Chitwan is the plain region (Terai) in Nepal. And Chitwan National Park is one of the most popular tourist destinations here. One just should not miss the jungle safari at Chitwan National Park. The remote destination Chitwan is the south-central part of Nepal and here one tourist will also find the rural beauty of the Himalayas land. This post is to explore all about Chitwan in Nepal.
Chitwan National Park is a must-visit for all to explore the wildlife adventure in Nepal. You can visit Chitwan either from the remote village Sauraha or Meghauli. But Sauraha is the most popular among tourists. Here many resorts and hotels are there with all facilities. One must have to stay at Chitwan to explore Chitwan National Park the next day morning. Early morning is the best time to go for Chitwan Safari.
Recommended Book: Royal Chitwan National Park: Wildlife Heritage of Nepal by Hemanta R. Mishra.
My Solo Chitwan Tour & Jungle Safari
Before grabbing inside a video clip to explore the full adventure at Chitwan National Park, the first and the oldest national park in Nepal.
Get in Sauraha
The best time to explore Chitwan during Autumn or the beginning of Winter. During summer time the climate is too hot at Chitwan. The cheapest way to travel Chitwan by bus from Kathmandu or Pokhara. But the road condition is not ok due to some construction works since 2 years. You can even travel by air from Kathmandu to Bharatpur with Buddha Air or Yeti Airlines to reach Chitwan. It takes just 30 mins by air and by bus 5 to 7 hours.
I took a road trip from Pokhara to reach Sauraha. It took almost 4 hours and at the evening I had reached Chitwan Village Resort. This resort is just behind the beautiful Rapti river. My one night at Chitwan Village Resort was perfect and loved the homely stay here.
Chitwan Village Resort
Dinner at Chitwan Village Resort
I wanted to explore the Tharu culture and the rural beauty of Sauraha as well. At the evening went for the Tharu Culture Program at Tharu Cultural Museum. Tharu is an ethnic group of people and the majority of them are staying at Sauraha. So besides visiting Chitwan National Park from Sauraha, you can also visit Tharu Village to know the rural lifestyle of Tharu Peoples. There is also one Elephant Breeding Center nearby to visit.
In case you love knowing a different culture while traveling Chitwan (Sauraha) in Nepal. 🙂
Jungle Safari at Chitwan National Park
Next day early morning was getting ready for the jungle safari in Nepal for the first time. The Elephant booking counter is very near from Chitwan Village Resort. It took just 10 mins to reach and was too excited as shortly will go for Elephant safari at Chitwan National Park. Great to see from the booking counter one can access free WiFi as well.
Misty Morning at Chitwan
Chitwan National Park is the second Natural Heritage Site in Nepal. In 1984 it has been listed as the UNESCO World Heritage Site. Now the total land of this park is about 932 Sqr Km. At the very early ages and before the establishment (1973), the lush forest Chitwan used to be the homeland for one horn Rhinoceros. But now the number has been decreased much due to the cultivated lands by the farmers to lead their life at Chitwan.
I went for one and half an hours Elephant safari to explore the adventure at Chitwan. So either you can take an Elephant ride or jeep safari to explore Chitwan National Park. But the Elephant safari is the most popular one. Four persons can ride on one Elephant. I was alone with the accompany of Elephant (Selfie) and Elephant Rider (Subhash). Chitwan National Park is 70% covered with Sal (Shorea robusta) Trees and the rest with many other trees. Chitwan is completely a lush green forest with many floras and faunas.
Many years old and long trees are there as well at Chitwan National Park. I also saw many paddy fields.
Chitwan National Park
With Dear Selfie & Subhash 🙂
I was not lucky enough to see any Rhinos or Bengal Tiger at Chitwan National Park. But really loved this jungle safari with the chirping of many birds, the quietness of nature, and the early morning sunlight.
Chitwan National Park is occupied with a vast collection of wildlife. More than 700 different species are available at Chitwan. I saw Samber Deer, Hog Deer, and Chital Deer. And many Peacocks are also much common in the grasslands of Chitwan. The best part was to see Crocodile while passing through the Rapti River.
Chital Deers at Chitwan
Many loves to go for canoeing on the Rapti River to explore the dense forest of Chitwan. You can even join to bath Elephants on the river with the help of Guide.
Elephant Safari at Chitwan National Park
I was loving to see how one Elephant was eating long grasses with the trunk [you can too from the video 🙂 ] which known as Elephant Grass. Many species of this grass is much common at Chitwan National Park. By the way, Asian Elephants are very kind, and timid in nature. I really enjoyed the chit chat with Subhash while knowing much about Chitwan and Selfie as well. I think you already came to know who is Selfie here! 😉
Almost I was unaware of the ill treatment of elephants for Elephant safari. Later came to know in many places in the world Elephants are treated very badly to get them trained to give the human ride. This practice should be stopped. We all should encourage sustainable tourism, and be much aware of giving all love to protect the wildlife worldwide.
Share your experiences. Have you gone for Jungle Safari at Chitwan National Park?