Nārāyanī Zone

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  • Day9

    Local Tharu village by Ox Cart

    May 9 in Nepal ⋅ ☀️ 39 °C

    Another interesting excursion, we went by ox cart to the local Tharu village and visited a couple of the homes and chatted to some residents. One of the homes we visited belongs to the sister of one of the guides at the resort . Another belongs to is a 77 year old man who has 2 sons 4 daughters, 18 grandchildren and relaxes by smoking marijuana and watching animal documentaries.

    Chitwan National Park is the Homeland of the Tharu people who are the original tribe of this region. They have their own language, culture and traditional beliefs. They were the only inhabitants of Chitwan up until the late 1950s.
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  • Day9

    Sunset over the Jungle and Cornfields

    May 9 in Nepal ⋅ 🌙 33 °C

    The Chitwan Jungle part of our holiday is nearly over. So the sunset over the cornfields and jungle will be something to remember about Chitwan.

    Tomorrow we head back to Kathmandu.

    Fit Bit Stats:
    11,451 Steps
    2 Flights of Stairs
    7.92 km

  • Day11

    Chitwan National Park – Sauraha

    October 28 in Nepal ⋅ ⛅ 27 °C

    Chitwan National Park is situated in a huge lowland area in central south Nepal and covers an area of 932 sq km. It was originally a hunting reserve in the 19th century inhabited by the local indigenous Tharu population, but an extensive malaria eradication program using DDT in 1954 meant that many other people could move into the area and the subsequent loss of natural habitat caused a reduction in the diversity and quantity of species. King Mahendra stopped this by making the area a royal reserve which eventually became a national park in 1973 and some 22,000 people were relocated outside of the park. With the Maoist insurgency from 1996-2006, however, the army was unable to protect against poaching and further reduction in species number and diversity followed. Now the army is back – and very much in evidence – and species number and diversity has increased; by 2017 there were in excess of 600 one-horned Indian rhino, characterised by their large plates, and approx 140 Royal Bengal tigers.

    After lunch, it was an ox cart tour through Sauhara to Bhagmara to visit a local Tharu village to see their communal living style and houses; these are built with reed and have a mixture of mud and cow dung smoothed over the surface. They speak a different language to Nepali.
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  • Day12

    Chitwan National Park – Mammals

    October 29 in Nepal ⋅ ☁️ 28 °C

    We arrived at our destination, Rhino Lodge in Sauraha, via the Mahendra Highway and Bharatpur, at about 11:00am. After lunch, we went on a jeep safari to the Bis Hajar Tal wetland area (aka 20,000 lakes) in the Chitwan NP buffer zone. We saw various species of birds and other animals before returning to a community forest on the edge of Sauraha where we saw the heavily plated one-horned Indian rhinoceros in the flesh! We saw another one around 9:00pm as a rhino had wandered into the lodge grounds!

    Next day, we were up early for a dugout canoe trip followed by a 2-hour forest walk in the Chitwan NP. Birds, crocodiles and rhino were seen (see subsequent posts). This was a lot of fun and the 6:45am departure was worth the effort as it gets hot here later in the morning.

    During the course of our visit here we saw the following mammals:
    - Indian rhinoceros
    - Rhesus monkey
    - Spotted deer
    - Tiger 🙄
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  • Day115

    Lumbini - short stopover

    September 12, 2017 in Nepal ⋅ ☁️ 15 °C

    After yet another tiring 7 hour car ride (for 200 Km) we arrived in Lumbini - where Buddha was born. Only a few Km from the indian boarder, this place is poorer, than all the others, we've stayed in so far. After checking out the most important sights (Birthplace tempel, stone, baby buddha and the eternal peace flame) we took an early night and saw the international tempels today. Even visited the german buddhist tempel! After a 4 hour drive to Chitwan, already saw 3 elephants today...Read more

  • Day217

    Chitwan Nationalpark

    April 3, 2018 in Nepal ⋅ ⛅ 20 °C

    We didn’t expect a nationalpark in a poor country like Nepal to be so well maintained (although it is world-famous). It was absolutely amazing (and scary!) to hike through the high elephant grass in this beautiful jungle, knowing that there were dangerous, wild animals (the Bengal tiger as well!) around. But in fact we're looking for them, the two of us with two guides, one in the front, one in the back, armed with bamboo sticks. Our safety procedures were a mixture of running zigzag, climbing a tree and punching the rhino's nose with the bamboo :) When we encountered a rhino mummy with its baby in the high grass, we were overwhelmed and felt that our guides were even more scared than us...

