I'll admit I haven't been to that many national parks, and the ones I have visited have been in the UK. There's one less than an hour drive from my home and it is beautiful but I am very used to the greens and rolling hills of the Welsh countryside. It's not to say I'm not sat with my mouth open when on a train through the UK and the sun is peeking through the clouds making everything Golden but Chitwan definitely struck me more.
I knew I'd be in love with Nepal but honestly I was preparing myself to be a bit disappointed because I'd hyped it up so much, I was not. Not only am I planning to re-visit Nepal during my summer next year but I also now want to do a world tour just by National Parks, there's seriously no no other beauty like nature and wildlife being allowed to do it's own thing.
So driving to our homestay I was already in awe, excited like a little kid on Christmas eve because my dream of being in a beautiful place in Nepal was coming true. And when we got there we were greeted by the people who live in the village, they have us necklaces made of flowers and bindis and clapped us in. I'm not going to lie it felt a bit false and I wasn't too keen on it but I've never looked more like a girl on a gap year than having my bindi sweating down my face.
So I talked about sweat in my last post about the border crossing and this was even worse. I couldn't believe it, the humidity was unreal. There's feeling sticky and sweaty and then there's feeling just plain wet all the time. But I didn't care I was in a little paradise of my own.
I also ran round trying to take all the pictures I could of the little baby chickens and didn't really get any good ones, I didn't care though I was surrounded by baby chicks.
We rode back to the village and had our dinner and it was all lovely. until really really big cockroaches decided it would be fun to fly into everyone's faces, it was pretty entertaining because I don't really mind bugs and they weren't flying at me. Until one of the cats decided to eat one at which point we decided to go sit outside. Then we couldn't see the cockroaches flying at us we could only hear them.
There were soo many bugs though, so many mosquito and flies and moths, I guess because it is a rural, extremely humid area full of wild animals but still.
Before getting on the boat we saw a load of monkeys running past and a barking dear, but they were all waay too far away to get a decent picture.
Then we saw a crocodile, some pretty birds, and locals fishing once in the boat. Morning is the best time to do this tour though because although you have the sun on your face it's not ridiculously hot and floating down the river doesn't seem too bad. Then we got off the boat and went on a little walk through the grass and woods. We didn't see anything exciting but we saw a lot of Rhino footprints, some fresh tiger scratches and learnt about local medical plants.
Plus there were ducks, baby ducks. I love ducks.
Then I went straight on another bike ride and was bright red continuously for about three hours but it was so nice. The kinds were skimming stones in the river and I just sat there wishing I didn't have to leave.
And this was part of an India-Nepal trip with G Adventures which you can view and book for yourself here.
That's it for this little story in my Trip the next post, next Friday, will be in Pokhara so I hope to see you guys then, have a lovely weekend and wish me luck as I'm moving into uni today! Scary life things. But hey I've sweated all my problems away in Nepal so it can't be that scary, right?
Thanks for reading!