After 2 days of never-ending waiting in Mahendranagar, we finally took a 16 hours bus (it should have been 10 hours!!!) to Narayangarh, a non interesting town located in the junction of Mahendra and Prithvi roads which you would never visit but is the compulsory gate in your way to Kathmandu, Pokhara or Chitwan National Park. After a well deserved resting night, we moved a few kilometers further away to Sauraha, which is the closest town to Chitwan National Park. Sauraha is full of hostels/hotels and lives almost exclusively of tourism. It’s a very pleasant and quite place to stay for a while, although its biggest attraction is the Natural Reserve, where you can do an elephant back or a walking safari to explore the jungle and spot wild animals such as tiger, one horned rhino, slot bear, crocodile, and wild elephant among others.
Unfortunately, a five day illness and three days of non stop rain just when we were recovering, which left the jungle completely muddy, forced us to leave without experiencing the walk in the jungle. If we ever come back we know exactly what we want to do: three days and two nights walking through the jungle, with the guide of our choice (not the one decided by the operators) and completely avoid the crappy tourist packages that everyone seems to take.