One-Horned Rhino Tour in Nepal

  • 6 Days
  • 5 Nights

Bardia National Park and Chitwan National Parks are ideal locations for sighting varieties of wildlife including the one-horned rhino.

Highlight of One Horned Rhino

Trip Highlight

  • 3 Nights 4 Days premium wildlife safari in Chitwan National Park
  • The second-largest population of Greater One-horned Rhinoceros in the world.
  • A glance into the indigenous Tharu community's lifestyle & culture. 
  • Jeep Safari inside the jungle, & canoe ride with a unique Sundowner experience
  • One of the National Parks in the world has more than 128 tigers in the same habitat.
  • Nature walk to various oxbow lakes inside the jungle
  • Elephant, Gharial Crocodile, and Vulture Breeding Center
  • Home to Gaur Bison, Gharial Crocodile, more than 6% of the world’s bird species.
Trip Facts
  • Trip Profile : One-Horned-Rhino-Tour-6-Days
  • Trip Type : Wildlife & Tour
  • Trip Duration : 6 Days
  • Trip Route : Kathmandu - Chitwan - Chitwan National Park - Kathmandu
  • Trek Accomodation : Hotel, Camping & Homestay
  • Preferred Seasons : March, April, May, September, October, November, December
  • Transportation: Flight, Drive
  • Age Limit : No limits

One-Horned Rhino Tour in Nepal is one of the best wildlife activities for nature enthusiasts. Bardia and Chitwan National Parks are ideal locations for sighting varieties of wildlife including the one-horned rhino. Chitwan National Park is a place where you can unwind yourself and also grow closer to nature. In addition, the national park provides perfect access to encounter different species of flora and fauna. Because of this, around 200,000 tourists visit Chitwan every year.

Rhino in Chitwan

The total number of One-Horned Rhinos has increased in Nepal to 752 from 645 (2015 AD); according to the latest survey 2021. There are 694 Rhinos in Chitwan National Park, 3 in Parsa National Park, 38 in Bardia National Park, and 17 in Shuklaphanta National Park. Compared to the last census in 2015 this is an increase of 107 rhinos.

“With no more than 3500 one-horned rhinos estimated in the wild, Chitwan National Park holds the second largest one-horned rhino population in the world.”

One-Horned Rhino tour in Nepal is possible in Bardia (BNP) and Chitwan National Parks (CNP). CNP is located in the inner lowland plains of south-central Nepal. It is connected with Parsa, Nawalpur, Chitwan, and Makwanpur districts. The park lies in an altitude range of 100 m to 815 m in the Sivalik Hills.

The park is also home to 68 species of mammals including the Royal Bengal Tiger and greater one-horned rhinos. Similarly, it housed 55 species of amphibians and reptiles. Likewise, around 546 species of resident and migratory birds are found in the forests, riversides, and lakesides around the park.

One-Horned Rhino Tour in Chitwan National Park trip itineraries is customizable; according to your choice & the number of days you want to stay. Simply, you can also modify your daily activities.

Tour Plan

1

Arrival in Kathmandu, Nepal

Encounter everything that you've read and watched on the internet, the tranquil beauty of Nepal, and the warm hospitality of Nepalese. Flying through the beautiful mountain view and thickly wooded hills and plains, you will land in the capital of the country. At the airport, you will meet one of our team members who will escort you to the luxurious hotel in Thamel.  

Once checked in, you can walk around in Thamel, Kathmandu's tourist hub. Here you can also find restaurants with varieties of cuisine to dine.


 

2

Fly to Bharatpur and Drive to Megauli/ Sauraha

Fly (25 minutes) from Kathmandu to Bharatpur. Arrive at Megauli or Sauraha which is approx. 32 km from the main highway in Bharatpur. Upon arrival, a welcome drink is served and there will be a short briefing on the program and our facilities, and rooms will be assigned. 

In the afternoon floating downstream the Rapti River, towards the western boundary of the park formed by Himalayan Narayani, a boat safari will be arranged for the evening time offering our unique sundowner experience at the confluence point.

Slide presentation, one of our jungle experts will introduce background data and the history of the Chitwan National Park as well as some other topics relating to wildlife. Your Questions are most welcome. Evening dinner at the resort.


