September 1, 2007

Elephants on the Street

Jaipur, the capital of Rajasthan, is a place dotted with castles, gardens and remnants of the royalty of yore. Some tourists view all the nook and corners of this old city from the back of an elephant.

This tradition of elephant riding in Jaipur is almost a part of culture, reminding of the days when the royal processions full of elephants and horses would travel the city streets. Elephants were considered a sign of wealth and prosperity and the kings would ride on ornamented elephants.

Elephants are managed and trained by mahouts, the elephant keepers, who organize elephant tours in the city up the hill to Amber palace. Drawing enthusiasm from the popularity of wildlife safari in Ranthambore national park, the Rajasthan government is planning to introduce elephant rides at Amber fort in Jaipur.

I shot these pictures of the elephants on the streets of Jaipur.


dot said...

Wow, what a way to go! I think I would prefer the bus I see in the background.
Thanks for your visit!

Pijush said...

Good shots, representing a true India. Have a nice weekend. Stay well.

Tejas said...

You hit the nail! The royal era is still seen on the streets. I liked Jaipur for this nice mix of modernity and tradition. Nice snaps :)

indicaspecies said...

dot: Thank you dropping by and for the wow! :)

pijush: Thanks pijush. A good weekend to you too. :)

tejas: Welcome aboard. Thanks for your kind words. :)