Chitwan National Park

Chitwan is the fourth largest city of Nepal, that consists of the oldest and first National Park of Nepal, Chitwan National Park. It was established in 1973 and covers an area of 952.63 square kilometers(367.81 sq mi) and is located in the subtropical lowlands of Inner Terai. The National Park is included as the world heritage site by UNESCO. The park is home to 68 species of mammals, 544 species of birds, 56 species of herpetofauna and 126 species of fish. The park is especially renowned for its protection of One Horned Rhinoceros, Royal Bengal Tiger and Gharial Crocodile. The spectacular landscape, covered with lush vegetation and the Himalayas as the backdrop makes the park an area of exceptional natural beauty.

pump used for irrigation at meghauli, chitwan
Village at Meghauli, Chitwan

Top 5 things to do in Chitwan National Park

Elephant Back Safari

The most popular activities in Chitwan National Park includes Elephant Back Safari as it is the safest means to explore the subtropical forest of Chitwan. The elephant back safari continues for around 1 hour during which one can witness the various flora and fauna present in National Park. The people usually witness various wild animals including rare one-horned rhinos and Royal Bengal Tigers (if one is lucky enough) as well as hundreds of species of birds and number of reptiles.

Jungle Walk and Bird Watching

The Chitwan National Park serves as heaven for bird watcher as the Park alone houses 544 species of birds. The park is also a fine place for nature lovers as the jungle walk offers you an opportunity to have the closer look of flora and fauna. But it is recommended to carry out the jungle walk with the trained naturalist as they are well known about the flora and fauna of jungle.

Canoe Ride

Canoeing is the other best part of Chitwan. The slow canoe ride on the gentle river of inner terai is a must do activity in Chitwan that offers you with an opportunity to view the different birds on the bank of Rapti river. Canoeing ride on the Rapt River also encounters the popular Marsha Mugger and Ghariyal Crocodiles in theirs’ natural habitation.

Tharu Cultural Program

Tharu Cultural Program is yet another special program around Chitwan National Park. The program is conducted everyday in evening at the Sauraha Tharu Culture House. Dances like Danda Nach (Stick Dance) and Ago Nach (Fire Dance) Mayur Nach (Peacock Dance) are some the popular dances of the culture show.

Jeep Safari

People who doesn’t wish to explore the jungle on the back of elephant can opt for the Jeep Drive. During the jeep drive one can witness the phenomenal beauty of the National Park and encounter the numbers of wild animals and have the closer look at it. The jeep drive also takes you to the ‘Gharial Crocodile Breeding Centre’ at Kasara of Chitwan National Park’s headquarters, where you can observe breeding activities of Gharial and Marsh Magar.