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NEPAL | Wednesday, 15 June 2011 | Views [1142] | Comments [2]

             After leaving chaotic Kathmandu, starts the beginning of discovering genuine Nepal. Though not quite yet. I decided to book a visit to Chitwan national park and start my wandering with one of the highly recommended experiences while in Nepal. I arranged with an agency: one afternoon rafting towards Chitwan national park, and then two nights, three days guided visit of the park (this package cost varies from 80-180 $). And I have to say it's a must visit place, amazing scenery and wildlife. For me it felt like a place for a real rest, not too big and very peaceful.

             However, there is no need to book this package through an agency. All you need to do: find a bus which will take you to Sauraha, skip rafting, get a place to sleep in Sauraha, go to Chitwan national park entrance and ask for a ticket. Rafting down to Chitwan national park is nice, if you've just arrived to Nepal it introduces you to a variety of scenery, unfortunately, rafting itself it's not that good in the spring time. Water level is low and there isn't much of white water. Even in autumn time, there are many other places bigger for rafting – e.g. Annapurna region. Finding a place to sleep in Sauraha is not a problem, since as soon as you get off  from the bus you'll be covered with offers. Best thing, take a cab to get you to the hotel zone and decide yourself . Entrance to the national park costs 7$ a day, which includes a guide. Just a little extra work will save you up quite a bit of money.

             Chitwan National park provides with a range of different activities: elephant back riding, elephant bathing, canoe ride and crocodiles, jungle walking, bird watching, elephant breeding center, cultural program. It left me thrilled for these three days, and I'd go back again. And if you find a nice guide (as mine was) – funny, charming and helpful, try to get him to take you for a sleep over in the park (it's in one of those little, wooden observing houses in the jungle).


Extra tip#1: Shiva's dream hotel – It was in my package and there is no hot water and food is absolute night mare.


Extra tip#2: Some gin & tonic at the river bank and chilling, makes it irresistible.



Tags: chitwan national park, nepal



I'd love to hear....what did you do with your things on the rafting trip? I'd love to do this, but I'll have a fair amount of camera supplies that I would be needing to take with me to Chitwan!

  kate Jun 15, 2011 10:37 PM


That's not a problem. They have this plastic barrels with bags inside where they put your stuff, and it seems to work well since we flipped couple of times and all the stuff inside the barrel stayed dry. Go for it!

  jelena3hr Jun 15, 2011 11:09 PM

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