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Makalu Travels

  • Bhutan
  • India
  • Nepal



Tour Type

Tour Type

Guided, Small Group

Safari Standard

Safari Standard


Tour Overview

On this 14-day safari discover the subtropical forests, long and enriching rivers and rich variety of flora and fauna of Nepal, a haven for nature enthusiasts. Also, a thriving spot for activities like kayaking, jeep safari, elephant safari, bird watching and much more, the national parks in Nepal are home to 544 species of birds, 56 species of herpetofauna and 126 species of fish. Come face to face with the Royal Bengal Tiger and the One Horned Rhino. Visit Chitwan and Bardia and experience the true, wild natural beauty of Nepal in its full glory. There are a huge number of activities like rafting, kayaking, jungle safari, elephant safari, bird watching to carry out. The Explore Wild Nepal package packs all of these activities into one, making it a perfect experience of a lifetime.

Elephant Bathing in Chitwan National Park
Bardia National Park
Chitwan National Park
Pashupatinath Temple
Bouddhanath Stupa
Kathmandu Palace Square
Royal Bengal Tiger
Your Hotel in Chitwan
Canoe Ride in Chitwan National Park
Jeep Safari

General Information

  • Safari types:
    Birding Safari, Family Safari, Guided Safari, Tiger Safari, Walking Safari, Wildlife Safari
  • You will visit:
    Chitwan National Park, Bardia National Park, Shivapuri Nagarjun NP, Kathmandu, Lumbini
  • Wildlife:
    Elephant, Deer, Leopard, Monkeys, Birds, Gharial, Crocodile
  • Activities:
    Game Drive, Walking Safari, Hiking, Canoe, Nature Walk, Sightseeing Tour, Village Visit, Birding
  • Getting around:
    4x4 Safari Vehicle, Transfer Vehicle, Domestic Flight
  • Start/end:
    Start/end in Kathmandu
  • Minimum age:

Rates – Per Person USD

From USD 3,998 per person

What's Included

  • All transfers in a private A/C vehicle
  • Flight ticket from Kathmandu to Bharatpur (Chitwan)
  • Flight ticket from Nepalgunj to Kathmandu
  • All monument entrance fees as per the itinerary
  • English speaking tour leader throughout the trip
  • English speaking Nature Guide in Chitwan
  • English speaking Nature Guide in Bardiya
  • English speaking city guide in Kathmandu
  • All Government taxes including service charges
  • Comprehensive first aid kit
  • Activities mentioned in the program
  • 4 nights’ accommodation at Kathmandu Marriott Hotel in Kathmandu
  • 4 nights’ accommodation at Barahi Jungle Lodge in Chitwan
  • 1 night accommodation at Buddha Maya Garden in Lumbini
  • 4 nights’ accommodation at Tiger Tops Karnali Lodge in Bardiya
  • Meals as mentioned in the itinerary


What's Excluded

  • International airfare
  • Personal insurance
  • Personal expenses (alcoholic beverages, bottled drinks, telephone calls, laundry etc.)
  • Visa fee
  • Any services not mentioned in the itinerary
  • Emergency evacuation fee


  • This itinerary is owned and delivered by ‘Makalu Travels
  • All prices are ‘From’ and may vary at the time of booking
  • Display price is usually based on two people sharing
  • Makalu Travels‘ reserves the right to change the content and price of the itinerary
  • All itineraries are subject to availability

Day by Day Overview

We arrive in Kathmandu on our first day, the capital of Nepal. We then head to Hotel Mariott. It is the newest five-star luxury hotel and resort Kathmandu has to offer. In the evening you can stroll around the streets and observe the throbbing nightlife of the capital or rest the day early. In the evening, we’ll have a sumptuous welcome dinner at the traditional Nepali restaurant in Kathmandu.

