Chitwan National Park in Nepal offers visitors the exhilarating adventure to witness and even participate in elephant bathing and care of elephants. This sensational activity allows you to get up close to these magnificent creatures and learn about their care and conservation efforts, creating indelible memories in a spectacular natural environment. This fascinating and enjoyable activity usually takes place near the rivers where special bathing areas in Rapti river are designated for the elephants.
During the bath, mahouts (elephant handlers) guide the elephants into the water and assist in scrubbing and cleaning them. Elephants enter the water and submerge their bodies, allowing the water to flow over them. Tourists can observe and may have the opportunity to assist in bathing the elephants, feeding them, or even taking elephant rides. It can be a unique experience, providing insights into the daily routines and relationships between elephants and their mahouts. Elephants often enjoy the bathing process and actively participate by splashing water with their trunks and rolling around in the water. They use their trunks as versatile tools, capable of drawing water, spraying it onto their bodies, and even sucking it up for drinking. It’s a joyful experience to witness their playfulness and the interactions between the elephants and their caretakers. However, it’s important to choose responsible and ethical operators who prioritize the well-being and welfare of the elephants.
Don’t miss this incredible opportunity to interact with these gentle yet the largest mammals on earth in Sauraha. It’s better to not regret it later, take your time today and experience the amazing bare back ride on an elephant while bathing with splashing water from the trunk of the elephant in the setting of morning and evening sunset. When you’re planning to visit Chitwan and experience an elephant bath, it’s recommended to check with our local trained tour operators and guides for the most up-to-date information.