Royal Chitwan National Park, Nepal

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  • Book your package through Nirmal at HMA,
    Book your package through Nirmal at HMA,
    by into-thin-air
  • http://chitwan.info
    http://chitwan.info
    by desushil
  • Village near Royal Chitwan National park
    Village near Royal Chitwan National park
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    Wildlife in abundance.

    by planxty Updated Dec 11, 2013

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    Sunset at Chitwan, Nepal.

    Any trip to Nepal should really, in my opinion, include a visit to the Royal Chitwan National Park area.

    When I visited, some years ago, there was a wide variety of stays available to suit most budgets. We stayed in very comfortable two-man tents erected on permanent flooring and with a toilet / shower block between two tents. Meals were taken in a communal area which included a bar, and there were various activities laid on by the friendly staff.

    We went on a number of treks, both on foot and on elephant back, and were lucky enough to see a family of rhino amongst other animals.

    I even got to bathe an elephant in the river, long an ambition of mine! Great fun.

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  • Wild Life In Chitwan

    by desushil Written Aug 2, 2011
    http://chitwan.info

    A new website http://chitwan.info has been recently launched that provides alot of information of Chitwan and Chitwan National Park, Hotels, Lodges, Tiger Camp and other information that tourists really need to know before they arrive.

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    Chitwan – Independently or Package ??

    by into-thin-air Updated Jul 15, 2008

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    Book your package through Nirmal at HMA,

    Personally I always take the “Package” when I go to Sauraha for Chitwan (5 times to Chitwan now !!)
    You Might save a few $$ by organising things yourself but when you think the price now (2008) is usually around $70 it saves a lot of hassles taking a package.
    As long as it includes the following that is
    1) Transport to Sauraha, both to and from Kathmandu or Pokhara
    2) 2 night’s accommodation with all meals
    3) Activities, these usually include Elephant ride, Canoe trip+ Jungle walk, Elephant Breading farm visit, Village / Bird watching walk and Cultural Show.
    These activities are fairly standard, what varies is the standard of food and accommodation.
    I Always book my packages through Nirmal at HMA, contact details on my travelogue “a Very Important Decision)
    Chitwan is a fabulous place, however you decode to go, just don’t miss it !!

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    Royal Chitwan National Park

    by mad4travel Written Sep 9, 2007

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    Village near Royal Chitwan National park

    Just outside the reserve we were staying in we visited a typical village in the are. The people there are descendants from people from Northern India who migrated into the area. This area was very sparsley populated due to malaria, however the new arrivals had a special resistance to malaria so thrived and flourished.

    The village had a donation scheme for healthcare and schools when you enteresd it so no one hassled you for money. you could talk to the villagers and go inside their houses. Some of the kids could speak good English and were keen for pens and paper for their schoolwork. The place had a dignified air about it and definitely was not your usual " You buy postcard one dollar" set up.

    All in all it was a pleasing experience, I just wish I had brought more pens.

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    Chitwan national park

    by mad4travel Written Sep 8, 2007

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    Wildlife Safari in Chitwan

    Apparantly Tiger spotting is the thing to do in Chitwan National park. However don't get your hopes up. There are not many left, they are mainly nocternal and are pretty elusive.

    Still that does not stop the fun of going on an Elephant Safari to see what you can see. In our case, it was not a lot, but it was still fun.

    The park covers an area of 932 km², is the oldest national park of Nepal. Established in 1973, it was granted the status of a World Heritage Site in 1984.

    The park is located at the foot of the Himalayas in the Terai region, and the is rich in flora and fauna, which include one of the last populations of single-horned Indian Rhinoceros (which we did see!) and the Bengal tiger. It used to be a place for big game hunting and until 1951 it was a hunting reserve.

    Weatherwise, winter, spring and monsoon are the three main seasons. The cool winter season occurs from October to February. The spring begins in March and is soon followed by summer that ends in early June. The summer days are typically hot with 30 C on average day temperature. The monsoon usually begins at the end of June and continues until September. during this time of the year rivers are flooded and most of the roads are virtually closed.

    Entrance fee is 500 Nepal Rupees for foreigh nationals.

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    Chitwan elephants

    by josephescu Updated Mar 3, 2007

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    the Nepali army has its own elephants
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    Elephant ride
    The most appreciated attraction in Chitwan, the ride through the jungle with the elephant slowly advancing through the dense vegetation, balancing his enormous body at every step as if in an endless belly dance, the ride seemed to me a mix of mystique savour and childish, innocent charm, to the point that the more I was doing it, the more I wanted. A ride just before dawn is also recommended, as this reveals the most spectacular views and animal appearances.

    Elephant bath
    Elephants love to take baths and chill out during hot summer days, and probably there’s hard to find a more joyful and childish experience than help a baby elephant taking his bath.
    Unfortunately, this is not the case in winter time when, despite the 25+ Celsius at noon, the water is too cold for the elephants to take baths. And fortunately, they are not forced to for tourists’ vanity.

