Date of Occasion: 7th March 2012
Elephant festival is a completely elephant devoted carnival celebrates every year during the Holi fest in Jaipur city. On the day of colors huge elephants with attractive dresses and heavy jewellery marched like an elephant’s army and shows various breathtaking skills like, Elephant’s polo, Elephant dance and elephants race. Players of Elephant Polo are use to dressed in saffron with red turbans they seems to give their full effort to score goals with long handled modified Polo sticks. It is the only kind of thrilling and Joyful festival which is held in India. It’s been an electrifying atmosphere when one can speculate rainbow colors everywhere amid to the rhythm of folk dance and musical programs. It will let you feel elite when you watch huge animal’s runs here and there like your dear one and you just stand like emperor. So live this feeling and visit Jaipur during the Elephant Festival.
Day 1: Arrival Delhi – Jaipur
Arrive Delhi and leave for Jaipur. After reaching Jaipur, have lunch and then leave for Chaugan Stadium to 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:
Day 2: Jaipur
After breakfast proceed for city tour of Jaipur
AMBER FORT PALACE - Amber is the classic romantic Rajasthani fort palace. Its construction was started by Man Singh I in 1592, and completed by his descendent Jai Singh I. Its forbidding exterior belies an inner paradise where a beautiful fusion of Mughal and Hindu styles finds it's ultimate expression. Continue sight-seeing.
CITY PALACE - A delightful blend of Mughal and traditional Rajasthani architecture, the City Palace sprawls over one-seventh of the area in the walled city. It houses the Chandra Mahal, Shri Govind Dev Temple and the City Palace Museum
JANTAR MANTAR - This is the largest and the best preserved of the five observatories built by Jai Singh II in different parts of the country. This observatory consisting of outsized astronomical instruments is still in use.
HAWA MAHAL - The ornamental facade of this "Palace of Winds" is a prominent landmark in Jaipur. Their five-storey structures of sandstone plastered pink encrusted with fine trelliswork and elaborate balconies. The palace has 953 niches and windows. Built in 1799 by Pratap Singh, the Mahal was a royal grandstand for the palace women. Overnight at Jaipur
Day 3: Jaipur - Delhi
After breakfast, check out of the hotel and leave for Delhi for your journey towards onward destination