The 10th edition of Chitwan Elephant Festival 2013 is going to be held in the capital city of elephants - Sauraha, Chitwan, from December 26 to 30 on the occasion of New Year 2014.
Organizing a press conference in the capital on Sunday, Regional Hotel Association Nepal, Chitwan said the main aim of organizing the event is to boost tourism industry along with disseminating awareness on the preservation of wildlife.
The five-day event will feature elephant race, elephant calf football and elephant beauty contest, said the Association. “Similarly, the event will have other attractions like oxcart race, horse cart race, canoe race among others.”
The festival will have foreign participants as well, however, there will be less participants compared to the previous year, said media coordinator Keshav Pandey.
Altogether 20 elephants will contest in the festival, said Pandey. “The festival has been extended by two more days this year in a view to extend the stay of tourists in Chitwan in New Year.”