Travel Blog-Day 21
This is a blog about my 36-day trip through Nepal, India, and a little bit of China. I’ll make one post roughly every week until it’s all finished.
Day 21: Chitwan
I stayed just to bathe and ride the elephants again. It was, of course, great! I go there early when the mahouts were actually bathing the elephants. I talked with a mahout and he told me there are three people who take care of each elephant. The mahout is the headman and stays with the elephant his entire life.
There was a gharial across the river. The Rapati River in Chitwan really isn’t that wide. Yesterday, the mahout took the elephant I was on way out into the middle of the river. Today, they all stayed pretty close to shore.
A bad thing about the mahouts is, even thought they seem to care and love the elephants, the hit them in the head with the blunt end of a metal hook. It seems painful, but the elephant doesn’t flinch. Its like the pony cart drivers, they treat the ponies like absolute shit. Its horrible, but I think they don’t care for them the way the mahouts care for their elephants.
Elephant riding on the Rapati River.
More elephant riding on the Rapati.
Slippery wet elephant on the Rapati River in Chitwan National Park, Nepal.