Wednesday, March 22, 2023

Fairs and Festivals of Assam

Elephant festival 

Elephant festival in Assam slated to be the biggest in India, is organized jointly by the Forest Department and Tourism Department at Kaziranga National Park.

The aim is to protect and conserve Asiatic elephants, to create awareness and highlight the elephants struggle to survive, and find a solution for increasing man-elephant conflict. 

This festival which began in the year 2003 is held annually from 11th February and to 17th February. The festival include elephant processions, races and various games played by elephants. The elephants are groomed to perfection and decked up aesthetically for the procession. Games include football, throwball etc which is fun to watch. Cultural programmes are also held along with the activities of the elephant. It is a wonder to watch hundreds of domesticated Asiatic elephants at one venue and attracts tourists from all over the world. 

 Kaziranga National Park is well connected by air, road and railway. 

Air: The nearest airports are at Jorhat, 97-km and LGB International Airport at Guwahati, 217-km away from the park. Jorhat has direct flights to Kolkata.

Rail: The nearest railhead is Furkating, situated 75-km away from the park at Kohra, the main entrance for the road visitors and Jorhat.

Road: The main gate for Kaziranga, at Kohora is on the National Highway 37. ASTC and private buses stop here on their way to and from Guwahati, Tezpur and Upper Assam; some private buses retain a seat quota for Kaziranga passengers. The 4hr drive from Guwahati along the Brahmaputra south bank on the NH37 passes Dispur, Nowgong and Bagjan to the park entrances at Kohora and Baguri.

Contact Address : 
Joint Director of Tourism, Kaziranga,
P.O Kaziranga National Park,
District Jorhat, Assam - 785612
Phone : 037626-62444