14th Elephant Festival to be held in Sauraha

18th Dec, 2017 | Tourism Mail Crew

CHITWAN, Dec 18:  Sauraha, the third most popular tourist destination of Nepal, is set to host its 14th Elephant Festival. Organizers of the festival informed in a press conference held on Saturday that the event will take place from coming 26th to 30th December.

The festival, which is being held with the slogan of “Community, Conservation, and Prosperity”, is expected to attract a good number of domestic as well as foreign tourists. The festival is set to include events such as Elephant Picnic, Elephant Fast-walk Competition, Elephant Calves’ Football Competition, and Elephant Makeup Competition as their chief attractions.

Similarly, the festival also includes events such as Elephant Polo Competition, Elephant Painting Competition, Elephant Bathing Program, and various cultural programs by locals as well as national artists, informed the organizers.

The Regional Hotel Association, Chitwan, Sauraha, has been conducting the program annually  from 26th of December to the 30th of December, keeping in consideration the English New Year.

The Nepal Tourism Board is the chief promoter of the festival, which is being held to promote tourism in the tourism hub of Chitwan, Siraha. The festival will also award individuals who have made special efforts and contributions in the field of environment conservation, said the President of Regional Hotel Association, Sauraha, Suman Ghimire.

Besides the Elephant Picnic Program of the festival, the Elephant Fast-Walk Competition will feature 20 elephants while the Elephant Calves’ Football Competition will have 20 groups and the Elephant Makeup Competition will have 5 elephants. Meanwhile the Elephant Polo Competition will have 8 groups; the Elephant Painting Competition will have 5 elephants, and the Elephant Bathing Program will have 5 elephants altogether, informed the festival coordinator Deepak Bhattarai.

Organizers have said that the program will also have the presence of elephant specialist veterinarian doctors for primary care. The President of Regional Hotel Association, Sauraha, Suman Ghimire, said that the festival is an opportunity to show the newly-renovated Sauraha to visitors, after the devastating flood of Shrawan 28 ad 29, which destroyed millions worth of property in Sauraha.