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6 Day Astonishing Wildlife Tour in Chitwan National Park and Kathmandu, Nepal
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Hotel Holy Himalaya, Bramhakumari Marg, Kathmandu, Kathmandu District, Province No. 3, Nepal

Amazing Safari in Nepal

Connect with nature through this amazing wildlife tour! This safari does not only offer you exploration and natural retreat in Chitwan National Park, but also a wonderful cultural heritage tour in Kathmandu city and Kathmandu Valley. A visit to Chitwan and its surroundings provides you with the opportunity to fully experience the contrasts of Nepal. Walk in the jungle and enjoy the trip at its best!

Overview

  • Starting point and ending point: Starts and ends in Kathmandu
  • Main wildlife to be viewed: Elephants, rhinoceros, royal Bengal tiger, gaurs, mugger crocodiles, gharial, leopards, sloth, Bengal foxes, smooth-coated otters, spotted linsangs, honey badgers, striped hyenas, butterflies, moth, insect species, king cobra, rock phyton, starred tortoise, monitor lizards, fish, wild dogs, golden jackals, fishing cats, jungle cats, leopard cats, large and small Indian civets, asian palm civets, crab-eating mongooses, yellow-throated martens, sambar deer, red muntjac, hog deer, herds, black-chinned yuhina, pair of Gould's sunbird, blossom-headed parakeet, slaty-breasted rail, Bengal florican, grey-crowned prinia, swamp francolin, grass warblers, egrets, bitterns, storks, kingfisher, eagle, peafowl, jungle fowl, wild boars and sambar deer, red muntjac, hog deer, herds of chital, rhesus monkeys, Hanuman langurs, Indian pangolins, Indian porcupines, several species of flying squirrels, black-naped hares, and endangered hispid hares
  • Children policy: Children above five years old are allowed on this trip and below 10 years old needs to be supervised.
  • Languages: French and Hindi

Highlights

  • 1 game drive
  • Explore Chitwan National Park
  • A cultural heritage tour in Kathmandu
  • Private transportation during the tour
  • Chitwan National Park entry fees
  • 5 nights' accommodation
  • Airport transfers
  • Daily meals

Styles


4 activity days in English
The organizer also speaks: French, Hindi
Airport transfer included: Tribhuvan International Airport
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Accommodation

In this safari tour, you will be provided with five nights accommodation. You will be staying at Hotel Holy Himalaya Kathmandu in the first, second, and the last night and you will spend the third and the fourth night at Chitwan Jungle Resort.

Hotel Holy Himalaya

Holy Himalaya is ideally located on a quiet street in bustling Thamel, the major tourist hub of Kathmandu, yet is only a minute’s walk from many international restaurants, mountain, shops, souvenir stores, meditation center, massage spas, lively bars, travel services, and more.

Chitwan Jungle resort

The resort is situated in a very convenient and quiet place in Sauraha Village on the road to the elephant breeding center and just five minutes walk to the river and national park entrance. You will find some of the cleanest and best value rooms in the country to suit all budgets, from a dormitory to deluxe family rooms with AC, TV, and mezzanine in which children can sleep.

Program

Day 1: Arrival in Kathmandu (1,400 meter), Nepal, and hotel check in

Today is the day of your arrival in Kathmandu, Nepal. As soon as you come out of the Kathmandu airport, you will find the representative waiting for you in the waiting area right outside the arrival lounge. You will be warmly greeted and welcomed by the representative, and led to the vehicle. The vehicle will take you to the trip hotel, most of the time in Thamel, that is 20-30 minutes' drive, depending upon traffic from the airport.

Day 2: Half day cultural tours around Kathmandu valley / tour preparation, overnight in hotel

You will enjoy your breakfast at the hotel. Afterwards, you will have a wonderful cultural heritage tour of Kathmandu Valley. As part of the tour, you are going to visit four of the UNESCO heritage monuments in Kathmandu Valley. The places you visit today are the incredible mixture of culture, history, spirituality, art, and stories. At the end of the day, you will have overnight in hotel.

