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Rejoice at the Elephant Festival

by Madhav Srinivasan 1752 days ago

The Elephant Festival is celebrated in the month of February or March, and it attracts a lot of spectators from across the country and abroad. This royal festival is organized to showcase the pompous and majestic royalty of Jaipur during the Holi festival

In India, the elephant is considered as a majestic and holy animal since the prehistoric era. The supremacy of elephants is well illustrated throughout the Hindu mythology.  Elephants have been a huge force of strength in many wars. Legends say that during “Samudra Manthan” (churning of the ocean), the Gods were fortunate enough to receive “Airavata”, the elephant that later became the divine vehicle or “Vahana” of Lord Indra.

The festival is celebrated each year in February or March during Holi, which is the festival of colors. With Holi being celebrated throughout the country, the elephant festival adds spice to it. The classy attires and myriad colors on the elephants truly represent the festival of Holi and is an enjoyable occasion for those planning thier Rajasthan holidays during that time. 

What can you Expect?

The elephant has become a symbol of royalty in Indian tradition and culture, there are many festivals associated to it. The Jaipur elephant festival is one-of-its-kinds festival where the elephants are given utmost importance. The whole town of Jaipur comes alive with dancers, musicians and elephants that attract visitors from all over the globe. Only female elephants take part in the festival. They are magnificently decorated in the festival to give the spectators a majestic feel; their tusks and trunks are beautifully colored. Book exclusive Jaipur tour packages for a great experience. 

Elephant festival is celebrated in the famous Chaugan grounds in Jaipur. The festival commences with an enormous parade of all the decorated female elephants marching towards Chaugan grounds. Various competitions are organized so that the tourists and local people enjoy it to the full. The elephants are engaged in races, polo matches and a tug of war with men to enthrall the spectators. They are at their best during this festival and you can find them enjoying the attention and cheering from the crowd. The elephant keepers or mahouts decorate their elephants from head to toe for the “Best Decorated Elephant” contest, which is a major feature of this cultural fest.

What is in it for Tourists?

Tourists witness special dance and talent shows by the elephants. Famous folk dancers and local musicians participate in this festival amidst colorful lightings that add to the overall entertainment of the spectators. This festival also showcases the glorious royalty of Jaipur and allows the tourists be a part of it. Tourists can take elephant rides and play Holi sitting atop the elephants giving them a never-like-before experience. You can easily reach Jaipur by taking up Jaipur tour packages from Delhi

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