Elephant and Horse Polo in North India, Rajasthan, Jaipur
Elephant Polo: Elephant have always been an immemorial part of Indian culture. Jaipur, the city of emperors, palaces and forts and capital of the Indian state of Rajasthan, has had a long and colourful association with elephants. It is amongst the few places in the world where one can witness and PLAY elephant polo throughout the year. It is a unique and unforgettable experience. The Colossal size of the elephant evokes awe, yet it’s docile nature, it’s graceful movements and it’s doleful eyes have always fascinated man, it’s majestic presence has associated with regal splendor and elephant has always remained as one of the most important possessions of the kings. Although, bereft of speed and agility of Polo horses, it is great fun to see elephants move around the field after the ball at great speed in elephantine terms.
Horse Polo: Widely regarded as the oldest sport in the world, the origin of Polo dates back almost 2500 years to the Persians, the Chinese and the nomads of central Asia. In India, the sport of Polo is an epoch of royalty. With its roots in India in Manipur, it is more associated with the princely state of Rajasthan, where the kingdoms with their synonymous flamboyance and horse riding skills made this sport their own.
Horse Polo, as the name suggests is played on horseback. Often referred to as the ‘sport of kings’, it conjures visions of aristocracy and excellence. Horse Polosignifies power, beauty, elegance, teamwork, class and above all else, Tradition. In the kingdoms of Rajasthan, it is no less than religion.