Trip Start Jan 16, 2009
52Trip End Nov 20, 2009
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Our first excursion inside the park was a canoe ride on the river (there we saw a couple of crocodiles), followed by a jungle walk. The walk was however quite a disappointment, because first of all, instead of seeing any animals, we just saw three other tourist groups, and secondly, our group was rather big: eight tourists and two guides whereas I felt that the maximum size of a group should be something like three or four plus the guides
The next morning we had the elephant ride, which is a nice idea of course, since the animals don’t care about the presence of elephants (and people on them), while they would be scared of alien humans walking by themselves, let alone driving a car. It’s of course also safer as even the potentially aggressive rhinos will leave you alone if you’re on an elephant. However, it turned out that the elephant rides also had many of the downsides I mentioned in the previous chapter. At this time we were anyway able to spot some rhinos, although after we approached them, there were soon 15 other elephants carrying wondering tourists around us. Also the empty water bottles lying on the ground were quite frequent.
In addition to those, we also had a cycling trip near the national park border and we saw different kinds of deer, some birds and a small crocodile. During our two and a half day stay we also visited elephant breeding centre, where we saw some small elephants, but that wasn’t much different from your average zoo really.
All in all, my experience in Chitwan wasn’t really great. Maybe it would have been different if I had had more days and been able to do a four day jungle walk and hence gone beyond the most crowded parts of the park, though I’m not sure if I would have managed four days as the days were extremely hot, much hotter than elsewhere in Nepal I’ve been.
From Chitwan, we head back to Kathmandu for a day after which I’ll go to Pokhara for a week and Kai flies back home.