Chitwan National Park

Trip Start Feb 14, 2010
Trip End Sep 15, 2011

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Flag of Nepal  , Central Region,
Tuesday, February 21, 2012

After a week in Nepal, finding a rhythm to the (dis)order of Kathmandu, I jumped aboard a bus bound for the lower lands of the Terai. An exceptionally winding, bumpy-as-hell route along a precipitous terrain of steep cliffs and gorges, there's an unspoken hope the bus driver doesn't veer too far off the road. Been on my fare share of bus rides, and the existence of these roads is impressive. Nepal is a country spread only 14% flat, the rest immensely mountainous.

Traveling down to Chitwan National Park brought warmer temperatures, and a look into the life of the country in the mild terrain of the lower region. A morning canoe ride swept us down the river, passing many species of birds, and some crocodile. Shortly after setting out on foot through the bush, we turned a corner to find a rhino a mere 30 feet away, closer than we would have intentionally approached or have even been allowed by the rhino in an open environment. It was mildly alarming, watching it's nostrils flare and ears acknowledge us, but mostly awesome.

Our Nepali friend, Prem, invited us to visit his village home, where we met his parents and had the opportunity to have a glimpse into the simplicities of local life. A world very much apart from what the rest of us know.

After a couple days in the National Park, back on a bus bound for Pokhara. 
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