We journeyed back to Kathmandu, and jumped for joy at the comfy bed, a hot shower and a TV in our hotel room. After some sightseeing in the capital, including stunning Swayambhunath (aka The Monkey Temple), with its position on a hill showing an amazing view of the capital's urban sprawl) and historical and mysterious Durbar Square. After a couple of days, we were ready to venture somewhere new. We had met some trekkers who recommended Pokhara, the gateway to the Annapurna Himalaya, positioned on the beautiful Phewa Tal (lake). We booked a "tourist bus" ticket, and were soon winding through the foothills again, listening to vehicle horns and trying not to look at some terrifying overtaking!
|Evening light at Swayambhunath, aka the Monkey Temple.|
|Boats at Phewa Tal, Lakeside, Pokhara.|
|The view from Sarangkot, near Pokhara.|
The village of Sauhara, in the buffer zone of the Park, was lovely. The town was small, the area green and fertile with lots of trees, and we enjoyed walks along the Rapti river, and visiting the government elephants in the evening. We organised two days of adventuring: the first involving a dug-out canoe trip down the Rapti river, followed by a trek through the jungle with two guides to the village of Ghatgain, and the second a trek through the buffer zone back to Sauhara and an elephant ride in the afternoon.
|Morning mist on the Rapti River, Chitwan.|
|The sunset over Chitwan National Park.|
Ben's photos can be viewed on his website here.