Kathmandu Marriott Hotel

After breakfast, we’ll drive to the nearby Shivapuri Nagarjun National Park for bird watching. It is the ninth National Park in Nepal and was established in 2002. It is located in the country’s mid-hills in the northern side of the Kathmandu Valley which is named after Shivapuri Peak of 2,732 m (8,963 ft) altitude. It is a home to many varieties of birds and other wildlife. A total of 318 bird species has been reliably reported from the park and surrounding areas and there remain many more still to be found. Bird Life International (BLI) has identified Shivapuri National Park as an Important Bird Area (IBA) because of its international importance for threatened species and for their habitat conservation.

The park is a home to important restricted-range species such as Nepal Wren Babbler Pnoeypyga Immaculate, Hoary-throated Barwing Actinodura Nipalensis and the only endemic bird of Nepal, Spiny Babbler Turdoides Nipalensis. The data shows that of the 318 species nearly 70% are resistant species. These and most summer visitor breed in the park. In addition, nearly 100 species winter here or use this place on migration. After bird watching tour, we’ll drive back to the hotel.

Shivapuri National Park

Today take the early morning flight to Bharatpur Airport in Chitwan (approximately 20 minutes flight) and we will straightly head to Barahi Jungle Lodge which is 32 kms away from the main highway. Barahi Jungle Lodge is spread over 12 acres of land located in the banks of Rapti River. You will get the feeling of an absolute nature enthusiast while relaxing here. As it is very close to the national park we will be surrounded by the rare floras and faunas throughout the time.

Upon arrival, welcome drink is served and there will be a short briefing on the program and our facilities, rooms will be assigned.

1.00 pm – Lunch will be served

3:00 pm – Boat safari with sun-downer

Proceed towards the Rapti River in front of our resort and start boating in a traditional Patela boat which takes you on a silent trip down the Rapti River to view aquatic birds, crocodiles, Gharials and the animals of the river banks and end at Golaghat (confluence of 3 rivers- Rapti, Narayani and Reu). After boat safari sundowner at Golaghat and sunset return back to the lodge by standby vehicle via village.

7:00 pm – Power point presentation

One of our jungle experts will introduce background data and history of the Chitwan National Park as well as some other topics relating to wildlife. Your questions are most welcome.


Tharu Cultural Dance

Farmers of the nearby villages will show some of their traditional skills and dances.

8:00 pm – Dinner at the central dining hall

Your Hotel in Chitwan

After morning breakfast, we’ll proceed for the jeep safari crossing the Rapti River by Patela boat to start with. After crossing the Rapti River start the excursion on a jeep safari (jungle drive) which begins from the open grassland area followed by the mix (riverine) forest which continues inside the dense Sal Forest crossing the Reu River inside the park to see different wildlife in surroundings area and oxbow lakes. We’ll have a picnic style lunch break around 1 pm inside the national park. After lunch continue the safari and back to the lodge by late afternoon.

7:00 pm – Tharu cultural dance

Farmers of the nearby villages will show some of their traditional skills and dances.


Power point presentation. One of our jungle experts will introduce background data and history of the Chitwan National Park as well as some other topics relating to wildlife. Your questions are most welcome.

8:00 pm – Dinner in the central dining hall or outside at the pool area.

After a quick cup of tea/coffee early in the morning, we’ll proceed for a boat safari at the Rapti River. A morning boat safari at Rapti River gives a different feel of the river, nature and wildlife at the beginning of the day. After the boat safari, we’ll have our breakfast around 8 am at the Golaghat (confluence of 3 rivers Rapti, Narayani and Reu) or at Banyan café (as per the weather condition).

10.00 am – Whole day excursion (walking safari) inside Chitwan National Park (with packed lunch)

After breakfast, we’ll proceed towards the Rapti River just in front of our resort and cross the river on a Patela boat. After crossing the river we’ll start a nature walk inside the Chitwan National Park, starting from the grassland followed by riverine (mix forest) and sal forest to see different bird life, butterflies and other wildlife. Around 1 pm, we’ll have a picnic style lunch break inside the national park in the safe scenic spot chosen by the naturalist. After lunch, we’ll continue the excursion in the oxbow lakes. We’ll return to the lodge by late afternoon. Upon arrival at the lodge, we’ll have rest of the afternoon free to relax or you can also opt for a spa/massage session.