    Canoeing in the smooth, sluggish Rapti river, which is the natural border of the park and full with crocodiles wasn’t that scary but great to watch colorful birds like kingfishers, peacocks, herons, storks and many more.

    A half-day jeep safari gave us the chance to see a larger area of the park and the continuous change of vegetation alone would have been absolutely worth it. But we saw more rhinos (grazing and bathing), a black bear, deers, bisons and monkeys and were so happy to see all this wildlife!

    Some notes on the elephants: There are many wild elephants in the deeper areas of the park. Unfortunately, we didn’t see one. The elephants we saw were all ranger or government elephants, they are treated well and spend their whole day in the park, eating, bathing and playing, doing what they want, accompanied by a ranger who counts animals or takes care of the park (the elephants allow the ranger to get close to the wild animals without scaring them away). Since this measure was established among with others, they say there has been no poaching anymore although still Chinese people come to pay poor Nepalese to hunt rhinos for their horns.
    Back to the elephants: The ranger elephants are taken back into elephant camps around the park at night where they need to be put in chains, at least in the mating season. Recent projects to keep them in fenced enclosures failed because elephants are just too smart. They learned how to switch off the electricity and overcome the fence, wild elephants came to make them pregnant or they rampaged in the villages. We don’t like animals being captivated but in this case it‘s necessary to preserve the park. Good news: Elephant riding tourism is declining, it’s been banned from the park and is only allowed in the bufferzones around. Several projects are doing a great job in training elephant owners and raising awareness for proper treatment. Some are offering alternatives such as accompanying elephants for a couple of hours to watch them while they’re doing what they want and eventually feeding them.

    By the way: The hygienic conditions in general have not been easy from the first day in Nepal and we can feel that it is the poorest country we’ve ever been to. Not surprisingly, Silke got sick.. However, we went back on the road, going slowly after a couple of rest days. And these days we’re even trekking the Annapurna Circuit, impressions will follow, but connections are quite difficult in the remote area we’re in at the moment :)
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  • Day243

    Day 2 in Chitwan National Park

    April 28 in Nepal ⋅ ☀️ 30 °C

    Hello again! We have just finished our second and last day here in Chitwan! Today we started with a drive on the back of a truck and we were all standing which we would never be able to do in Canada! After that we came to the river and did a 1 hour canoe ride where we saw crocodiles and lots of very colourful kingfishers! After the boat ride we went on a nature walk but before, our guide warned us about what to do if a rhino or an elephant or a sloth bear or even a tiger tried to attack us! He told us stuff like you have to climb a tree up to higher than 6 feet up so that the rhino can’t hit you with their horn or that if you see a bear you have to hit him on the nose with a stick! Fortunately we made it through the whole dense forest without getting attacked! In the middle of our hike we saw a lake covered in a type of flower which grows very quickly and takes over lakes so we saw people yanking them out before they grow any bigger! After the lake we saw lots of termite mounds and a strangler vine wrapping between two trees and we got to climb it! We also saw some deer horns and Dale and I tried them on! Near the end I called out “look a bear!” But when it emerged from it’s hiding place it was actually just a wild buffalo! After the walk we went to an elephant breeding centre and we saw lots of baby elephants and one baby snuck out of its pen and started walking around with the tourists! After the elephants we took a bus back to our hotel for lunch. After lunch we took a half an hour car ride to a river which we crossed on a boat like the one at the start of the day. We got into a safari Jeep and started riding up an old dirt path through the jungle. The safari started slow and we didn’t see any animals for the first half hour we saw that a tour group had stopped and were looking in awe at a tree! When we got closer we couldn’t see anything unique on the tree or anywhere around it. Then our guide (who was also fascinated) said “Look! Squirrel! We all laughed when we realized they were staring at a chipmunk! After that we kept going through the jungle swapping with grasslands every 10 minutes or so and we saw stuff like peacocks and more chipmunks and every time we saw one, the car would stop so the guide could say things like “the male peacock is more colourful then the female” then we would have to restart the car and keep going. After about two hours of driving we came to a lake and grazing beside the lake was a rhinoceros and in the lake was the top of a rhino head and the tip of a horn and every few seconds he would let out a breath and bubbles would form around his horn! We continued through the jungle having to cross another Jeep every once in awhile which the driver did with great ease! About an hour later we came to an alligator breeding centre and we saw 1 year old alligators up to 40 year old alligators and they were all either swimming or basking in the sun. We stayed there for about 30 minutes and after that we saw a mommy deer with a baby deer and we saw a daddy deer with huge horns coming out of his head! At the end we saw lots more animals but they were mostly the same as before. We saw more rhinos and more peacocks and some crocodiles which I could swear were actually just rock because it never moved once but the guide sounded sure of himself when he said it was a crocodile! At the end we got out of the Jeep and said goodbye to the driver. We went across the river again and we took the drive back to our apartment. I have to go now so I can go see a cultural dance event but I will be sure to talk to you all again soon! Bye for now! Ciao, Adios, Au Revoir
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  • Day5

