Photographer's Note

Elephants have been tamed for work in India for about 3,000 years. They have great religious significance and are frequently part of ceremonies and processions. However, in some parts of India, notably Jaipur they are still used for everyday work. Tourists visting the Amber Fort, 11km north of Jaipur, will see many and have the opportunity to be taken up the hill on an elephant. However we also saw them as part of the traffic in the city centre going to and from places of work. There have been efforts recently to improve the welfare of elephants in Jaipur.
This elephant and his mahout slowly walked on this busy road close to Hawa Mahal (Palace of the Winds) ignoring the noisy tuk tuks, motobikes and other vehicles overtaking it. In the background you can see the typical pink paint of the buildings that give Jaipur its name, the Pink City. I rather like the little shops such as the Pinky Saree Centre with bright little clothes and the similarly coloured decoration on the elephant.

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Additional Photos by Ann Jackman (annjackman) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1822 W: 0 N: 4741] (23019)
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