Our trip from Pokhara to Chitwan National Park in the south of Nepal was always going to be a bit of a mission. Even when one is driving on one of the few good roads in the country, the volume of buses and trucks makes for a slow journey. Thankfully we were on board a “standard tourist bus” which, while not in any way luxurious, held no more passengers than it was designed for, and carried their luggage on the roof. We did, however, get an added bit of difficulty in that students in the town of Narayangat, 30km or so from the park, were holding a bandh, or strike. They had been attending a new year’s classes for weeks, but still had not received their books. In response, they blocked the main road connecting the town with Kathmandu.
Just a small part of the huge queue of traffic that built up outside of Narayangat during the bandh. Enterprising Nepalis set up stalls and wandered between vehicles selling refreshments along the length of the jam.
After a bit of walking, rickshaw riding, bus sitting and jeep bumping, we finally arrived at our the Parkside hotel, a couple hours late, but pleased to be there.
Elephant Drive Through. I’d LOVE to try this at a fast food restaurant in Canada!