Elephant Festival

Cultural in Jaipur

Elephants painted with amazing patterns and dressed in ribbons and jewellery (spot the females by their jangling anklets) lumber through the streets at this festival held the day before Holi. Activities include matches of elephant polo at Chaughan Stadium in the Old City, elephant races, and a tug-of-war between elephants and humans. However, animal welfare groups have criticised the treatment of elephants involved in the festival.