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Journey Nepal Part 4: Wild times in Chitwan National Park

We woke up in the early morning and it’s freezing. Thankfully, we’re all prepared for winter so we put on our winter clothes from North Face. They were life savers! Meals at Chitwan Jungle Safari Lodge are one of the more delicious ones of the trip. They have a very home-cooked quality to it. Ask for a 2nd or even 3rd serving of their mushroom soups and oats!

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I never fancied oats till today
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My favorite kind of breakfast! Learning some Nepali at the same time.

Our transport took us to an elephant reserve nearby where we got to ride on elephants into the forests of Chitwan. Surrounded by morning mist, we spotted herds of wild boars, deers , rhinos, peacocks, monkeys, foxes and a whole myriad of animals.  With the early morning fog and cool weather, it was a truly magical experience straight out of a Bambi movie!

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It’s soo cold!

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Elephants – Ready, Get set, Go!
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I’ve forgotten what deer this is, but it is pretty big and not afraid of us and the Elephant.
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First Raindeer sighting!
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Peacocks
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Monkey!
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The most beautiful creature. We were very lucky to get a clear view!
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Beauty, up close.
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The Enchanted Forest.
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Fellow travellers feeding their elephant!
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Big cutie waiting for it’s bath!
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Awwwww what a poser!
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National Geographic Worthy shot??!! 😀
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Nothing just waiting around and watching the elephants bath 🙂

In the afternoon, we traversed the waters of Chitwan Safari in a long canoe made out of a tree trunk. These are incredibly sturdy and bring you close to the water surface. At times, you can spot large crocodiles basking under the sun by the banks of the river. We spotted these huge reptiles during our first trip but unfortunately, they went into hiding during our 2nd trip. To paddle in the canoe with these large magnificent creatures basking at our left and right is an exhilarating experience. Our guide tells us that the crocodiles only come out to bask for long periods during the coldest part of winter, which is around late December. Again, the foggy morning made the trip seem much more magical. There is a quiet serenity to the entire experience. Yet we were reminded about the struggles of life and death that lurks beneath the peaceful surface of nature. One crocodile surfaced about 5-10m away from our canoe and started swimming menacingly towards us. As it picked up speed, so did our boatman. Thankfully, perhaps because of the winter cold, the crocodile gave up chase after a few seconds.

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Boats made from a single tree
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Getting ready to go!
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Egret!
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Beauty of a untouched river
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Unspeakable beauty
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Unspeakable scenic
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Crocodiles!
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Travelling back to prehistoric days!
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Little bridie
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Peacock
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We were in this crocodile’s line of attack!
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Kingfisher!
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House on Stilts
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Women washing by the river

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And the boys bath and play!
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Searching and spotting
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Still, calmness
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Rowing off
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Rowing away
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Not forgetting to practice!
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Strangling vine. Kills it’s victim with it!
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Check out how strong it is!
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Spot the tiger!

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So close on foot to a Rhino!
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Marks of a Tiger claw…
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Nepalese women out to cut elephant grass
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Simply beautiful…
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Crossing the river for greener pastures
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Eating like a Nepali

To explore the safari, we opted for a 3hr jeep ride to go deeper into the forests of Chitwan. While most of the ride was relatively uneventfully (I even fell asleep), there were a few awesome sightings that more than made up for it. Right at the forest’s edge we spotted an egret’s nest with a pair of tiny birds. Going deeper, we caught up with wild boards, monitor lizards and a huge rhinoceros! The rhinoceros had a stare down with us for about 10 seconds before it bolted off. During that 10 seconds, everyone in the jeep were snapping away like crazy. yet trying our best not to move. It was a pretty intense 10 seconds. We stopped by a crocodile (or rather cayman) farm midway through the jeep trip – I’ve never seen so many of these reptiles in one place!

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Bumpy ride!
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Monitor Lizard
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Baby Egrets
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Wild Boar running away
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Not sure what it’s real name is, but the Nepalese call it the snake bird as it’s neck looks like a snake.
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Wheat grass against the sun.
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Guess what this is?
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A intense moment…
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These crocodiles only eat fish
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Those white things are man-eating crocodiles..
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Peacock, running away 😛
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The famous Chitwan sunset again ^.^
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Beautiful river
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Gorgeous sunset in Chitwan

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Coming out of the forests

 

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Love Birds!

We LOVE the Chitwan safari to bits. The nice cool weather in December makes trekking easy and the our guide is totally awesome. Request for Dave from Chitwan Jungle Safari Lodge as a guide, if you can. Dave is a simple yet honest person whose love for nature shines through. We got him for both our 1st and 2nd trips to Nepal, and he has taught us so much about nature during our Chitwan safari trek – from learning how to identify animal poop, finding tiger scratch marks and discovering plants you can eat. One thing we really love about him though, is his care for the people under him. Once, while we were walking along a small dirt path surrounded by grass the height of our torsos, there was a loud snorting grunt which came from a patch of grass near Qi Yun (and it didn’t it definitely didn’t come from me!). Before we could comprehend what happened, Dave pushed Qi Yun behind him, putting himself between the animal that made the noise and protecting both of us from any potential danger. Thankfully, the wild boar that likely made the noise ran away. Another incident that happened was when a huge rhinoceros was the way of our route. It was hiding among tall grass and was not visible to us. There was another group which stopped in front of us and were unable to proceed, as it was unsafe with the rhino nearby. Dave told us to wait where the other group was and went on ahead to check out the situation. Later, he made some mating calls and managed to attract the rhino to come out of the tall grass, walk in FULL VIEW on the dirt path we were supposed to pass through and then lumber into a forest area across the dirt path. We were about 50-80m away from the rhino, cautiously clicking our cameras away when the rhino came out. It was like an army tank! This incident once again cemented our faith in Dave’s ability to keep us safe and provide us with the best experience possible. Dave is like the Chuck Norris of Nepal!

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Our well used Timberland trekking shoes. They continue to serve us well!
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Childhood once more
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We’ll do anything for a good photo!
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The end result showcases of (lack of) balancing skills

 

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This. Is. a. Cockroach!!!

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At the end of the trek is small town with shophouses, food and a scenic view of the river
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Civilisation at the other side
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Warming ourselves
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and roasting some potatoes! 😀

Nights are usually filled with campfires or an exploration trip around town. You can safely venture out at night, just be sure to bring along a torch light as it gets pretty dark. Like many places in Nepal, infrastructure at Chitwan is relatively backward and many hotels invest in their own power generators. Chitwan is a definite must-go destination if you ever visit Nepal. Be sure to get good guides like Dave from Jungle Safari Lodge to ensure you get the best experience! We’re thankful our friends from Mountain Adventure Trekking recommended us to this wonderful place. In the next post, we’ll move away from the wildlife adventure of Chitwan National Park, come along with us as we explore the scenic side of nature. In the next post, we’ll be trekking up Dhampus Hill and exploring the city of Pokhara. Journey Nepal Part 1: A Majestic and Beautiful Country
Journey Nepal Part 2: Onward to Chitwan! Journey Nepal Part 3: Just in Time for the Elephant Festival + Gorgeous Sunset 

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Shawn

Heya guys! I'm Shawn, le hubby of Qi Yun. I'm a no fuss, super practical kinda guy , sometimes to a fault. I like travelling and exploring new stuff. This blog helps to chronicle our journeys, which will come in especially handy when my wife asks something I forget. Check out @flyingpistachios for more amazing pics and youtube.com/c/qiyun if you are looking for reviews and the finer details. Do leave us a comment or two so that we know there are living people visiting the blog :D Cheers!

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