Chitwan National Park

chitwan national park

Chitwan National Park is the first national park in Nepal. Formerly called Royal Chitwan National Park it was established in 1973 and granted the status of a World Heritage Site in 1984. The park was declared UNESCO Natural Heritage Site in 1979. It covers an area of 932 km2 and is located in the subtropical Inner Terai lowlands of south-central Nepal in the Chitwan district. In altitude it ranges from about 100 meters (330ft) in the river valleys to 815 meters (2,674ft) in the Churia Hills. In the north and west of the protected area the Narayani-Rapti river system forms a natural boundary to human settlements. Adjacent to the east of Chitwan National Park is Parsa Wildlife Reserve; contiguous in the south is the Indian tiger Reserve Balmiki National Park. The coherent protected area of 2,075 km2 represents the Tiger Conservation Unit Chitwan-Parsa-Balmiki, which covers a 3,549 km2 huge block of alluvial grasslands and subtropical moist deciduous forests.

The park headquarters at Kasara is 21-kms drive from Bharatpur which is 20 minutes by air or 146-kms by road from Kathmandu. In this park there are many Resorts hotels and lodge to accommodate.

Access in Chitwan National Park
By Surface: A pleasant five hours drive by car or bus on the Kathmandu - Narayanghat highway follows the Trishuli river offering you a continually changing landscape from the mountains of the Himalayas to the plains of the Terai.

By Raft: You can raft down the Trisuli River from Kathmandu or raft in Seti River from Pokhara to reach the park. These options are one of the most exciting ways to travel to the Chitwan National Park. During the raft you can float down the river experiencing its numerous rapid and seeing a variety of village life, flora and fauna along its banks.

By Air: Regular charter flights are available from Kathmandu, Pokhara, Biratnagar (Koshi Tappu), Bhairawa (Lumbini), Nepalgunj (Bardia).

Accommodation: There are plenty of jungle lodges and hotels in and around Chitwan, broadly classified as those in the park and those in Sauraha. The lodges in the park are expensive and mostly cater to the package tourist arriving from Kathmandu. For budget accommodation, look around Sauraha and take your pick of a range of good lodges.

Safari activities
Jungle walk: You get the best animal sightings on foot at your own pace. You will be able to appreciate the smaller attractions of the jungle with our naturalists. Usually it is easy to see animals such as rhino, deer and sloth