Old Indian Photos

Dec 28, 2008

King George V's Hunting in Nepal in December 1911 Part III

River with a Nepali and huts by the water's edge. River is probably the Rapti. The hunting parties camped on the banks of this river during the hunt.

Slain tiger on the back of an elephant. Shikaris load a dead tiger onto the back of a seated elephant. There were a total of 39 tigers killed during this hunt.

Hunting party with elephants. Members of George V's hunting party walk towards the waiting elephants and mahouts.

Hunting party on elephants skirting a river. River is probably the Rapti. The hunting parties camped on the banks of this river during the hunt.

Camp, with George V's bungalow on the right.

George V with hunting party on elephants. George V stands in his howdah holding his gun. The elephants in the background are forming a "ring". The "ring" is a method of hunting peculiar to Nepal. The hunters mounted on elephants form a "ring" and move in on their quarry, which has previously been stalked and enclosed in the area surrounded by the ring.

Hunters inspect four dead tigers and a deer. George V's elephant and howdah are on the left. There were a total of 39 tigers killed during this hunt.

Hunting party on elephants, with George V. George V sits in his howdah in the centre. The young man in the howdah on the right appears to be holding a camera.

Bear. Possibly part of the gift of a " ... collection of animals indigenous to Nepal which the Maharaja had presented to [King George V]. This collection consisted of over seventy varieties, ranging from a young elephant and a rhinoceros calf to the wild ass of the Tibetan border, also the rare shou, which [subsequently] with many others of the animals which survived the journey to England [could be found] in the gardens of the Zoological Society in London." Historical record of the Imperial visit to India, 1911, p.231.

Hunting party on elephants. The hunting party on elephants moves through long grass. King George V, on the right, is mounted on an elephant without a howdah.

Elephant and mahout with tiger. The "ring" is a method of hunting peculiar to Nepal. The hunters mounted on elephants form a "ring" and move in on their quarry, which has previously been stalked and enclosed in the area surrounded by the ring. There were a total of 39 tigers killed during this hunt.

Hunting party on elephants with slain tiger. There were a total of 39 tigers killed during this hunt. George V is in the centre in his howdah, the Maharajah of Nepal is in the howdah on the left.


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Part I
Part II
Part IV

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