Jaipur, the capital city of Rajasthan is one of the most visited destinations of the state, which is known for its historic attractions, tourist places and annually celebrated Elephant Festival. One of the most popular festivals of Rajasthan, Elephant Festival is celebrated on the occasion of Holi that usually falls on March every year. Elephant Festival is a very happening festival of Jaipur celebrated with great pomp and gaiety. The festival celebrated annually is a great fanfare for the mighty elephants, their owners and the spectators. The well-trained elephants give a variety of interesting performances on instructions of their masters. Besides the captivating performances of elephants, a number of sports and events are held on the day of Elephant Festival.
Elephants had been an important animal during the rule of erstwhile Rajput rulers. These mighty creatures were used to symbolize the wealth and strength. You can find the records about elephants at many places in Rajasthan associated with royal sports and events. There are numerous paintings in museums that depict the royal hunting scenes with the king seating on elephant’s back. Elephant Festival is an attempt of the locals to remember and keep alive the old customs and practices. The festival starts with a royal procession of beautifully adorned elephants and their mahouts (keepers) groom them with locally available stuff. You can see embroidery, tinkers, attractive colours and ornamentation add more beauty to the animals. The royal sport of Polo is played among the owners on the elephants’ back, which is much like playing the game on horses. Other interesting events which are part of Elephant Festival are folk dances, elephant races and tug of war. Want to plan holidays during Elephant festival? Check below our featured packages or drop your enquiry and we shall get back to you shortly.