Elephant polo proposed to be made national game: Tourism Minister

1st Jan, 2017 | Tourism Mail Crew

KATHMANDU: Minister for Culture, Tourism and Civil Aviation Jeevan Bahadur Shahi, proposed the elephant polo game as national game.


Minister Shahi who was in Chitwan to participate in the 13th edition of Nepal’s five-day Chitwan Elephant Festival, praised the organizers for organizing the event which play significant role in attracting foreign tourists.

He said that overall tourism industry in Nepal was badly affected due to the devastating earthquake in 2015. “If we could invite just 1% of population from the neighboring countries India and China, it would be a big achievement for Nepal,” The minister said. After Kathmandu and Pokhara, Chitwan is the third most popular tourist destination in the Himalayan country.

We should more focused on homestay too. After purchasing the wide body airplane it will make drastic change in Nepal tourism sector, he added.

While meeting with tourism entrepreneurs of Chitwan he said this proposal of making elephant polo as national game will help to promote tourism, his press advisor, Sunil Sapkota said.

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This game has being played in including Nepal, India, Thailand, Srilanka.

The festival also has cultural and entertainment programs with boat and cart riding competitions.