For those wishing to enjoy an ethical experience in the company of elephants, this is just the ticket. You spend a very special day with these gentle giants – without disturbance to their daily routine with the opportunity for jungle walks, watching the elephants bathing; all activities are dependent on the time of year. For centuries elephants have played a very important role in Nepal’s culture, whether it has been for ceremonial purposes, work or transport. There has, however, been an increasing awareness for the need for a more sustainable eco-friendly connection with these behemoths in the area of tourism in recent times. This walk is aimed at helping you discover the world of these domesticated beasts, basically which have been put to pasture, as they go about their daily routines handled by their mahouts.
Why you will love it
- An ethical experience with elephants
- Spend time with the mahouts and get insights into the daily routine of the elephants.
- Learn about the wildlife on the jungle walk accompanied by the elephants
- Enjoying an activity with animals where they are not being harmed or disturbed.
What you will experience
Prepare to get up early and follow the elephants to the grass-lands, where the mahouts cut and collect the grass for the elephants to eat during the day. This is a very beautiful experience and varies a lot over the different seasons. In the late afternoon, when the temperature is pleasant, go for a walk in the jungle with the elephants and their mahouts. On the way, our naturalist will show and tell you about wildlife and vegetation as you move through the jungle, grassland, and wetland with the elephants. You will most likely encounter tiger tracks, deer, various species of birds, and maybe a rhino or two, depending on the route. Another beautiful afternoon activity is to follow the elephants to the Narayani River, where they go to cool down and to drink. While you dip your feet or savour your afternoon tea on the riverbank, you can enjoy watching the mahouts scrub the elephants, and the elephants play around in the water. From late November till March the water will be too cold for the elephants for swimming. After dinner and a relaxing evening, let the mahouts take you around the corrals where the elephants sleep. You must make sure to be very quiet, so as not to disturb them.