 

3

Jungle Safari in Chitwan National Park

Jeep Safari with Breakfast in the jungle: Duration – Approx 4-5 Hours: Proceed for the Jeep Safari crossing the Rapti River by Patela Boat to start with from Bhimle army check post. There are two choices of routes available, which our naturalists pick upon their experience with current sightings and animal movement.

Route 1: Bhimle post - Sukhibhar post towards Kasara (park headquarter)
Route 2: Bhimle post - Reu River- Surung Khola
Route 3: Bhimle Post - Reu River- towards Khoria Muhan Post

Breakfast will be served in between the safari in a scenic and safe spot chosen by the Naturalist. After the Safari leisure time to relax by the pool or use Spa Facilities till lunchtime. 

Walking safari Inside the National Park: 
After Lunch proceeds towards the Rapti River just in front of our resort in a Boat put-in point and crosses the river on a patela boat. After crossing the river start a Nature Walk inside the Chitwan National park to explore the different oxbow lakes like (Devi Tal, Munda Tal, Lamo Tal, and Kamal Tal) to view the Marsh Mugger and different mammals, aquatic and other bird species. Duration – Approx -3-4 Hours

Back to the lodge and relax by the pool for the rest of the late afternoon or use the spa/couple massage room facility at the lodge. Tharu Cultural Dance: Tharu Cultural Dance: Farmers of the nearby villages will show some of their traditional skills and dances. Dinner at the resort. 


 

4

Jungle Safari in Chitwan National Park

Boat Safari (Morning): Wake-up call followed by Tea/Coffee. Can experience the morning boat safari for about 1 hour floating downstream the Rapti River, towards the western boundary of the park formed by Himalayan Narayani.

Breakfast at the resort or by the River (as per the present season/ condition) back to the lodge and relax by the pool for the rest of the late afternoon or we can go for a jeep safari to the different habitats of one-horned rhino and others wild animals with pack lunch.

Optional Short Village Walk: A visit around the village on foot to experience the daily life of the village people in the company of an experienced communicator to enhance knowledge of the life of the Tharu people, Duration – approx. -2 Hours.

Dinner at the dining hall or by the pool.


 

5

Fly back to Kathmandu

Drive to Bharatpur Airport and fly back to Kathmandu. 

Once you reach Kathmandu, we will check you in the same hotel in Thamel. Self-exploring the narrow streets of this tourist hub for souvenir shopping and drinks is a good way to spend the rest of your day. Later in the evening, we will take you out for a farewell dinner and listen to your wildlife tour experiences. 


 

6

Final Departure

We will drop you at the airport according to your flight schedule. Tiger Encounter hopes to take you to another exciting wildlife safari in Nepal soon.

Note: During monsoons (End of June / July to August) Jeep safaris are not conducted by park authorities. Alternate activities are provided during this period.

Cost Detail

Trip Includes
  • ​​​International & domestic airport transfers as per the itinerary by private vehicle.
  • Two night’s hotel accommodation in Kathmandu on twin sharing basis on BB plan
  • Flight from Kathmandu - Chitwan - Kathmandu for member & guide
  • 3 night 4 days accommodation in Chitwan (3-star category hotel) 
  • Full board veg/non-veg. basis accommodation entire the Chitwan jungle safari tour, Lunch, dinner, and breakfast
  • All entrance and National Park fees included
  • All activities as mentioned itinerary are included
  • All ground transport inside the national park
  • Professional government license holder English speaking tour guide.
  • Welcome/ farewell dinner in typical Nepali food and cultural program
  • Insurance for Nepalese staff. (Guide and driver )
  • Government Tax and office service charge. 
Trip Excludes
  • International airfare to/ from Nepal.
  • Lunch and dinner in Kathmandu
  • Insurance which covers, medical, emergency evacuation, lost, etc.
  • Beverages, alcoholic drinks, mineral water, during the tour.
  • All food and beverages are other than on the itinerary.
  • Extra night accommodation in Kathmandu because of early arrival, late departure, and early return from the mountain (due to any reason) than the scheduled itinerary.
  • Personal gear and expenses.
  • Tips and gratitude provided to staff.
  • Emergency rescue evacuation if needed

Location Detail

Tour Location

Description of the Location

The first national park of Nepal, Chitwan National Park covers an area of 952.63 sq km and covers the districts of Nawalpur, Parsa, Chitwan, and Makwanpur. Its altitude ranges from 100m to 815m. Narayani-Rapti River is a natural boundary in the north and west of the park whereas Parsa Wildlife reserve lies in the east part of the park and India’s Valmiki National Park is in the South.

