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Day 27: village safari

no cycling

As many of you already know I woke up this morning at 5 because my bed was shaking (this word is even too strong,  it was kind of somebody would push you softly to wake you up) due to an earthquake somewhere in Nepal. After I checked it online I went back to sleep. As I didn’t do any organised activities today,  I was free to sleep a little bit longer,  having a relaxing and long breakfast and go through the village and do some walking. Yesterday I always passed through the village by van,  so I couldn’t enjoy it. I even went into the non tourist parts.

the jungle is part of the UNESCO world heritage:

it is totally usual to see elephants on the road:

some more pictures of the village:

After 5 hours of walking,  including lunch and some time at the river bank,  I came back to the hotel and spend the rest of the day in a hammock,  reading news in the internet and a little bit in my book (yeahh I have a book on me to read! The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy).

Tomorrow I will start to cycle again in direction of Kathmandu. Tomorrow’s destination will be Hetauda.

Something I realised today is the 21 day rule. Tomaz told me that after around 21 days,  I would loose the feeling to go home,  which I got sometimes. And yeah he was right. Back in the days I was sometimes, in the end less,  thinking, why am I here and not back at home. Mostly in the morning when I woke up, one or two times on the bike. But today  on my 27. day on the road, I realized that I can’t remember when I had this thought for the last time😀 I will probably get this feeling again on the road,  but not so intensive.

Day 26: Chitwan National Park

no cycling

Yesterday evening I met a man in my hotel and we started chatting,  when suddenly they started making traditional music and danced to it,  in the yard of the next hotel,  so we got ourself in and watched it😀

At this hotel,  they start really early with the tourist program (I think it is normal for safaris). I needed to be ready at 7 to go for meeting up and going for canoeing followed by jungle walk to elephant breeding center,  where a jeep picked us up to get to the elephant bathing place. On the way to there we stopped as a black rhino was close to the road and we could watch it behind a fence.

In the morning it was really foggy for the canoeing. All the time,  we had a funny guide all the time with us☺️

The awesome guide

we even saw a crocodile 😀

We left the boats and went into the jungle on foot:

to arrive at the elephant breeding center

we stopped for a black rhino  and we were not the only one looking

to finally arrive at the elephant bathing place,  where you could get a shower on an elephant (I didn’t took one)

In the afternoon I participated at an elephant jungle safari. As one elephant can carry 4 persons plus a rider I nearly got a whole elephant with his rider for me alone as we were 9 people from my lodge and no other person around. In the last moment another jeep appeared with some chinese people, so I got an elephant with 3 of them… That lead to 1,5 h of chines talking and shouting in my back. No they couldn’t speak english… But I wasn’t there to talk to people but to do the elephant riding. It is not as comfortable as I expected but still okay. It was amazing as other animals are not running away immediately, perhaps because they are used to it and they know that no tourist will pet them as they are all locked on top of an elephant😂 So what I saw:

  • Many reindeers
  • Many little birds
  • Some peacocks
  • again a crocodile
  • 5 more rhinos
  • lots of elephants with tourists on their back

Tomorrow I will stay here do some walking or cycling without panniers,  I don’t know yet.

Something I forgot yesterday: My handlebar bag seems to break because of the rocky road. I hope it will not become a problem… I am thinking of building some security fixation incase it really brakes, because my camera,  glasses and smartphone are in there…