We are shivering in the morning cold in Kaziranga. We are on pins to get started on the Elephant Safari that will take us through the thick bushes and grasslands, to see the famed One-horned Indian Rhino.
Nearly a hundred people await the arrival of 32 elephants. The sun has started its journey across the sky; the early morning mist is slowly clearing.
Soon, the four of us are on our elephant, a beautiful and majestic creature. ‘Tara’ is her name, which translates to star.
Our Mahout has been with Tara for nearly 15 years. Man and elephant are one. He gently prods Tara into the grasslands, as she stops to pull out grass with her trunk, on and off.
We soon see the beautiful One-horned Indian Rhino, majestic, graceful; and oblivious to all of us. Some of them busy chomping down their breakfast, while some others are staring away into the distance.
Enroute we also see deer, jungle fowl, eagles and huge water buffaloes.
We enjoy the safari thoroughly and get back to base, after two hours in the grasslands.
We are famished, and get back to the hotel and settle down to a heavy breakfast and many cups of hot Assam Tea.
As we prepare to get back to our room, I casually glance at my phone.
My pedometer shows 14550 steps walked, and the day had barely started. I am puzzled. My first reaction is that the App has stopped working.
I try walking with the phone, and the App updates the steps taken just like it always does.
Aha…..then it strikes me, the pedometer has also counted the steps taken by Tara, our dear elephant.
I laugh out aloud, and realize that my 10000 steps for the day are yet to begin.