Chitwan National Park in Central Nepal
Chitwan National Park
Rhino in the Rapti River
Rapti River and Sunset
Planning for your holidays, Are you in Nepal, visiting Kathmandu or Pokhara or going for a trek or completed a trekking or hiking in Nepal? If yes then, Chitwan National Park surely will be an option for you to have a peaceful moment in Terai region. It is best to pass two or three days inside or outside of the park to know its cultural, economic, and natural diversity. This park is not far away from Kathmandu or from Pokhara as it is located in central region of Nepal and wherever you are it will be easy for you to take a road trip from many destination of Nepal.
It is located in (plain) Terai region which has covered the area of 932 sq.km and listed in World heritage site. Chitwan National Park was famous destination for royal hunters during 19th and mid of 20th century. It was famous hunting ground for the kingdom of Nepal during Shah and Rana regime. Many British high ranked officers during colonization period visited in Chitwan to kill Tiger, Rhino, Leopard and other wild animals. This park consists of diversity of ecosystem of Churiya hills in the altitude of 100m to 800m .
The park area is also attached with another Wild Life Reserve of Nepal, Parsa Wild Life Reserve and Indian Wild Life Reserve, a corridor for wild animals in both of the country. The main attraction of Chitwan National Park is one horned Asian Rhinoceros and Wild Tiger. More than 500 rhinoceros and 120 Royal Bengal tigers were counted in this park with Camera Trapping System. However, this place is habitat of other wild animals like crocodiles, sloth bears, wild elephants and monkeys.
There are also domesticated elephants that you will see walking through the village often used for taking tourists on sightseeing excursions. Several ox bows lakes and rivers cross this National Park mainly Rapti, Budi Rapti, Reu and Narayani River. This is a home for many migratory birds around the world. March-May is the best season to watch birds in the bank of Budi Rapti or Narayani River. Tharus are the main ethnic group who stayed in this park since a long time. They are known for their simple lifestyle, their simple homes, hunting techniques, and they have well adapted the diseases of Malaria.
When to visit at Chitwan National Park?
If you think to visit Chitwan National Park the best season are September-May. During monsoon, you cannot involve yourself in other activities in the park when there is a lot of rain and there is a flood in the river. There will be less animals activates and it is also covered by thick grasses which is the best hiding places for many animals.
Therefore, March-May are the best season to watch wild animals in the park. To cut the big grasses in the park, it gives entry permission for the local villagers to cut the grass. The day is now as Khar Khadai. You can see many animals from the high towers located in several places to watch animals and poachers.
When to visit at Chitwan National Park?
All time is suitable to visit Chitwan National Park the best season are September-May. During monsoon, you cannot involve yourself in many activities in the park when there is a lot of rain and there is a flood in the river. There will be less animals activates and it is also covered by thick grasses which is the best hiding places for many animals.
To cut the big grasses in the park, it gives entry permission for the local villagers to cut the grass. The day is now as Khar Khadai. There is always chance to see many animals from the high towers located in several places to watch animals and poachers. Therefore, March-May are the best season to watch wild animals in the park.
Activities that you can involve yourself in the National Park of Chitwan:
- Canoe Driving in Rapti or Naryani River to watch different animals.
- Jungle Safari for three to four hours in a jeep inside the Park where there will be a great chance to have a sudden encounter with wild animals.
- Elephant Safari inside the Park.
- Jungle walk inside the park up to one/two days.
- A short trekking and hiking in the Churiya Hills for two days.
- Home-stay in Tharu Village and village walk.
- Walk to Gharyal Breeding Centre in Kasara or Bird Watching in Twenty Thousand Lake.
- Birds watching, sun rise and sun-set in the Rapti or Narayani River.
- Bicycle ride or ox-cart ride to visit villages located nearby the park.
Our agency, Long walk adventures offers the package of Chitwan National Park which includes all the above mentioned activities with or without a guide. Explore the National Park and involve yourself in the various activities. The package includes home stay or hotel stay or stays in fully facilitate Wildlife Resort. Whatever facilities or package you need we will provide you. Please contact us furthermore details.
The western Terai region of Nepal consists of various natural diversity, high mountains and Trans Himalayas section of Dolpo, Rara, and Jumla; hills of Mahabharat and Churiya Range as well as National Park and Wild Life Reserve. All the three regions of Nepal is famous in its natural diversity, habitat, flora and fauna, and uniqueness in surroundings. It is situated in the Far western corner of Nepal.
Bardiya National Park is a a protected area, which was established in 1988 covers an area of 968 km2. It is one of the largest, most undisturbed national park shares its coverage with Indian National Park. There are two majors river in Bardia National Park, on the eastern bank Karnali river and Babai Valley along with Babai River. The park shares its area with another newly established National park of Nepal known as Banke National park which is the largest place of tiger habitat in Nepal.
The Bardiya National Park is home to at least 407 birds; 53 mammals including wild elephant, Bengal tiger, sloth bear, rhinoceros, and Gangatic Dolphins as well as various aquatic animals in the longest Karnali river. Gangetic Dolphis are so rare that are protected animals. It is losing its habitat because of the high dams and the pollution that increased in the river as well as human activities are also one of the reason. You can indulge yourself in various wildlife activities in this Park. The visitor visited in this river to have an encounter with Bengal Tiger. It has been recorded in the past that most of the animals are dependent on Karnali river for drinking water so that one can see the rare view of wild tigers in National park.
