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May 22, 2009 - Elephant Safari in Jaldapara Wildlife Sanctuary and Visit to South Khairbairi Nature Park

I awoke this morning at 4:45 a.m. to the sounds of pouring rain outside of the Jaldapura Tourist Lodge, immediately fearing that our elephant safari this morning - slated to begin from inside the park at 6 a.m. - would be canceled. As the rain continued after our arrival in the Jaldapara Wildlife Sanctuary near the Hollong Lodge, close to the concrete steps from which the tourists hop into the baskets poised on the backs of the safari elephants, we sat and waited for the rain to abate. Finally, at about 7 a.m., the rain had ceased and we,...

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