Tips for visiting Chitwan
AN IDEAL time to visit Chitwan is between September and November, after the monsoon season.
Tourist buses to the park run from Pokhara, Kathmandu and the Sonali border crossing, and can take five to eight hours. Details on bus fares and schedules can be found on the Chitwan Tourism website at www.chitwantourism.com
The main gateway town to Chitwan is Sauraha, which has a variety of lodges, restaurants and operators to suit different budgets.
One affordable, comfortable place to stay is the Maruni Sanctuary Lodge, with air-conditioned cottage rooms and thatch-roofed long houses. The lodge organises activities such as jeep safaris, canoe rides, jungle walks, elephant safaris and village visits.
To explore the national park, visitors must travel with a licensed park guide.