The activity of Bardia National Park was dried up during Maoist insurgency period started from 1997-2007 and the park animals become the victims of poachers. After the civil war the Tharu Community of Bardiya established a group to protect the natural habitat of Bardiya. Since then tourism blossom and the poachers are controlled by these community members.
How to reach Bardiya National Park
There are different methods to reach Baridya National Park. A flight to Nepalgunj and 2 hours drive from Nepalgunj to Thakur-Dwara, the main entrance of the park or Bus ride to Dhangadi from Kathmandu and 10 km jeep driver to reach the main entrance of the Park. After finishing the trekking of Upper Dolpo one can join this route to have a rest inside the park. You can either reserve a bus, air, or own private vehicle to reach the park.
Activities inside the Park:
- There are a wide variety of program that Bardiya National Park offers you to explore the park and the surrounding areas. Jungle walk in Bardiya with the help of Nature Guide to spot the animals inside the park.
- Elephant safaris are another way to explore the park.
- Jeep safari is the best way to explore and to cover of large area of the park to spot the animals
- Rafting through the park is another best option to involve yourself in the safari activities where you can find two things crocodile and rare gangetic dolphins as well as if a good day, encounter with Bengal tiger.
- Bird Watching walks (morning and afternoon walking tours from the lodge, in surrounding areas and into the park)
- Cycling, best way to search local villages and the Tharu Community lifestyles and of course one of the best Tharu Homestay’s and Cultural Programs.
- Trekking inside the Park for three to four days.
These all of the activities you will only find in Bardiya National Park. Explore it and feel the difference and make each of your exploration days more enjoyable in the wildest nature of Bardiya National Park. You will find each and other activities in Terai’s Safari Tour, but each part of the Safari Tour has its own uniqueness and different feelings. To experience it there is no another option. Visit and gain lifetime experience.
Long walk adventures, a trekking and tour agency provide all the details that you need during your tour in National Parks of Nepal either it is Bardiya, Chitwan, or Koshi Tappu Wild Life Reserve. There are package programs for one night two days, two night three days, and three night four days. Please contact us for furthermore details.
Koshi Tappu Wild Life Reserve
In the eastern part of Nepal some 500 km away from Kathmandu there is a Wildlife Reserve a protected area in a eastern Terai known as Koshi Tappu. For many birdwatcher’s it is a paradise. It covers the area of 175 square kilometers and spread over three districts of Nepal- Saptari, Sunsari and Udayapur. It is an island formed by eastern and western embankments of the Koshi River and it has mainly grassland vegetation. In 1987 it was declared as a main Ramsar site of Nepal.
The Sapta Koshi River and other rivers are Nepal, a tributary river of the Ganges River, causes rapid and intense flooding during the monsoon season. A total number of 514 plant species, 439 species of bird, and wild animals like wild boar, hog deer, spotted deer, blue bell and jackal as well as Gharial, Crocodile and Gangetic dolphin are other attractions of this reserve.
The best time to visit at this reserve started from October to April when many migratory birds from different part of the world made it as a temporary home. It is home for water buffalos which we can only see in Koshi Tappu. Sometimes there are more than 40 buffalos in a herd. Koshi Tappu Wildlife Reserve offers many options and activities to give full opportunities to view the wildlife at its best.
Birds in the Koshi Tappu Wild Life Reserve:
Swamp Francolin, Black-necked Stork, Lesser Adjutant, Comb Duck, Falcated Duck, Spot-billed Duck, Cotton Pigmy Goose, Baer’s Pochard, Bailon’s Crake, Ruddy Crake, Greater Painted Snipe, Pheasant-tailed jacana, Yellow-wattled Lapwing, Indian Courser, Black-bellied Tern, Imperial Eagle, White-tailed Eagle, Lesser Kestrel, Bristle Grassbird, Striated Grassbird, watercock, Indian nightjar, dusky eagleowl, black-headed cuckooshrike, whitetailed stonechat, striated grassbird, large adjutant stork,Pallas’s fish eagle, common golden-eye, and gullbilled tern, Swamp francolin and Nepal rufous-vented prinia.
Activities in Koshi Tappu:
- Jungle walk in Morning/Evening
- Wildlife Rafting in Koshi River to watch Ghariyals, Dolphins, crocodiles, water buffaloes
- Village walk in the Tharu Village
- Bird watching in the wild life reserve by boating/walking.
There are also packages available in Koshi Tappu Wildlife Reserve. The package consists of all these abovementioned activities for one night/two days or two night/ three days.
How to Get in Koshi Tappu Wild Life Reserve.
Various mode of transportation are available to visit Koshi Tappu Wildlife Reserve. There is a direct flight service from Kathmandu to Biratnagar and 2-hour drive from Biratnagar to reach Koshi Tappu. Other option is a road option. You can drive from Kathmandu to Koshi Tappu Wild lies in the eastern part of the Nepal 500 km away from Kathmandu takes around 10 hours.
Various modes of accommodations are available in this reserve which includes home stay or hotel stay. We can provide you all of the facilities to visit the KTWLR. Please contact with us for furthermore details.