‘Elephant Show’ in Nepal


The 13th edition of Nepal’s five-day Chitwan Elephant Festival kicked off with the participation of over 50 elephants….reports Asian Lite News

An elephant kicks a ball during an elephant football competition at the 13th Elephant Festival in Sauraha, a tourism hub in southwest Nepal’s Chitwan district (Xinhua/Sunil Sharma) ****Authorized by ytfs****

The annual festival, which brings fun, sports and adventure together, would feature unique and spectacular games like polo, football, fast-walk, beauty contest, picnic among others elephant participation.

The annual event has been organised by Regional Hotel Association Chitwan in order to bring humans closer with elephants, to encourage wildlife protection and conservation and to promote tourism in the region.
Chitwan is the third popular tourism destination in the Himalayan country after the capital city Kathmandu and lake city Pokhara. Though the region used to welcome nearly 200,000 tourists in a single year, the number has dropped to less than half after the disaster of 2015.

This year, the festival has introduced elephant polo for the first time in its history, which is expected to draw huge number of foreign and domestic tourists. Elephant polo is often regarded as the most adventurous and rare activity in the world.

Besides, the festival has also featured cultural and entertainment programs along with boat and cart riding competition.