Chasing Rhinos in the Dark

My Nepal adventures next took me to Chitwan National Park.

Rivers, mountains in background, jungle, wild animals, beautiful birds, wonderful people….. It was really fun. I had a tour booked that included the ~6 hour bus ride from Kathmandu, hotel, food, cultural show, elephant safari (which I planned on not doing), canoe ride and jungle trek. The bus ride was on the side of a mountain most of the way, which was treacherous, but also made for really pretty scenery the whole way!

hillside, on road to Chitwan

hillside, on road to Chitwan

hillside, on road out of Kathmandu

road out of Kathmandu

mustard growing on hillside

mustard!

on road b/t kathmandu and chitwan

on road b/t kathmandu and chitwan

mountain town

mountain town

Our tour guide was Madan – he was so nice, he knew everything about birds and the other animals in the area, and he helped take care of my leg❤️. Madan took me to the town Doctor (in Sauraha), and the doctor fixed me up. It took agonizing pain by his hand, where I almost passed out, and poor Madan was fanning me because I started sweating, and my blood pressure dropped…. sheesh! But that doctor was sooo nice. And he was neatly dressed, spoke perfect english, witty, etc. He gave me medicine, fixed me up, met with me the next morning to dress my wound for me again, and with antibiotics, bandages, antibiotic cream, and seeing him twice, it only cost $24. I was so relieved because I don’t have travel insurance. If you are ever in Sauraha, Nepal, and you need a trustworthy doctor, I know who you can go to😊.

I stayed at the Hermitage Hotel, and it was really nice, right on the river.

on the hotel grounds

on the hotel grounds

Rapti River, next to hotel

Rapti River, next to hotel

river next to hotel

river next to hotel

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woodpecker… and I can’t remember the other one😁

The first night I saw a cultural show… couldn’t get many pictures, but it was fun to see. Also fun to see/hear the local audience react to different things. THERE WAS AN AWESOME PEACOCK GUY! Best costume I’ve ever seen. My pics were all blurry😢

cultural show dance

cultural show dance

peacock man!

peacock man!

I told myself I would never do an elephant ride because I think it hurts the elephants, but I went ahead with it in Chitwan because it was part of the itinerary and what I paid for… Must’ve been karma because halfway through the ride, the elephant got PISSED and was trying to throw us off. Before that, it was great – saw rhinos in the wild😳

crossing the river

crossing the river

rhinos!

rhinos!

peacock!

peacock!

selfie for Paula

selfie for Paula

on jungle safari

on jungle safari

lots of elephants

lots of elephants

before death scare

before death scare

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deers

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and deers

monkeys

eagle

kingfisher😍

kingfisher😍!!!!

fishing i guess?

fishing i guess?

she is happy the ride is over too

she is happy the ride is over too

after she calmed down

after she calmed down

i'm alive and back on solid ground celebration

‘i’m alive and back on solid ground’ celebration

For the trip, I was in a group with three sweet, fun girls who were in Nepal volunteering, two at a hospital and one at an orphanage😍. After the elephant craze, we had a canoe ride and a jungle trek.

canoe ride

canoe ride

pretty ducks

pretty brown ducks, from Siberia

river

river

croc

croc

rhesus monkey

rhesus monkey

floridian + swiss + polish/british + moi

floridian + swiss + polish/british + moi

lake on hike

lake on hike

water buffalo

water buffalo

hiking

hiking

wild boar

wild boar

elephant breeding place - 1 month old babeee

elephant breeding place – 1 month old babeee

bridge

bridge

Then, that night (or maybe it was the night before?), our guides found birds for us in the trees😂

most adorable owl ever

most adorable owl ever

owl

owl

night owl:)

night owl:)

great(?) hornbill

great(?) hornbill

And then……….. Madan, one other girl, and I took a walk down the beach…. around 10pm….. and waited…… hunting for rhinos…….. I thought Madan was just kind of making it up, “Oh, I think I hear a rhino.” “The rhino may be crossing the river, I think I hear him in the water.” -he said. I thought, “Sure, sure…” then, after maybe an hour of sitting in the dark on the beach alternating between talking and being quiet – Madan whispered, “Shhh! I think I hear him!” and he pointed to the top of the little sand dune, about 15 feet away. AND THERE HE WAS. A huge rhino, glistening in the full moon light (he was wet because he had just crossed the river). I froze… THEN tried to take a picture (didn’t turn out), and the rhino looked in our direction, made some loud breathing noises, walked a few feet forward, went # 2, and then walked down the dune on the other side, into the village. I’m kind of glad the photos didn’t work because I’m keeping the memory instead – something I’ll never forget. Coolest thing!!!!!!!

Next up: Best Trek Ever 💙 Nepal

3 Comments on “Chasing Rhinos in the Dark

  1. Loved the ‘before death scare’ photo…would like to have seen the look on your face when the rhino was 15 feet away!

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  2. Baby ellie was so adorable all curled up ! Made me think of Roxy 🙂 As usual, your pictures and attention to detail are stunning !!!!!!!!

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