Backstory: First Lady Jackie Kennedy, at the urging of the U.S. Ambassador to India, John Kenneth Galbraith, embarked on a goodwill tour of India to help improve relations between the two nations. Stops on her trip included New Delhi, Fatehpur Sikri, the Taj Mahal in Agra, Benares (with a boat ride on the Ganges River), Udaipur, and Jaipur.
First Lady Jackie Kennedy gets a warm welcome after arriving at the airport in New Delhi.
Meeting with Indian Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru at his home.
Jackie was accompanied on the trip by her sister Princess Lee Radziwill of Poland.
Feeding an elephant, Urvashi, in the garden of the prime minister’s residence.
Jackie attends a reception in her honor at the United States Embassy in New Delhi.
Jackie Kennedy, along with Ambassador John Galbrath, visiting different sites around New Delhi.
Observing a minute of silence after laying a sheaf of roses on the Raj Ghat, the memorial to Mahatma Gandhi.
At the Taj Mahal in Agra.
Jackie worked with her longtime designer Oleg Cassini to create colorful but lightweight outfits that would help her stand out in a crowd.
Jackie being welcomed at the Jaipur Airport by Gov. Gurmukh Nihal Singh (center).
The Rajasthani mark on her forehead is symbol of luck and respect.
Jackie and Lee ride an elephant, Bibia, in the courtyard of Amber Palace, Jaipur.
The photo of her and Lee on the elephant made the front pages of major papers, causing JFK to quip, “Did it have to be an elephant?!”
Jackie feeds a horse while attending a polo match in Jaipur, Rajasthan.
Watching the polo match with Princess Gayatri Devi.
Jackie arriving at Udaipur.
Jackie walks through the crowds in Udaipur,
Jackie at a reception at Fateh Prakash Palace in Udaipur.
Jackie and Ambassador Galbrath look at objects from the medieval armory of the Maharana of Udaipur.
Jackie cruising around Pichola Lake in Udaipur.
Touring the island palace of Jag Mandir on Lake Pichola.
Information via: John F. Kennedy Presidential Library & Museum