|Elephant Polo Match|
Polo has not been “The King of Games” and “The Game of Kings” for nothing. The game exudes royalty, passion and heritage. The horses, all thoroughbreds and maintained in the personal stables of erstwhile Indian Maharajas, are an absolute sight when running in full glory. Now, imagine the same game played with elephants instead of horses. Picture 7-8 colossal pachyderms doing forced sprints, all vying for control of a relatively miniature ball. That’s Elephant Polo for you!
It may seem otherwise, but Elephant Polo is soon catching up in popularity. First played in Meghauli, Nepal, Elephant Polo is today practiced and played in India, Sri Lanka, England, Nepal and Thailand. In fact, Jaipur in India is the only place in the world where Elephant Polo is played all around the year. Watching the game is a part of the itinerary of premium tour packages as that of the Maharaja Express luxury train. The game’s headquarter is in Tiger Tops, Nepal, which also doubles up as the venue for the World Elephant Polo Championship. The game’s rules are few and simple to understand and played with a lot of caution and extreme safety measures are advised.