The Trip to India That Made Jackie Kennedy a Legend

From riding elephants to teaching people how to do the Twist, Jackie Kennedy’s goodwill visit to India and Pakistan in March of 1962 secured her image as a fun-loving and gracious international diplomat. Everywhere she went in India crowds were adoring and her wardrobe for the trip, simple yet extremely fashionable, was scrutinized as some of the most fashion forward of the era. In making this trip, Jackie paved the way for future U.S. relations with both India and Pakistan.

At the Taj Mahal. Via/ JFK Presidential Library

“People gather on a street in Peshawar, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Pakistan, to welcome First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy upon her arrival.” Via/ JFK Presidential Library

“First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy feeds an elephant, Urvashi, in the garden of the Prime Minister of India Jawaharlal Nehru’s residence, Teen Murti Bhavan. New Delhi, India.” Via/ JFK Presidential Library

Taking pictures at the New Delhi residence of the Indian Prime Minister, seated next to United States Ambassador to India, John Kenneth Galbraith. Via/ JFK Presidential Library

Visiting the Prime Minister of India Jawaharlal Nehru’s residence, Teen Murti Bhavan. Via/ JFK Presidential Library

Sirmoor Cup in Jaipur, Rajasthan, India. Via/ JFK Presidential Library

Boat ride on Lake Pichola in Udaipur, Rajasthan, India. Via/ JFK Presidential Library

At the Ninth Annual Pakistani National Horse and Cattle Show at Fortress Stadium in Lahore, Punjab, Pakistan. Via/ JFK Presidential Library

Objects from the medieval armory of the Maharana of Udaipur, Bhagwat Singh, being shown to the First Lady at a reception at Fateh Prakash Palace in Udaipur, Rajasthan, India. Via/ JFK Presidential Library

Attending a performance of Khyber Rifles bagpipers at the Khyber Rifles officers’ mess at Landi Kotal, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Pakistan. Via/ JFK Presidential Library

Visiting with children at Bal Sahyog, a social organization for needy children. Via/ JFK Presidential Library

The First Lady was accompanied by her sister, Lee Radziwill, who was then known not only as sister-in-law to the POTUS, but also as princess in her husband’s country of Poland. The two sisters dazzled diplomats and the camel drivers alike in what was to turn out to be a highly fruitful trip for the Kennedy Administration. Accompanied by Cecil W. Stoughton, White House photographer, the trip was captured in beautiful color photos that give us a vivid look into what the trip was like.

The First Lady with the president of India, Dr. Rajendra Prasad, and her sister Lee Radziwill. Via/ JFK Presidential Library

Visit to Lake Garden Palace on Lake Pichola. Via/ JFK Presidential Library

Kitty Galbraith, wife of United States Ambassador to India John Kenneth Galbraith, models clothing at right during fashion show at Central Cottage Industries Emporium. Via/ JFK Presidential Library

The First Lady and her sister riding the elephant, Bibia, in the courtyard of the Amber Palace in Jaipur, Rajasthan, India. Via/ JFK Presidential Library

“First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy (center) observes a minute of silence after laying a sheaf of roses on the Samadhi of Mohandas Gandhi, ‘Raj Ghat,’ in Delhi, India.” Via/ JFK Presidential Library

At the Ninth Annual Pakistani National Horse and Cattle Show at Fortress Stadium in Lahore, Punjab, Pakistan. Via/ JFK Presidential Library

“First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy and her sister, Princess Lee Radziwill visit with camel driver Bashir Ahmad (left) and his family at the residence of President Mohammad Ayub Khan in Karachi, Sindh, Pakistan.” Via/ JFK Presidential Library

The First Lady’s motorcade in Lahore, Pakistan. Via/ JFK Presidential Library

“First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy attends a reception at the United States Embassy in New Delhi, India.” Via/ JFK Presidential Library

First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy visits the Khyber Pass in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Pakistan, with the governor of West Pakistan, Malik Amir Mohammad Khan. Via/ JFK Presidential Library

Find Out Which Old Wives' Tales Are True And Which Are Not: Click “Next Page” below!

Whizzco for GOD