Day 4. Drive to Chitwan National Park
We head west out of the Kathmandu Valley this morning. From the rim of the valley we descend down a series of breathtaking zig-zags. From Mugling we follow the Trisuli River south into the Terai, the narrow forested lowland strip that stretches the full width of the southern border of Nepal. We aim to arrive at Chitwan by early afternoon, then take an afternoon village walk close to the park to orientate ourselves. Chitwan is the oldest and best known of the national parks in Nepal. It consists of swamp, tall elephant grass and dense forest, and is a natural habitat for tiger, Great One-horned Indian Rhino, leopard, wild sloth and bear to name but a few.
Day 5. In Chitwan National Park
Throughout your stay you will be kept busy during the day (except for a couple of hours around lunch time when you can relax in the sun with a cold drink). Activities in the Park include an elephant back safari searching out the onehorned rhino, birdwatching, village walks and a dugout canoe trip along the Rapti River. However it’s not all hard work. The lodge staff prepare good meals and there is a long break in the middle of the day. You can read, relax in a deck chair in the shade of a Sal tree or even go down for a stroll along the river.
This is the best (and safest) way of searching for game in this sanctuary. Though the elephant may make quite a noise pushing its way through the dense jungle the other animals know that it poses them no danger and seem to completely ignore it. Canoeing. (Dependent on the water level). Float silently down the Rapti river in a traditional dugout canoe. Village Walks. In the company of a local guide you can walk into the local Tharu village, the traditional inhabitants of the Chitwan area. Bird Watching. More than 350 species are to be found here: an early morning walk near the river will reveal many. Again, a local guide will help you get the best enjoyment and interest from these excursions.
Day 6. Drive to Bhairahawa
This morning we have the chance to do more game drives or walks/rides in the park before driving to Bhairahawa (approximately 5 hours) near the Indian border, where we spend the night.
© Gary Bennett