When Is the Best Time
The best time to visit Chitwan National Park is in the dry season from October to March. The weather is pleasant, and at the end of the dry period, Bengal tigers, elephants, and other wildlife gather around the waterholes.
The National Park is open year-round, although most hotels close during the monsoon season from late June until late September.
Monthly Weather Guide
- From January to March the weather is perfect. 32°C is the maximum temperature in March, and it rains over 8% of the time.
- In April the weather is wonderful. Around noon, it averages up to 36°C, and during this time, you can expect 36mm of rainfall.
- In May the weather is okay. In the early evening, the temperature averages around 30°C, and during this time, you can expect 87mm of precipitation.
- In June, the weather is not really pleasant. 37°C is the maximum temperature in June, and it rains over 175mm.
- From July to August, the weather is very unpleasant. The temperatures climb up to 33°C and, and in August, you can expect about 28 days of rain.
- In September, the weather is not very good, but still okay. The temperature rises to 32°C.
- In October the weather is quite pleasant. The temperature rises to 30°C, and it rains over 39mm in October.
- From November to December the weather is excellent. 23°C is the maximum temperature in December.
The boiling hot season lasts from March/April to May with temperatures above 40°C which worsens due to the high humidity. Monsoons can occur from June to the end of September, which makes safaris in Chitwan almost impossible. Rivers are flooded.
The weather is more stable during the winter months, between October and March, although showers can occur. Mild day temps and cold nights occur from mid-October until February.
Highlights | Wildlife
Wildlife spotting is outstanding in late January and February when the towering grass gets cut each year by the villagers for their own use. October to December is also an excellent time because of the increased chance to spot tigers, elephants, and other wildlife as they gather around the waterholes. Sloth bears are uncommon to spot.
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Tips and Details
The Chitwan National Park was established in 1973 and became a World Heritage Site in 1984. It’s an approximate bus ride of 5-6 hours from Kathmandu as well as from Pokhara although far below 200 km. Chitwan is famous for Bengal tigers, one-horned rhinos, gharial crocodiles, sloth bears, and elephants. Around 68 mammals live in the park, and more than 540 species of birds occur like the giant hornbill and the paradise flycatcher. A higher chance to spot a rhino or even Bengal tiger on full-day jungle walks even better with an overnight stay. Another good opportunity is a jeep safari deep into the jungle.