KATHMANDU Nepal (Xinhua) --
The 14th edition of
Elephant Festival kicked off in Nepal’s third popular
tourism destination Chitwan on Tuesday with the
participation of over 50 elephants.
event, organized by the Regional Hotel Association of
Sauraha in Chitwan National Park, was inaugurated by
Nepali Prime Minister Sher Bahadur Deuba.
fiesta aims to bring humans closer with elephants,
encourage wildlife protection and conservation and
promote tourism in the region.
been organizing this festival to enhance human-wildlife
relations by engaging them into sports and fun and to
promote tourism of Chitwan,” festival coordinator Suman
Ghimire told Xinhua over phone.
the organizer, the festival will showcase elephant walk,
elephant football, elephant bath, elephant beauty
contest and elephant picnic, among others.
games and activities will revolve around elephants,”
picnic was added to the schedule some three years ago to
provide affection, care and respect to the elephants.
National Park is enriched with abundance of wildlife and
flora and fauna where elephant safari is one of the
elephant adventures, the festival will also feature
cultural procession, ethnic dances and musical programs
with stalls of variety of local foods.
domestic and foreign tourists visit Chitwan every year
to experience this incredible fiesta, which will
conclude on Dec. 30.
Chitwan is a pioneer hub for elephant adventures,
tourism entrepreneurs often claim that it still lacks
tourists as compared to other tourism destinations of
the country like Kathmandu and Pokhara.
800,000 foreign tourists visit Nepal annually, but
unfortunately Chitwan receives only 25 percent of them.
We believe such festivals will attract more foreign
tourists towards wildlife adventure,” Keshav Pandey,
director at Green Park Chitwan resort, told Xinhua.
Nearly 100 elephants
enjoy day-off and picnic in Nepal
CHITWAN Nepal (Xinhua) --
Nepal’s tourism hub Chitwan hosted
the elephant picnic on Tuesday as part of the ongoing 13th
Chitwan Elephant Festival.
behind organizing the picnic is to provide special care,
love and respect to the elephants and to bring them
closer with humans.
Bhattarai, first Vice President of Regional Hotel
Association Chitwan told Xinhua, “Elephants serve humans
throughout the year so this program aims to return them
the love and care that these large creatures deserve. It
is the perfect medium for rewarding them.”
This is the
third consecutive year of unique elephant picnic in the
annual year-ender fiesta.
elephants participated in the picnic program organized
in Sauraha, the gateway of Chitwan National Park.
occasion, elephants were served their favorite
sugarcane, rice with molasses, bananas, apples, oranges
and cabbages. A single elephant was fed with nearly 70
kilograms of food in their day-off.
enjoyed a day-off from their regular safari schedule.
“As per the
discussion with medical professionals, we arranged
nutritious food for elephants that comprise vitamins and
minerals”, Bhattarai added.
domestic and foreign tourists attended the two-hour long
picnic while mahouts were also treated with special
tourist with English name Sunny shared with Xinhua, “I
am very happy to be a part of this elephant picnic. It
will definitely boost animal-human relationship. I am
the third popular tourism destination in the Himalayan
country after the capital city Kathmandu and lake city
Pokhara. Located some 170 kilometers away from
Kathmandu, the place is especially popular for its
abundance of rich wildlife and elephant safari.
elephants conduct safari in the Chitwan National Park
statistics, the region used to welcome nearly 200,000
tourists annually before the devastating earthquake of
local tourism entrepreneurs, the region’s tourism is
bouncing back gradually with the impressive flow of
foreign tourists especially from neighboring countries
China and India.