Elephant festival in Jaipur

jaipur elephant festival This year I decided to go to celebrate Holi in Jaipur with Lyuba. Holi and Jaipur is one of the best combinations because the day before Holi every year Jaipur hosts a festival of elephants which is visited by huge crowd of foreign and Indian tourists. Owners decorate their elephants the best way they can and parade in front of the public and jury, accompanied by traditional dance and music.

The event is held at the polo ground with green grass. The main goal for the elephant owner is to impress the jury with the unique decoration of his animal. This elephant got a couple of tigers painted on his face.
jaipur elephant festival

And this is, I would say, a pretty traditional elephant decoration with traditional mughal carpet and ornaments.
jaipur elephant festival

Elephant was rode by this very sophisticated fellow.
jaipur elephant festival

The elephant was accompanied by a traditional gair dance that resembles turkish whirling dervishes.
jaipur elephant festival

One more couple of beautiful elephants and their amusement band.
jaipur elephant festival

jaipur elephant festival

Indian bagpipe.
jaipur elephant festival

Music and dance.
jaipur elephant festival

Dancers have little bells on their feet to create additional rhythm and sound.
jaipur elephant festival

Another type of Rajasthani performance.
jaipur elephant festival

This man is a very good dancer. Once I saw him in Mumbai dressed as a woman and moving his hips better than any madam.
jaipur elephant festival

Playboy )).
jaipur elephant festival

And this is my favourite elephant ^_^ Dont remember who took the first prize, but hopefully it was this one.
jaipur elephant festival

Besides elephants there were battle camels with orchestra.
jaipur elephant festival

jaipur elephant festival

While jury were deciding on the best decorated elephant in the center of the ground there was a concert of traditional performing art.
jaipur elephant festival

jaipur elephant festival

jaipur elephant festival

Krishna, Radha and Rukmini. Krishna loved Radha but married Rukmini.
jaipur elephant festival

In Indian religious mythology Krishna was a very loving fellow and had many girlfriends.

Peacock dance of Krishna, Radha and Rukmini, where they play Holi with petals of rose and marygold. Peacock in India is considered to be a sacred bird and its killing is prohibited, and peacock feather is a symbol of Krishna.
jaipur elephant festival

jaipur elephant festival

jaipur elephant festival

jaipur elephant festival

One more Krishna.
jaipur elephant festival

Musicians in traditional Rajasthani turbans.
jaipur elephant festival

And their music instrument.
jaipur elephant festival

And a couple of portraits in the end. I love Rajasthan :)
jaipur elephant festival

jaipur elephant festival

jaipur elephant festival

jaipur elephant festival

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15 Comments to Elephant festival in Jaipur

  1. Александра says:

    Эх, дамам с такой бы косметикой да в наши девяностые! Ну, кто не красил обведенные коричневым карандашом губы розовой помадой? :)

  2. Asta says:

    soooooooooo beautifulmissing such colors and craziness

    • amores says:

      more craziness is waiting ahead in some time on another continent )

      hey, is it true people in England are rather strict and reserved?

  3. Asta says:

    heeee depends with what you compare, but yep they are :)) and alot politeness, which sometimes feels so fake. And you know how I like fake things :)))

  4. Elena says:

    У меня , наверное, глюки, но мне кажется , что одну танцующую дамочку я встречала в Джайпуре.
    А какие там плейбои красивые ))))
    Такие цвета сочные получились . Всё также натурально и красочно,как и в реале.
    Оля, тебе нужно выставки организовывать в городах и селах Украины и стран СНГ.

    • amores says:

      Так это ж и есть Джайпур )

      Спасибо за комплименты :) Я подумывала о какой-то выставке как минимум у себя в Харькове, но у нашего народа есть не очень хорошая черта хаять и критиковать направо и налево, поэтому есть опасение, что на фотографиях заметят не Индию, а обоже ни вкуса, ни композиции, автор лох :)

      • Elena says:

        а у нас в городе бывают выставки фотографов-любителей. Даже конкурсы бывают. Никто не хаял. Значит приезжай в Таганрог в Чеховскую библиотеку

  5. Rita says:

    круто! спасибо!))

  6. achadidi says:

    Интересно! терь знаю куда ехать на следующий холи:)

    • amores says:

      да, было очень клево! а я бы хотела как-нить на холи в вриндаван съездить. там все без слонов, но судя по описаниям и фотографиям жесть и мракобесие разноцветное :))

  7. Диана says:

    Напишите пожалуйста,а когда именно этот фестиваль слонов в джайпуре проходит в какое время начинается и заканчивается,просто буду в джайпуре 16 марта 2014 года с экскурссией,как раз когда фестиваль слонов будет,но экскурссия закончится где то ближе к обеду,а потом свободное время..

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