Elephant festival, Jaipur
The Elephant Festival is one of the most popular festivals of Jaipur and takes place at the famous Chaugan stadium in march. It begins with a beautiful procession of bedecked elephants, camels, horses and folk dancers. 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. The most beautifully decorated elephant is awarded. Elephant polo, elephant race, the tug-of-war between elephant and 19 men and women are the featured events of the festival. Before the end, a prize distribution ceremony awards the winners of the various competitions. However, the most special prize goes to the elephant which attracts maximum appreciation for its appearance.