Swoyambhunath

Believed to have been created on its own, this Buddhist stupa is the oldest of all the monuments in Kathmandu valley. Standing atop a small hillock, Swoyambunath, known as monkey temple amongst tourists, provides a fascinating view of the valley, surrounding hills and snow-capped mountain at the distance on a clear day.

Patan Durbar Square

One of the three medieval palace squares, Patan Durbar Square holds its medieval art and architectural grandeur. Amazing skill of the artisans is evident in each and every building that stands in the square. The square comprises of medieval palace, temples, and museum.

Pashupatinath

This site is the most sacred Hindu temple area in the country. But, as the temple is strictly a Hindu only area, non-Hindu tourists go there to watch the unique Hindu cremation rituals on the bank of River Bagmati. The death rates of Hindu family there are so engrossing and heart-touching which make you feel the moment. It's not any kind of intrusion in being there and watching somebody being cremated in an open ground. It's a great cultural experience.

Boudhanath

This giant Buddhist stupa is considered as the biggest one in the world. This small square with giant shrine has a powerful presence of the spiritual vibrations. It's an important pilgrimage site for the people following Tibetan Buddhism.

Day 3: Drive to Chitwan, start jungle activities, lodge check-in

After a day of wonderful immersion into Kathmandu vibes, you are ready to take a long drive from Kathmandu to Chitwan in approximately five hours on a tourist standard deluxe bus. Upon arrival at Chitwan, you will be welcomed at the resort / hotel where you will be offered refreshment and be given a briefing on the services with jungle activities. After welcome drink and having a rest (you can do swimming), you will be offered lunch. After lunch, you are going to take Tharu Village tour to a nearby ethnic Tharu Village where you will learn more about the life and lifestyle of the Tharus. In the evening on the bank of the Rapti River, you will experience the panoramic sunset view from the hotel / lodge, have a campfire along with local community Tharu dance show, and have your dinner, followed with overnight at the lodge.

Day 4: Full day jungle safari activities, overnight in lodge

It's a beautiful day in Chitwan. After having breakfast in the morning, your jungle activities will be continued. On this day, the jungle guide will take you for canoe ride on the Rapti River while bird watching. You will also visit the Elephant Breeding Center, go for a jungle walk, and return to the camp for lunch. After having a short rest, you will be ready for a jeep safari. Then you will return to camp in about dusk for having rest and local community cultural dance show followed with overnight at the lodge.

Day 5: Birdwatching tour, drive back to Kathmandu, check in hotel

This is the last day at Chitwan National Park. After waking up with bed tea, refresh and rush to go for bird watching tour (this tour must be made at the time birds awake and head for food just before sun dawn). You will return to camp after having a good breakfast. It's time to say goodbye to the staffs followed by proceeding to the bus - bus starts late morning from Chitwan to Kathmandu.

Day 6: Departure day

In the final day of the trip, you drive you to the airport for your scheduled flight homebound or other destination. You will be picked up three hours prior to your flight schedule.

Note

The itinerary can be customized to your specific requirements and it can be made shorter and longer. Friends Adventure Team can design your holidays accordingly. The above itineraries are subject to change due to the condition beyond Friends Adventure Team's control. It's just a guideline showing tentative night stops. Physical, technical, and natural condition may change these above itineraries.

Included excursions

Apart from jungle activities at Chitwan National Park, you will dig into the Nepalese medieval history in the enchanting four UNESCO Heritage Sites of Kathmandu. All in all, this is a pure package of nature, culture and celebration, thrills of wildlife safari, and spirituality.

Places that will be visited

  • Swoyambhunath
  • Patan Durbar Square
  • Pashupatinath
  • Boudhanath
  • Tharu Village

Location

This safari tour will take place at starting from Kathmandu to Chitwan National Park in Nepal. Synonymous to some of the most rewarding and stimulating wildlife activities, Chitwan National Park is located at the central Terai. The park is approximately 1,000 square-kilometers of sub-tropical lowland jungle, five hours by road from Kathmandu or a 25-minute flight. It is home to a multitude of wild animals including the Royal Bengal tiger and the endangered one-horn Rhinoceros native to Nepal of which there are less than 1,500 surviving. There also have been more than 420 species of birds recorded inside the park.

