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A day in Jaipur in pictures

Jaipur, Rajasthan - Feb 2013


Elephant polo

 Did you know it?? 

“Polo was probably introduced to India from Persia by the early Mohammedan invaders in the 13th century. From India, the game spread to England through mostly military channels. The first recorded game in England was played in 1869.”


Then, since apparently the British military stationed in India was pretty bored, they developed a variant to spice up the sport: At the turn of the 20th century they launched the elephant polo in India.


Speaking of (Asian) elephants, its natural habitat is tropical forests rather than the desert of Rajasthan. The first traces of domestication date back to the third millennium BC on the engraved seals of the civilization of the Indus Valley. But the Asian elephants (of which 50% live in India today) have difficulties (and take it as an understatement) to reproduce in captivity so the elephants found today in Rajasthan come from the capture of wild elephants in other regions of India and Asia.


That said, I tried in Jaipur  (apparently the only place in the world where the novice can practice) elephant polo (a still too little known sport;)) for you and it is not easy at all! The stick is very heavy and it is difficult to calculate the distance to the ball as well as the strength required to guide the ball in a certain direction. 

Fortunately, the elephants are ready to help and when you need a hand they don’t hesitate to shoot themselves in the ball! (True)




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Trip in Rajasthan

The next 3 months will be illustrated by Rajasthan pictures on my photoblog!! 

Below is the map of what I have done with my parents in August (10 days for me, 2 weeks for them).

A nice trip for a very impressive “country”!!

From Rajasthan, I will remember the yesterday’s splendour of palaces and today’s negligence of the heritage, the beautiful roads and the filth everywhere, and steps. A ton of steps!!

We had a few rains, just not to forget it is monsoon time… Not much, just enough to see lakes that had been empty for decades!

Here was our planning:


Itinéraire Rajasthan - Option 2.JPG



  • Delhi – Neemrana: 3 hours
  • Neemaran – Jaipur: 3 hours
  • Jaipur – Mandawa (with breaks to visit Shekawati region): 8 hours
  • Mandawa – Bikaner: 3 hours
  • Bikaner – Jaisalmer (with breaks to visit Kheechan, Pokaran, Baba Ramdevra temple): 8 hours
  • Jaisalmer – Jodhpur: 4 hours
  • Jodhpur – Mt Abu: 3 hours
  • Mt Abu – Udaipur: 3 hours