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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