Chitwan National Park formerly Royal Chitwan National Park, is the first national park in Nepal. It was established in 1973 and granted the status of a World Heritage Site in 1984. It covers an area of 932 square kilometers (360 square miles) and is located in the subtropical Inner Terai lowlands of south-central Nepal in the Chitwan District. In altitude it ranges from about 100 m (330 feet) in the river valleys to 815 meters (2,674 feet) in the Churia Hills.

The Chitwan National Park is home to at least 43 species of mammals. The "King of the Jungle" is the Bengal tiger. The alluvial floodplain habitat of the Terai is one of the best tiger habitats anywhere in the world. Since the establishment of Chitwan National Park the initially small population of about 25 individuals increased to 70 - 110 in 1980. In some years this population has declined due to poaching and floods. In a long-term study carried out from 1995 - 2002 tiger researchers identified a relative abundance of 82 breeding tigers and a density of six females per 100 square kilometers. Information obtained from camera traps in 2010 and 2011 indicated that tiger density ranged between 4.44 and 6.35 individuals per 100 square kilometers. They offset their temporal activity patterns to be much less active during the day when human activity peaked.

Fauna

The wide range of vegetation types in the Chitwan National Park is haunt of more than 700 species of wildlife and a not yet fully surveyed number of butterfly, moth, and insect species. Apart from King Cobra and Rock python, 17 other species of snakes, starred tortoise and monitor lizards occur. The Narayani - Rapti river system, their small tributaries and myriads of oxbow lakes is habitat for 113 recorded species of fish and mugger crocodiles.

In the early 1950s, about 235 gharials occurred in the Narayani River. The population has dramatically declined to only 38 wild gharials in 2003. Every year gharial eggs are collected along the rivers to be hatched in the breeding center of the Gharial Conservation Project, where animals are reared to an age of six to nine years. Every year young gharials are reintroduced into the Narayani - Rapti river system, of which sadly only very few survive.

Mammals

Leopards are most prevalent on the peripheries of the park. They co-exist with tigers, but being socially subordinate are not common in prime tiger habitat. In 1988, a clouded leopard was captured and radio-collared outside the protected area, and released into the park but did not stay.

Chitwan is considered to have the highest population density of sloth bears with an estimated 200 to 250 individuals. Smooth-coated otters inhabit the numerous creeks and rivulets. Bengal foxes, spotted linsangs and honey badgers roam the jungle for prey. Striped hyenas prevail on the southern slopes of the Churia Hills. During a camera trapping survey in 2011, wild dogs were recorded in the southern and western parts of the park, as well as golden jackals, fishing cats, jungle cats, leopard cats, large and small Indian civets, Asian palm civets, crab-eating mongooses and yellow-throated martens.

Since 1973, the population of rhinoceros has recovered well and increased to 544 animals around the turn of the century. To ensure the survival of the endangered species in case of epidemics animals are translocated annually from Chitwan to the Bardia National Park and the Sukla Phanta Wildlife Reserve since 1986. However, the population has repeatedly been jeopardized by poaching: in 2002 alone, poachers killed 37 individuals in order to saw off and sell their valuable horns.

From time to time wild elephant bulls find their way from Valmiki National Park into the valleys of the park, apparently in search of elephant cows willing to mate. Gaurs spend most of the year in the less accessible Churia Hills in the south of the national park. But when the bushfires ease off in springtime and lush grasses start growing up again, they descend into the grassland and riverine forests to graze and browse. The Chitwan population of the world's largest wild cattle species has increased from 188 to 296 animals in the years 1997 to 2007.

Apart from numerous wild boars also sambar deer, Red muntjac, hog deer and herds of chital inhabit the park. Four-horned antelopes reside predominantly in the hills. Rhesus monkeys, Hanuman langurs, Indian pangolins, Indian porcupines, several species of flying squirrels, black-naped hares and endangered hispid hares are also present.

