Viceroy of India Tiger Hunting Party Gwalior – Old Photo 1914
This is an old photo of Lord and Lady Hardinge’s Tiger hunting party at Gwalior in 1914. Lord Charles Hardinge was the Viceroy and Governor-General of British India from 1910 to 1916. At this tiger shooting party shown in the photo are Lord and his wife Lady Hardinge with other high-ranking officials and attendants.
Also, shown in this old Photo Viceroy of India Tiger Hunting Party Gwalior 1914- the Maharaja Madho Rao Scindia. The photo shows a row of elephants with howdahs on their backs. Two hunted deers lying on the ground are also visible. Tiger shooting or hunting was the favorite pastime of Britishers and Maharajas in the British era days.
It was considered a manly sport back then, but unfortunately depleted the forests of its wildlife. The effects are still felt today in regard to the dwindling tiger population. King George V after his Delhi Durbar of 1911 went on a hunt for 10 days killing around 39 tigers, 18 rhinos, bears, and so on. Fortunately, the tigers, rhinos, bears are making a slow comeback from near extinction although poaching is a major problem today.
The body parts of tigers and other animals are in big demand in some countries. See my post- Nawab Of Bhopal’s Hunting Bentley – Old Photo 1926 (#2).
Did you know- In 1900, it is estimated there were around 100,000 tigers in India alone but hunters, poachers, and loss of habitat have seen numbers plummet. Now India has around 2500 tigers left.
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