Chitwan Jungle Safari - 3 days

Chitwan Jungle Safari

Chitwan National Park is the most popular destination for tourists in the southern part of Nepal with an area of 932 square kilometers. This is the first famous national park of Nepal in the field of wildlife safaris. In 1973, it was declared a national park and identified by UNESCO as a Natural World Heritage Site in 1984. This park is home to 56 species of mammals such as the one-horned rhinoceros, Bengal tiger, sloth bear, leopard, wild-elephant, Gangetic dolphin, wild bison, striped hyena and more. We can also find 450 species of birds, 126 species of fish, 590 species of butterflies and 47 species of reptiles as a verified estimate. A recent study has also shown that one third of Nepal's total population of wildlife creatures are found here.

Currently, two jungle safari packages are available, one is outside the park and the other is inside the park. Although it is possible to stay as long as the tourists wish, usually 3 days and 2 nights are spent here. We can enjoy unique cultural traditions staying in hotels either in inside or outside of the Park.

Highlights

  • A UNESCO Natural World Heritage Site
  • A National Park covering 932 square kilometres and home to 56 species of mammals, 450 species of birds, 119 species of fish, 590 species of butterflies and 47 species of reptiles

Detail Itinerary

THE FIRST DAY

  • Upon arrival at Tribhuwan Intl Airport in Kathmandu, meet a representative from Vista Trek waiting to receive you.Once reaching your hotel in a car from the airport, check in and enjoy the refreshment served.
  • Visit the Vista Trek office for discussion on trekking, introduction to the guide and porter and settlement of dues if any.Since you will still have some time left for a walk around Thamel, do so if you please.

THE SECOND DAY

  • Head off to Chitwan early morning on a tourist bus. Stopping only for breakfast, the vehicle comes to a stop at Sauraha in Chitwan.A representative from your hotel is responsible for making the necessary arrangements for your10 minute travel to the hotel. In the hotel, lunch is ready for youby 1.30 pm along with your accommodation arrangements aimed sincerely at making that stay comfortable.
  • At around 4 in the afternoon, take a tour of the Tharu Village. If time is a resource, it would justify the return on investment if these moments are spent solely on understanding the Tharu way of life. It is very possible for their one or the other aspect to touch you in a way or another.
  • 6 in the evening, a Tharu stick dance invites your attention. An attendance usually pays well largely because the energy in the dance is bound to touch all involved: the performers, the organisers as well as the audience.
  • Spend the night in the hotel.

THE THIRD DAY 

    • After breakfast, canoeing in the Rapti River, which has chosen to meander through the Chitwan National Park, is an experience only you can rightfully define. Each year for the past five, the conservation area has been alluring almost half a million enthusiasts seeking a safari experience. It is, however, not only the indigenous Tharu community residing in the buffer zone perhaps with some conflicts now and then with the wildlife first then with the authoritybut also the whole Himalayan subtropical broadleaf forest with its lush green vegetation
      • with the purest strands of sal densely covering the well-drained lowland centre, interspersed with chir pine along the southern face of the Churia Hills, association with rosewood, axlewood, elephant apple, grey downy balsam, Bauhinia vahlii as well as Spatholobus parviflorus on the northern face with the catechu and rosewood predominant, kapok, rhino apple tree, velvety beautyberry, hill glory bower and gooseberry includinga wide range of other species on the recently deposited alluvium of this riverine forest with its mosaic ever-changing due largely to the seasonal bushfires, flooding and some erosion with elephant grass, giant cane, khagra reed as well as a number of species of true grasses on the Terai-Daur savanna and grasslands that make up 20% of the National Park as well as many of those categorized with a belief to fit in the remaining of the living kind many species of butterflies, moths and insects starred tortoises, monitor lizards along with 19 species of snakes including the king cobra and rock python the basking gharials and mugger crocodiles together with 113 species of fish
        all in their preferred habitat at least until their fellow humans decide otherwisethe smooth-coated otters, Bengal foxes, spotted linsangs, honey badgers, striped hyenas, wild dogs, golden jackels, fishing cats, jungle cats and the crab-eating mongooses, a group that seems to have received lesser attention in comparison to their celebritized members the Bengal Tiger, the Greater One-Horn Rhino, the Wild Elephant, the Leopard and the Sloth Bear.



