Discover luxury and boutique hotels in Chitwan National Park
Learn the law of the jungle in Nepal’s Chitwan National Park. Binoculars at the ready – this World Heritage Site is a wildlife-spotting paradise: tick off Bengal tigers, one-horned rhinos, sloth bears, monkeys and more. Delve into the jungle’s depths (and come face to face with its furry residents) with a four-wheel-drive safari or a canoe trip down strangler-vine-lined rivers. Heading back to humanity? Explore tiny grass-thatched Tharu villages, then swing by Sauhara for a locally crafted souvenir and a riverside beer.
When to go
Avoid the park in monsoon season (June to October), when rivers flood and safaris are off the cards.
PlanesRegular 20-minute flights from Kathmandu touch down in Bharatpur. From there, it’s a 20-kilometre taxi ride to Sauraha, the main town and gateway to the park.
BoatsFeeling adventurous? Take a day or two to raft to the park from Mugling, midway between Kathmandu and Pokhara, along the Trisuli and Narayani rivers. You’ll be treated to jaw-dropping views and secret sandy beaches that road users will never even know about.
AutomobilesRegular tourist buses from Kathmandu make the roughly six-hour journey to Sauraha a doddle; buses also run from Pokhara and take about the same time. Alternatively, hire a car in Kathmandu and take on the drive yourself.