Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Day 116: Chitwan

We packed our bags yet again and walked 15 minutes to find our tourist bus (regular buses were still having trouble due to the strike?) to Chitwan. Once we were on board we were treated to picturesque views as the road skirted along cliffs and riverbanks through a gorgeous river valley.

We arrived and didn't have much time to relax as we had decided that to make the most of our limited time in Chitwan, to have our hotel arrange all our activities for us ahead of time. This meant that after we had settled into our room it was time for lunch then off to see a few Tharu huts before going to the government elephant stables where we were very depressed to see elephants chained to posts with limited mobility.

From here we walked along the river shore opposite the national park and spotted many different bird species before watching the sun set over the jungle and on the high Himalayan peaks in the distance.

After diner it was off to the Tharu Cultural Show where we saw 5 or 6 dances. The stick dance and the peacock dance were by far the best and we were happy when the show ended so we could go home and get some much needed rest.

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