To reach Chitwan National Park, you can go either by Vehicle for 5 to 6 hours to the South of Kathmandu or by air to Bharatpur Airport for 25 minutes followed by half an hour drive to the national park.

 

What to Bring

 

  1. Neutral colored clothing is recommended. 
  2. Light clothing is needed for the daytime with a sweater and warm jacket for the evenings from November to March. 
  3. Pants / Trousers are recommended for safari and jungle walks.
  4. Comfortable walking shoes, sun hats, sunglasses, etc. are essential.
  5. Insect repellent and personal medical requirements should be carried out. 
  6. It is highly recommended to travel light with only one small suitcase or duffle bag.
  7. During the warmer months, swimming suits are recommended.
  8. A small flashlight is recommended.
  9. Binoculars add greatly to your enjoyment for bird and wildlife viewing.
     

Note: Evening Entertainment of Tharu Cultural dance and PowerPoint Presentation about CNP and flora and fauna by expert Naturalist will be offered from the house those staying on Jungle Plan.

Note: During monsoons (mid-June / July to October end) Jeep safaris are not conducted by park authorities. Alternate activities are provided during this period.


One-Horned Rhino in Nepal

The one-horned rhinoceros or greater one-horned rhinoceros is the largest of the three Asian rhinos. Along with the African white rhinos, one-horned rhinos are the largest of all rhino species. One of the rare animals in the world, the one-horned rhino is identified by a single black horn about 8.25 inches long. It is a grey-brown hide with skin folds, which gives it an armor-plated appearance.

The decline of alluvial grassland and riverine forests has affected the rhino population in the wild. For this reason, IUCN red list has listed them as vulnerable species. On the other hand, the population of greater one-horned rhinos in Nepal has increased by 111 individuals from 2011 to 2015. The latest rhino count conducted in 2015 has revealed 645 individuals living in Chitwan National Park, Bardia National Park, Parsa National Park, and Suklaphanta National Park. All in all, the one-horned rhinoceros is one of the main tourist attractions of Nepal.

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    Frequently asked questions

    • Will someone come after my arrival to pick me up at the airport?
      Yes, Tiger Encounter representative will be there to greet you outside of Terminal Hall. He will be displaying Tiger Encounter name card with your name on it. You will be moved to the pre-select Hotel after that.
    • Do I need a visa to travel to Nepal?
      All foreign nationals, except Indian Citizens, need visas to enter Nepal.
    • When is the best time to travel in Nepal for wildlife?
      The weather is probably the best guide for deciding when to plan your trip to Nepal. The best time to visit Nepal except June to August.
    • How can I reach Chitwan National Park?
      If you travel by airplane it is 15-20 minutes from Kathmandu to Bharatpur Airport. Then it is about 30 minute drive by vehicle to Chitwan National Park. If you travel by vehicle from Kathmandu then it is 5 to 6 hour drive.
    • How far can a Rhino see in front?
      If you are 15 feet or more away from a rhino, at that distance they have tremendous difficulty in distinguishing between humans and trees.
    • How many rhinos are in Nepal?
      The National Rhino Count 2021 has updated Nepal's latest one-horned rhinoceros population to 752 individuals.
    • How many Rhino are in Chitwan National Park?
      Out of 752 rhinos in Nepal, 694 are in Chitwan National Park
    • What animals are in Chitwan National Park?
      Chitwan has 68 mammal species including rhinos, tigers, deers, monkeys, elephants, leopards, sloth bears, wild boars, hyenas and 544 different species of birds.
    • How good is Rhinos eyesight?
      Rhinos have a strong sense of hearing and smell, but poor vision.
    • How many horns do Rhinos have?
      The horns consist of keratin, the same kind of protein that makes up hair and fingernails. While Nepal have a single horned.
    • Why do people poach Rhinos for horn?
      Rhino horn is highly prized in traditional Asian medicine and cures various illnesses like nosebleeds, strokes, convulsions, and fevers.

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