We had planned to explore Kathmandu for 2
days but we had been there before and seen
all of the most popular sites so we decided
to go to Chitwan. As we were limited on time
the plan was to drive down and take the 30
minute flight back. The drive took us about
5 hours and we passed excellent scenery.
The roads are quite good in places, but other
parts are terribly bumpy.
There was very heavy rain and wind overnight
which continued into the morning. We heard
that our flight back to Kathmandu had been
cancelled due to severe weather conditions
so we set off on elephant back to cross
the deep, fast running rivers, then on canoe
against the current to finally meet up with
a vehicle that was to drive us back to Kathmandu
so we could catch our evening flight back
to the UK. The whole experience was very
frightening and at one point I even doubted
if the elephants could hold their footing
against such a strong water current.
Tiger Tops Jungle Lodge, Asia’s first wildlife safari lodge
is a rich and spectacular wildlife sanctuary.
Set inside the Chitwan National Park, the
Tiger Tops tree houses, built from local
natural materials overlook a large expanse
of open grassland with animal sightings being
commonplace. The most interesting safaris
are by elephant through the tall elephant
grasses. The park is home to the elusive
Royal Bengal Tiger, great one-horned rhinoceros,
leopards, sloth bears and a host of exotic
birds such as the Bengal Florican.