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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.

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Elephant riding on the Rapati River.

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More elephant riding on the Rapati.

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Happy elephant!!!

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Slippery wet elephant on the Rapati River in Chitwan National Park, Nepal.

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  1. March 10, 2013 at 4:28 PM

    Thanks

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