Nepal

World Festivals
11:42 am
Fri November 22, 2013

Ditching Ponies For Pachyderms At The Elephant Polo Championship

World cup 2011 of Elephant Polo in Meghauli, Nepal.
Krish Dulal Wikimedia Commons

Polo, the game much loved by the British Royals, has a murky history. No one is quite sure where it originated, but modern polo was formalized by the British in India. Normally played on polo ponies (although they are actually horses), the game involves men riding up and down a field, wielding a long handled stick called a mallet, hitting a small round ball. Fairly fast speeds can be attained, and injuries are not infrequent.

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