19th Annual Smithsonian Magazine Photo Contest Travel
Elephants + Phanets

In Nepal, each elephant has three handlers. The lead handler is known as the phanet (fawn-it) and is . On this day in Chitwan National Park, the other handlers finished bathing the elephants and the phanets took to their back to walk them home from the river before the imminent monsoon rains fell.

Photo Detail
Date Taken: 08.2019
Date Uploaded: 11.2021
Photo Location: Chitwan, Nepal
Camera: Canon EOS 5D Mark II
Copyright: © Sarah Delia