Polo (horse & Elephant)
Horse Polo : With the glamour of the game, the erstwhile Royal Family of Jaipur drew international publicity for India, and the sport has remained one of the most prominent in the elite social circuit. Along with Jaipur, there are also formidable polo teams in Jodhpur and Udaipur, while the 61st Cavalry, also based in Jaipur, has kept it alive in the army. If your visit coincides with the polo playing season in India, especially Jaipur, there is every chance of being able to watch the sport as an observer – which is almost as good as playing.
Elephant Polo : Elephants have been a part of Indian culture since times immemorial. They were representatives of the strength and power of kings and Emperors. Jaipur, one of India’s most illustrious princely states, had a big role to play in elephant polo development as it was not only the most famous polo center but also was a prominent state with probably the largest elephant paraphernalia .Jaipur has had a long and colorful association with Elephants. No festival, no formal occasion, no religious ceremony would be complete without a row of gaily decorated, well caparisoned Elephants.
Jaipur, is the only place in the world where one can witness this exclusive sport throughout the year. Watching it, is a unique and an unforgettable experience. The colossal size of the elephant evokes awe, yet its docile nature, its graceful movements and its doleful eyes have always fascinated man. Its majestic presence has always been associated with regal splendor and the elephant has always remained one of the most important possessions of pride for kings. Though the elephants lack the speed and agility of the polo horses, it is great fun to watch the enormous pachyderms moving around the field after the ball at great speed, of course in elephantine standard.