Chitwan National Park, Nepal
In Chitwan, we finally got the opportunity to use Scotts 1st ever knock knock joke…who’s there “Elephant in the jungle” as we saw elephants marching down the street in Sauraha, the little town at the edge of the National park. This National park is huge and the jungle is very real with Bengal tigers, Rhinos, crocodiles and much much more to discover, some more wild than others…..
Stuck in the mud
Getting there from Kathmandu was a bit of an adventure..and one I would do differently if I ever go there again. The travel agent at our hotel in Kathmandu sold us the idea that a private car from Kathmandu to Chitwan would be better for us and the children as it would be more comfortable, quicker and we would be able to stop if and when we wanted to.
With roads still damaged since last years earthquace and with recent landslides adding to the damage, saying that the roads were poor was a huge understatement. In this terrain, our small car did not handle the huge holes and bumps well and often got pushed aside by the endless amount of Indian trucks and big busses on their way to and from India. Also, there are only really a couple of places where you can stop along the way for refreshments and this is where all busses stop anyway, so the idea of frequent stops in a car was totally redundant.
The journey took 7 hrs, 5 of which were truly awful. The car got stuck in mud 3 times, with Paul and the driver having to get out to try to get the car moving again. At one point Scotts cuddly toy dog asked me (through Scott)if we were going to die or fall down the edge of the road into the river.It was time to lighten the mood and not show the kids how worried we were with the kids favourite music blasting out on Pauls phone for hours and then finally some sleep. Meanwhile, all I could think about was that in a few days we would have to go the same way back again…as we had already paid for the car to Chitwan and Pokhara in Kathmandu.
Tips for travel to Chitwan
For anyone going there I would definetly recommend taking the tourist bus as it feels safer and offers more comfort and space for everyone, especially the kids. When we left a few days later for Pokhara in the same little car, we left at 7 in the morning, missing most of the heavy traffic which made the journey somewhat more bearable.