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  • Location:Kathmandu, Nepal
  • Duration:4 days, 3 nights

3-Night Chitwan National Park Safari from Kathmandu

Go on safari to the UNESCO World Heritage-listed Chitwan National Park, a former royal hunting reserve that became Nepal’s first national park in 1973. Recognized as one of Asia’s most valuable ecosystems, the jungle, marshland and grasslands teem with the incredible wildlife of more than 400 species. With guided tours by jeep, canoe and on foot, you’ll encounter an enchanting world of rhinos, crocodiles, sloths and – fingers crossed – Bengal tigers! Receive personal attention from your guide on this small-group tour, limited to 12 people.

Please note: Due to the tragic events in Nepal this activity is temporarily unavailable.


  • 3-night tour of Chitwan National Park from Kathmandu
  • Encounter rare wildlife in Chitwan National Park and search for the Bengal tiger
  • Look for sloths, monkeys and rhinos on a jeep ride through the jungle
  • Ride in a canoe on the Rapti River and spot endangered gharial crocodiles
  • Go on safari to Lake Twenty Thousand and identify birds like the painted stork
  • Take a tour of Sauraha Village by ox-cart and watch a Tharu dance performance
  • Small-group tour limited to 12 people ensures a personalized experience

Why Our Insiders Chose This Tour

The relaxing pace of the entire tour gives you enough time to recognize the nature and wildlife surrounding you while you trek through the park, boat up and downstream, and enjoy a jeep safari.

What You Can Expect

3-Night Chitwan National Park Safari from Kathmandu

3-Night Chitwan National Park Experience from Kathmandu

Your 3-night tour of Chitwan National Park takes you from the bustling streets of Kathmandu to the tranquility of this natural paradise. Enjoy three nights’ accommodation at the Royal Park Hotel – a Nepalese-style lodge with Western comforts and panoramic views. Your adventure includes three continental breakfasts plus three lunches and dinners featuring delicious Indian, Nepalese and European cuisine.


Day 1: Kathmandu – Chitwan National Park (L, D)
Your tour begins in the early morning with a 7am coach ride to Chitwan that departs from a bus stop at Kantipath, just off Thamel. Relax on the 5-hour journey and watch the landscape transform as you travel from the cool climate of Kathmandu’s hills and terraced fields to Chitwan’s subtropical flood plains and grasslands. When you reach the national park, enter a lost world of towering trees and twisting vines that is home to rhinos, elephants, crocodiles and deer. You might even spot the elusive Royal Bengal tiger! Meet your hotel representative for the 10- to 15-minute walk to your accommodation at the Royal Park Hotel, where a brief orientation session will be held. After lunch, take a ride in a bullock cart, the local form of transport, to visit a nearby tribal village and museum dedicated to the culture and history of the indigenous Tharu people. Return to your hotel for a pre-dinner cultural show performed by a local troupe.

Overnight: Royal Park Hotel, Chitwan
National Park

Day 2: Chitwan National Park (B, L, D)
Spend the morning at your leisure, then after an early lunch embark on a jeep safari to the Chitwan wetlands. Your wildlife safari leads you deep into the jungle, where you might spot one-horned rhinos, deer, bison and monkeys. Keep a look out for less commonly sighted animals such as bears, leopards and Bengal tigers. Return to your hotel for an informative slide presentation on Chitwan’s vegetation and wildlife conducted by a naturalist with a wealth of knowledge about Nepal. Enjoy dinner at your hotel and spend the remainder of the evening relaxing.

Overnight: Royal Park Hotel, Chitwan National Park

Day 3: Chitwan National Park (B, L, D)
After breakfast at your hotel, cruise down the Budhi Rapti River in a dugout canoe to catch sights of sunbathing crocodiles and the park’s multitude of birds. For more bird-watching, take a guided nature walk with an expert to spot Chitwan’s varied birdlife. After lunch, join your naturalist guide on another walk through the jungle. Stay to watch the sun set behind the trees and enjoy a drink at a riverside bar before returning to your hotel for dinner.

Overnight: Royal Park Hotel, Chitwan National Park

Day 4: Chitwan National Park Kathmandu (B)
Following breakfast at your hotel, catch the 9:30am bus back to Kathmandu, arriving near Thamel at around 3pm.

Customer Reviews

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2014

1. I was the only tourist, and i had to travel to Chitwan by myself using the regular inter-city bus. No problem encountered, but still not very comfortable for its a long ride from kathmandu (6 hrs). Good part about the ride - lunch in a decent restaurant included, AC working (one way) and drinking bottled water for free.
2. Hotel in Chitwan. made of small bungalows - minimal comfort, power shortages frequent. But food was awesome and included in the price (3 times a day).
3. the jungle triips - excellent. Guides are professional.

4 star rating: Recommended April 2015

Didn't enjoy the bus ride to Chitwan..very scary! I certainly enjoyed the canoe ride down the river, spotting crocs and various birdlife as well as the jeep safari. An early morning bird watching walk around the river was also enjoyable.

4 star rating: Recommended March 2015

Good experiences in Chitwan area. Hotel staff most courteous. Both canoe and excursion into the national park made the trip worthwhile. Bus ride to/from Kathmandu kept ones blood pressure up but part of the experience!!!

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