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Getting to Chitwan National Park

Getting around Chitwan National Park


Several shops in Sauraha, particularly around Gaida Chowk, rent out bicycles for exploring the surrounding villages; the going rate is Rs 250 to Rs 300 per day.

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Local transport

From Sauraha, a reserved jeep (ie a nonshared vehicle) to the Bachauli bus stand costs Rs 300. By shared tonga (pony cart) it will cost Rs 100. A taxi to Tandi Bazaar on the Mahendra Hwy is Rs 700, while...

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Health and safety


  • Comprehensive travel insurance to cover theft, loss and medical problems is highly recommended.
  • Some policies specifically exclude dangerous activities such as scuba diving, motorcycling, skiing and even trekking: read the fine print.
  • Check that the policy covers ambulances or an emergency flight home.
  • Find out in advance if your insurance plan will make payments directly to providers or reimburse you later for overseas health expenditures.
  • If you have to claim later, make sure you keep all documentation.
  • Paying for your airline ticket with a credit card often provides limited travel accident insurance – ask your credit card company what it is prepared to cover.
  • Worldwide travel insurance is available at www.lonelyplanet.com/travel-insurance. You can buy, extend and claim online anytime – even if you’re already on the road.

Dangers and annoyances

Tigers, leopards, elephants and rhinos are all quite capable of killing humans, and there have been some serious attacks on tourists. Most people have a good experience on jungle walks, but you should be aware that there’s a small but...

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