Our second day of X-Phase brought us into the depths of Chitwan National Park. We spent half a day hearing tales of tigers, watching black rhinos cool off in deep pools, and keeping our eyes alert for elephants. We saw lizards the size of small dogs peeking from tree trunks and massive Siberian cranes walking on the river banks, settling into their winter home. Crocodiles lay catching the sun’s warmth and spotted deer moved unassuming through tall grass.
We learned about conservation efforts to protect certain animals and questioned the cost benefit analysis of having tourists come to such a ‘wild’ place. Chitwan’s landscape has provided us with a different perspective on Nepali culture and heritage, and we are excited to learn and discuss more about it.