Jackie Kennedy in India and Pakistan

This year I want to do more posts about historical events, inspirations, and design—I hope that’s okay with all of you! I leave for India in 25 days (but who’s counting?) so naturally, it’s been on my mind. In 1962, First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy embarked on a goodwill tour of India and Pakistan (as depicted in this darling book). Accompanying her was her equally chic sister, Princess Lee Radziwill of Poland (remember her Paris apartment?). Their India itinerary included stops in New Delhi, Fatehpur Sikri, Agra, Benares, Udaipur, and Jaipur. I especially love the images from New Delhi of Jackie feeding a baby elephant named Urvashi. While in Jaipur, Jackie and Lee also rode an elephant (this one was named Bibia) around the courtyard of the Amber Palace. While in Udaipur, they took a picturesque boat ride on Lake Pichola. My friend Jane and I will be visiting Jaipur and Udaipur (have you ever been to Rajasthan? I’d love to hear your tips!) and I can’t wait to follow in Jackie and Lee’s footsteps! Below, explore more images of the First Lady’s magical trip.

(images via the JFK Library)

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8 comments on “Jackie Kennedy in India and Pakistan

  1. Lindsay Speace

    Loved all of these photos! Can’t wait to hear about your trip. We’re hoping to visit India in 2018 as well so I’m looking forward to your recommendations! xx

  2. Laura fryer

    Don’t miss Rajwada Library Bar at Oberoi rajvilas. And I’m sure you already have drinks at bar Palladio on your list!

  3. Kumi

    These pictures are so sweet and stylish; I hope you and your friend Jane have a grand time in India!

  4. Amanda

    Hi there! India will be AMAZING! I just went this past September and had the most amazing time. Jaipur is a magical, energetic city. You will love it.
    I wrote about some of my favorite things on my blog, if you want to check it out!

    You MUST find Tikam Chand, the street photographer.

  5. Emma

    I love that you are planning more posts like this one! Made a little squeal when I read that. I have been a reader for a long time and the features like this were one of my favorite parts about Matchbook. So enjoyed taking in all of these images. Can’t wait to hear all about your trip!

  6. Catherine M

    I love this idea! Looking forward to your posts…
    Can’t wait to hear about your trip to India as well. I’m joining my husband on one of his work trips in March – also to India – and am beginning to plan my days. Have a safe and fun trip!

  7. Julie P.

    Thanks for sharing this. I am thrilled to hear you will be posting more along these lines this year (but I still love your Daily Hunt and other design stories)!
    Bon voyage, and will look forward to reading about it when you get back.

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