Water, wind and a fiery Rhinoceros

Trip Start Jul 10, 2006
Trip End May 31, 2007

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Monday, October 23, 2006

Pokhara has some of the best views of any city we'd ever been to, so what better way to see it than by jumping off the side of a mountain, and catching the afternoon's thermals. From 1km above the highest point in Pokhara the world looked beautiful, and very silent.

We did a 2 day white water rafting trip on the Trusuli River, and camped over night on the river bank - surprisingly comfortable. Rapids were good (of course, nothing is ever AS GOOD as the Zambezi), and we met some interesting folks.

Next to Royal Chitwan National Park, where an over-enthusiastic (and unarmed) guide wanted to find us a Rhinocerous by sneaking up on it and calling it. "Don't worry!" he told us."I've often had Rhinos chase me when I call them and I hit them on the nose with my stick many times!" This was after he made us crawl through some thick bush, get covered with leeches (Ok, maybe only 5 or 6 each) and wade thigh-deep through water because we went on a "short cut". This all culminating in a near-incident when the Rhino materialised 5 metres away on the other side of a thicket of bush - we couldn't see it - hearing was enough. Clearly Wildlife education programmes are not reaching Nepal!!!! The park itself is beautiful. We went game viewing on Elephants and even got to bathe with them.
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