    With even the prey not only the predator comfortable with each other's co-existence, it is the wild and the ways of the wilderness that have all made Chitwan National Park their sanctuary (our perspective), home (theirs).
  • After spending about an hour on the river, a Class 1 liquid highway, it's time for a short walk to the Elephant Breeding Centre. It requires a close inspection to gain some insight into the ways of the Elephant.
  • Back in the hotel at 1 pm, lunch awaits fresh and ready with the potential to satisfy most returning from this trip.
  • Once the clock strikes three, an elephant ride is what you get to experience. In the jungle, the sight of a rhino or a few, some boars together, a bear occasionally and some birds and the vegetation always is what you get to see from your vantage point, the back of an elephant.
  • Dinner at 9, and while many call it a day, some still find it easy to gather some energy to invest in an activity of preference, reading a novel, writing a diary, sharing one's personal interactions with the surrounding they have deliberately chosen to be in, and the like.

THE FOURTTH DAY

  • Early rise at around 6, and the morning greets us with a cup of refreshing tea or coffee. After finishing their choice of the two drinks, many prefer to engage in an early morning activity commonly known as bird watching. After all, the banks of Rapti River are teeming with many species of birds every morning.
  • This breakfast at 8.30 is the last thing you'll be doing if you go by this itinerary. 9.30 is our official departure time. If you are looking for more options, however, you could check out the ones below.
  • Back in Kathmandu the same route, and only our WILLshall dictate our involvement or indulgence as we may please.

THE FINAL DAY
Meeting the crocodiles basking in the sun in their preferred habitat is an experience that perhaps allows for a sensible interaction.
Extensions

JEEP SAFARI
Into the jungle Main, this jeep safari is for those seeking a deeper look into the Himalayan subtropical broadleaf forest.
Possibilities for an encounter

The animal kingdom

Your chances of an encounter

the Greater One-Horn Rhino

Almost always

the Bengal Tiger, the Wild Elephant, the Leopard and the Sloth Bear

If you are lucky

striped hyenas, wild dogs, golden jackels, fishing cats, jungle cats and the crab-eating mongooses,

I wish you could

the smooth-coated otters, Bengal foxes, spotted linsangs, honey badgers,

Maybe

the basking gharials and mugger crocodiles together

Always unless you doze off for some reason

113 species of fish

Not all of them but always with some unless you give a damn to those fishes

starred tortoises, monitor lizards

Almost always if you go by my ratings of probability and I'm the who-cares type

19 species of snakes including the king cobra and rock python

If you happen to be one of those far and few

many species of butterflies, moths and insects

Some of them for certain. You can't miss some even if your intention is otherwise

The Plant Kingdom

Your chances of an encounter

elephant grass, giant cane, khagra reed as well as a number of species of true grasses

It would be insane not to see them, but understanding them is, of course, a different matter altogether. You know what I mean.

the catechu and rosewood predominant, kapok, rhino apple tree, velvety beautyberry, hill glory bower and gooseberry

 

a wide range of other species

Always, but depends largely on the WILL of the traveler. So, my rating of probability? Can't really say. How can I vouch for someone else?

sal interspersed with chir pine along the southern face of the Churia Hills

 

sal's association with rosewood, axlewood, elephant apple, grey downy balsam, Bauhinia vahlii as well as Spatholobus parviflorus on the northern face

Your Safari guide will certainly let you know about this

the purest strands of sal densely covering the well-drained lowland centre,

If you choose this safari, always

Half-day safari: Starts 1 pm Ends 5 pm
The level of possibility mentioned above is for this safari.
Full-day safari: Starts early morning Ends 5 pm

As this safari goes deeper inside the National Park, double the level of possibility mentioned on the scale of probability above.

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