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The Kaziranga Elephant Festival is a yearly elephant festival held in the Kaziranga National Park of Assam for the conservation and protection of Asiatic elephant. The festival is jointly organised by the Forest Department and Tourism Department of Assam with an objective to highlight and find ways to resolve the increasing man-elephant conflict. 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.

The north eastern state of Assam in India organises one of India’s largest elephant festivals for the conservation and protection of Asiatic elephant. The Elepahant Festival attractions draws a huge number of crowd in the north eastern state of Assam during this period. The gathering is aimed at increasing eco-tourism and raising awareness of the elephant’s struggle for limited resources with man. The objective in holding the festival is to highlight and find ways to resolve the increasing man-elephant conflict.

The Elephant Festival of Assam is organised every year at Kaziranga National Park in Assam, jointly by the Forest Department and Tourism Department, Govt. of Assam. There are various activities by domestic elephants and various cultural programmes performed by the locales to make the event more & more entertaining.

The Elephant Festival is a unique event held annually in Assam. The Elephants are groomed to perfection, row upon row of elephants catwalk before an enthralled audience. The elephants move gracefully in procession, run races, play games of various kind. It is a festival time for the elephants.

The Asiatic elephant (Elephas maximus) is the biggest terrestrial animal, with a huge population in Asia. In India, herds of the animal can be found spread across the following landscapes – Karbi Anglong and Kaziranga landscapes in Assam, the northern bank of Brahmaputra and the Eastern Ghats of the Nilgiris. Due to the increasing human-elephant conflict and poaching, there has been a significant reduction in the number of Asiatic elephant and they are fast approaching the precinct where they will be labeled as ‘Endangered Species’.

In an attempt to conserve and protect the exclusive species that we know as Asiatic elephant, the northeastern state of Assam organizes an annual festival every year, at the Kaziranga National Park, known as Elephant Festival. This is joint operation by the Forest Department and Tourism Department of the Government of Assam, to increase awareness about preserving the species. Apart from that, the festival also promotes tourism within the state.

The highlights of the festival are the elephants themselves. Groomed from head to toe, herds of elephants are made to parade the entire ground, as a part of the celebrations. The other attractions include games like elephant races, throw ball etc. The spectators are awestruck at this amazing sight and look on, feeling privileged and honored to be part of such an incredible experience. Indeed, the festival is an opportunity for tourists to get a taste of the local Assamese culture and traditions.