MTDC: Why were 2500 horses transported to Maharashtra?


Maharashtra Tourism Development Corporation (MTDC) has organised Sarangkheda Chetak Festival 2017 from 3rd December 2017 to 2nd Jan 2018 to attract domestic and foreign tourists in Nandurbar district.

The 31 days of Sarangkheda Chetak Festival 2017 has observed the arrival of more than 2500 horses at the major horse carnivals in the State of Maharashtra. The festival also exhibited horse dance shows and pawara, a tribal dance by the locals of Nandurbar district which grabbed the attention of the visitors.


Chetak Festival, Sarangkheda is an age-old pastoral fair of horses that has been transformed into a month-long celebration. The festival is held in the attractive rural localities of Northern Maharashtra on the banks of Tapi River for the last 300 years. The Maharashtra government is trying to create awareness about the festival and Nandurbar district to attract both national as well as worldwide tourists to this emerging holiday destination.

Speaking at the Occasion, Shri.Jaykumar Rawal, Minister of Tourism & (EGS), Government of Maharashtra. “It is a privilege to promote the rich legacy of horses and the Department of Tourism & MTDC is optimistic to take this festival on the global platform. The festival displayed horses from states like Madhya Pradesh, Uttar Pradesh, Afghanistan, and Gujarat etc. We constantly endeavour to create new avenues of tourism in the state and Adventure tourism is a growing segment that attracts huge number of youngsters.


“I believe that adventure activities like horse riding and sport activities at Nandurbar district will be the perfect getaway at The Chetak Village. We are also developing a horse museum to showcase the diversity of horse and the breeds to the visitors.”  He added.

The festival was graced at the hands of Shri.Devendra Fadnavis, Hon’ble Chief Minister of Maharashtra in the Presence of Shri.Jaykumar Rawal; Hon’ble Minister of Tourism & (EGS), Government of Maharashtra, Shri. Nitin Gadre; and the Principal Secretary of Tourism & Culture, Government of Maharashtra, Shri.Vijay Waghmare.

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