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Kathmandu Travel Blog

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Kathmandu....a valley surrounded by mountains with views of the himalayas...what a place to be! The change was instantanious as soon as we crossed the border- from the lanscape and flora to the way people looked and dressed, the way they decorated they're buses (like circus trucks!)...from what we could see, we loved it. We arrived in Kathmandu after a long but extremely scenic bus ride and found ourselves in Thamel, backpackers land. A busy, loud and colouful atmosphere full of hotels, restaurants, cashmere and pashmina shops and all the other garb you normally come across. We found a little hotel in a backstreet and based ourselves there for a few days...stumbling across the infamous Jen and Martin! yay! Along with thier Belgium mates we met in Tibet- Ollie and Sylvie. Sylvie had just had a bad case of food poisoning and Ollie happened to find us in the same restaurant that she got sick at ! Argh! We spent the next day doing some white water rafting down the Tusli rapids, then decided to leave the city for a few days and explore some jungle...

We caught a bus to Chitwan National Park which is meant to be the home to wild tigers, elephants, rhinos, sloth bears and various other wildlife! We did a 2 day jungle walk which you have to do with two guides at least (incase the rhinos try to kill you!! seriously!) one thought he was gods gift, the other had a huge obsession with birds. It was a cool walk...we saw wild elephants and sadly, a caged tiger (its mother killed locals while the tiger was a cub so it got to taste human flesh...not good) But the cage was a huge wooden structure that wasnt too restricting. We also went to this aligator conservation area, where they breed the Gariels....basically the same but with really really skinny snouts that bulb at the end. Strange!!! The third day we went on elephant back for a couple of hours which got us up real close to the rhinos which was really cool, then took turns to have a bath in the river with the elephant. They are so cheeky...you sit bareback on them and they suck water up their snouts and repeatedly squirt you till your completely drenched, then tip you in the river! Ha! Was so much fun. We had a great time. We headed back to Kathmandu for a few more nights then decided we were going to do the Annapurna Curcuit Trek! So we caught a bus to Pokhara...

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