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Elephant Festival

Elephant Festival

Initiated by the Rajasthan State Tourism department, the Elephant festival in Jaipur is celebrated every year during the month of March on the day after Holi festivities.

The elephant has a special place in the history of Jaipur and this festival celebrates the might and significance of these imposing pachyderms that have been an inseparable part of Jaipur royal processions, entertainment, war activities and more.

The Elephant festival celebrations in Jaipur begin with a glamorous procession of brilliantly caparisoned elephants. Elaborately decorated horses and camels also accompany the procession though rows upon rows of mighty pachyderms dominate the cultural event.

The history of the brilliant Elephant festival in Jaipur may be traced to the Buddhist Jataka stories that mention an ancient Elephant festival known as Hastimangala. Most of the elephants that take part in the Elephant festival in Jaipur are females and are decorated with utmost care and precision by their respective mahouts.

The Elephant procession proceeds towards the Chaugan or the Polo Field in the old Jaipur city that is the main venue for cultural programs and elephant sports that mark this festive occasion in Jaipur, Rajasthan, India.

Elephant polo, tug-o-war, folk music, folk dances and more engage your attention during your tours to the colorful Elephant festival in Jaipur, Rajasthan, India. The final event that marks the Elephant festival celebrations in Jaipur, Rajasthan, India is the game of elephant polo.

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