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The extraordinary painted elephants of India | See full photo gallery

The Elephant Festival takes over the city of Jaipur every year. The animals are draped with jewelry and given majestic multi-color makeovers (complete with pedicures), before doing a procession through the streets. Later they race, play elephant polo and take part in a human vs animal tug-of-war. 

Photographer Charles Freger travelled to Rajasthan to get a sneak peek.