Colorful fireworks, jumbo rides, tribal dance and folk music are among a plethora of events tourists will be treated to as the annual ‘Elephant Festival’ kick-starts in Jaipur today. Fireworks, band recital, matka (pot) race and tug-of-war between Indian and foreign tourists will be the highlights of the festivities, besides playing Holi on elephants. The festival will take place at Rambagh polo ground here and tourists can also look forward to cultural performances like Gair dance, tribal dance Kacchi Ghodi, Langa Gayan, Braj Ki Holi and Bum Rasia, among others. Approximately 5,000 tourists attend the festival every year. The Dhulandi Festival (playing Holi) will be celebrated by tourists on March 8 at Khasa kothi. Sharma further added that over the years, the Elephant Festival, celebrated a day before Holi, had become quite a hit with tourists.
Here’s a pictorial peep into the last few years’ celebrations during Holi and Elephant Festival. Various Expressions are a delight to the viewer’s eyes. The mahouts proudly embellish their elephants with vibrant colors, jhools (saddle cloth) and heavy jewellery. It is quite a treat to see female elephants wearing anklets, which tinkle as they walk. One can see people sprinkling ‘gulaal’ (colored powder) perched on top of the elephant.
Before the end, a prize distribution ceremony honor the winners of various competitions. Interestingly, the special prize goes to the elephant which attracts maximum appreciation from the audience .