EleHoli is a special event that's held every Holi at Eleday Elephant Park near Amber Fort in Jaipur. With 5 years of festive Holi experience, EleHoli Fest offers fascinating day activities that will bring you closer to the understanding of the festival and the way Indians celebrate the Festival of Colors.
EleHoli Fest has replaced the pro-long Jaipur Elephant Festival since its cancellation in 2012 due to pressure from animal rights activists. The activists were concerned about the elephants being covered in toxic colored powder. They also contended that the inclusion of elephants in the festival fell under the category of "animal performance", and as a result, the elephants needed to be registered with the Animal Welfare Board. So far, the Board hasn't granted permission for the use of the elephants.
However, for those who would like to attend a local Holi celebration with elephants, EleHoli Fest is the best alternative to Jaipur Elephant Festival. EleHoli Fest gives you this unique chance to experience Holi, rewarding you with a lifetime memory.
Two different programs are available, offering varying degrees of involvement with the elephants.
1. Entry Ticket
2. Color bags (5 Colors)
3. Water bottles/ Cold drinks
5. Elephant feeding and photography
7. Authentic Indian food
8. Rain Dance
Lots of Indian games competition
1. Entry Ticket
2. Color bags (5 colors)
3. Water bottles / Cold drink
5. Elephant Activities
6. Authentic Indian food
7. Bhang Lassi
Eleday was established in 2011 by Pushpendra Shekhawat, who quit his profession to pursue his dream of owning an elephant park and looking after the creatures that he so loves. His park now has 30 female elephants, many of which were rescued. The mahouts (elephant riders) have five generations worth of experience with elephants, including previously working for the royal family.
Treatment of the Elephants
There are a number of elephant parks in Jaipur. Many people are worried about how the elephants are treated there. The reality is that the elephants are used to carry tourists up to Amber Fort. This helps generate income for their upkeep (it's expensive to feed an elephant!).
However, Eleday is known to be one of the parks that takes the best care of its elephants and treats them humanely. They're not harmed in any way and seem happy and well nurtured.
So get ready to witness the world of colorful Holi celebrations first-hand here in Jaipur!
ELEHOLI FEST 2018
Celebrate Holi with Elephants
2nd March 2018
Eleday Elephant Park
Kunda, Amer, Jaipur, Rajasthan