Nepal is a small country yet offers a wide range of places to visit. Chitwan is one of the places you should not miss. Chitwan got its name from two words: Chitta means ‘Heart’ and vaan meaning ‘Jungle’. Thus, Chitwan means ‘The Heart of Jungle’. Chitwan is located at the southern west part of Province 3, Bharatpur is its district headquarter. Chitwan is a ‘must visit’ place for the nature lovers. Chitwan along with being very rich in flora and fauna, it is also very unique for its culture. Thus, it can be a destination point for someone who is a nature lover and someone who is more inclined towards exploring the culture.
If you are planning for a trip to Chitwan, here we present you with some attractions of Chitwan. Make sure you do not miss them in order to make your trip more worthy:
Jungle Safari and Elephant Safari at Chitwan National Park:
Chitwan National Park: the very first thing that strikes everyone’s mind worldwide when we talk about Chitwan. Chitwan National Park provides a wide range of floral and faunal diversity and popular as home of one of the last population of one-horned Asiatic rhinoceros. Jungle safari either in Jeep or elephant safari is an opportunity for you to spot animals like tigers, one-horned rhinoceros. Trust me, sitting on the elephant’s back and moving around will be one of the best experience you will ever have.
Beesh Hazari Taal (Twenty thousand lake)
Beesh Hazari Taal, also called as Beesh Hazar Taal, is a large oxbow lake situated in between the Mahabharata Range in the North and the Siwalik in the South. The Nepali words Beesh (twenty), Hazar (thousand) and Taal (Lake) which means 20,000 lake. The lake was declared as a Ramsar Site, a wetland of International importance in 2003. The lake is home for many critically endangered and vulnerable species like sloth bear, Bengal tiger, one-horned rhinoceros, gharial, marsh crocodile, smooth-coated otter, white-rumped vulture, Pa, ferruginous duck, lesser adjutant strok, and Pallas’s fish-eagle.
Besides, the living diversity, you will be amazed to see its natural beauty. It covers a large area that you cannot capture standing in a same place.
Jalbire ( Long Jharana)
Jalbire is a 20 minute walk away from Jalbire temple situated in the Mugling-Narayanghad road. Nearly 60 meters tall water when strikes the rocks on the ground, it seems like Chitwan is blessed with a piece of heaven. Jalbire awaits you to get wet with the nature. The surrounding green hills add more beauty to the waterfall. There are three lakes which provides with the chance to enjoy the freshwater.
Jalbire is now famous for cannoning and other sports. With the long Jharanas and rocky formations, canyoning fun is guaranteed.
The Tharu culture and dance
The Tharu are the locals of the Chitwan. Tharu dance is a major attraction of Chitwan which is enjoyed by both the domestic and foreign tourists. The Danda Nach (Stick dance), Aago Nach (Fire dance) and Mayur Nach (Peacock dance) are the major source of entertainment for the visitors. The cultural shows start at 6:30 PM to 8:00 PM every day. These can also be arranged according to the demands of the visitors which last for 45 minutes.
The locals are very friendly and would not hesitate to give you a tour around their village. The tour around a local tharu village will be a great chance to observe the lifestyle and culture of the locals. So, hiring a local guide and a tour around the village will be a good idea.
Chitwan Mahotsab is organized every two years and last for more than a week. The event has a large flow of the people from Chitwan itself and also from neighboring districts. The Mahotsab provides a cultural view of the area through various local programs and music. There are even performances by local and national level artists. We can find many traditional handicrafts items made by the public. Also you can enjoy various games and foods to make your day more fun.
Canoe ride on the surface of Rapti River is a great option in hot sunny days in Chitwan. The canoeing provides a closer view of the crocodiles, water birds and other animals in water. The tourists enjoy watching the crocodiles sunbathing motionlessly in the bank of the river. It is such a fun taking pictures of the crocodiles lying in the bank with their mouth open.
Chitwan is a famous spot for bird watching. Every year many migratory birds visit Chitwan. You can see birds like the woodpecker, Hornbill, florican, waterfowls, geese and parakeets. You can also see some rare species and make sure you took a picture. There are several resorts that provide you with the bird watching cottage. You can sit whole day watching the birds never being bored. Such a pleasing feeling it will be.
Devghat Dham is a holy place for Hindus. It is crowed by the devotees during Makar Sankranti on December. There are numerous temples, old age homes and aashrams (where Hermits live) in the periphery of the Devghat. The Balmaki Aashram is considered of higher importance because it is believed that Sita, the wife of Ram, stayed here with her two sons. If lucky enough you might also get chance to observe various activities in the Devghat Dham like Bratabandha (the thread wearing ceremony).
Apart from these, you can also enjoy cycling in the area and trekking to Chitwan Chapang Hill. Now, add these places to your ‘to travel’ list and make sure you explore Chitwan fully. Wait no more and book your ticket to Chitwan. Chitwan is waiting to see you.