Chitwan Jungle Safari Tour

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Overview

Chitwan Jungle Safari Tour
Background
Chitwan is popularly known as the “Zoo of Nepal” and boasts a vast expanse of lush tropical forest, a variety of exotic wildlife, and diverse vegetation. Chitwan Jungle Safari Tour encompasses an adventurous journey into the Terai region of Nepal, which is home to the ethnic Tharu, Danuwar, and Majhi tribes. Chitwan National Park is the oldest national park in Nepal which was formerly used as a hunting destination. Explore one of the most sought tourist destinations in Nepal and enjoy Jungle Safari, Elephant ride, canoeing, and bird watching as you indulge in the Chitwan Jungle Safari Tour.

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You’ll commence the tour with a scenic journey to the UNESCO World Heritage Sites around Kathmandu Valley and witness the rich Newari culture. Explore the culturally rich destinations such as Pashupatinath, Swayambhunath, Boudhanath, and the three historical Durbar Squares. Before approaching the warm weather of lowland Terai, you’ll take a brief tour to Nagarkot –a popular hill-station located outside Kathmandu Valley. The serene hills of Nagarkot offer beautiful scenery of sunrise along with majestic vistas of mountains in Ganesh, Langtang, and Dorje Lakpa peaks.

The tour advances towards Chitwan National Park located almost 5/6hr from Kathmandu. You’ll embark on a Jungle Safari inside Chitwan National Park riding an Asiatic Elephant. Alternatively, you can also choose to take a jeep and explore the national park. A few of the wildlife which can be spotted inside the park include One-horned Rhino, Royal Bengal Tiger, Mugger Crocodile, and Rhesus Monkey.

The tour continues towards the nearby Elephant Breeding center and Das Hazari Tal (Lake). In the evening, you will spend time canoeing down the Rapti River. Before heading back to Kathmandu, you can indulge in a brief bird-watching activity. Along the tour, you will get to observe the indigenous lifestyle and culture of the native Tharu, Danuwar, and Majhi tribe. You can also try relishing the local Tharu cuisines including Ghongi, Dhikri, Chichar (Anadi rice), and Pakuwa.

We, at Himalaya Holiday Service, have been accompanying tourists throughout Nepal for over a decade. We provide a full-board package including private transportation, comfortable accommodation, and well-trained guides to make sure your adventure is one to remember.

Trip Highlights:
An exciting tour through the UNESCO World Heritage Sites inside Kathmandu valley
A brief tour around Nagarkot with the beautiful scenery of the mountains and sunrise
Jungle Safari in the oldest national park of Nepal- the Chitwan National Park
Experience the indigenous lifestyle and culture of ethnic Tharu, Danuwar, Majhi, and Darai tribes
Enjoy Canoeing down the Rapti River, the major river inside Chitwan National Park, along with an opportunity to spot Gharials

Trip Facts
Geography: Valley, Terai Plains
Location: Kathmandu, Nagarkot, and Chitwan
Level of Difficulty: Easy
Duration of Tour: 07 days
Max Altitude: 1600m
Religions: Hinduism, Buddhism
Ethnic People: Newar, Tamang, Tharu
Accommodation: Hotel, Lodge, Resort
Transportation: Private Vehicle, Tourist Bus, 4WD Jeep
Minimum Pax: 2

Itinerary
Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu
Welcome to Kathmandu! Upon your arrival in Kathmandu, our representative will welcome and greet you at the airport and guide you towards the hotel. After a short introduction session, you can check into the hotel. You will meet your tour guide who will brief you on the day to day itinerary. Afterward, you can choose to go out and explore the popular Thamel area.

Day 02: Kathmandu Sightseeing
Followed by breakfast, you’ll embark on a sightseeing tour of the historical Kathmandu Valley. The tour begins with a visit to Swayambhunath Stupa located in the western skirt of the valley. It is a serene Buddhist stupa perched atop the hill overlooking the entire city. You’ll get to climb the mighty 365 stone steps to the top. Next, you’ll head to the Kathmandu Durbar Square which houses many Hindu temples and ancient monuments. From here, the tour advances to the other side of the city to Pashupatinath. It is the largest Hindu temple in Nepal. The tour ends with a visit to the Boudhanath Stupa, a major Buddhist site in the city. You can witness the arrival of thousands of pilgrims and tourists. You can witness them circumambulating the stupa in a uniform manner.

Day 03: Patan and Bhaktapur Sightseeing with Nagarkot Sunset and Sunrise View
The tour of the Kathmandu valley will follow with a scenic visit to two other historical destinations inside the valley. You’ll first embark on a tour to Patan. Patan is home to the largest number of Newar Buddhist adherents. Along with exploring many traditional Buddhist Chortens, you will get to witness major Hindu temples and a historical Malla palace. After lunch, the tour advances towards another historical city, Bhaktapur. It is the oldest city inside Kathmandu valley. Bhaktapur houses the 55-windowed palace, Nyatapola, Changunarayan, Siddha Pokhari, and many Hindu temples. After relishing the Newar culture and lifestyle, you drive towards Nagarkot. It is a famous hill-station which offers a surreal panorama of the surrounding mountains.

