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Chitwan National Park

Getting there & away

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Land

Bus

By far the easiest way to reach Chitwan is by tourist bus from Kathmandu or Pokhara. In either direction, the journey takes six to seven hours and the fare is Rs 300 to Rs 350, depending on which travel agent you book with. Buses leave from the Mustang bus stand in Pokhara and the Thamel end of Kantipath in Kathmandu at 7am. The final stop is Chitrasali, about 5km from Sauraha - jeeps and hotel touts wait at the bus park to transfer new arrivals to Sauraha for Rs 50. There's no obligation to commit to staying at any particular resort, regardless of what the touts say. In the opposite direction, buses leave Chitrasali at 9.30am. Any hotel or travel agent can make bookings.

A more comfortable option is the daily air-con bus operated by Greenline (560126), which runs to Kathmandu or Pokhara for US$10 including brunch. From Kathmandu or Pokhara it leaves at 7.30am; from Chitrasali, it leaves at 8am.

You can pick up public buses to Kathmandu and Pokhara and destinations in the Terai at Sauraha Chowk (also known as Tandi Bazaar), on the Mahendra Hwy about 6km north of Sauraha. However, it's usually easier to take a local bus to Narayangarh (Rs 10, 20 minutes) and change there.for more information.

Car

Travel agents and upmarket lodges can arrange transfers to Chitwan by private car. The going rate for a car and driver is around US$60 and the journey from Pokhara or Kathmandu takes about five hours. Cars usually drop guests off at the turn-offs to the resorts and you must complete the journey by lodge 4WD or elephant!

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Air

When there is sufficient tourist demand, Yeti has daily scheduled flights from Kathmandu to the tiny runway at Meghauli for US$82, but you'll need to make advance arrangements with your lodge for a pick-up as there is nothing in Meghauli. If you're bound for Sauraha, it's better to fly into Bharatpur near Narayangarh and take a taxi. RNAC and several private airlines offer daily flights to Bharatpur from Kathmandu (US$54 to US$70, 30 minutes) and Pokhara (US$44, 20 minutes). A taxi from the airport to Sauraha will cost around Rs 600. Travel agents and hotels can make bookings.

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