Birds

Every year dedicated bird watchers and conservationists survey bird species occurring all over the country. In 2006 they recorded 543 species in the Chitwan National Park, much more than in any other protected area in Nepal and about two-thirds of Nepal's globally threatened species. Additionally, 20 Black-chinned yuhinas, a pair of Gould's Sunbird, a pair of blossom-headed parakeet and one slaty-breasted rail, an uncommon winter visitor, were sighted in spring 2008.

Especially the park's alluvial grasslands are important habitats for the critically endangered Bengal florican, the vulnerable lesser adjutant, Grey-crowned Prinia, swamp francolin and several species of grass warblers. In 2005 more than 200 slender-billed babblers were sighted in three different grassland types. The near threatened oriental darter is a resident breeder around the many lakes, where also egrets, bitterns, storks, and kingfisher abound. The park is one of the few known breeding sites of the globally threatened spotted eagle.

Peafowl and jungle fowl scratch their living on the forest floor. Apart from the resident birds about 160 migrating and vagrant species arrive in Chitwan in autumn from northern latitudes to spend the winter here, among them the greater spotted eagle, eastern imperial eagle, and Pallas's fish-eagle. Common sightings include Brahminy ducks and goosanders. Large flocks of bar-headed geese just rest for a few days in February on their way north.

As soon as the winter visitors have left in spring, the summer visitors arrive from southern latitudes. The calls of cuckoos herald the start of spring. The colorful Bengal pittas and several sunbird species are common breeding visitors during monsoon. Among the many flycatcher species, the Paradise flycatcher with his long undulating tail in flight is a spectacular sight.

Food

For this tour, you will also be provided with daily meals. During your stay at Kathmandu, you will be served daily breakfast. In Chitwan, you will be served daily breakfast, lunch, and dinner.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

The following dietary requirement(s) are served and/or catered for:

  • Regular (typically includes meat and fish)
If you have special dietary requirements it's a good idea to communicate it to the organiser when making a reservation

What's included

  • 1 game drive
  • A visit to Elephant Breeding Center
  • A canoe ride in Rapti River
  • Chitwan National Park exploration
  • Private transportation to and from the starting and ending points of the tour as applicable
  • Guided World Heritage Sites tour in Kathmandu Valley with entrance permit as listed in the itinerary
  • Professional and highly experienced government licensed tour guide
  • Expenses of the guides include food, accommodation, salary, insurance, and equipment during your travel periods
  • Comprehensive first aid kit
  • Government taxes, VAT, tourist service charges, and official expenses
  • Private transportation to and from the starting and ending points of the tour as applicable
  • Airport pick up and drop off in Kathmandu by private vehicle
  • National park entry fees
  • Welcome and farewell dinner with the cultural program as listed in the itinerary
  • Meals on a full board basis
  • 5 nights' accommodation

What's not included

  • Airfare of international flights
  • Desserts, sweet things like chocolate, cake, pie, and pudding
  • Any additional staff other than specified
  • Any packed food / snacks, aerated drinks, energy drinks, mineral water, alcohol, cigarettes, chocolates, and nutria-bars
  • Clothing, packing items or bags, personal medical kit, and personal trekking gears
  • Hot shower and battery charging on the tea houses
  • Items of personal nature, laundry expenses, and tips
  • Meals in Kathmandu
  • Medical and travel insurance and emergency rescue by any means of transportation including helicopter evacuation if required
  • Rescue, repatriation, medicines, medical tests, and hospitalization expenses
  • Nepal entry visa fee (visa issuance is easy at the arrival)
  • Other items not included in the what's included section

How to get there

Recommended Airports

Airport: Tribhuvan International Airport Airport transfer included: Tribhuvan International Airport No additional charges. You can request this in the next step.

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 14% of the total price.
  • The deposit is non-refundable, if the booking is cancelled.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid on arrival.
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