Chitwan National Park is home to rich wildlife, lush grasslands and rare species of birds and animals. Highlights of this trip include the classic elephant ride for your chance of seeing the iconic one-horned rhino, bison, wild boar, monkeys, deer and a wide array of birds (over 400 species on record), and with luck on your side even the Royal Bengal tiger, bear and leopard are a possibility. Over 400 different birds have been recorded here, including the Indian peafowl, the tuneful blackheaded oriole and the openbill stork.
Day 01: Overland to Chitwan 350 m
In the morning we head overland from Kathmandu to the jungles of Nepal’s Terai region. The landscape and culture is totally different to that of the Kathmandu Valley and the alpine regions of the Himalayan range. The name the ‘Terai’ refers to the extensive plains in the southern part of Nepal – this area is the most northern extension of the great Gangetic plains of India, land that was won and lost in decades of struggle and shares both Indian and Nepali characteristics and culture..
You will drive through narrow winding gorges and deep river valleys past terraced fields tilled by generations of family members, reaching the vast plains and the vibrant jungle of the Chitwan National Park. This is a stunning overland journey and you will be able to relax and take in the incredible views of this diverse country from the comfort of your van. We will arrive at our hotel in the late afternoon after our overland trip from the mountains to the jungle. In the evening, before dinner, we will have a slide show showing us the culture of Nepal and highlights of the park, or a performance of the Tharu stick dance, a traditional local dance.
Day 02: Jungle safari in Chitwan National Park
Today we have a full day of jungle safari activities! Our excursions include Elephant safari, Wildlife walk, jeep safari, canoeing and bird watching. Another highlight of the trip is the canoe ride on Rapti River, which borders the northern side of the park, the banks of which are home to sun-bathing 'mugger' crocodiles and the unique long-nosed 'gharial' crocodiles.
Day 3 : Fly back to Kathmandu 1350 m
Return to Kathmandu Before breakfast we will have one last elephant ride, before we bid farwell to the jungle and drive (or fly if you prefer it) back to Kathmandu. Apon arrival you are free to spend the early evening relaxing, shopping, more exploring, or simply watching the world go by from a terrace coffee shop, before we enjoy our final dinner together!