4.5 star rating: Recommended 3 Reviews

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

3-Night Chitwan National Park Safari from Kathmandu

Get a little wild during your trip to Nepal as you enjoy a 4-day, small-group safari at Chitwan National Park, a former Nepalese hunting area-turned national park and a UNESCO World Heritage site. Journey with your guide by foot, boat and 4WD as you explore the more than 400 species of wildlife found in this stunning park, including crocodiles, rhinos, sloths and, of course, the elusive Bengal tiger. Along the way you'll traverse an incredible range of ecosystems, including jungles, wetlands and grasslands. This small-group excursion, limited to just 12 guests, includes 3 nights accommodation, meals, bus transport and a boat cruise and jeep safari.

Highlights

  • 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

Escape the hectic pace of Kathmandu as you explore Nepal's Chitwan National Park on this 4-day, small-group safari with wildlife spotting and fun outdoor adventures. Nature and animal lovers are such to enjoy this multi-day excursion inside this UNESCO World Heritage site, home to a stunning range of creatures.

Start your Chitwan National Park experience at the Kathmandu bus station at 7am on day one, proceeding on a 5-hour ride to Chitwan. Along the way you'll enjoy stunning views as the landscape slowly morphs from the cool high altitude of Kathmandu's hills to the warmer climates of Nepal's subtropical zone. Arrive at the park and get situated at the Royal Park Hotel, spending your afternoon exploring local villages and a museum covering the history of the indigenous Tharu people that call the area home. 

On day two you'll enjoy a jeep safari in the Chitwan wetlands, keeping your eyes peeled for creatures like rhinos, deer, bison and monkeys, leopards and Bengal tigers, and then return to your hotel to watch a slideshow by naturalist, who will share insights about Nepalese wildlife. On day three, paddle on the Budhi Rapti River in a dugout canoe as you go crocodile watching and bird-spotting. Then spend your afternoon on a jungle walk with your guide. Finish your trip on day four with breakfast and a morning bus ride back to Kathmandu. For full itinerary details, please review the information below.

Itinerary

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

Ekaterina A M

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.

Suzanne H

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.

Daniel Kearnes

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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