I never thought about going to “Hathi Gaon in Jaipur” when I woke up in the morning today. I have been to this place before but never intending to write an article or create a vlog. I am putting together this article for everyone who wants to visit India’s first elephant village near Amer fort in Jaipur.
Just to let you know, every elephant that you see near Amer fort dwells in this village. Hence the name Hathi Gaon in Jaipur.
I am going to break this article into understandable sections, so we cover everything without any confusion. Let us get down to it now.
Location of Hathi Gaon in Jaipur
This elephant village is close to the Jaipur Delhi Highway. From Amer Fort, the elephant village is at a distance of 3.7 KMs. So all the elephants that you see at Amer fort and nearby areas are coming from Hathi Gaon.
I am embedding the map here, so the directions to this place are pretty straightforward. If you do not find this place do not worry, this is quite famous, and people know. Furthermore, there are direction boards everywhere so you won’t get lost.
So, this was all about the location and the directions. Now let us take a look at how to reach this elephant village near Amer.
How to reach hathi gaon in Jaipur?
There are different ways to reach this place. You can hire a cab, or use public transport or ride as we do. There are a lot of people who organize daily cycle tours to this place.
Many foreigners usually prefer this place to spend an entire day with the elephants and their mahouts. Let me list down all the ways to reach, along with their pros and cons.
- Hire a cab: Definitly expensive and not recommended. Anyways the can/taxi can take you only till the main gate. Even though the roadways inside the village are good for cabs/taxi, the cab/taxi onwers generally do not prefer to drive inside the park. Full of muddy water and they do not want to spend money on car wash everything they take tourists to this place. Expense: Close to 200 INR to 600 INR depending on the distance. Foreigners are being charged extra for obvious reasons.
- Public Transport: Another preferred way to reach Hathi Gaon in Jaipur. Having said that only take public transports if you are ok with traveling with other folks in jam packed spaces. I do not advise this as you need to protect yourself from COVID as well while traveling. Expense: Not much just carry 100 bucks with you.
- Cycling Tours: The most preferred way of reaching to this destination. We have a lot of tour operators that organize cycle tours, check out a few of them. Kushal’s Le tour de India is the one that I rate the best because of good quality of cycles. You can also join groups in Jaipur if you have your own cycle. Check out our group in Jaipur. Expense: Water bottles and just some snacks, rest you gonna enjoy the cycling through the village.
You can choose any mode of transportation. I would still suggest you take cycle tours. Now that we have reached the place, let us look at the price of getting inside the park.
Hathi Gaon in Jaipur and the ticket price
This is relatively straightforward. They have a board where the ticket price to Hathi Gaon is mentioned. A domestic tourist needs to pay INR 55, including a base price of INR 55. The price for a foreign tourist is INR 320. Take a look at the image below.
It would help if you were extra careful inside the village. The folks inside will lure you into getting your picture clicked with an elephant, and they would then demand additional money besides what you already paid at the ticket counter.
We rode to the village at about 7 AM and paid INR 50 per person, for which they did not give us the receipt. They explained that the ticket counter opens at 10 AM. Never the less our motto was to get inside.
Now that we know how to reach and the ticket price, let us look at what is inside the elephant village.
Inside the Hathi Gaon in Jaipur
The elephant village holds 58 elephants and their mahouts. The village has housing for mahouts and holding places for elephants. There is a small pond in the middle of the village where elephants are given baths.
Fun fact: All the elephants in the village are females. We got to know this from one of the mahouts. This is done to keep a check on the breeding and the number of elephants. The male elephants, if born, are shifted to the Jaipur zoo and other elephant sanctuaries nearby. Check out my article on the blackbuck sanctuary in Rajasthan, which is another must-visit place.
Well-built pathways made out of stones and bricks are made especially for elephants. This place was designed in 2006 and constructed in 2010.
You can take an elephant’s safari inside the village. The charge is generally between INR 500 to INR 1000; the folks here charge extra for foreigners as quite obvious. The price can go as high as INR 2000 per person.
The village holds housing for the mahouts (Caretakers) for the elephants and has a small school for the kids. In a nutshell, this is like a small township for mahouts, their families, and their elephants. Check the signboard below in the image; the direction to the school is visible.
This housing project was very carefully created by making a destroyed landscape, and the sand was used to create small water bodies for the elephants. This place is a must-visit for your kids.
If you want, you can also decorate the elephants with the help of mahouts and enjoy with the local kids. The knowledge about elephant’s behavior and their caring can be learned here. The mahouts do charge extra for this.
Best Time to Visti Hathi Gaon In Jaipur
The best time to visit the village is in the morning before 7:30 AM. Elephants leave by 7:30 AM for Amer fort for safaris for the tourists. Even if you come late, there will always be a few elephants there.
The reason being is now every elephant is scheduled to go to the fort as per the booking number/ID. The fun, however, is in the morning when mahouts are busy bathing them, and there is ample time for the tourists to enjoy the village and look at the daily rituals of the mahouts and the elephants.
Hathi Gaon in Jaipur is a fun place to be, not just for foreigners but also for kids. If you are traveling with kids, this is the place to be in the morning.
The learning is excellent, and animal lovers are going to love this place.
This place is wonderfully managed, and the stories of how these elephants are mistreated are not at all true. They are, in fact, well-taken care of, and the places where these elephants dwell are well cleaned.
Let me know if you have any questions about Hathi Gaon in Jaipur; I would love to answer them. Just post your questions in the comment section below.