December 19, 2016

The Road Towards India

After returning to Wild Trak that evening and having dinner with Jörg and Katrin, we sat around a fire to keep warm and discuss what we would do the next day. In Nepal there is a fresh water river dolphin, the Gangetic Dolphin, and we decided the next day we would drive our motorcycles down towards the Indian border to see if we could spot some of these dolphins in the river.


 ISO 500  f/10  1/2500

In order to get where we were going for the day we had to cross the longest bridge in Nepal, the Kothiyaghat Bridge. Finished in 2014 the bridge is just over one kilometer long.


ISO 500  f/10  1/60

A quick stop at a tea shop in Rajapur for a mid-morning snack.


ISO 500  f/10  1/80

I of course had to have my favorite dish of samosas and chick-pea curry.


ISO 500  f/10  1/80

I probably could have just sat here all day eating samosas, but we had dolphins, bats, and bees to see.


ISO 500  f/10  1/640

While the mustard flowers are in bloom several colonies of bees come from the Himalayas to collect pollen. There is a water tower next to this abandoned building that the bees return to every year.


ISO 500  f/10  1/400

In order to get back to where the bees were (and hopefully fruit bats) we ran into a small roadblock, a locked fence. This of course was only a small intrusion, as we proceeded to jump the fence and walk on through. After jumping the fence we noticed this lady coming after us. Instead of coming to chastise us and tell us we had to leave, she had simply come to unlock the fence for us so we wouldn’t have to jump it in order to get back out.


ISO 500  f/10  1/400

There were thousands upon thousands of bees on the water tower. This is only one of probably thirty hives on the tower.


ISO 500  f/10  1/1000

When we first arrived there were no bats unfortunately, but as we were just getting ready to leave, hundreds of bats returned to their nesting trees next to the water tower.


ISO 500  f/10  1/2000

The Indian flying fox hanging out in the trees.


ISO 500  f/10  1/800

After watching the bees and bats for a while, it was off again to find the river dolphin.


ISO 500  f/10  1/4000

After a drive down several “roads” we ended up about 100 yards away from the Indian border and stopped here to wait for the river dolphins.


ISO 500  f/10  1/4000

While we were waiting, I wandered around taking pictures of where we had stopped. This is Jörg and Katrin’s Royal Enfield.


ISO 500  f/10  1/800

A local farmer leading his cow, I was too slow to capture the other cow being led by a boy who couldn’t have been older than 5.


ISO 500  f/10  1/2000

We sat at the river for over an hour, but the dolphins never showed up. The locals told us they had been there that morning, it was just not meant to be for us that day so we decided to head back.


ISO 500  f/10  1/250

On the way back I made everyone stop on the side of the road and then had Jörg and Katrin drive up and down this section of road while I took a ton of pictures. We may not have seen any dolphins that day, but we still had a great time.



Don’t forget to check out Jörg and Katrin’s website over at the Salted Life and if you’re ever looking for a place to stay at Bardia National Park be sure to go see John at Wild Trak Adventure. Tell him Joe sent you!

Related Posts
The 10 Hour Tour
After spending two nights in Kathmandu, my third day in Nepal was for getting to Bardia National Park in the Western part of Nepal. I chose to go to Bardia because it is not on the normal tourist track because of its remote location. It takes 15 hours by bus to get there and so I had chosen what I thought would be the simple and quick way to get there, by plane. After leaving my guest house around 7 a.m. for my 55 minute flight to Nepalgunj at 8:45, I didn't arrive at my lodge in Bardia until 5 p.m. that evening. My quick trip turned into a full day, but resulted in some decent pictures.   ISO 500  f/13  1/40 After a 1 hour and ...
Dance of the Elephants
The following day it was off to the jungle again for John, Krishna, and I but this time I opted to take a jeep tour so we could get to several places that we couldn't get to by walking. Our goal for the day was to see either a wild rhinoceros or wild elephant, since we had accomplished our goal of seeing a wild tiger the day before.   ISO 500  f/13  1/40 As John and Krishna were getting our permit to enter the park I spotted a group of monkeys hanging out having some breakfast.   ISO 640  f/13  1/125 As I was taking this picture one of the larger males was stealthily sneaking into our jeep to try and steal our lunc ...
The Juicery
I left Bardia National Park at 7 in the morning and after the scariest 15 hour bus ride I've ever been on, I arrived in Pokhara. My original plan was to do a 3-day yoga retreat and juice cleanse before I left for my 10-day Vipassana course. I, of course, hadn't contacted the yoga center because I hadn't had reliable internet until Pokhara. I emailed the center the next morning to make sure I'd be able to come in that afternoon. While I waited to hear back from the center I decided to grab a bite to eat and explore. I stumbled upon a place called The Juicery and decided to stop in for a smoothie. While I was enjoying my smoothie and coloring s ...