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Nov 21, 2010 - Chitwan National Park

Aug in Aug mit in freier Wildbahn lebenden Nashoernern beim Abendspaziergang, nur 3m entfernt, unten am Fluss. 1 Armbreite trennt uns von den Krokodilen bei der Kanufahrt. Auf Elefantenruecken geniessen wir eine Dschungelsafari, erspaehen Affen, Rotwild und 100 verschiedene Nuancen an gruen dieses Regenwaldes. Mit dem Velo erkunden wir die umliegenden Ortschaften und das junge Elefantenzwillingspaar des Elephant Breeding Centers. Zu Fuss folgen wir 2 Rangern, die nur mit 2 bambusrohren bewaffnet sind, in den Dschungel. Mit wilden...

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Dec 12, 2009 - Nepal - Royal Chitwan National Park

We decided to visit Royal Chitwan National Park, which is in the south of Nepal. We had met various people on the trail who had mixed reviews of Chitwan, but the overall impression was that it was worth a visit to relax and chill out but don't expect too much. After 4 months in Africa where we saw some many fantastic animals, we went with low expectations. Any bus journey in Nepal is a nightmare and our trip to and from Chitwan were both no exception. On the way down to Chitwan, our bus broke down twice (gearbox problems) and then we struck...

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Apr 10, 2009 - Finally Home

I'm finally home after a two day journey. Thankfully everything went smoothly (except they confiscated two balls of my yarn at the Kathmandu airport - um....what??! Yeah, ignore the lighter and the bottle of 'liquid' (water) I had in my purse, but that yarn is clearly a threat!). After sleeping for 12 hours in the absolute quiet of my little bedroom, with Leo tucked safely under my arm and purring away, I started thinking about all that I've missed while I've been away, and all that I will miss now that I'm back. Things that I missed while...

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Apr 5, 2009 - Chitwan Safari

Back in Kathmandu again after 2 days in the jungles of Chitwan National Park. The trip was organized by my volunteer program and I joined up again with the other two volunteers for some fun in the sun. It was great to catch up with them again and hear about their adventures. Milan/Micah (Milan is his 'nepali' name), the 19 year old American, has had an experience fairly similar to mine with regards to his school situation, but Jay/Jacob (the 21 year old from Denmark) had a really remarkable experience in a remote village. He hasn't left the...

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Apr 1, 2009 - Chitwan Day 2

Namaste. Lots of interesting animal sounds overnight, but I'm pleased to report no wild animals broke in and I did not find any scorpions. Believe me, I checked everywhere! Woke up at 5.30 for another elephant safari at sunrise, but decided not to go and have a rest morning. At 9am we went on a 1.5 hour jungle safari on foot. I was right behind the 2 guides and asked them jokingly if they carried the big stick to fend off the tigers, and was promptly told "no, it is to fight off bear!" Oh bugger!! Scorpions and now bears!! Lunch at 1pm and...

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Dec 23, 2008 - Sauraha - Royal Chitwan National Park

With the promise of riding Indian elephants and seeing some bird and animal life, we decided to head down to the Royal Chitwan National Park for a few days over Christmas. We weren't particularly keen on staying in Pokhara, were the rave music from the night-clubs on the main street could be heard from our hotel a couple of hundred metres away until the early hours of the morning. We left early, on local busses, for Sauraha. Sauraha is a wonderful little tourist town on the border of the Royal Chitwan National Park. It is situated in the...

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The Elstons Go East

Sep 19, 2007 - Chitwan National Park

What's cooler then tracking rhinos in Nepal while riding on the back of an elephant??? I'll tell you: bathing the elephant in the river afterwards. What's cooler then that? I couldn't tell you because I think it's pretty much the coolest thing I've done. The morning of our elephant safari, our elephant picked us up at our hotel. We took a stroll through the village....yep, right down mainstreet, and then entered Chitwan National Park. We saw all kinds of animals, but the most amazing was definately the rhinos. The advantage of being on an...

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May 18, 2007 - Rhinos and Elephants and Monkeys, Oh My! Chitwan National Park

Matt: A noxious mix of dated Indian pop crackles over the speakers at high volume as the bus careens around hairpin corners with its front bumper almost scraping the curb. A slope drops away steeply below. I am briefly aware that, if we plummet to our deaths (as buses in Nepal do on a terrifyingly regular basis) it will be with that awful music as our soundtrack. We are travelling, albeit slowly, to Hetauda. From there we will catch another bus to Chitwan National Park. The bus rattles along, eventually bouncing our bags off the back seats...

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Feb 11, 2007 - Chitwan

Having exhausted all there was to do in Pokhara I jumped on a bus to the Royal Chitwan National Park. By the time I got there it had started to rain a little which curtailed any activities that afternoon. Instead of which I went to see the Tharu stick dancing show in the evening. The Tharu are the indigenous people of the region who live in characteristic mud hut villages and apparently came originally from the Thar desert in Rajasthan. They put on a traditional dancing show in the local town which is quaintly amateur and consists of some...

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If not now, when?

Nov 23, 2006 - Royal Chitwan National Park

As we had cut our trekking adventure short, we were able to spend a few days in exchange at Rainbow Safari resort at Chitwan National Park. After a 5 hour bus ride from Kathmandu, we arrived in Chitwan at 12:30pm. One of the employees from the company picked us up in a rough, open, jeep-type vehicle, along with three other Japanese tourists (from Nagasaki...I kept feeling like I had to apologize) and shuttled us about 5 km to our accomodations. Resort? Well, that's stretching it a bit. It was more like a 15 room motel with a small, but...

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Oct 21, 2006 - Royal Chitawan. Rhino's and more

It was so good to meet up with Norah and Lili. We haven't seen each other for 5 months and yet it seemed like only yesterday. We had a hearty Steak dinner(12 oz fillet mignon for 2 pounds) and a day of shopping and fun in the capital before heading on a 6 hour bus journey to the Indian border and Chitawan national park for an animal safari. We stopped at a roadside cafe and ate spicy samosas for breakfast washed down with Indian chai. The roads were very busy due to divali, there were people hanging off the back of buses everywhere we...

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The final chapter?

May 2, 2006 - Chitwan National Park - Nepal

Chitwan National Park, Nepal Another bus trip and I got a seat inside and we only broke down once so I can't complain. . We had our boy to jump out and put a rock under the wheel when he had to stop so we were quite safe. Snacks are available en-route including dried fish . The scenery was interesting so I was happy I had three days at the park and I was the only person at my guesthouse and on the organised tour. So I was treated like The Queen but it was a bit lonely. The troubles in Nepal have severely effected all the tourist places...

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Karen's Trip 2006

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