Chitwan Travel Blog› entry 11 of 13 › view all entries
Well, we made it through the Sun Koshi! It was an amazing and quite adventurous river trip, and we will have pictures to show and stories to tell...later. We got off the river on the 19th and had a nice big lunch of dal bhat, then we hopped on the bus- and that was an epic ride. First, we got a flat tire, then we had some problems with the 'rear differential,' which meant we stopped in a small, and I mean small, town for a couple of hours just after dusk and fought off fierce swarms of mosquitos while the guides worked on it with a hammer and some flashlights by the side of the road...I really admire them for their tenacity! Then we arrived in Chitwan around five in the morning. Did I mention that these busses have no semblance of shocks and that we rode about fifteen hours with a group of 20 or so other sweaty, smelly river funktified people like ourselves, some of whom were very disagreeable, who had all spent the last eight days on the river together? And that the roads are NOT paved? And we skipped dinner? And that only me (Kay), Marc, Kalu, Leen, Spencer, Amber and Mike got off at Chitwan? The rest of the group we had boated with, including our guides, some nice new friends and our dear Anna, had to ride another six hours back to Kathmandu.
The first thing I noticed was how sweet the air smells, like gardenias. Kalu and Leen have it all figured out- we are staying just outside the park in a great hotel which feels very luxurious after sleeping on the river for a week. Yesturday, we slept off the bus ride all morning and then after lunch (and another nap) we rode bikes out to the elephant breeding grounds at dusk where we actually petted some baby elephants. Amazing. We saw a slide show last night about all the wildlife in the park. This morning we went on a bird-watching canoe ride into the park and did a safari walk, sighting monkeys high up in the trees and wild chickens down low.