- Duration: 6Days
- Activities: Jungle Safari
- Country: Nepal
- Trip Grade: EASY
- Price:550 USD
- Best Season: All
The northern region of Nepal is high Himalaya where as the southern Terai (plains) are covered with dense tropical jungle teeming with fascinating wildlife and exotic birds. Here you will find some of the most exciting safari destination in the world. Among the 14 national parks and wildlife reserves in Nepal, the Royal Chitwan National Park (932 sq km) to the southwest of Kathmandu (only 165 km by overland) and Bharatpur airport adjoing the park is a mere 25 minute flight away. Other renowned safari venues are the Royal Bardia National Park (968 sq km) in the far west and Koshi Tappu Wildlife Reserve (175 sq km) in the east..
In the tropical jungle of Terai one can find the endangered one-horned rhinoceros, the Royal Bengal tiger,four-horned antelope, four species of deers, striped hyena,leopards, jungle cats,red panda, sloth bear,wild boar, bison, Asiatic elephant, crocodiles , the Gangetic dolphin are the main attractions here. About hundred of species of wild animals that make their home here. The Kingdom also contains over 800 species of colourful birds or about 8% of world population
All the jungle activities are provided more or less the same in all those parks and wildlife reserve. Here you will be going into deep jungle on elephant back or four wheel drive vehicle to view the wild animals in their natural habitat. Other thrills are canoe rides on the jungle river, nature walk, bird watching excursions, elephant bathing in the river, Tharu cultural village tour, visit to Elephant Breeding Centre, Gharial Breeding & Conservation Centre, etc.
There are luxury resorts/lodges and also accommodations in deluxe safari tents in the jungle and they are conveniently reached by plane or road connection. Evening slide show in the hotel/resort or Tharu cultural dance show or a night with the stars, warmed by the glow of the open bonfires and food and drink to satiate both the body and soul.
DAY 01: Kathmandu (1300m)
Upon your arrival in the Kathmandu airport (KTM). After completing your custom formalities (Visa, etc) pick up your luggage and look for our representative with a Sherpa Holidays’ display board at the arrival gate and you will be picked up by one of our representative or your trip leader.You will be then transferred to hotel.After check in, you can either take a rest, wander around in the city,it all depends upon your interests and condition. In the evening we will organize a “Welcome Dinner” at an excellent traditional Nepalese Restaurant where you will enjoy a Nepalese cultural program followed by a set Nepali dish(Dal Bhat) for dinner.
DAY 02: Kathmandu : Sightseeing and Trek Preparation
Today after breakfast your trek leader will introduce you to rest of the members of the group and brief you about the trek . After the group briefing, you will be taken for a guided sightseeing tour to two of the most historical and spiritual attractions in Kathmandu. Both of these landmarks are considered World Heritage Sites; including the sacred Hindu temple of Pashupatinath and the famous Buddhists shrine (Bouddhanath) which is one of the largest Stupas in the world. After lunch you have an opportunity to prepare yourself for the entire trip and next day’s drive to Chitwan.
Day 3: Chitwan National Park
After breakfast we are picked up and driven to Chitwan National Park. After arriving and settling in, we are introduced to the camp staff and resident naturalists who will discuss our program at hotel. There is some flexibility and activities may vary with the time of the year and known wildlife movements and locations. We may visit the elephant camp to see how their handlers, known as phanits, care for these beautiful animals. A late afternoon safari riding on elephants takes us into the forest and grasslands to observe the varied and exciting wildlife in the park. In the early evening the local Tharu dance troupe may perform a cultural program. We then enjoy dinner and afterwards we are free to relax in the bar and discuss the day’s sightings or listen to the exotic sounds of the jungle at night.
Day 4: Chitwan National Park
An early morning excursion could include either another elephant safari to different parts of the park in search of the great Indian rhino, deer and exotic bird life or joining one of several other activities including a visit to the elephant breeding centre. Tiger sightings are rare these days, but these magnificent animals do inhabit the park. After breakfast we leave the lodge for a trip by dugout canoe on the Rapti River. This is an exciting trip with chances to view marsh mugger crocodiles and various birds that inhabit the riverbanks. A program is organised for us for the rest of the day that may include further excursions by jeep or a visit to one of the nearby villages.
Day 5: Kathmandu (1360m)
After breakfast we drive on to the Nepalese capital of Kathmandu. The evening is free but usually our group leader will organise an evening meal (optional) at another of Kathmandu’s fine Nepali restaurants.
Day 6: Kathmandu (1360m)
Our trip ends today after breakfast. Your leader will be on hand to advise and assist with your onward travel arrangements to fly back home.