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Day 2: Just in time to catch the last of the Elephant Festival. & we left with Elephant Dung

 

Chitwan National Park
Good Morning!

We woke up for breakfast at 7am in the morning and left Royal Singi Hotel at 8am. The weather was cold and good and I am recovering from my flu. Everything still taste blend though – it was the first time I was religious about my antibiotics, keeping to the schedule and finishing the course.

 

So we had a stop over for Ram to have his lunch. Nepali people have only 2 meals a day – The first meal is lunch at 9am when they will have their food and milk tea. I wonder why they call it lunch when it is really actually breakfast. Then they leave for work and don’t eat till they reach home at about 6 or 7pm. This is because Nepali people normally work through the day and do not eat out, so the only time they get to eat is when they are at home to cook for themselves. That’s why many Nepali develop bad gastric problems. This is one of the times when culture or habits need to be changed.

 

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The best Masala Tea. It has oil on it!

 

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This little girl danced for us! Video coming up soon!

At the stop over, we had our first taste of Masala Tea. It was thick and delicious! I was surprised to see oil in the tea and we thought butter was added to the tea to make it thicker. I later found out, much to my embarrassment, that the oil was from the fresh milk used to make the milk tea. How obvious and dumb of me…

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Scenery at the stop

 

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First Traffic Jam, and it’s a very long single lined one!

From here, we met our first traffic jam. Jams are rampant in Nepal, especially since it is a developing country and there are many trucks around. Many of these truck drivers like parking their big vehicle at the road side, and if they do not wake up in time to move it, or their vehicle slides down the muddy slope into the main road, it stops the on going traffic causing a jam. So we alighted and do what tourists do best – taking photos.

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Cam-whores!
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Enjoying the Scenery

 

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A Goat just gave birth! The woman is supporting the kid to get some milk

Halfway through, I needed the toilet so we stopped over next to a hut. To my surprise, it’s a public toilet and a rather clean one. No flies except for a bee. I was so afraid the bee would sting me! Out from the hut, we had our first goat sighting. I am convinced that the goat had just given birth as there was blood on her backside and her kid looked wobbly. A woman was supporting the kid to get some milk from the mommy goat.

 

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Sights on the road
Chitwan
Sights on the road

 

Soon, we were greeted by great fields of yellow flowers – the mustang flowers. The flower is used to produce oil good for cooking and body application. There were so many farmers planting the mustang flowers and it was near harvesting season, covering Chitwan with a sea of yellow.

 

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Mustang Flower Field

Our driver, Ram, played host and started introducing parts of Chitwan to us. It was when we learnt that today was the last day of the annual Elephant Festival where we can catch the big creature race, kick football and then taking part in the pageant contest. By then, we only had 1.5hr to the end of the festival.

 

From then it was a mad rush: We convinced the sly hotel host at Jungle Safari Resort to agree to change the itinerary and bring us to the Elephant Festival. From there, we checked in, dumped our luggage in the room,  finished lunch in 15min, only to have the host trying to default the tour after lunch. Fortunately, a guide, Dave, who was sweeping the entrance floor, overheard our conversation and offered his service, so we walked very quickly to the festival.

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Lunch! With damn good soup! ( I think it was some mixed beans soup)
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I don’t know but I thought Bananas in Nepal looks funny
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Chitwan Nature Reserve Map
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On the way to the Elephant Festival

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This is me! And this is my backview! Looking good! 😛

 

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Some weird looking advertisement painting! A chopped off goat’s head while still looking rather alive, live stock and a chopped up obviously dead chicken… I wonder if they have some hidden meaning behind the images!
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HORDES of PEOPLE
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Chickens sightings along the way!

 

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People at the Nepal Elephant Festival

My there were hordes of people! We were just in time to catch the elephants kick the last few balls of the game. Dave was really good, asking the locals to siam, giving me a ‘first class’ view of the show. I was really surprised the locals made way for me without much fuss. I guess to them, the tourists are guests and important people who can help boost their economy, thus we are treated with a certain degree of tolerance and respect.

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Colorful ballons in different shapes and sizes!
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People climbing up make shift stilts with endorsements – This is their VIP seat
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Endorsements – Advertising in Nepal. Did you see my ad on a elephant too? 😛
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Elephants playing football!!!

Although we did not manage to catch the full race, but we took photos with the beauty queen of this year’s pagent, a 14 months pregnant elephant. She even had a nicer looking nail color than mine!

