Notice the secretions from the temporal glands which signifies the musth condition. As soon as we saw this tusker, we stopped at a distance more than we usually do for other elephants. This guy then looked at us, twisted his tale and spread his ears out - signs that he could charge, but then decided that we were harmless and let us be. I was impressed by this guy, he walked right past us within about 30 feet and crossed the road and went on his way. If you notice in the second picture, his tail is chopped off - probably in a fight with another elephant.
This guy is a magnificient specimen of the great Indian tusker with beautifully curved tusks and a very nice standing posture.