Happy New Year!
There are some perks living in Asia, and being close to elephants is definitely one of them! This was our third annual visit to the Chitwan Elephant Festival in Chitwan, Nepal. It was an amazing up close and personal fun time with elephants.
The Elephant Festival begins the day after Christmas every year. Click here for more details: Chitwan Elephant Festival
First, we were greeted by an elephant parade:
Then we went to the fair grounds and watched the elephant’s soccer match and races. We had VIP seating in the middle of the action, all for $2 a seat, can’t beat that!
Day 2: How do you stop a charging elephant?
We awoke to the early morning mist, had a wonderful breakfast at the hotel, then went to the Elephant Breeding Center! They have had 3 babies born this year alone and the place was full of all the two years (the same who were playing soccer). We were told that most of the adults were out in the jungle searching for poachers. Every elephant has it’s job.
Unfortunately no one told us just how naughty the baby elephants could be! There were two open areas in the fence and we were casually going in and out to pet the little beasts. The momma’s are chained to a post, so we felt safe. But when one little cheeky elephant wanted to play with our toddler in his umbrella stroller, he fully came around the fence and charged our son–both my husband and I promptly stepped in between our son and the elephant, leaving us stuck in the middle. Baby elephants are big and strong! A Nepali guide came to our rescue and helped us pull our kids to safety while another trainer came over and shooed the elephant back behind the fence, the completely incompetent fence!
Just a little excitement to get our blood going first thing in the morning!
Then we decided to drive ourselves through the jungle–that was fun! We paid for a permit of course and headed out to 20,000 Lakes. We saw:
We enjoyed our jaunt through the jungle at our own pace! We kept driving to the next town, had lunch and did some exploring. We came home in time to watch the sun set over the Rapiti River. Beautiful!
We had along sleep in, enjoyed our gorgeous BB, went shopping and let the kids run wild in KC Restaurant’s garden (our new favorite place to hang out!).
With hammock, swing and lots of room to run, KC’s Restaurant is the most kid friendly place we have found! Check it out: KC’s
Then we picked up a friend and headed home, 1 hour and half to Hetuada. Since it was Saturday, there was barely any traffic so we just cruised. Most of us fell asleep on the way home.
Another beautiful holiday in Chitwan National Park. More pictures for future educational children’s books.
A family fun holiday that I would encourage you to attend next time you’re in Nepal around Christmas! : )
Read all about the Elephant Festival and learn about Asian elephants in Graceful Grey, Asian Elephants at Work and Play by S. L. Poulton! Now available for Nook, iBooks and more! Click here for Graceful Grey on Kindle!