Elephants have always been associated with the Rajas as a symbol of power and status. A beautifully decorated elephant carrying the raja in the war field, processions or festivals was a common sight in the earlier era. The Elephant Festival is an attempt on the part of RTDC to introduce the people of India and abroad to the royalty of the Rajputs. The Rajputs, who held control over Rajasthan for a long period of time, have become synonyms for courage, sacrifice and grandeur. Infact, the moment you think of Rajasthan, you are reminded of the way the Rajputs conducted themselves, with great self-respect and royal elegance. The royal aura of the Rajput never seems to fade away and the Elephant Festival is meant to represent that royalty in a much grander way.
Attractions of the Festivals
The Elephant Festival is a unique event held annually in Jaipur, the capital of Rajasthan. Groomed to perfection, glittering in gold, row upon row of elephant’s catwalk before an enthralled audience. Of the various fairs and festivals the one that enjoys an exclusive position is the elephant festival, Jaipur. Truly speaking, elephant, camels and horse processions followed by animated folk dance performances can afford to be missed. The elephant festival in Jaipur is celebrated annually. To state laconically, Rajasthan Tourism in its endeavor to revive past traditions has promoted elephant festivals in Jaipur to the fullest extent . Jaipur was a favorite with the important personalities of the British Raj and the Maharajas always arranged for their guests of honor elephant rides up to the Amber palace. Even today, the mahouts take tourists up to the Amber Palace on elephant back. Jaipur was a favorite with the important personalities of the British Raj and the Maharajas always arranged for their guests of honor elephant rides up to the Amber palace. Even today, the mahouts take tourists up to the Amber Palace on elephant back.