The evening we arrived was mild and one of the lodge guides took us down to the local village to see how the 'Tharu' people live. It was really interesting watching them craft and go about their daily chores. The next day we set off early in jeeps to go in search of the endangered Indian rhinos and the extremely elusive tigers. Sadly our search was in vain however we did come across lots of wild peacocks, spotted deer, two pythons, a mongoose and plenty of crocs
! In the afternoon we went out again with a smaller group and this time on foot. The sun was hot and thanks to a good guide we were able to find a rhino drinking by the river so we returned to the lodge in good spirits. We did however have a slightly scary river-crossing over a very makeshift bridge with a crocodile directly beneath us which hopefully you can make out in one of the photos below!
We will be sad to leave Chitwan but next stop is Pokhara which from all accounts will offer some even more spectacular scenery!
P.s photos coming very soon!
As much as we loved India, it's a very intense country and as we wound our way up mountains and through the luscious jungles of Nepal it was refreshing to breathe in some fresh air and experience some peace and quiet! The journey to Chitwan seemed to be taking us into the middle of nowhere and villages became even more rustic and rural than those we saw in Orchha. Eventually we arrived in Sapana Village which is set on a vast expanse of flat marshland and surrounded by jungle. We were staying in safari lodges with beautiful long views over our surroundings.