Delhi Durbar 1903
The Main Procession
Elephants Identification
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Elephants Identification

As you might know, there were supposed to be 50 princely elephants in the Main Procession, after the 6 elephants of the Aides-de-camps and Curzon and Connaught. But as I mentioned before, two of them had to be absent: the Gaekwar of Baroda and the Maharaja of Cutch. The line was still 25 elephants long, but 2 of them went alone, without an elephant on their side: Narsingarh and Maler Kotla.

The Main Procession began on December 29 1902, Monday, in the morning. The first two elephants were the one with the Nizam of Hyderabad, and the one carrying the Maharaja of Mysore. These were the most photographed elephants. As the parade continue photographers took less and less pictures (unfortunately, until the end of the Procession, that was more portraited too. Anyway, all the elephants had their pictures, so I will show them one by one here.

The reason I haven't made this elephants yet is because both have been made already. The Hyderabad elephant made by Britains still can be bought, and the Mysore elephant was custom made for a few customers by my friend Bill Spear. Eventually, when collectors wouldn't be able to get them any more, I'll consider making them.

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The first elephants waiting in Queen's Street.

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Elephants order, by pairs (right and left columns):

1 - Hyderabad – Mysore

2 - Travancore – Kashmir

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Beau Geste - Travancore elephant (Set BG200) retired

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Beau Geste - The Kashmir Elephant (set BG201) Retired

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The Kashmir and Travancore elephants turning around the corner at the end of Chadni Chawk street (close to leaving the city)

This point had many photographers, since there are lots of shots from there. They are taken from a higher point, like a roof or a balcony. All I could find was a name of the building, the Footehpoorie Musjid, but no photographs. Eventually I will take pics during a future visit to Delhi
The elephants had already passed in front of the Main Hall, and were turning right towards Ahmad Pai.

A detail: check the lining troops on the right. They are a pipers band! They are among the future lining troops sets I want to add. On the other side of the street there was the whole band.

3 - Jaipur – Gwalior

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Beau Geste Jaipur elephant (set BG245) retired

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Beau Geste Gwalior elephant (set BG 274)

4 - Bundi – Indore

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Beau Geste Bundi elephant (set BG303)

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Beau Geste Indore elephant (BG215) retired

5 - Bikaner – Rewa

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BG Bikaner elephant (set BG361)

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Beau Geste Rewa elephant (set BG424)

6 - Kota – Orchha

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Beau Geste Kota Elephant (set BG373)

7 - Karauli – Datia

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Beau Geste Datia Elephant (set BG411)

8 - Jaisalmer – Dhar
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9- Alwar – Dewas Senior

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Beau Geste Alwar Elephant (set BG190) retired

10 - Tonk – Dewas Junior

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11 - Sirohi – Samthar

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12 - Jhalawar – Charkkhari

13 - Kolhapur – Rajgarh
14 - Narsingarh

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15 - Sehr & Mokalla – Patiala
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Beau Geste Patiala elephant (BG87) retired

16 - Sikkim – Bahawalpur

17 – Kuch Behar – Nabha

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Beau Geste's Sikkim elephant (set BG142) retired

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Beau Geste's Nabha elephant (set BG405)

18 – Hill Tippera – Jind

19 – Rampur – Kapurthala
20 – Benares – Sirmur

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Beau Geste's Jind elephant (BG293)

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Beau Geste's Kapurthala Elephant (set BG320)

21 – Tehri – Bansda
22 – Maler Kotla

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23 – Limri – Faridkot

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Beau Geste's Faridkot elephant (set BG343)

24 – Janjira – Manipur
25 – Keng Tung – Möng Nai

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