3 days

Chitwan Safari Extension - ex-Pokhara

Chitwan Safari Extension - ex-Pokhara

The wildlife of Chitwan National Park

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  • A relaxing wildlife safari in Chitwan National Park is the ideal addition to any trekking adventure. Located in the lowland Terai region of Nepal, Chitwan was the first of Nepal’s national parks. Less than 60 years ago, this area was the scene of huge tiger and rhino shoots by the previously-ruling Rana family and their guests. Their jealous guarding of this prime hunting area however did ensure that the animal population was not completely depleted and it is now one of Asia’s richest wildlife reserves. Staying at a quality wildlife resort we enjoy the thrill of searching out the various species in the forests, on the river and amongst the tall elephant grass of the southern plains. There are opportunities to join guided jungle walks in search of deer, monkeys and birds. We also take canoe trips down the Rapti River to view the fish-eating gharial and flesh-eating marsh mugger crocodile, and ride on elephants in pursuit of the great Indian rhinoceros and the elusive Royal Bengal tiger.


    Day 1 - Chitwan National Park

    • After arriving and settling in, we are introduced to the camp staff and resident naturalists who will discuss our program at our wildlife resort. There is some flexibility and activities may vary with the time of 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 ride on elephants takes us into the forest and grasslands to observe the varied and exciting wildlife in the park.
    • In the early evening before dinner the local Tharu dance troupe may perform a cultural program.
    Royal Park or similar

    Day 2 - 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. 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.
    • In the afternoon we visit the elephant breeding centre with our guide, who will explain exactly how these amazing creatures are looked after. There will even be an opportunity to help bathe the elephants! The evening is free to relax over a drink in the heart of the jungle.
    Royal Park or similar

    Day 3 - Kathmandu

    • There is the option of an early morning bird watching safari for those interested - it is well worthwhile.
    • After breakfast we drive on to the Nepalese capital of Kathmandu, where this trip ends.
    Shangri La Hotel or similar
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    What's Included

    • Return transfers from Kathmandu or from Pokhara to Chitwan, 2 breakfasts, local guides, sightseeing and entrance fee.

    Not Included

    • International flights, airport departure taxes, visas, airport transfers, insurance, meals not listed, any optional tours and activities during free time, camera fees, excess baggage charges, showers on trek (if available), tips or gratuities and items of a personal nature.
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Trip Code PHCP
Group size 2 - 6
Start City: Pokhara
End City: Kathmandu
Style: Small Group

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