half-hour flight from Kathmandu, the park lies in the Inner Terai lowlands and consists of Sal forests, tall elephant grasslands, hills, ox-box lakes and flood plains of the Narayani, Rapti and Reu rivers. Enlisted as a UNESCO World Heritage Site (Natural) in 1984, the park spreads over an area of 932 sq. km.

EXPERIENCING WILDLIFE:
The park is home to 56 species of mammals, 49 species of amphibians and reptiles, and 525 species of birds. Wildlife found here include endangered species like the one-horned rhinoceros and the Royal Bengal tiger, gaur, wild elephant, four-horned antelope, leopard, sloth bear, wild boar, rhesus monkey, grey langur monkey, wild dog, small wild cats, and many other smaller animals. Also found here are cobras, kraits and pythons. The swampy areas and numerous oxbow lakes of Chitwan provide a home for the marsh mugger crocodiles. In a stretch of the Narayani River are found one of the few remaining populations of the rare and endangered fish-only eating gharial, or Gangetic crocodile. Also found here is one of the world’s four species of freshwater dolphins.

 
BIRDWATCHING :
The park is a great place to watch colorful birds like woodpecker, hornbill, Bengal florican and red-headed trogon. Winter birds such as waterfowls, Brahminy duck, pintails and bareheaded geese are drawn by the sanctuary of the park’s rivers. In summers, the forest is alive with nesting migrants such as the fabulous paradise flycatcher, the Indian pitta and parakeets. Winter birds include migratory birds from Siberia.

 
JUNGLE SAFARI :A typical 2-nights/3-days jungle safari includes wildlife safari on elephants, canoe ride to watch the crocodiles and water birds, rural tour to view the lifestyle of the indigenous Tharu people, and nature walks to see the exotic flora and fauna. Apart from the jungle safari, the Elephant Breeding Center and Gharial Crocodile Farm, where these animals and reptiles have been successfully bred in captivity, are worth a visit.Chitwan national park has long been one of the country treasures of natural wonders. In 1963, the area south of the Rapti River was demarcated as rhinoceros sanctuary. The area was gazetted as the country's first national park in 1973. Recognizing its unique ecosystem of international significance, UNESCO declared Chitwan national park a world heritage site in 1984. The park is home for more than 50 mammals' species, over 500 birds and 55 amphibians and reptiles. The endangered animals found in the park are: One Horned Rhinoceros, Gaur, Royal Bengal Tiger, Wild Elephant, Four horned Antelope, Pangolin, Golden Monitor lizard, Python etc. Birds include Bengal Florican, Giant Hornbill, Black Stork, White Stork etc.
 
VISITING DEVGHAT:
About 6 km to the north of Bharatpur, on the way to the Chitwan National Park, is a prominent pilgrimage site Devghat, at the confluence of the Trishuli and the Kali Gandaki rivers, which then form the Narayani, a major tributary of the Ganga. Confluences of major rivers such as these are considered very holy. On the day of Makar Sankranti, the first day of the Nepali month of Magh in January, pilgrims converge here to take holy dips. There are a large number of shrines, temples, ashrams and old age homes at Devghat. Balmiki Ashram was a retreat used by the great Hindu sage Balmiki, where Sita came to live with her two sons Lav and Kush after separating from Ram. The ashram is situated in a forest on the bank of the Tribeni River, at the southwestern corner of the national park.

 
TREKKING CHEPANG HILL TRAIL:
This trail leads you through the unexplored beautiful hillsides of Chitwan. Besides the natural beauty, the trail offers cultural highlights of one of the indigenous communities of Nepal. This area is home to the Chepang people who lead a semi-nomadic life and have rich cultural traditions. Due to their distinct life style and the remoteness of their homeland, this indigenous group belongs to the much marginalized groups of Nepal.The trail is designed to lead through the homeland of Chepangs and their lovely villages in order to generate income possibilities for them and to raise awareness about Chepang culture among foreign visitors and Nepali people. This trail lies at a moderate altitude and in a comfortable climate zone.
The trail can be started or ended at Hugdi that lies on the Kathmandu-Chitwan highway, and one can go rafting on the Trishuli River upto this point. The other end of the trail is Shaktikhor.
The climate in Chitwan is sub-tropical with hot and humid summers and mild winters.
The park headquarters at Kasara is 21 km from Bharatpur which is 20 minutes by air or 145 km by road from Kathmandu. There are resorts and lodges of varying standards outside the national park that cater to the needs of tourists. Reservations can be made at the Kathmandu offices of the various resorts and lodges.

