Tuesday, November 30, 2010

10 November 2010, Elephant ride, Chitwan National Park, Nepal

After lunch, we went to ride elephants.  Tilak, ;Nandani, Gopal and I got on one elephant; here's Siddue and Paresh waiting to board anther elephant.
Here's our elephant, Puja, and her mahout Sushil.


Our mahout coralled the rhino and her baby into an open field where the baby started running around like a puppy!
Paresh and Siddu


Back at the staging area

Samir, our driver

Back at the hotel

Monday, November 29, 2010

10 November 2010, Elephant Breeding Center, Chitwan National Park, Nepal

The first elephants we saw at the breeding center was this mother and her twins.  The little person on the left had apparently been a bad baby and was isolated from his mother.  (no comment)

Paresh took this picture.

Paresh took this and the three following pictures.

At this place, where we had lunch, we watch elephants come down to the river to be bathed.  Life is particularly good sometimes.
Love this picture.  Paresh took this one and the next.

Sunday, November 28, 2010

10 November 2010 - Chitwan National Park, Nepal - nature tour

Our friend, Tilak, had planned our whole trip.  Our first stop as Chitwan National Park.  I was so thrilled to be returning to Chitwan.  Here's Wikipedia's description of Chitwan:  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chitwan_National_Park

We arrived the evening of 9 November, had dinner and went to bed.  Early the next morning, we were scheduled for a boat ride on the river with a nature interpreter.

Narayan was the guide in our boat.

Large Egret

Stork-billed Kingfisher (I had to magnify it so yu could see it, so the resolution isn't very good)

Same with these Ruddy Shelducks

Same with this Pied Kingfisher

These are swallow nests in the mud wall along the river

This is an endangered Black Stork

We landed down the river where our guide took on a land tour
An elephant print in the mud


This may not look terribly exciting to you, but this pile of rhinoceros dung is about 3 feet in diameter, and was very fresh!

As our tour approached the elephant breeding center, we came across  a man-made pool for the rhinos.  We had seen spotted deer, which I didn't get a picture of.