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20 July 2010

Me getting a shower from an elephant in a river in Chitwan National Park, Nepal

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After some great days in Kathmandu and visiting sites like Bhaktapur, Pashupatinath, Boudhanath stupa and Swayambhunath we went to Chitwan National Park for a few days of wild-life spotting. We started out adventurously with white-water rafting in a mist-covered Trishuli river: a one-of-a-kind experience, unfortunately not caught on film.

Chitwan National Park is the first national park in Nepal and was formerly called Royal Chitwan National Park. Established in 1973, it was granted the status of a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1984. The wide range of vegetation types in the Nepali Chitwan National Park is haunt of more than 700 species of wildlife and a not yet fully surveyed number of butterfly, moth and insect species. Apart from King Cobra and Rock python, 17 other species of snakes, starred tortoise and monitor lizards occur. The Narayani-Rapti river system, their small tributaries and myriads of oxbow lakes is habitat for 113 recorded species of fish and mugger crocodiles.

We spotted crocodiles, rhinos, elephants, a white-throated kingfisher, eastern great egret, a peacock, many other birds, deer, wild boar any many many other animals, some caught on camera, some not. Also the way back to Kathmandu on the East-West Highway was very interesting to see and definitely adventurous to drive!