Every day (except cold winter days) from around 10am to noon, the elephants in Sauraha march down to the river near the Hotel River Side for their morning soak and scrub. With a bathing suit and Rs 100, you can join in with elephant bath time; however, bear in mind that to habituate them to such interactions, captive elephants are traditionally subject to harsh training.

Sentiment is turning against this experience as part of the overall rethink about how people and elephants should interact. Rather than allowing tourists to climb all over these animals, a more ethical alternative is to watch the elephants do it happily themselves.