The state of Assam will be organizing the Elephant Festival at Kaziranga National Park from February 11th to February 17th, 2017. It is one of the largest elephant festivals of India.
This festival was begun in the year 2003 and is held annually at Kaziranga National Park of Assam for the conservation and protection of Asiatic elephant. The festival is jointly organized by the Forest Department and Tourism Department of Assam with an objective to create awareness and highlight the elephants struggle to survive, and find a solution for increasing man-elephant conflict.
The festival includes elephant processions, races and various games played by elephants. Hundreds of domestic Asiatic elephants, decorated from head to toe, participate in the program. They take part in parade, races, football and dance earning praises from the spectators. Cultural programmes are also held along with the activities of the elephant. A procession by around hundred elephants accompanied by troupes beating drums and cymbals is a sight to behold. Thousands of tourists flock to Kaziranga in Assam to witness this fantastic Kaziranga Elephant Festival.
About Kaziranga National Park
Kaziranga National Park, which covers an area of 430 Sq. km, is a UNESCO World Heritage Site located in the Indian state of Assam. The protected area was established in 1904 following the efforts of Lady Curzon, the wife of Lord Curzon, the then Viceroy of India under the British. This park is home to two-third of the world’s Great One-horned Rhinoceros population. Located on the edge of the Eastern Himalaya biodiversity hotspot, Kaziranga contains significant population of mammals, and endemic plant and animal species. This park was declared as a Tiger Reserve in 2006, as it is home to the highest density of tigers that are found in all the protected areas across the world. The park is home to large breeding populations of elephants, wild water buffalo, and swamp deer. Kaziranga is recognized as an Important Bird Area by Birdlife International for conservation of avifaunal species.