8:00 pm – Dinner at Banyan Café after evening program (slideshow or Tharu Cultural Dance Show)

Note : Early dinner can be served on request

After a quick cup of tea/coffee early in the morning, we’ll proceed for a boat safari at the Rapti River. A morning boat safari at Rapti River gives a different feel of the river, nature and wildlife at the beginning of the day. After boat safari, we’ll have our breakfast around 8 am at the Golaghat (confluence of 3 rivers Rapti, Narayani and Reu) or at Banyan café (as per the weather condition).

10.00 am – Whole Day Jeep Safari towards the eastern part of the park (inside the Chitwan National Park (with packed lunch)

After morning tea/coffee and breakfast, we’ll proceed for a whole day jeep safari towards different parts of the national park starting the drive heading towards the eastern part from the resort seeing different wildlife on the way all the way up to ‘Kasara’ the park headquarters to see  a Gharial (alligator) Hatchery project, founded by Frankfurt zoological society in 1987. After a short visit of about 20-30 minutes, we’ll relax for a while around the premises for refreshment and lunch (packed). After lunch, we’ll continue the jeep safari and return to the lodge by late afternoon.

7.00 pm – Regular evening program followed by dinner at Banyan Café

After a quick cup of tea/coffee early in the morning, we’ll proceed for a short walk and visit the local village. Our naturalist will brief you about the social and cultural aspect of the villagers and their lifestyle. We’ll return to the lodge and have our breakfast.

After breakfast, we’ll check-out from the lodge and embark on a drive to Lumbini. No trip to the Terai is complete without a visit to Lumbini, Buddha’s birthplace and the Lumbini Crane Sanctuary, for a chance to see the rare Sarus Crane. This place, abundant in culture and birdlife today, will add depth to your Nepal experience. We will visit The International Crane Foundation, a world center for cranes, which provides extraordinary learning opportunities as well as inspiration for conservationists from around the world. The International Crane Foundation has created the Lumbini Crane Sanctuary, Bird Conservation Trip protecting habitat for cranes and diverse other wildlife.

Later, we’ll take a guided tour around the Maya Devi Temple and the breathtaking World Peace Pagoda as well as the many temples built by pilgrims from around the world. There are temples built with Chinese, Thai and Burmese architecture, you’ll feel as if you’ve seen all of Asia in a day! Prepare your binoculars once more to watch Eurasian Wigeons, Eurasian Marsh Harriers and the Booted Eagles fly in the sky.


Today you drive across the southern flood plains of Nepal through Tharu villages and border towns. The trip takes approximately 7-8 hours. En route get a feel for life in the Terai passing through towns, fields and forests. Close to the lodge you will cross the Babai River, where marsh mugger crocodiles may be warming in the midday sun. Once at Karnali Lodge you will be met by the staff with a cool welcome drink. Settle into your room and relax with a book, or explore the compound before dinner. The evening will be spent with cocktails a round an outdoor fireplace before moving into the Ghol Ghar (Nepalese dining room) for dinner. A good setting for late night chats, the stocked bar remains open until the last person goes to bed.

Karnali Lodge Tiger Tops Bardia National Park

A more relaxed day, rise at your leisure and enjoy our hearty continental-style breakfast. After breakfast, we’ll embark on a one hour drive to the Chisapani Bridge (largest in Nepal) and the starting point of your river safari. We’ll drive along the Karnali River spotting an abundance of aquatic bird life, crocodiles and if you are lucky, the extremely rare Gangetic dolphin. Later, we will return to the lodge for a late lunch. In the late afternoon, when the weather is cooler and the animals become active, we’ll meet with our naturalist for a jeep safari inside the national park. Explore nature in the comfort and convenience of one of our classic vintage Land Rover. During the safari you will encounter wildlife such as different species of deer, birds, monkeys, and the endangered one-horned rhinoceros. Bardia National Park also offers a very good chances of spotting the elusive Royal Bengal tiger.

