Welcome back to the Jungle.So,we had a sumptuous lunch and went straight to where Chameli was waiting for us.Oh!let me introduce her to you…
Chameli ready to push off
The best way to get a feel of this particular forest is on an elephant’s back and Chameli did full justice to our expectations.The kids were thrilled to see her.I was a little apprehensive but Chameli was too cute and friendly.But the moment she entered the jungle I saw her true spirit.She was fast,she was smart and she knew where to go.And soon enough we saw ourselves (or rather Chameli)in hot pursuit of a Mother and Baby Rhino pair.All the cameras went berserk clicking and flashing.
At one point,Chameli nearly brought us to the edge of the river and she was so fast that I closed my eyes visualizing ourselves in the water.Thankfully,she turned.Next,we spotted a wild buffalo.
And some more trampling of the tall grass,some more jerks ,but more importantly more Rhinos.
The feeling of being so close to the Rhinos in their own habitat cannot be put into words.Both the girls were “Mumma see” and “Mumma look”,through the entire ride.But the star of the show for me was undoubtedly,our dear Chameli.So,I would recommend to all those visiting the Kaziranga to take the Elephant Safari only which is open twice a day,once early in the morning and again in the afternoon.Its worth it!
And this last one for my Star…even her shadow looks gorgeous…Doesn’t it?
We came back from the Jeep safari excited and lusting for more.Our Elephant Safari was booked for the evening .So we had time on our hands to explore the neighbourhood and have lunch.So off we went looking for some authentic Assamese food.
A lush green tea estate we came across
We also came across a retail outlet for tea and picked up a few varieties-the hubby being a complete tea lover was really enthusiastic about it.
Amusing caption there?For all tea-lovers…
We gorged on some juicy,fresh pineapples served on banana leaves..
We asked around and reached this beautiful resort ,Iora-The Retreat,in our search for the authentic Assamese food..Bhatbaan was the name of the restaurant.
The restaurant had a typical assamese ambience and we were served traditional food that included rice(staple food of Assam),Khar Anja(dish made with raw papaya),Masor Tenga(a sour fish curry),Bengena pura(a brinjal dish) and mati mahor dal(black gram).The flavours were all subdued and light with no heavy spices or oil,yet tasty.The best part was you could eat as much as you wanted to.
Our hunger satiated we headed back to the jungle in anticipation and a little anxiousness as this was to be the first time I would be riding on an elephant.Phew!
Are you excited too?I will be back in just a while…Till then….