    Baby Elephant
    A special attention and round of applause for the baby elephants!!!!
    With a domesticated mother and a wild father, this baby had only 28 days during Christmas day in Gaida Wildlife Camp. And what a star she was already… the attraction of the worker’s children, with her tromp too heavy to carry, but having a lot of energy to play with various sticks, stones and people she knew.

    For more info, pics and tips on Royal Chitwan, visit my Chitwan page.

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    List of activities

    by josephescu Updated Mar 3, 2007

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    tourist training course (elephant already trained)
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    Elephant ride – normally not longer than 2- 2 and a half hours, 3 rides in 2 days. The whole idea is the more rides you do, the greater are the chances to see wild animals. Bengal tigers are hard to get close to, so you can consider yourself lucky is you manage to see one.
    Canoe – mainly for bird watching, so bring some binoculars. There are some lazy crocodiles stretching in the sun.
    Elephant training course (and bath) – learn to mount an elephant without platform and some info about elephants,. No bath during winter.
    Tharu village – get to know the people living around the Royal Chitwan national park, their problems and customs.
    Mustard fields - walking through the bright yellow fields allows idyllic views, with small houses scattered here and there, a fairy tale-like cartoons, with the snowy mountain peaks at horizon.

    For more info, pics and tips on Royal Chitwan, visit my Chitwan page.

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    wild jungle, people and idyllic atmosphere

    by josephescu Updated Mar 3, 2007

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    elephant ride in Chitwan
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    Irrespective of season, most people travelling through Nepal long enough to allow some days “in the wild” will choose Chitwan (the oldest and most famous nature reserve in Nepal) at least for an extended weekend. I spent an extended weekend in Chitwan, just before Christmas 2006, and I guess this was one of the most pleasant and durable gifts I allowed myself until that time.
    Enlisted World Heritage Site by UNESCO, Royal Chitwan means a large nature reserve for wild animals, a few tourist lodges in the national park, some idyllic and quiet villages.

    Of course, there is always Sauraha - the main town, booming with improvised constructions, guesthouses and restaurants, crowded with touts looking for tourists and with tourists in search of a beer between an elephant ride and a canoe rafting. Better keep away and opt for the more upmarket lodges in the jungle.

    For more info, pics and tips on Royal Chitwan, visit my Chitwan page.

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    Chitwan Nationalpark

    by nepalgoods Updated Oct 23, 2006

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    Chitwan Nationalpark

    The swamps on the border between India and Nepal were once a natural border, which not many people crossed. Tigers and mosquitos where the guardians. Only few villages were build in this area. Today this area is a beautiful Nationalpark, where you can see tigers (when you are lucky!), rhinos (certainly), crocodiles (Gavial - sometimes) and many beautiful birds (always).

    Chitwan Nationalpark

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    Chitwan National Park: Seeing...

    by karinyeung Written Aug 25, 2002

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    Chitwan National Park: Seeing the rehabilitated animals
    Where else in the world do you get to pet a rhino? Chitwan National Park also takes care of injured wildlife and returns them to the wild when they have recovered.

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    Rhinocerous chasing on...

    by karinyeung Written Aug 25, 2002

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    Rhinocerous chasing on elephant back at Chitwan National Park
    It's an incredible thrill to be chasing rhinos while your elephant trainer uses calls to try and mimick their sounds. The highlight was seeing a baby rhino with his mom. So cute! Chitwan national park is fantastic for its diverse wildlife! A great experience!

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    Visit one of the national...

    by johis Updated Aug 25, 2002

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    Visit one of the national parks in Nepal! Chitwan Royal national park would be the most common. If you take an organised stay it will probably include canoeride and safaris both on foot and on elephant. I can confess that with all those rhinos around, I felt much safer on the elephant. Standing 10 metres away from a huge male rhino when our two guides only had a wooden stick for protection wasn't all that reassuring...

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    Jungle walk in Royal Chitwan...

    by klchong Written Aug 25, 2002

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    Jungle walk in Royal Chitwan National Park is an exciting activities. You can ride on the back of elephant and travel in the jungle. If you are lucky, you may find some wild animals. (picture : rhinos)

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    After the whitewater rafting...

    by anglosaxon Written Aug 25, 2002

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    After the whitewater rafting part of the holiday we had a 50km trip by bus to the pickup point to the Royal Chitwan Game Reserve. This picture was taken in the parking area. Yes, that is cannabis but, very young.

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    Better than the elephant ride...

    by richiecdisc Written Aug 24, 2002

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    Better than the elephant ride was a guided walk.
    Get a real feel for the jungle and a good guide will find a lot for you to see. The guides really vary so ask around to see who's good. The best was when our guide heard some rhinos coming and had us climb a nearby tree to watch them emerge from the ten foot grass.

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