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“More adventure than bargained for” 4 of 5 bubbles
Review of Narayani River

Narayani River
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US$485.00*
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3-Night Chitwan National Park Safari from Kathmandu
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Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Useful Information: Food available for purchase, Activities for young children, Activities for older children
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“More adventure than bargained for”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 June 2014 via mobile

I went up the river in a reasonably stable canoe with my guide and another couple and their guide and the pole man at the rear. We saw abundant birds and deer and all was lovely and relaxing until a marsh mugger crocodile sidled up to our canoe. He was clunked hard on the head with the pole and he opened his mouth wide and barrel rolled and fortunately moved a little away. With our eyes finally off the crocodile we realized a rhino was on the riverbank in front of us. My guide whispered to keep very still and that he was frightened witless and to make for the bank if he charged, zig zagging as much as possible. The rhino entered the water in front of us and sauntered slowly across the river and clambered up the opposite bank. My advice to all----there are NO safety precautions on these tours and certainly no medical facilities to handle mishaps. If you are fleet-footed and have the presence of mind to dart and weave in the path of a charging rhino ( and these things look huger when not viewed through a zoo safety fence), you will be fine.

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“One of the last places in Asia to see Rhinos”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 May 2014

Chitwan National park is one of the very last places to see the magnificent Asian Rhino. We were so lucky to see one large male at the very last minute! The park has many other animals on offer - like abundance of deer, Asian elephants, gharial and the rare Tiger (if you can spot them). It's a different type of forest to your "typical" Asian jungle as it much cooler than a tropical rain forest. Get a good guide who knows what he is doing (we had one) and you should have an unforgettable day trip..There are good picturesque resorts outside of the park which makes it easy to visit. Canoe trip across the river is not for the faint hearted though but as it turns out the river is not that deep.

Visited June 2013
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Toronto, Canada
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“Park and river worth the trip”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 May 2014 via mobile

Canoes good stability, very peaceful and quiet, great birds. Chitwan worth a stop, we travelled via elephant and saw indian rhinos.

Visited May 2014
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Torquay, Victoria, Australia
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“Amazing / beautiful / mystical”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 May 2014

Chitwan national park was amazingly beautiful. The rhino walks / sightings and elephant rides are worth visiting the national park to see. Wandering around the village at night and talking to the children was magical. Love the experience.

Visited September 2013
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Melbourne, Australia
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“Quiet afternoon”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 May 2014

Emphasis on this tour is to be as quiet as possible. The boats are very narrow and are quite difficult to get in and out of. They feel pretty unstable until you are all settled in, don't do any sudden movements when trying to get a classic photo. We really relied on our guide who was an expert at mimicking animal and bird noises. He pointed out a lot of stuff we wouldn't have been able to see. We each had to pass info back to people at the back of the boat. We saw crocodiles and a host of birds, herons, kingfishers. The walk lasted two hours and we didn't see much on it - apart from footprints and various animal poo, so it was a bit disappointing. We got a glimpse of the top of a Rhino, which made some of us a bit nervous if it came close. Your guide will give you a safety talk at the start of your walk. Bring some water - it is a long afternoon & no toilet facilities.

Visited December 2013
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