Royal Chitwan National Park

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Among the 14 national parks and wildlife reserves in the Kingdom, the Royal Chitwan National Parks (932 sq. Km) is the most popular safari destination. More than 43 species of animals are found in Chitwan. The endangered One Horned Rhino, Royal Bengal Tiger, Gharial Crocodile, four-horned antelope, striped hyena, and the Gangetic dolphin are the main attractions here. The best part is that it is close to Kathmandu and easily accessible (only 165 km overland ), and Bharatpur airport adjoining the park is a mere 25 minute flight away (there are daily flights form Kathmandu). Many adventures also choose to go down by raft. However you go, a jungle safari is an experience you will remember for a long time.

The Normal program for Chitwan is for 2 nights and three days. from Kathmandu it takes only half and hour to reach the park by flight, 4 hours by car or 7 hours by raft. In fact rafting is the most thrilling way of reaching the park if you are not afraid of water and love adventure. The rafting river (TRISHULI) follows the road to Chitwan after 90 minutes of drive from Kathmandu.

Your program start from your arrival in the lodge or resort you are staying in. After your arrival you are served with the hot lunch and after lunch, depending on the location of the resorts, you are taken for an exciting tour of elephant breeding centre or Tharu village walk or jungle ride.
You will be spending next full day in the park with activities like elephant back safari to view the animals, dug out canoe ride, bird watching tour, jungle walk, tharu village walk etc. In the evening the resort will organize you tharu cultural dance or slide shows or other forms of entertainment (depending on the lodges).

Next day waking up early in the morning you will proceed to jungle walk to encounter the animals and the birds early. After breakfast if you are traveling back to your destination transfer is provided or if you are extending the stay other program follows

Accommodation.
The location of the hotels are at different parts of the park or inside of the park and outside the park. If you are looking for budget option or easy option you should head for Sauraha as the village is situated outside but at the central entrance gate of the park. There are lots of hotels/lodges in Sauraha so the accommodation will not be a problem. But Sauraha is now becoming concrete jungle with the ultra modern style hotels that does not suit the environment of the park. However there are some very good lodges which are built using local materials and are worth staying. SAFARI ADVENTURE LODGE is probably the best located lodge out side the park ( it is near by Sauraha but not exactly at Sauraha). So If you are planning to stay in Sauraha we definitely recommend this hotel as the service and the accommodation is also pleasant in addition to the location.

The Six main resorts are located at different parts of the parks. These five resorts are located inside the parks. They are
1) Tiger Tops Jungle Lodge,
2) Temple Tiger Jungle Lodge,
3) Gainda Wildlife Camp/Lodge,
4) Chitwan Jungle Lodge,
5) Machan Wildlife Resort and
6) Island Jungle Resort.
If your wallet allows you to spend, we recommend you to spend your time inside the jungle lodges mentioned above as these are a bit expensive resorts but the services and the locations are superb.

There are also some nice lodges and the resorts just outside the park boundary which provide good services and program. But If you are also looking for budget options staying out side the park is recommended as there are plenty of budget lodges.

NOTE: The Cost of Machan and Safari adventure Lodge are discounted from the tariff and so are the rates of Gainda Camp and Chitwan Jungle Lodge (CHT). These rates are discounted so as to offer you the special offer for limited time. Further tax and Entrance fees can also be included to resorts other than Tiger Tops and Temple Tiger.

The Cost Include
All activities in the park. Accommodation on sharing basis with all meals (buffet).

Cost Exclude
» All types of beverages, entrance fees and taxes as above (please see the note-below the cost). Transfer to and from lodge (while going from Kathmandu and coming out to Kathmandu or other destination) as following:
» There are also possibilities of traveling by tourist buses to the lodges of Sauraha and Island Jungle Resort. Please contact us for the same.
» For group rates to Chitwan by Land please click here and visit the Transport section.
» Group discount available for both hotels and transportation. Please contact us for the same.
Extra US$ 35 per person on the the route of ONE WAY or BOTH WAY by car coach if you wish to float down by raft to the park. transportation (One day trip in the river).
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