Art + Travel Adventure to Nepal – Chitwan Day 2

We continue our journey through Nepal and find our way around Chitwan – Day Two

We walk to the Rapti river and watch the elephants bathe. I certainly had fun watching the elephants use their trunks to spray water on their riders and  being tossed from the elephants back and hurled into the river, splashing in utter delight.

Terra firma for me!

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Art + Travel Adventure to Nepal – Chitwan and the Rhino encounter

Chitwan and the Rhino Encounter

 

Continuing our travel adventures in Nepal, we took a boat ride along the Rapti River, followed by a jeep safari.

Anthills in the jungle
Anthills in the jungle

Driving along, we spot lots of deer (the Bambi type) so sweet!

Monkeys jumped through the trees and I imagined I could hear David Attenborough whispering tales of this meandering secretive and somewhat threatening jungle. Continue reading “Art + Travel Adventure to Nepal – Chitwan and the Rhino encounter”

Art + Travel Adventure to Nepal – Kathmandu

Art + Travel Adventure to Kathmandu

Boudhnath Stupa, Nepal - Pilgrims circulate clockwise, spinning prayer wheels
Boudhnath Stupa, Nepal – Pilgrims circulate clockwise, spinning prayer wheels

Discovering Kathmandu

Discovering the allure of the Kathmandu valley with its ancient  history is all-embracing.  It is small and compact covering an area of 220 square miles.   There are seven World Heritage Sites declared by UNESCO which is a number unrivalled anywhere else in the world. Continue reading “Art + Travel Adventure to Nepal – Kathmandu”

Art + Travel Adventure to Nepal – Bhaktapur

Art + Travel in Bhaktapur

Bhaktapur,  founded in 12th century,  is the ‘city of devotees’ and looks just like a medieval city built of brick and ornate wood carvings.  It is one of the three royal cities in the Kathmandu valley and is considered a cultural gem.

Bhaktapur streets
Bhaktapur streets

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Art + Travel Adventure to Nepal – Setting out!

Boudhnath Stupa, Nepal
Boudhnath Stupa, Nepal

A trip to Nepal in November 2014 proved to be very special and inspirational. In order to preserve these great memories, I would like to share some of these moments with you.  I also intend using my photos as inspiration to create new paintings and I hope that you will join me on this journey.   Continue reading “Art + Travel Adventure to Nepal – Setting out!”

Art + Travel Adventure to Nepal – Coach travel

More impressions of Nepal :  Coach travel

No matter how tired, or how long the journey was, I could not permit myself to sleep on the coach.  I would prop  myself by the window, camera at the ready and all because  – the Nepalese countryside had a hypnotic effect on me – I feared  I might miss something!

Coach Travel Adventure – Nepal

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Art + Travel Adventure Nepal – Chitwan National Park – Day 1

Continuing on with my tale of beautiful Nepal, we set off for Chitwan National Park, where we would spend the next three days.

Chitwan National  Park – Day One

Established in 1973, Chitwan National Park is the first national park in Nepal  and was  granted the status of World Heritage Site  in 1984.

The journey would take us 6 hours along the main route from  Tibet and Kathmandu.

Glued to the window of the bus, I found myself day-dreaming of the disparate lives of the Nepalese.  Trucks,  lorries, school buses, goats strapped to the roofs of moving vehicles, stray animals wandering down the main street, we see it all!

Art + Travel Adventure Nepal - Chitwan National Park - Day 1 scenes from the road
Scenes from the road to Chitwan National Park
Art + Travel Adventure Nepal - Chitwan National Park - Day 1- Roadside goats on the way to Chitwan National Park
Roadside goats on the way to Chitwan National Park
Scenes from the Road Art + Travel Adventure Nepal - Chitwan National Park - Day 1
Scenes from the road and the Nepalese landscape

We arrive at the Jungle Safari Resort.  A quick refresh, no time to waste, then off for a ride on two oxen along the lumpy, bumpy tracks.

Oxen Carts Art + Travel Adventure Nepal - Chitwan National Park - Day 1
Oxen Carts

Local villagers look on with an air of curiosity – how different our lives are!

Ox carts
Ox carts

We come upon the elephant breeding centre.  This rural atmosphere seemed absolutely charming.

Elephant Reserve - Art + Travel Adventure Nepal - Chitwan National Park - Day 1
Elephant Reserve –

Elephant Reserve - Art + Travel Adventure Nepal - Chitwan National Park - Day 1 Elephant Reserve - Art + Travel Adventure Nepal - Chitwan National Park - Day 1

Next morning, at 5.45 am we find ourselves canoeing on the Rapti River. There was low visibility and the air was cloaked with a mysterious, haunting, grey mist.

The canoes crept along sleekly through the waters  and led by officials from the National Park. We spot crocodiles along the bank – in the same water as us! – only a boat between us and them!

 

Crocodiles in the water
Crocodiles basking along the bank and in the water alongside us!!!

As we dismount from the canoes on the far bank the Guide points out the footprint of  the  Royal Bengal Tiger.  It was an old footprint but enough to scare us all that we were now sharing the same land as these wild endangered species.

We go for a long walk, carefully picking each step along the way.  We study  this terrain for signs of animal life.  We stumble upon reindeer, monkeys and magnificent bird life.

The Guide shares his binoculars with us as we pick out magnificent birds in flight and nesting along the banks of the river.

Herding Buffalo
Herding Buffalo

We watch an old man with a herd  of water buffalo pick a path across the river.  You can tell, this is a man of nature, a man of much knowledge!

We go on a jeep safari and encounter a rhino up close and personal but that’s another story!

We visit Gharial Hatchery Farm where crocodiles  are raised before being released into the wild.

Later, we dine alfresco  in the grounds of the hotel on a balmy evening. We enjoy the  local dance with superb and graceful movement.  The music sways us in unison with the brilliance of their striking and vivid costume.

Life is good!