Nepal 4: Chitwan National Park and Kathmandu

After a 6-hour bus trip from Pokhara, we arrived in Sauhara – a tiny town on the border of Chitwan National Park. Goal of the visit: to see as many of the rare animal species as possible. Once arrived, we were quick to arrange our activities for the days to come: a full day jungle trek for the next day, and an elephant safari (safari ON an elephant that is) the day after that. Including the mandatory permits, the price tag amounted to about 60 USD per person, which was very un-Nepal-like. The rest of the day, we enjoyed the village and its surroundings on foot: we spotted crocodiles, elephants and had the best Nepali cuisine ever for about 3 USD.

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The day of the full day trek was a rainy day, which drastically reduced the chances of seeing wildlife – we were told. The day started at 6:45 with a two hour canoe ride:

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We spotted many beautiful birds, deer, crocodiles, and … a RHINO ! Our guide spotted it sleeping under the bushes on the riverbank. We parked our canoe, and quietly walked up to about 10m from the animal. Very exciting stuff.

After about two hours, we continued on foot. The day can be summed up as follows: we saw a couple of animals, and a LOT of mud. Here are a few pictures (both our recording devices lack decent zooming properties, so to find the animal in the picture is a bit of a safari for you guys as well 😛 ):

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The day after we went for an elephant ride in the park. No more rhinos were seen that day, but the other animals were not as afraid of us as they had been when we were on foot. The ride was very (!) bumpy, but a nice experience nonetheless.

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In the afternoon, we rented a bicycle and went to the Elephant Breeding Center. It was a relatively boring collection of Elephants chained to poles, until one baby ‘escaped’:

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After our days in Chitwan, we took the bus back to Kathmandu. That afternoon, we went to see the Monkey Temple. Here is some footage:

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After a great night of sleep at the Elbrus Home hostel (an AMAZING place), we went to the airport to fly to Delhi. Or so we thought… (read all about it in our next post, spoiler: the airport was closed)

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