Elephant Festival in Assam

In order to promote conservation and protection of the Asiatic Elephant, the Kaziranga Elephant Festival is organized by the Forest Department and the Tourism Department of Assam. This annual Elephant Festival is held sometime during February each year, and where hundreds of domestic Asiatic elephants are decorated from head to toe for participation in the festivities and programs. Inaugurated in the year 2002 with an objective to highlight and find ways to resolve the increasing human-elephant conflict, this annual event is drawing an increasing number of visitors to the Kaziranga National Park during this period. Rows upon rows of majestic elephant catwalk before enthralled audience during this awareness-raising and eco-tourism opportunity. Gracefully moving in a procession, the pachyderms take part in parades, races, football games and dancing performances earning praises and applause from the spectators.

The main gate of the Kaziranga National Park is at Kohora on NH-37. Jorhat Airport is the closest at a distance of 96 kilometers from Kaziranga followed by the Guwahati Airport which is 217 kilometers away. ASTC–government and private buses are abundantly available to and from Guwahati, Tezpur and Upper Assam maintaining special reservation of seats for Kaziranga visitors. The Furkating Railway Station is the nearest railhead at a distance of 75 kilometers from the park. Most accommodation options are located at Kohora and Baguri alongside the National Highway at the southern border of Kaziranga. Although, there are a great number of Forest Department rest-houses, bungalows, hotels and lodges, the demand is still more than supply, hence prior booking is advocated to avoid disappointment.

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