Well this time we Went to Terai region of Nepal which is hotter than any other part. Lumbini , Chitwan and Butwal was our destiny to visit on Dashain Festival Vacation. To be free from all the tired and busyness we made this trip. Also I Celebrated My Birthday October 4 on Chitwan with friends.
Short Info of Trip :
Total Number of People : 4 [ Dipesh , Bishnu , Amrit and Me ] Later Gunjan , Divya and Susmita joined partially.
Places Visited : Lumbini (birthplace of Gautam Buddha) , Butwal streets , Chitwan Narayangadh ( Chitwan National Park Jeep Safari ) , Manakamana Kurintar partially
Total Days : 3 Night 4 days
Temperature : above 30 Degree hot
From Kathmandu Amrit , Bishnu and Me took a bus from kalanki to Butwal Chowk or Chitwan. Early Morning was fresh and we all were curious to see the new places. From Kathmandu to Butwal it is 185km that we travel in Bus. We had lunch in Chitwan and waited for one of our friend Dipesh who was going to join with us from there. But unfortunately he took more time so we 3 directly went for Butwal City. It was 5 PM when we reach there and all tired in bus. We had some Snacks and cold drinks and waited for Dipesh. In a meantime I went to meet one of my friend/bro Nischal Pandey from Butwal Traffic Chowk where he run Mobile Phone Shop. It was a nice small meeting. I miss a chance to meet Shyam Brother due to Limited Time. After hour We meet with Dipesh and found a Lodge to stay in Butwal. Had a bath and nice dinner and card games with friends that night.
Woke up around 9 A.M and we plan to visit Lumbini National Park which is famous for Gautam Buddha Remarks , Maya Devi Temple ( Mother of Lord Buddha ) , Peace Stupa , Different Nation’s Pilgrimage , Gardens and Sculpture. If anyone is visiting in Nepal You must go to Lumbini which is peace and nice place. Make sure to carry some essential stuffs in hot season like head cap , umbrella , cold water , Napkins , Light Bag ( Don’t carry heavy bag because it take 5 6 hour to visit park if you go slowly ) , Slippers , Map ( Google map or Maps.me I recommend you to use Maps.me which is offline map and don’t require Mobile Phone Data. Download the map before visit.
We had lunch in one of the relatives of Bishnu Koirala Friend. After that we go to bus park for Bus. One of our Friend Dipesh invited his 2 friend Susmita and Divya for Lumbini Trip. They knew that place and they want to guide us as well as have a good time together. We Took a Bus to Bhairahawa and again to Lumbini which is 42 km from Butwal. We reached Lumbini and visit inside , we did boating and Took lot of pictures. After Lumbini Park Visit We Returned back to Butwal. Divya and Susmita went their home and We took a Night Bus to Chitwan Narayangadh after Dinner. After travelling 116 km in bus we reached Chitwan at 11.30 pm. Amrit called his nephew who lives in Chitwan to receive us. We stayed in his home that night.Lumbini Info by Wikipedia :
Lumbinī (Nepali and Sanskrit: लुम्बिनी About this sound listen (help·info), “the lovely”) is a Buddhist pilgrimage site in the Rupandehi District of Nepal. It is the place where, according to Buddhist tradition, Queen Mayadevi gave birth to Siddhartha Gautama in 563 BCE. Gautama, who achieved Enlightenment some time around 528 BCE, became the Buddha and founded Buddhism. Lumbini is one of many magnets for pilgrimage that sprang up in places pivotal to the life of the Buddha.
Maya devi Temple
The ancient Mayadevi Temple, Lumbini, Nepal.
Lumbini has a number of temples, including the Mayadevi Temple and several others which are still under repairing. Many monuments, monasteries and a museum, the Lumbini International Research Institute, are also within the holy site. Also there is the Puskarini, or Holy Pond, where the Buddha’s mother took the ritual dip prior to his birth and where he had his first bath. At other sites near Lumbini, earlier Buddhas were, according to tradition, born, then achieved ultimate Enlightenment and finally relinquished their earthly forms.
Chitwan is More hotter than Kathmandu. People who lives in Kathmandu feels more hot if they travel to Terai. We plan to visit Chitwan National Park and Leave the house. Mean a while we met with Amrit’s Elder Nephew Gunjan Adhikari who joined with us in National Park Jeep Safari. We bought a ticket for Jeep Safari inside chitwan park. It cost NPR Rs.5500/- for 5 people riding in jeep and observe forest and animals. We hope to see Tiger and Rhino but We didn’t got chance to see that. I think it’s bad time to visit in day time (12 – 4 pm). If you are going it’s better to go early morning or after 4 pm. Be careful to carry essentials stuffs with you. Binocular is extra if you have to see far distance wild animals.
Chitwan National Park info from wikipedia :
Chitwan National Park (Nepali: चितवन राष्ट्रिय निकुञ्ज; formerly Royal Chitwan National Park) is the first national park in Nepal. It was established in 1973 and granted the status of a World Heritage Site in 1984. It covers an area of 932 km2 (360 sq mi) and is located in the subtropical Inner Terai lowlands of south-central Nepal in the districts of Nawalparasi, Parsa, Chitwan and Makwanpur. In altitude it ranges from about 100 m (330 ft) in the river valleys to 815 m (2,674 ft) in the Churia Hills.
The wide range of vegetation types in the Chitwan National Park is haunt of more than 700 species of wildlife and a not yet fully surveyed number of butterfly, moth and insect species. Apart from king cobra and rock python, 17 other species of snakes, starred tortoise and monitor lizards occur.
What are specials in Chitwan National Park :
1. Elephant Back Safari
2. Jeep Safari
3. Visit to Elephants Breeding Center
4. Tharu Dance
5. Jungle Walk
6. Canoe Ride in Rapti river
7. 20 Thousand Lake Tour
8. Wild Animals like Tiger , Rhino , Deer , Peacock , Musk , Monkeys , Elephants , Crocodile , Alligator , Birds.
After Jungle Jeep Safari We come to home. It was my birthday and I was ran out of money so my friend Dipesh and Amrit bought birthday cakes , candles and cold drinks to celebrate small party in Gunjan’s room. I had a amazing experience with friends by celebrating my birthday with them. I would like to thank them very much for celebration and make me feel special. I also got a call from home to come that day but I couldn’t make that. I missed my Family Members while celebrating. Next Year I will surely celebrate with my family in home. One of our Famous Singer Narayan Gopal was born on same day and My friends requested to me sing a song. You can listen in youtube. ha ha
We had a planned to leave for Kathmandu early in the morning so we went to pokhara buspark in Chitwan to catch a bus. Unfortunately due to Dashain Festival we didn’t get a bus for hour and we went to another Bharatpur Bustop but no luck. After 3 hours around 9 a.m we took a truck to muglin. That bus was so slow only runs 9km – 12km/hr. It was so boring to travel that slow. We had a lunch in Dasdhunga and finally reached to Muglin to catch bus. Our badluck that we couldn’t found a empty seat bus for hour there so we took a local van to Manakamana Kurintar. We took some time there to get fresh. Finally we catch a bus to Kathmandu. Reached Kathmandu around 7.15 p.m and to our home
Overall the trip was nice. Travelling in october in Chitwan Lumbini Terai Region is hot. Travelling there in summer days is uncomfortable. I want to suggest you to visit in Winter Season at those places.
See you again in Next Trip 🙂