14th Elephant Festival kicks off in Chitwan

Published on : Wednesday, December 27, 2017

14th Elephant FestivalThe 14th edition of the Elephant Festival kicked off in Nepal’s third popular tourism destination Chitwan on Tuesday, in which more than 50 elephants took part.

 
The five-day event, organized by the Regional Hotel Association of Sauraha in Chitwan National Park, was inaugurated by Nepalese Prime Minister Sher Bahadur Deuba.

 

This annual fiesta aims to bring humans closer to elephants, encourage wildlife protection and conservation and promote tourism in the region. Festival coordinator Suman Ghimire said, “We have been organizing this festival to enhance human-wildlife relations by engaging them into sports and fun and to promote tourism of Chitwan.”

 

The festival will showcase elephant walk, elephant football, elephant bath, elephant beauty contest and elephant picnic, among others. Elephant picnic was added to the schedule some three years ago to provide affection, care and respect to the elephants.

 

Chitwan National Park is enriched with abundance of wildlife and flora and fauna where elephant safari is one of the major attractions. Besides elephant adventures, the festival will also feature cultural procession, ethnic dances and musical programs with stalls featuring local foods. Hundreds of domestic and foreign tourists visit Chitwan every year to experience this incredible fiesta, which will end on Dec. 30.

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