    Chitwan National Park

    February 23 in Nepal ⋅ ☀️ 28 °C

    ...erste Fusstour durch den Chitwan National Park mit Nashornsichtung...
    Der Chitwan-Nationalpark ist ein für seine Artenvielfalt bekanntes Naturschutzgebiet im Terai-Tiefland im südlichen zentralen Nepal. Seine dichten Wälder und Grasebenen beheimaten seltene Säugetiere wie das Panzernashorn und den Königstiger. Der Park ist auch ein Schutzraum für zahlreiche Vogelarten wie den Doppelhornvogel. Einbaumkanus überqueren den Rapti-Fluss, in dem Krokodile leben. Im Park befindet sich auch der Balmiki Ashram, eine hinduistische Pilgerstätte.
    Bild 5: Bombax Ceiba, rote Seidenbaumwolle Baum
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  • Day61

    Safari "Action"

    November 22 in Nepal ⋅ ☀️ 18 °C

    Den Rafting Ausflug noch in den Knochen werden wir am morgen, nach fantastischem Nepali Breakfast in den Bus gesetzt.

    2,5h Richtung Chitwan-National Park.

    Der 1973 gegründete Park beherbergt unter anderem Elefanten, Nashörner, Tiger, Affen, Rehe und eine Vielzahl an verschiedenen Vogel-Arten sowie Krokodile und Wasserschildkröten.

    Bevor der Nationalpark gegründet wurde, war das Gebiet als Jagd Revier des Königs bekannt - zum Glück hat man sich aber für die Erhaltung der Tiere entschieden.

    Zwei Aufzucht Center gibt es im Park, die wir beide besuchen. Eines für Elefanten, eines für Krokodile.
    Das Elefanten Breeding Center ist leider nicht so nach unserem Geschmack. Es dreht sich mehr darum, die Elefanten zu Arbeitstieren auszubilden, für Jungle Arbeit oder um Touristen reiten zu lassen. Es ist schwer hier ein Urteil zu fällen - gut für die Elefanten finden wir es nicht. Die Menschen hier sind aber davon abhängig...
    Im Krokodil Center sieht es anders aus - dort werden die Tiere die kurz vor dem aussterben waren ( eine besondere Krokodil Art) aufgezogen und in die Wildnis ausgesetzt wenn sie 1,5 m gross sind.

    Warum aber erzählen wir das alles? Es soll doch um Safari gehen.
    Also, jetzt alle Tiere die wir auf Safari gesehen haben:


    Jupp. Drei Vögel, zwei Krokodile und ein paar Rehe. Krokodile an sich sind ja sehr cool, aber die gibt es um den Nationalpark en hauf.

    Wir wissen, dass Safari Glücksache ist, auch, dass die Tiere ihren eigenen Rhythmus haben und nach ihren Gewohnheiten leben. Aber gar nichts zu sehen, in 5,5h Jeep Fahrt ist schon hart.

    Schade. Das drumherum war aber sehr nett: Kanu Fahrt mit Birdwatching, unser Guide Bhaskar, der sich rührend um uns gekümmert hat, der gemeinsame Village Walk, die Tharu Tanz Show. Viel Programm für wenig Zeit, aber meist unterhaltsam!

    Nun geht es weiter Richtung Pokhara - 3 Tage werden wir dort die Gegend erkunden.
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  • Day6

    Chitwan Nationalpark

    February 24 in Nepal ⋅ ⛅ 27 °C

    ...auf der Jeepsafari gab es Pfaue, diverse Affen, Krokodile, Gaviale, verschiedene Vogelarten, versteckte Nashörner oder Büffel sowie Warane und nepalesische Bären zu sehen...ein Tiger, von den 94 dort lebenden, wollte sich nicht blicken lassen...dafür kamen gegen Abend die Rotwild Bestände zum Vorschein...Read more

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Nārāyanī Zone, Narayani Zone

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