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
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.