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A November 2000 trip to Nepal by Ozzy-Dave

Map of the Sauraha Area of Chitwan Photo, Nepal, Asia More Photos
Quote: Nepal is a land of incredible contrasts, where life imitates the landscape. The gulf between rich and poor is reflected in the contrast between the 5-mile peaks of the Himalaya in the north and the tropical forests of the southern Terai plains, an area boasting one of Asia’s best wildlife experiences.

Nepals Wild Kingdom

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Overview

Map of the Sauraha Area of Chitwan Photo, Nepal, Asia
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You nature, culture and wildlife junkies are going to love this place. Here's why: 1. The abundance of wildlife - it's just about on your doorstep. You won't have to go far to enjoy the riches of this park. 2. The atmosphere - it's a hackneyed phrase, but I can't think of anything else. The solitude and peace of the rural setting contribute to a real soulful experience. 3. No pollution - if you've spent any time in the Kathmandu Valley you'll appreciate this. 4. Terai culture - regular cultural performances are conducted in Sauraha or you can explore the fascinating local Tharu villages independently. 5. More specifically; tracking a rhinoceros on foot, discovering f...Read More

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Hotel

Royal Park Hotel Photo, Nepal, Asia
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It took the bus from Kathmandu five hours to get to the National Park border village of Chitrasali. The roads were quite good most of the way and there are views of fog-laden terraced valleys as the road follows the Trisuli and Narayami Rivers. The landscape then changes markedly near Narayanghat to lowland tropical forest and grassland dotted with the occasional village and more than occasional elephant. TIP: Sit on the right hand side of the bus for the best views. At the Chitrasali bus stop the scene resembles the first day of a Christmas Sale. 100 touts prepare for battle in the hope that you haven''t booked anywhere to stay. We were OK because we''d organised something from Kat...Read More

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Royal Park Hotel
Sauraha Village, Royal Chitwan National Park

Royal Chitwan National Park

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Attraction | "Elephant Trekking - part one"

Royal Chitwan National Park Photo, Chitwan, Nepal
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We did two elephant treks. One through the jungle of the park, the purpose being to view other wildlife. The other trek was through the grasslands bordering the park, also viewing wildlife, but with the additional purpose of visiting some of the Tharu villages and experience the contrasting environment. I'll deal with each trek separately, but first a couple of tips: 1. Prepare yourself to be uncomfortable. You'll be riding in what is basically an upturned table. Anything longer than a couple of hours and you'll have trouble walking again! Try and convince the elephant's owner to le tyou ride on the neck for a while - it's much more comfortable. 2. Bring fast film for your camera and a tele...Read More

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Royal Chitwan National Park
Chitwan District of the Narayani
Chitwan, Nepal

Royal Chitwan National Park

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Attraction | "Elephant Trekking - part two"

Royal Chitwan National Park Photo, Chitwan, Nepal
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THE SECOND TREK Our second trek was a couple of days later when our muscles had recovered - or so we thought. We climbed aboard around 3pm for a three, yes three, hour journey along the park boundary. My bum ached just in anticipation. SPECIAL NOTE:The elephants we are on today are privately owned. Painted with cool designs, these guys look so much happier than the government-owned elephants of our first trek. The owners sang to them during our trip, letting them stop regularly to drink and graze on the juicy forest. Our route took us to the northeast, along a corridor of jungle and grassland, punctuated with the occasional Tharu village of mud brick houses. The opport...Read More

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Royal Chitwan National Park
Chitwan District of the Narayani
Chitwan, Nepal

Nepals Wild Kingdom

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Story/Tip

Be vewwy quiet... Photo, Nepal, Asia
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Nepal's Wild Kingdomby Dave Underwood "They can’t see very well, but their sense of smell makes up for it." "If they charge, run in a zigzag and throw something away to distract them. Oh, and if there’s a tree, climb it." That ended the safety instruction from Padam, our guide for today’s safari. Padam also had a stick and a 6-inch knife, reassuring defence against a charging rhinoceros or marauding tiger. I suppose I could back him up with harsh language if we were attacked. Nepal is a land of incredible contrasts, where life imitates the landscape. The gulf between rich and poor is reflected in the contrast between the 5-mile peaks of the Himalaya in th...Read More