Day 06 / Jaipur
After breakfast enjoy Elephant festival.
The Elephant Festival is an inimitable event held annually in Jaipur. Groomed flawlessly, rows of elephants do a catwalk before an enthralled audience liked the best fashion models to make this festival an amazing one. The elephants move with poise in the pageant and finally participate in the spring festival of Holi. It is festival time with elephants, typically celebrated one day before Holi, the Indian festival of colors.
Staged at Chaugan Stadium, Jaipur, elephants put up a variety of programs and the arena is brought alive with musicians and dancers. The crowd, which includes sizable presences of foreign and Indian tourist, electrifies the atmosphere. The festival starts with an impressive procession of the majestic animals lovingly painted and tastefully attired with glittering ornaments and embroidered velvets.
A ceremonial procession is recreated with caparisoned elephants, lancers on horses, chariots, camels, cannons and palanquins. Elephant is the centre of attraction in the many races and beauty pageants.
Most of the participants are female elephants. The mahouts (elephant keepers) take great care to decorate the elephants painting their trunks, foreheads, and feet with floral motifs and adorning them from tusk to tail with interesting trinkets. Female elephants wear anklets and make music as they walk.
Finally, some lucky tourists are invited to mount the elephants and play Holi. Participants dance with great vigour and the excitement rises to a crescendo.
Activities in the Elephant Festival Jaipur:
Firstly there is a magnificent procession of the majestic elephants decorated with gold ornaments and velvets and beautifully colored. - The guests are greeted and offered garlands by the elephants.
*Then there is ramp where the best elephant wins the Best Decorated Elephant’ Shield.
*Then there is the game of polo , its really amusing game where you find the elephants chasing the ball in great speed.
*There is Tug-Of-War between the largest elephant and ten people.
*Gaj Shringar is an exhibition where you will find display of elephant-ornaments, textiles (Jhoo) parapernalic howdahs and carriages, paintings medicines and food.
*Program of Dhaph and Gair dance to display the vibrancy and lively mood of Holi.
*The finale has the dazzling display of fireworks.