The Silent Herds in a World Heritage Site

Category: Sense of Place


Photo and caption by Shyamal Datta

One of the most fascinating National Parks in the world - Manas National Park, in India is home to thousands of wild Asian elephants. In my attempt to photo-document the dignified enigma of these elegant mammals I tracked this herd as they moved through their 100 kilometer corridor. Its a classic scene where the patriarch is trailing the herd and the matriarch leads thereby sheltering and protecting all others in the family in between. The scene is poignant - being the last day of my trip as the herd silently moves on to newer pastures through the grassland towards the mountains of Bhutan.

Location: Manas National Park, Assam, India


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