Another day in Paradise…Chitwan National Park and beyond.

Another day in Paradise…Chitwan National Park and beyond.The Adventure Resort had a full schedule of things to do and places to go! I passed on giving an elephant a bath…once you’ve done it the magic is gone. But there was a bird walk and a jeep ride through the park with the resident nature guide who was really very good.

Another day in Paradise…Chitwan National Park and beyond.We also had scheduled a canoe ride down the river and a hike through the forest.  The long dugout canoe held about 8 and a ferryman stood on the back and poled us down a tributary of the Rapti River. Slow moving and low to the waterline it was a perfect way to see the birds and wildlife along the river. Egrets, loons and kingfishers hung out looking for an occasional fish for dinner while crocodiles sunned themselves along the banks.

Another day in Paradise…Chitwan National Park and beyond.Our journey down river ended and we started our walk through the forest after our guide gave us a talk on Jungle Survival. If we meet up with a Rhino and he begins to charge we were to climb a tree…I looked at the trees around me and thought if it comes to that I’m a goner.  If one comes across a tiger…maintain eye contact and back away slowly…perhaps I can do this one.  If it is a wild elephant we come across and it becomes a threatening situation then it is best to run like hell. I probably would have no trouble taking this advice for sure.

Another day in Paradise…Chitwan National Park and beyond.No animals surprised us along the way so it was just a pleasant walk through the woods with a stop at the end at a government run breeding center for elephants.  Scenes of mothers cuddling and stroking their young greeted us upon arrival as well as a smoky haze which enveloped the center from the piles of burning dung, which is apparently the only cost effective way to dispose of the mountains of waste.  Our guide gave us a through introduction to the sex lives of elephants. However we did not get a chance to see the actual deed being performed…shucks!

Another day in Paradise…Chitwan National Park and beyond.The stay was a great experience and it makes me want to do an African Safari sometime in the future.

Leaving Chitwan we traveled the same hellish road over to Pokara which is the epicenter for trekking the Himalayas. Everyone seems to land here for a day or two before and after the trekking experience.  Nestled in a valley with the mountains of the Annapurna range surrounding it and wrapped around Phewa Tal Lake the town is a quiet low key alternative to Kathmandu….and it is 10 degrees warmer

Another day in Paradise…Chitwan National Park and beyond. I woke up in the morning to views of the snow capped mountains which surrounded the town and every evening watched the sunset over Pkewa Tal.  Every way I looked nature was on display at its majestic best.

Another day in Paradise…Chitwan National Park and beyond.To get a view of the city from above I took a trip up to the World Peace Pagoda. Perched on a peak overlooking the lake and the city the brilliant white pagoda was constructed by Japanese Buddhist Monks to promote world peace and has an amazing view. This is another one of those places where there are thousands of steps to climb…but still it is worth the trip. If you don’t feel like walking you can hire a taxi to take you 90% of the way and he will wait for you to go back. Much less pain but the view is the same.

Another day in Paradise…Chitwan National Park and beyond.Pokara is a funny little town! Really it is two towns…Old Pokara and Lakeside which is where all the trekkers stay because it has the restaurants, bars, shops and ATM’s. The streets in Lakeside are lined with shops selling knock off name brand outdoor wear and equipment plus hundreds of shops run by Kashmir refugees selling Pashmina and Cashmere scarves.

Another day in Paradise…Chitwan National Park and beyond.One of the supposedly must do’s while in Pokara is to go to a barber for a haircut and a shave…I needed one so I gave it a try. The young barber only used scissors and the cut was pretty good plus he did not do a Sweeny Todd on me with his straight razor as I had imagined might happen.  Afterwards he gave me a head and shoulder massage to top off the experience.

Pokara was a great place to hang out before heading back to the hustle and bustle of Kathmandu.

About Larry Bosco

In 2010 I had one of those “Is this all there is” moments and so in January 2011 I retired from Real Estate Appraising, sold off all my worldly goods and headed out as a solo traveler in search of a new place to live. Since then I’ve traveled around the world, made new friends and had many great adventures and some not so great. After staying almost a year in Cuenca, Ecuador I have headed back to South East Asia where I began the journey in 2011. Currently I am living in Chiang Mai, Thailand
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3 Responses to Another day in Paradise…Chitwan National Park and beyond.

  1. John Ruccio says:

    Very cool narrative! I laughed out loud a few times!

  2. ShaNoan says:

    Go for the GOLD, Larry, do camping safaris in as many places in Africa as you can! Each game park has a different feel, different animals, different environment and all are exquisite! By the way, the Japanese Buddhists have built a peace pagoda in Darjeeling, India as well. Each morning before daybreak one of them will walk the steep hillside streets beating a drum in a seven-part rhythm that took hold and pulses in me to this day! You’re an excellent photographer and writer, I enjoy vicariously revisiting some of my favorite places on the planet! ShaNoan

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