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Winner of the yearly Elephant Pageant
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2013 Winner of the annial Elephant Pageant
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I don’t have my toenails painted! She’s more vain than me!

So while the contestants of the Elephant Beauty contest were hoarded around for a last display, they kind of formed a semi-circle, and started relieving themselves! So there are are, witnessing gigantic shit the size of human head dropping from a gigantic hole underneath the Elephant’s tail and steaming hot pee hosing out as though extinguishing a fire. I am not over-exaggerating.

Then Dave started taking over the camera and got us to go nearer… and nearer…till we are right behind the elephants. So here’s the million dollar photo we risked the danger of having poop and pee on us anytime, just to share with you the experience!

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Elephant DUNG!

 

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Some photos on exhibition and sale. I should put mine up too ya!

Environmental point 1

At the bazaar, we caught sight of some interesting notebooks that looks alittle like lokta paper, but cooler with more moisture. Turns out, the paper were made from elephant dung!

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Elephant Dung Notebooks!

Yes, elephant dung, and we bought it.

 

There was no foul smell at all. What the locals did was to collect the dung (which is only 50% digested by the elephant), boil it, then lay them into thin sheets. Once dry, they become paper. How creative and environmental friendly!

 

Environmental point 2

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Leaf Bowls

Their traditional bowls were also very environmental friendly- big pieces of leaves weaved together with bamboo fibers into the shape of a bowl. Littering was everywhere, but the bowls will then decompose very quickly and absorb back into the ground as fertislizer.

 

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Rice wrapped in leaf – a traditional delicacy

The chitwan tribe name is Tharu and they have their very own set of delicacies. We tried their curry duck – the meat was tough but chewy and the taste was good. It was too hot for me so Shawn finished it off. A pity we did not try the Rice wrapped in the leaf as we thought it was just any other normal rice. Will definitely try it again next time!

 

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Traditional Duck Meat dish
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Dave just took over the camera himself!
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Cooking in the great outdoors – helps with the cold

 

Environmental point 3

We took a horse cart ride back to where we were supposed to be – a light trek into the Jungle safari. As we’ve learnt from the guide, a ride range from 150 – 500r. There was a little misunderstanding as he previously thought we wanted to know the price of the whole cart – whch was actually 500k nepali rupee. Way too expensive for a ride, but affordable to start the business. Our guide bargained and we got it for 100r. Apparently, hitch hiking in Nepal is common too and we had a passenger who simply hopped onto our cart, and quickly alighted without our knowledge.

 

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Horse Carriage

 

Elephant Breeding Ground

 

The rest of the day was walking, exploring the safari and discovering poop. Enjoy the photos!

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Chitwan Elephant Breeding Ground
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Chitwan Elephant Breeding Ground
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A herd of cute and friendly goats walking towards us
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Me taking down some notes. Ain’t I hardworking?!
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A lovely romantic stroll with Dave. Shawn took this picture as evidence.
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Us! ^.^
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Us fooling around. Dave had some fun too
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My handsome boy
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What’s a adventure without leaving alittle bit of our Singapore culture behind? So we taught Dave the meaning of Jump Shots!
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Me and Shawn showing how it’s done.
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Now Dave’s a star!
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Some tourist on a elephant tour at the other side of the Safari where the wild animals are
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Admiring the sunset
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We balanced our way across!
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A dragonfly!

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I just wanted to touch the waters 😛
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Relaxing and enjoying nature’s remedy
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One of my fav pictures
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The famous Chitwan Sunset.

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Delicious Pumpkin Soup!
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The chicken wasn’t so nice… but the vegetables were exceptionally good!
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Some boring cultural dance… I fell asleep here until the fire dance finale.

Only day 1 at Chitwan and I am proclaiming they have the best soup I’ve tasted in my whole life. After dinner was a boring cultural dance, which I fell asleep 😛

Finally, lets take a look at the hotel room. Really really basic, with not much amenities, old, but surprisingly clean! I regretted not taking a picture of the door, which has the old classic heavy padlock with 4 locks from the inside. It really looks like a safe place to hide from a attacking tiger!

There, we experienced our first 2hour blackout. There was absolutely NO ELECTRICITY at all. No light, no heater, no nothing. Just 2 city beings lost in the wild. Blackouts are common in Nepal as the government sells the electricity to India. It’s especially so in Chitwan where it is further from the city and has no generator & backup power. It’s a great back to basics experience. For parents who want our children to experience the meaning of back to basics, consider Chitwan.

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Good night!

 

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