Between the animals (with my mind in the clouds)
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Chitwan is known for Chitwan National Park, formally known as Royal Chitwan National Park. It's a big park where animals can be seen in there own environement. You have the opportunity to see Crocodiles, Elephants, Tigers, all kinds of birds, although non of that is sure, with an exception for the elephants, because they keep them apart, so you can ride their back true the jungle. I didn't do that, because of my respect to those animals. By that I don't mean that people taking the ride have no respect, it's my opinion for myself that I won't ride them.
We got to Chitwan after a rafting of 2 days on Trisuli river. It's an easy river for rafting, but it was fun. We spend the night on a beach, where our crew put some tents for us, and cokked us a delicious meal.
On the rafting the fun was fighting the little waves, getting wet, and trying to stay in the boat. Something we all managed, but a Dutch girl fell out of one of the other boats we passed, and I must say...she looked pretty messed up at first. I think it must be tough...falling out of the boat, in the middle of a semi-rough part of the water. Trying to keep your head up, watching out for rocks you might bump to. I wouldn't feel at ease myself.
Chitwan was hot, and walking in the free nature wasn't the same as walking in the mountains, to me. I must admit, my heart was still in the mountains, and joining my soulmate Tenzin, whome went back to Australia, after our meeting in Pokhara. As I said, I was still enjoying the feelings I had in the mountains, so I got to enjoy the moments, but I wasn't really in Chitwan with all of my sences, which doesn't mean I didn't experience anything over there. Taking a canoo drive over the water, between croco's and birds, gave me a special feeling. Because the boat was so low and you were so close to the water, it had something special to me. Not fear, more like excitement!
As I told you at the beginning, I din't take the elephant ride true the jungle.
This walk and talk made my stay in Chitwan much richer as it would have been without it, and it even stimulated my interest for religions even more.
The last evening (of the three days) we went to see a show of local dancers, dences that were performed years and years ago in that part of the country. Again, also this was fascinating to me. The power, the difficulty, the joy on the dancers face and in their behaviour...that's what makes people rich I think.
As I wasn't too fond of visiting Chitwan at first, refering too much to the mountains in my mind, I must say it turned out to be a very special three days, but not really the Nature park on its own. More the things I saw, felt and experienced around there.