Is there anywhere I can decorate an elephant as a tourist?

Decorated Indian elephant

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    I know I'm being a grammar Nazi here but that made me laugh. Do you, as a tourist, want to decorate an elephant or do you want to decorate an elephant to look like a tourist. [rhetorical question] ;) Feb 6, 2012 at 11:12
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    Or do you want to ride one that's been decorated? Feb 6, 2012 at 12:05
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    My daughter, while acting as a tourist, would like to paint an elephant. If anyone wants to answer this question along the lines of disguising an elephant as a tourist (perhaps to get it across a border), then that's fine too.
    – WW.
    Feb 6, 2012 at 21:59
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    Try out Kerala, India for the same
    – Karan Shah
    Feb 7, 2012 at 12:01

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This is certainly an unusual request. Elephants that are decorated this way are usually done so for festive occasions...or for tourists, and the picture that you have used is from Rajasthan. I honestly don't think you'll find elephant decorating as a part of any organised tour! So what I would suggest is, go to Rajasthan, book a tour with elephant rides / find an elephant ride, and negotiate with the handler whether you can do this. Haggle hard! This is such a one-off request they might come across that they will most certainly try to make the most of it.

(Elephants are also found in Kerala, but they won't be decorated this way there.)

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