Wake up early to the sounds of the abundant bird life, grab an early breakfast before embarking on a full day jeep safari in the jungle in search of the tiger. Your highly experienced naturalist will guide you to various hides, lookouts and areas of amazing vistas whilst showing you a plethora of wildlife found in Bardia National Park. We’ll enjoy a packed lunch, whilst we wait for a glimpse of the orange and black stripes. We’ll return via the National Park Headquarters, where we can visit the Gharial (world’s rarest crocodile) Breeding Centre. We’ll return to the lodge in the early evening to a well-earned cold beer or hot shower, followed by a delicious dinner.

We’ll wake up early and prepare for the day’s adventures with a hearty breakfast. A Land Rover will take you to the entrance and in to the very heart of the national park. There will be a pre-made lunch ready along with refreshments to keep you going through the day. Your day will be spent in the Land Rover and on foot scouting out the undergrowth for that elusive big cats. Walking down a jungle path enclosed by the Sal trees, listen out for the sounds of orioles and hornbills. Our guide will take you to one of the many ‘hides’, where patience is key, as you settle down with a cup of tea and wait for any movement, maybe a rhino, maybe a jungle cat… maybe something else!

Jump back in the Land Rover and allow the guide to give you a tour of parts of the jungle. See a varied range of not only different kinds of habitats but of wildlife also. By now your finger will be worn out from all of the clicking and photo taking but keep it strong – early evening around dusk is a great time for spotting leopard and other big cats. Keep an eye out during your trip for the claw marks on trees left by tigers who were sharpening their claws and marking their territory. Stop for a drink from the cool box, soak up the last of the rays bursting their way through the canopy as you head back to the lodge. This is the last chance to scan for glimpse of a sloth bear or wild boar. Back at the lodge, kickoff the walking boots, and put your feet up before dinner is served!

This evening, the dancing troupe from the village will come and dance before dinner – with their brightly colored costumes and infectious rhythms, you’ll soon find your feet tapping along!

After breakfast, we’ll check out from the lodge and drive to Nepalgunj Airport for our flight back to Kathmandu. Upon arrival, we check in at Hotel Marriott and we’ll have rest of the day free to relax.

After breakfast, we’ll head out to explore the Kathmandu valley. Kathmandu has the reputation of holding most World Heritage Sites in the smallest of area. That means a lot can be seen and experienced within a short distance of travelling. Today, we’ll visit the Pashupatinath Temple, Boudhhanath Temple & Kathmandu Durbar Square

Pashupatinath is the most powerful and renowned Hindu temple of Nepal. Its existence is believed to be from the beginning of millennium. It was built in 5th century and later renovated and protected by the Malla kings. It is believed to have enormous power and is the most important religious site of Asia for Hindus. It is located by the bank of Bagmati River which is also one of the most important holy river of Nepal. Devotees of Lord Shiva make a long trip from all over the world just to place their foot before this mighty temple. Due to this high importance and superlative hierarchy in the religious sector this was inscribed in the UNESCO World Heritage Site’s list in 1979.

Boudhhanath Stupa was built right after the demise of the Lord Buddha. Built with a massive mandala of diameter exceeding 100 meters, it is known as the largest spherical stupa of Nepal. This monument holds massive importance for not only the Buddhist people but for the whole nation. This new design was built in 16th century after attack by Mughal invaders in the 14th century. The stupa is surrounded and covered with prayers flag which represents the five elements and the five pure lights. It also represents spreading positive energy to the universe as the flags flutter in the wind. This is also inscribed in the UNESCO World Heritage Site’s list in 1979.

Kathmandu Durbar Square was the home of the royals. The Hanuman Dhoka is the most significant piece of artifact in Nepal’s history. It was established by King Pratap Malla in 1672A.D. and residence was built by Prithvi Narayan shah in 1770 which is now called Basantapur Durbar (palace). The iconic statue of Kal Bhairav is also located here in Kathmandu Durbar Square. The tranquil environment, the hospitality and the cultural setting of this place makes it all worth it. It is also listed as UNESCO World Heritage Site

Bouddhanath Stupa
Kathmandu Palace Square
Pashupatinath Temple

This is the departure day. Until the airport check-in time our guests are free to be involved in any activity as per wish. Then we depart from Tribhuwan International Airport.

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