Kathmandu Chitwan Pokhara package tour Itinerary
Day 01: Arrival Katmandu, transfer to hotel, Kathmandu Chitwan Pokhara package tour briefing with officially arrangements. overnight at Kathmandu
Day 02: Historical monuments sightseeing in kathmandu valley such as Boudhhanath: visit Bodhnath Stupa,,Pashupatinath, Kathmandu durbar square
Day 03: Visit Monkey temple (swyambhunath), Patan Dubare square, Bhaktapur Durbar Square. Overnight at Kathmandu.
Day 04: Kathmandu to Chitwan, Cannoning trip to Rapti River, Tharu cultural dance program In the evening. Overnight at Chitwan.
Day 05:Full day Chitwan jungle safari ; Bird watching / elephant riding, Tharu village excursion, Visit the elephant breeding center. Overnight at Chitwan
Day 06:Chitwan jungle safari , Jungle walk & Elephant safari tour in Chitwan national park, Departure from Chitwan drive to Pokhara Overnight in Pokhara.
Day 07: Sarangkot for morning, full day sightseeing in Pokhara such as David fall, Mahendra cave, world peace stupa and fewa lake boating. Overnight at Pokhara.
Day 08: After breakfast, drive back to Kathmandu and in the evening farewell dinner in Nepalese restaurant. Overnight at Kathmandu.
Day 09: After breakfast, Final Departure
 
1 Night / 2 Days Chitwan Package :
Day 01 : Arrival in Chitwan, Transfer to Hotel, Reception, Welcome drinks, Lunch, and  Elephant Back Safari, evening walk ,Dinner and Tharu Cultural show.
Day 02:  Wake up Call, visit bird watching tour, break fast and departure.
 
02 Nights/03 Days Chitwan Package :
Day 01 : Arrival in Chitwan, Transfer to Hotel, Reception, Welcome drinks, Lunch, and Tharu Village visit, Museum and sun set tour, Dinner.
Day 02: Wake up call, breakfast, Canoeing, Jungle walk, Visit Elephant breeding center, Lunch, and Elephant Back Safari or Jungle Drive, evening walk, dinner and Tharu Cultural show.
Day 03 : Wake up Call, visit bird watching tour, break fast and departure.
 
03 Nights/04 Days Chitwan Package :
Day 01 : Arrival in Chitwan, Transfer to Hotel, Reception, Welcome drinks, Lunch, and Tharu Village visit, Museum and sun set tour, Dinner.
Day 02: Wake up call,  breakfast, Canoeing, Jungle walk, Lunch and Jungle Drive, evening tour, Dinner, Tharu Cultural Show.
Day 03 : Wake up Call, Breakfast, Visit Elephant Breeding Center, Lunch, elephant back safari, evening walk, dinner.
Day 04 : Wake up Call, visit bird watching tour, break fast and departure.
 
04 Nights/05 Days Chitwan Package :
Day 01: Arrival in Chitwan, Transfer to Hotel, Reception, Welcome drinks, Lunch, and Tharu Village visit, Museum and sun set tour, Dinner.
Day 02 : Wake up call,  breakfast, Canoeing, Jungle walk, Lunch and Jungle Drive, evening tour, Dinner, Tharu Cultural Show.
Day 03 : Wake up Call, Break fast, visit with our expert Nature guide to twenty thousands lake, bird watching, lunch, jungle walk, evening tour and dinner.
Day 04 : Wake up Call, Breakfast, Visit Elephant Breeding Center, Lunch, elephant back safari, evening walk, dinner.
Day 05 : Wake up Call, visit bird watching tour, break fast and departure.
 
05 Nights/06 Days Chitwan Package :
Day 01: Arrival in Chitwan, Transfer to Hotel, Reception, Welcome drinks, Lunch, and Tharu Village visit, Museum and sun set tour, Dinner.
Day 02 : Wake up call,  breakfast, Canoeing, Jungle walk, Lunch, and again Jungle walk, pony trek to Churiya hill, Inside the park, Dinner.
Day 03 : Wake up Call, Visit Elephant breeding Center, Lunch and Jungle Drive, evening tour, Dinner, Tharu Cultural Show.
Day 04: Wake up Call, Break fast, visit with our expert Nature guide to twenty thousands lake, bird watching, lunch, jungle walk, evening tour and dinner.
Day 05: Wake up Call, breakfast, Canoeing, visit : buffer zone jungle site, lunch, elephant back safari, evening walk, dinner.
Day 06: : Wake up Call, visit bird watching tour, break fast and departure