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Due to the large geographical variation in Nepal, one can find not only mountainous terrain and wonderful views of vistas but also flatlands and floodplains to the south which are home to luscious deciduous forests. These forests are home to numerous flora and fauna which occupy the sub-tropical region. The Chitwan National Park is a UNESCO World Heritage site and Nepal’s first national park. Established in 1973, the park was once a royal hunting reserve where the royalty and aristocracy of Nepal used to hunt.
The park is located in the Terai, a name given to the southern flatlands of Nepal slightly west of the capital Kathmandu. It covers an area of 932 sq km containing the many tributaries and floodplains of the Narayani and Rapti rivers. The jungle safari available in the national park gives you an opportunity to witness the richness of the ecosystem of southern Nepal filled with many mammals, fords, amphibians, and reptiles. You can explore the national park via jeep, canoe, on elephant backs, and on foot. Our guides will ensure that you get the safest and most exhilarating experience on the trip.
The 500 Asian one-horned rhinoceros and several hundred nocturnal Royal Bengal tigers that reside in the park's deep woodlands are the park's major attractions. Depending on your luck these elusive creatures might be seen on the trip. You will however witness crocodiles, deer, leopards, monkeys, wild cockatrice, and much more. Seasonal migratory birds all the way from Serbia come to the park to escape the harsh winters north.
Chitwan is also home to the ethnic Tharu people, who have thalassemic blood, making them virtually immune to malaria. The Tharu community has a rich culture which you will get to experience when we visit the Tharu villages and museum as well as the cultural center in Chitwan. You might even get to dance with the Tharu on their dance trips to your hotel.
Why Accessible Adventure?
Chitwan has a typical tropical monsoon climate, with three distinct seasons and high humidity all year. Because of the comparatively moderate temperature and rain-free ambiance, the buffer months of October, November, March, and April are the best seasons to visit Chitwan.
The months of December- February are also good to visit Chitwan because the beautiful sky and dry season make it ideal for viewing wildlife in its native environment. Even in the winter, humidity levels remain high, resulting in foggy mornings with dewdrops lingering about in the hazy environment.
During summer around May-June, temperatures can reach as high as 40 degrees Celsius and animals can be frequently seen trying to cool themselves in the rivers. The monsoon season during August-September beings with it leeches and animals lay hidden due to rain and thus this season isn’t the best to visit Chitwan.
Picking you up from the hotel you are located in early morning, an Accessible Adventures representative will accompany you as we move from Kathmandu to Chitwan via a tourist coach. If you want you can rent a private vehicle or take a flight from Kathmandu also however those will cost exxtra.
Chitwan is around 5-6 hours from Kathmandu and is located in Terai. We will be staying nearby the Chitwan National Park in the village of Sauraha. Just nearby will be the Rapti river where the banks of the river make for an amazing sunset spot in the flatlands. Strolling around the river in the evening, we tour the Tharu village getting to see the livelihood and culture of the Tharus. We also visit the Tharu cultural museum to know more about the Tharu people. When you return to the hotel, you will be offered refreshments, and the Tharu dance will begin on the hotel grounds. It is an hour-long presentation including several Tharu community dances. Finally, the dancers will ask you to dance and exercise your body for a few minutes before supper to work up an appetite!
After you freshen up in your hotel room, early morning we move to the Chitwan National Park entrance. Here, depending on your choice of elephant or jeep ride, we enter the national park. The trips last around 2 hours where you will be able to see the various plants and animals present in the region. You could encounter a one-horned rhinoceros, many varieties of deer, monkeys, wild boar, bison, sloth bear, leopard, and, if you're lucky, a Royal Bengal tiger. You might get showered by the elephant in the river located in the park also!
Within the premises of the National Park lies the Gharial Breeding Center where conservation efforts are put forward to help the Gharial population of Nepal grow. Hatching and breeding of gharials and muggers can be seen in the center. Also in the breeding center are turtles that are cared for also.
We move to begin our canoeing adventure within the park. The canoe experience will take you through the Rapti river with the many fish and gharial crocodiles that inhabit the river. The canoeing is also a birdwatcher’s paradise as numerous birds can be seen on the river plains.
After the calming experience in the national park, we head to the elephant breeding center where you can see many small elephants and mother elephants also. The center provides a safe location for the reproduction and care of elephants, especially those that have been domesticated. The breeding center also hosts numerous games on elephant back including elephant polo and football. Nepal is the host of the elephant football world cup also.
Waking up early in the morning we get to enjoy a few more moments of birdwatching and calmness around the Chitwan National park. The Chitwan National Park region is one of the greatest areas on the planet for seeing and studying uncommon bird species. In addition to resident species, many migrating birds come in Sauraha throughout the winter from as far away as Siberia and other regions hundreds of kilometres away. Many of the unique species, such as the Giant Hornbill, Lesser Florican, and Paradise Flycatcher, can be seen during an early morning walk through the bush and along the Rapti river. Overall the park houses over 500 species of birds making the park one of the best birdwatching sanctuaries ever. After the birdwatching, we finish activities in Chitwan bringing our trip to an end as we head back to Kathmandu and we drop you at your hotel for the night.
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Definitely one of the best places to stay with your children for a few nights. I took my three-year-old son, who was in for a treat! We spotted a rhino less than an hour after arriving, as well as elephants and ducks bred by the locals, close outside our accommodation.
We also got to see a Tharu traditional performance on the first night and go on a river trip the next morning. It was my first time being so close to crocodiles and gharials swimming beside us, as well as seeing a peacock fly freely by us! Deer were also frequently seen.
My family enjoyed the trip because we live in a metropolis with little opportunity to watch animals in their natural environments.