Day 04: Drive from Nagarkot to Chitwan |5-6 Hours, Chitwan Excursion
An early morning hike will bring you to a local view tower from where you can witness the breathtaking view of the sunrise. If the weather is clear, you can get a majestic vista of mountains in Langtang, Ganesh, Jugal, and Dorje Lakpa ranges. Afterward, you’ll head down for breakfast and embark on a road journey to Chitwan. Your guide will escort you to your hotel. After checking in, you can go out and explore the national park. The park is a sanctuary for over 700 Royal Bengal Tigers and One-horned Rhinos.

Day 05: Chitwan National Park Excursion with Activities
The day begins with a jungle safari inside the Chitwan National Park. You’ll drive to the nearby station where you can hire an elephant for the safari. Led by a Mahut, you’ll ride an Asiatic Elephant and tour the park. You may encounter endemic wildlife such as One-horned Rhino, leopards, striped hyenas, Royal Bengal Tiger, Gharials, mugger crocodiles, and Rhesus monkey on the tour. You can walk along the village and arrive at the nearby Elephant Breeding Center and Crocodile Breeding Center. The evening will follow with a lavish local cuisine and the folk dance of the Tharu tribe.

Day 06: Chitwan National Park Excursion and Drive Back to Kathmandu |4-5 Hours
Today, you’ll drive back to Kathmandu, but before that, you can indulge in some fun activities. After breakfast, you can take a walk along the Rapti River and enjoy bird watching. Chitwan is home to many exotic birds including Cormorants, Blue Indian Roller, Hornbills, Grey-Headed Eagles, Ruby Cheeked Sunbird, Stork-billed Kingfishers, and Bengal Florican. After a brief shopping spree at Sauraha, you’ll embark on a jeep and head back to Kathmandu. Once at Kathmandu, you’ll check into the hotel.

Day 07: Departure
After a lovely breakfast at the hotel, we’ll escort you to Tribhuvan International Airport just in time for your flight back home. You can share your future holidaying plan with us.

Key Information
The tour generally covers the permits to explore the UNESCO World Heritage Sites in Kathmandu and Chitwan National Park. Depending on prior agreements, you may need to pay for the entry fees incurred during your visit.
While visiting the religious and cultural monuments, it is important that you adhere to the local rules and regulations.
As you’ll indulge in a tour around the city, it’s recommended to pack and travel light.
You will get one room per person for your stay within the Kathmandu Valley.
Always carry a handbag to carry your personal belonging on a daily basis.
The tour facilitates travellers of any age or physical condition. Please be sure to inform us in advance if you have any health conditions that might obstruct the course of the journey.
Do inform us in advance regarding your preferred diet like non-veg, veg, or gluten-free.
The commute within the valley will be a private jeep or car unless stated otherwise.

FAQ
What is the best season to tour Chitwan?
The best seasons to visit Nepal are during spring and autumn. Spring season begins at the end of February and lasts until June, whereas, autumn begins at mid-September and continues until the end of November. Winter can offer a cool to the warming heat of Chitwan. You can visit Chitwan during winter. However, you should avoid summer/monsoon because of the intense heat and incessant rainfall.

What type of accommodation is available at Chitwan?
During your stay, you will be accommodated in good lodges with a comfortable bed and an attached bathroom. If you are in Chitwan during summer season, mosquitos are maximum. You will also be provided with insect nets. You can also opt to stay in a tented camp as per your wish.

Is Safari a safe activity?
Yes, it is completely safe. The Elephant safaris run inside the Community Forest which are completely safe. However, it is essential for travelers to follow the instructions of the trip leader so that the trip is safe and sound. You can also choose to indulge in jeep safari within the Chitwan National Park. It is safe as well.

Is airport pick up facility available? How will I recognize your representatives?
One of our representatives will meet and greet you at the departure of Tribhuvan International Airport. They will be carrying a placard with your name on it. As it can be difficult to locate the right person at departure, be wary to check out for signs to avoid any problems. Our representatives will accompany you in the car to your hotel.

Will I have free time in Kathmandu for shopping?
You will have ample time to explore Kathmandu city and indulge in shopping. During your time in Kathmandu, you’ll have free time to move around during the evening. You will also have free time during any layover in Kathmandu such as arrival day, departure day, or a separate free day.

What kind of vehicle will be using for this journey?
We will provide you with a comfortable private jeep, car, or tourist bus depending on your holiday package. A private jeep can easily carry over 6 people at a time. For the jungle safari, you will be touring around the national park in open safari jeeps. A professional tour guide will accompany you along the tour.

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