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Elephant Polo World Championship


Elephant polo is a variant of polo played while riding elephants. It is played in Nepal, Sri Lanka, Rajasthan (India), and Thailand. England and Scotland regularly field teams. Equipment consists of a standard polo ball and six to ten foot cane (similar to bamboo) sticks with a polo mallet head on the end. The pitch is three-quarters of the length of a standard polo pitch, due to the lower speed of the elephants. Two people ride each elephant; the elephants are steered by mahouts, while the player tells the mahout which way to go and hits the ball.

Elephant polo originated in Meghauli, Nepal. Tiger Tops in Nepal remains the headquarters of elephant polo and the site of the World Elephant Polo Championships.

Every December since 1982, Tiger Tops has played host to the World Elephant Polo Championships. The tournament is played on a grass airstrip at the northern edge of Chitwan National Park, with players and guests staying at the nearby Jungle Lodge. Elephant Polo is a variant of Polo sports played riding on an elephant. The “Game for Kings,” Polo was reinvented to accommodate the friendly animals. The major motto of the sports is to promote Chitwan as a popular tourist destination and to help conserve the diminishing population of wildlife in Nepal. Elephant Polo in Nepal runs between the last week of November and first week of December.