Nepal hosts elephant festival, aims to revive tourism

Published on : Tuesday, December 27, 2016

Mahouts control elephants during an exhibition soccer match at the elephant festival in Sauraha, Chitwan, 170 kilometers (106 miles) south of Katmandu, Nepal, Wednesday, Dec. 28, 2011. The three day elephant festival mainly held for tourism began here Monday. (AP Photo/Niranjan Shrestha)

The 13th edition of the five-day Chitwan Elephant Festival kick started in the country of Nepal and in this festival as many as 50 elephants have participated.


This annual festival ushers in a great deal of fun sports and adventure.


The event has been inaugurated on Monday in Sauraha that serves as the gateway to Chitwan National Park, as reported by a news agency. Picnic, beauty contest,  football contest, and polo competition are some of the exciting games that would be a part of this thrilling festival.


The Regional Hotel Association Chitwan has organized this grand annual event.


The aim of organizing this event is to build bridges between humans and the elepehants and also to motivate the spirit of wildlife protection. Besides, tourism would also be promoted in this region. Jeevan Bahadur Shahi who is the Nepalese  Minister for Culture, Tourism and Civil Aviation had inaugurated the grand event.


He has said that these interesting activities play a crucial role in attracting international tourists.


Shahi also feels that Chitwan is a crucial nerve-centre for elephant adventures. However, he thinks that this region lacks tourists as compared to the other portions of the country. He then went on to add that the country requires a greater number of tourists from neighbouring countries and it would greatly boost the regional tourism industry.


The tourism industry of Nepal was adversely impacted by the disastrous earthquake in the year 2015, he said.


So he thinks that even if one percent of tourists arrive in Nepal from India and China, it would be a great achievement for Nepal. Chitwan is the third popular tourism locale in the country just after the capital city of Kathmandu and also the lake city Pokhara.

Though the place used to embrace about 2,00,000 tourists every year, the figure has slumped to less than half after the disaster of 2015.


This year, the festival has come up with elephant polo.


This sport is considered the most adventurous and also a very rare activity in the world. Also, the festival has featured entertainment programs, along side cart riding and boating competitions. This event would be ending on Friday.


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