Saturday, March 09, 2013

Camera Critters #257 - Working Elephants of Jaipur - March 9, 2013

Jaipur, Rajasthan, India  hosts an annual elephant festival which is a favorite
of locals and tourists alike..  The magnificent beasts are decked out in all sorts of 
finery, with chunky elephant jewelry on their feet, fancy embroidered rugs on their 
backs, and their bodies scrubbed and painted in traditional Indian motifs.  Their
mahouts, or handlers, are dressed in brocade jackets and bright turbans.  

All sorts of activities take place from a grand parade to elephant polo to 
performances of folk dancing.   For much of the rest of the year, these elephants 
work, transporting tourists from downtown Jaipur to the Amber Fort. While they 
sport a little paint, they are not in all their Elephant Festival finery. I chose to 
make that  drive by taxi but I loved seeing the elephants along the road.








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10 comments:

  1. I really love elephants
    I hope these hard workers are treated right

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  2. so schön geschmückt :D
    LG vom katerchen

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  3. Wow! Great captures.
    I am glad you got to see them. :)

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  4. Great image series showing. Thanks for the comment on my blog :)

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  5. Amazing colours and patterns.

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  6. They are wonderful photos! All decorated too :-)

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  7. So colorful! I would love to experience riding a an elephant someday.

    Trying to catch up with Camera Critters entries. Hope you'd stop by and post a comment on my BUTTERFLY entry.

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  8. They are lovely! And they are beautifully painted as well. I wish you a great weekend!

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  9. I love them. I have a client who collects elephants!
    Cheers from Cottage Country!

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