Elephant festival is the biggest event Chitwan has been organized since last 16 years. Elephant plays an important role in the tourism of Nepal , this festival also showcases how the elephants are cured and loved not only by their owners and also by the local connection . Since decades and decades, elephant and human have been having an amazing relation between them in Chitwan National Park.
Elephant Festival takes place at Baghmara ground in Sauraha from December 26 to 30 every year. The elephant festival is being organized with the goal of highlighting the importance of elephant and its protection, collaboration in the conservation of wildlife and to promote the domestic and international tourism.
Events as elephant picnic, elephant race competition, football match involving elephant calves, elephant beauty queen contest, elephant polo, elephant decoration competition and variety cultural performance by national artists plan as part of the festival.
A special program on the theme of literature and tourism is also to be organized on the sidelines of the festival. The festival is organized every year in partnership with the local United Elephant Operation Cooperatives Limited, the Baghmara Community Forestry Management Committee, the Sauraha Saving and Credit Cooperatives Limited, the Restaurant and Bar Association of Nepal (REBAN), Sauraha and the National Trust for Nature Conservation, among other organizations.