Chitwan was the first national park in Nepal. Formerly called Royal Chitwan National Park it was established in 1973 and granted the status of a World Heritage Site in 1984. It covers an area of 932 km2 (360 sq mi) and is located in the subtropical Inner Terai lowlands of south-central Nepal in the Chitwan District.

The river plains and jungle at Chitwan are home to one of the few remaining populations of the rare Bengal tiger, and also home to one-horned rhinos and wild elephants. All of these are that are best viewed on elephant-back safaris.

The park has a tropical monsoon climate with relatively high humidity. The 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 daily temperature. The monsoon usually begins at the end of June and continues until September. The mean annual rainfall is about 2150 mm and during this time of the year rivers are flooded and most of the roads are virtually closed.

The park is about 6 hours’ drive from Kathmandu to Narayanghat and there are also air services from Kathmandu to Meghauli and Bharatpur. If you are interested in visiting Chitwan we can arrange a trip with a private transfer to and from the Park.