Day 05 - Drive Pokhara - Chitwan (170 kms/06 hrs)
Luxury Nepal TourThe next stop on your luxury Nepal tour package, is Chitwan, Nepal's best known National park, less than 200 kms away from both Pokhara and Kathmandu. Covering an area of 932 sq km. the park includes hilly areas of the Siwalik Range covered by deciduous sal forest. One fifth of the park is made up of the floodplains of the Narayani, Rapti, and the Reu Rivers and is covered by dense tall elephant grass interspersed with riverine forests of silk cotton (kapok), acacia and sisam trees.
This ecologically diverse area is the last remaining home in Nepal for more than 300 of the endangered Asian one-horned rhinoceros and harbours one of the largest populations of the elusive and rare Royal Bengal tiger. Besides rhino and tiger, Chitwan also supports a great variety of flora and fauna. There are four species of deer, including the spotted chittal, leopard, sloth bear, wild boar, rhesus monkey, grey langur monkey, wild dog, small wild cats, the white stockinged gaur (the world's largest wild cattle) and many other smaller animals. The swampy areas and numerous oxbow lakes of Chitwan provide a home for marsh crocodiles. In a stretch of the Narayani river is found one of the few remaining populations of the rare and endangered fish-only eating gharial, or Genetic crocodile. Here also is found one of the world's four species of freshwater dolphins. For the ornithologist and the amateur bird-watcher the park offers excellent possibilities with more than 450 species recorded. Some of the resident specialities are several species of woodpeckers, hornbills, Bengal florican, and red-headed trogons. Winter birds such as waterfowl, Brahminy duck, pintails and bareheaded geese, amongst many other cold weather visitors are drawn by the sanctuary of the park's rivers. In the summer the forest is alive with nesting migrants such as the fabulous paradise flycatcher, the Indian pitta and parakeets.
On arrival at Chitwan, check in at the Tiger Tops Jungle lodge, Chitwan's most famous and oldest Jungle lodge, that remains a pioneer in the field of ecotourism and has been rated as one of the top wildlife safari destinations in the world. The lodge is built with sustaible materials, all rooms have ensuite facilities, with solar powered electricity, for lighting fans and hot water. Safaris into the Chitwan National park are organized either by jeep , or on Elephants. Walking safaris are also available.
Overnight in Chitwan.
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