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Elephants set the tune of Holi festival in Jaipur !

Tourists in Jaipur got an visual treat as they witnessed magnificently painted elephants on the eve of Holi.

india Updated: Mar 16, 2006 11:57 IST
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Hundreds of tourists, who thronged Jaipur city on Tuesday, were entertained to a visual treat as they got an opportunity to witness magnificently painted elephants on the eve of Holi.

The elephant festival, which is an annual feature, is organised during "Phagun"(February/March) month as per Hindu calendar. Celebrated by as one of the most fascinating and favourite festival by the State tourism department for giving a first hand experience of the pachyderms.

Held ahead of the festival of colours, the procession is marked by traditional dance and songs with men and women dressed in traditional costumes.

"It's very exciting. All this culture, music, elephant are beautifully coloured and painted. We just love it," said Jennifer, a foreign tourist.

The elephant show felt so fantabulous that it won everyone's heart. At least forty-one elephants attracted everyone with their majestic march. The elephant, leading the group, was specially decorated with a five-colour flag "Fathe Nishan" (Emblem of Supremacy), followed by two elephants carrying musicians who played wind instruments.

The event finally concluded with a brilliant display of fireworks.

Rajasthan, is a major tourist attraction owing to its rich heritage. Lavish palaces, lakes and traditional music and dance draw a large number of tourists to the desert State.