Elephant bathing is also an exciting entertainment activity available to the tourist in Sauraha. The tourist can play with the elephants and dive in the river from the back of elephant while it is bathing. The sight of elephant bathing playing with humans is equally entertaining. It is even enjoyable to only view the elephant baths.
There is a virtual competition between the tourists to take photographs of the bathing elephant. The elephants at times throw off the riders into water as per the instruction is exciting to the limit. Elephant bath is one of the major attraction of Sauraha.
Just chill out beside the tranquility of the Rapti River and watch the appealing elephant taking a bath or if its too tempting, join them while taking a dip down the river.
You can buy a ticket to wash an elephant in the Rapti river from many guest houses or travel agencies. Tickets can cost between 200 to 500 rupees.
For a cheaper option head down to the river in the evening where the Mahout (Elephant riders) come to give bath to their elephants after a long day's work. They'll often do some showing off and accept tips. Then sit back and enjoy the sunset over the river!