Nepal's first national park

Chitwan National Park is one of the most popular tourist destinations in Nepal. Chitwan National Park is the first national park in Nepal established in 1973 and due to its biodiversity, it was listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1984. Nestled at the foot of the Himalayas, Chitwan Nataional Park covers an area of 932 square kilometers of forest, marshland and grassland. Located in the subtropical inner Terai lowlands, CNP spreads over the districts of Nawalpur, Parsa, Chitwan and Makwanpur. It is particularly rich in flora and fauna and is the last refuge to the last populations of one horned Asiatic rhinoceros and the Royal Bengal tiger. A total of 68 species of mammals, 544 species of birds, 56 species of herpetofauna and 126 species of fish have been recorded in the park.

The park is the last surviving example of the natural ecosystems of the Terai region. The park covers the subtropical lowlands between the two river valleys at the base of the Sivalik hills. The core area lies in between the Narayani and the Rapti river to the north and west. To the east lies the adjacent Parsa National park and to the South is in contiguous with the Indian Tiger Reserve, Valmiki National Park. In 1997 an area of 729.37 sq km was added as a buffer zone. . In 2003, Beeshazari Tal and associated lakes within the buffer zone were designated as a wetland of international importance under the Ramsar Convention.

The park is especially renowned for its protection of One Horned Rhinoceros, Royal Bengal Tiger and Gharial Crocodile. The other population of endangered species of animals are gaur, wild elephant, four horned antelope, striped hyena, pangolin, gigantic dolphin, monitor lizard and python, etc. Some of the other animals found in the park are sambar, chital, hog deer, barking deer, sloth bear, common leopard, palm civet, wild dog, langur, rhesus monkey, etc. There are over 544 species of birds in the park. Among the endangered birds found in the park are Bengal florican, giant hornbill, lesser florican, black stork and white stork. Few of the common birds seen are peafowl, red jungle fowl, and different species of egrets, herons, kingfishers, flycatchers and woodpeckers. The best time for bird watching is March and December. Chitwan is also a place to learn about the Tharu indigenous culture. During your trip to Chitwan, you will get the chance to visit the Tharu villages and most of the resorts in Chitwan organize Tharu dance shows to entertain the tourists. This is a unique place to visit where you get both natural and cultural diversity in a Himalayan country.

Attractions in Chitwan National Park, around and from Chitwan National Park

  • Bird Watching Nepal is a paradise for bird watching, more than 850 species of birds are found in Nepal. Every year tourists arrive in Nepal with the sole intent of watching birds. Bird watching is one of the popula

  • Bis Hazari Tal Bis Hajari Tal(20,000 lakes) is an extensive oxbow lake system situated in the southern corner of Bharatpur within the Chitwan National Park. As the name suggests the lake comprises of several small a

  • Canoeing Canoe ride in the Rapti river can be a most pleasant and a thrilling experience. The journey down the Rapti river in a traditional dugout canoe offers you the chance to observe the breathtaking views

  • Chitwan to Kathmandu Drive The distance from Sauraha(Chitwan) to Kathmandu is approximately 165kms. Depending on the road condition it takes about 5-6 hours to complete the journey. It’s a nice scenic drive from the plains to

  • Elephant Breeding Centre The Elephant breeding center located at Chitwan National Park was set up to protect the endangered animals in the region. Here you will demonstrate how elephant meals are prepared and how they are fed

  • Elephant Breifing The elephants are probably the most graceful animals in all the animals. Our naturalists will show you how the elephants' meals are prepared and how they eat. They will explain the nature and habits o

  • Elephant Safari Elephant ride is the safest way to enter the National Park. Seated on a sturdy wooden box like frame placed on the back of the elephant, high above the ground is completely safe from other wild animal

  • Jeep Safari (Seasonal) Jeep Safari is another good alternative to see the wildlife in Chitwan National Park. During the Jeep ride you will sit at the back of an open jeep with the guide hanging at the back to spot animals.

  • Jungle Walk Jungle walk is another exciting activity that can be done in Chitwan National Park. It gives the opportunity to get more close to the wildlife. One can walk through the dense forest around the natural

  • Sauraha Sauraha located about 23km from Narayanghat city close by the Rapti River and the Chitwan National Park is the eastern gateway to Chitwan National Park. It was a quaint Tharu village of mud and daub h

  • Tharu Village Tour The Tharu are the ethnic indigenous people of the Terai region. They have been living in the entire length of the Terai region of Nepal. The Tharu people of Chitwan are particularly popular for their