Photo du Jour: An Elephant & His Mahout – Amber Fort, Jaipur, India

Elephant in Jaipur Amer Fort

Responding to a command from his mahout while ascending the walkway leading to Fort Amer, an elephant poses for the camera. The practice of offering commercial elephant rides to tourists visiting the Amber Fort is controversial, as discussed here. When I visited the formidable fortress, which was built in the 1590s, I opted to make my approach on foot. Nevertheless, I found the sight of a string of caravanned elephants to be magical.

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Photography & text © Tricia A. Mitchell. All Rights Reserved.

16 thoughts on “Photo du Jour: An Elephant & His Mahout – Amber Fort, Jaipur, India

    1. Thanks, Rachael. I can understand why it’s a complicated matter. When we were in Laos, we rode an elephant at an elephant refuge. I have yet to post about it, but we were very pleased with the aims of the organization and how they treated the elephants. They actually rescue them from the logging industry, and employ them at the elephant resort. A veterinarian was even on site to provide regular care to the beautiful beasts!

  1. Fab shot Tricia!
    The sight of these magnificent creatures ascending that hill is magical indeed, but I suspect most of them are not in the best of health. I noticed several sneezing and sniffling constantly like they had colds! Have never seen an animal with cold symptoms before! Especially not an elephant.

    1. Madhu, that’s so sad to hear this about the elephants at the Amber Fort. I didn’t ride one then, but did get to in Laos. The elephants at the elephant refuge outside of Luang Prabang seemed to be well-pampered.

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