Elephants of Jaipur

We were really lucky to witness this!

At Amber Fort, Jaipur we witnessed the shooting of a Brazilian soap opera showcasing Indian culture. Caminoho das Indias meaning ‘A Passage to India’ is about a love story between a dalit boy and an upper caste girl. I am not sure whether I saw the main actors or not, there were so many of them all dressed in Indian traditional dresses. The Brazilian actors were dancing to the beats of Indian music; it looked like a ‘celebration scene’.


What fascinated me more were the 30+ elephants; all dressed and colored going round in circles and making other formations! I had never seen so many colorful elephants together before, my childlike wonder surfaced and I stood there immobile. There were absolutely no protecting barricades, what if one runs amuck?



I was clicking away ferociously, in case one decides to.

The soap opera is making headlines for different reasons though. Read about it here.

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42 Responses to “Elephants of Jaipur

  • What fantastic photos! Wow! And to enlarge them to really see the details makes them even better! Very interesting article, too. This is just a terrific post! Thank you so much!

  • Aw, I love elephants!! These guys look very well trained! I have never seen elephants with body paint before so this was a new one for me! Fabulous post!

  • That looks quite an interesting dance. 😉

  • Here even elephants but real and what are they biggggg…… LOL
    What a coincidence that you get at the good moment at the good place:)
    What a wonderful drawings on their skin……….BEAUTIFUL 😉
    The last picture, the elephant has eye pencil around his eyes! 🙁
    Thanks for sharing it was like a movie for me .. (@^.^@)

  • They are so beautiful. What a spectacular sight.

  • Wow.. that’s just marvelous! I think elephants are beautiful – preferably without paint but they must be awfully patient creatures to allow the artist to paint them this way. Great post.

  • I remembered elephants from the circus. And the zoo. But yours are beautifully decorated. I’ve never seen them this way before.

  • I love the crayon drawings on the elephant, what beautiful colours!

  • These are so creatively decorated.
    And yes, seeing them live, in large numbers,in discipline must have been a great experience…
    You were indeed lucky to witness it!

  • I don’t know about my ‘stunning’ picture – that makes these of yours something else.
    I don’t imagine this film bears much resemblance with E.M.Forster’s novel but it will certainly produce a colourful film.
    I hope the elephants enjoyed the fuss and attention.
    I am definitely going to make changes at my site – I will let you know what.

  • I dont think there are more beautiful and elaborate elephants than in India…happy weekend.

  • lovely pics…. they look so much more colour ful…

    i remember i went to amer… but at that time we had the roll wala camera…

    and the pics were so awful…

    lovely pictures… !!

  • the photo’s are marvellous, but I see the elephants rather lose, free in the nature. I know that these paintings are made with honour to the animals, I hope I don’t hurt you to say so, so please forgive me, It must be, because off my character. I’m a nature person, a Shaman. That’s my way of living. But, I can imagine that this must be truly wonderful to see. Again, the pictures are so beautiful taken. With great honour to you, best wishes from Jeany

  • That was a truly wonderful post! The elephants looked so majestic and so many all together. That must surely be a rare sight.
    Different Health & Safety rules there!

  • wow! superb clicks all!!! you sure must have had a fun time!

  • I guess if anyone could handle a bhangra beat it would be the Brazilians, na? But I’m a little surprised they came to Rajasthan rather than Goa since they’d have a connection to Goa (Brazil and Goa both being settled by the Portugese).

    Glad they opted for Jaipur though so you could bring us these great photos! Looks like quite a party!

  • The elephants are beautiful, and I’m amazed at their patience not only to parade, but to be painted beforehand – that can’t be done quickly! Great link too, never hurts to be reminded to be respectful!!

  • Hi Indrani! «Caminho das Índias»; that’s amazing, and you just caught them in action… 😉
    The elephants are so well painted. I saw some of them like that, but here it’s a full show!!
    Have a great weekend!
    Blogtrotter

  • Interesting to read about the Brazilian soap featuring indian stuff! I hope all these elephants were born in captivity and trained by kind mahouts. The methods used to train elephants captured from the wild are heartbreaking, so I see the beauty of the elephants with a little uneasiness … your photos are beautiful.

  • I would have been clicking to fill my memory card there too! What a feast for the eyes. I´m just thinking about the logistics of that display. The eating and droppings, not to mention the painting. There must be a lot of work.

  • Great captures. Where can we see such colourful elephants ? Only in Rajsthan and Karnatak.

  • lovely pics…btw in the second pic from the bottom, the elephant looks like it’s weeping

  • You always seem to be at the right
    place at the right time..!!!

    The beauty parlour lady has done a
    wonderful job on the elephants.

    Saw the ingredients for grooming a
    luxurious hair lying in the floor
    (ref your recomendations in Aug 2nd blog :)))

  • You were very blessesed to see such pagentry and beauty Sandy

  • Loved the face painting and the “costumes.” I rode on an elephanat in India and in Thailand. Quite an experience…not the smoothest gait but interestng!

  • Great photos! So colorful! Thank you!

  • Beautiful photos. Amazing how the animals are painted and dressed in such finery.

  • Don’t you just love to stumble upon something truly spectular and unexpected? Great photos.

  • What an absolutely fantastic post! THIS post is what Camera-Critters is all about!

  • wow! great post so fabulous and amazing. Visit my Canadian geese here and thanks.

  • These elephants are simply marvellous. And more remarkable is a Brazilian story being shot here.

    A Brazilian journalist’s writeup on this appeared in Deccan Herald recently.
    http://www.deccanherald.com/Content/Mar222009/finearts20090321125507.asp

  • wow, so pretty with their faces painted.

    Happy Critturday!
    Tink *~*~*
    Just hangin’ around at Disney’s Animal Kingdom

  • What a colorful event!

  • Oh, they are so beautiful…I am glad you were able to see this.

    I am going to attach a link in an edit to my post with an elephant.

  • I think your photos and your link to the added info about the show are wonderful but I think using the elephants this way is absolutely criminal and the people making this soap opera have a lot to learn about respecting animals as well as other cultures

  • Fantastic and beautiful elephants. I’m so glad you had your camera with you.

  • Fantastic!

    I love all of Your photos. They are so great. Wonderful blog.

  • That is completely awesome! The detail on those elephants is…well I’m speechless..and that’s not usual for me. What a photographic treasure!

  • I’ve never seen so many elephants decorated so elegantly. Thanks for an interesting and colorful post.

  • Beatifully painted… I just hope they were treated properly.

  • How does one pull oneself away from such a wonderful, colorful event? Great, great pics too!
    I love to ride on an elephant – so big and gentle.

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