Know more about this Hathi Goan, its attractions and some guidelies.
Elephant Village in Jaipur is known by the name of “Hathi Gaon,” which is the Hindi term for Elephant Village. It is believed that Jaipur had an Elephant Cavalry, and the men who rode them used to live here. This village is just a 10-minute drive from Amber Fort.
WHEN WAS IT OPENED?
Hathi Gaon has been attracting travelers for over 60 years, but since 2006, many local Indian travelers have also started visiting this place.
I still remember that when I visited this village back in 2006, local teenagers who never went to school were able to speak basic Spanish, German, French, and English, all thanks to international tourists coming here.
From 2006 to 2010, only selected travelers used to come here to spend some time with elephants and buy local products. But after 2010, many local homes in Hathi Gaon opened Elephant safari tours, where they offer 15-30 minute elephant rides on their farms, & guests would also feed these pet elephants and even have them create a painting for them.
WHEN THIS PLACE BECAME OFFICE JAIPUR TOURISM ATTRACTION?
In 2017, the Rajasthan Forest Department designated Hathi Gaon or Elephant Village as a tourist attraction with an entry fee of Rs 55 for Indiansa nd Rs 320 for foreigners, promoting it as an Elephant safari destination in Jaipur.
Today, you can visit and enjoy an elephant ride & other activities for 1-2 hours like walk with them, feed them, or even take a shower with them. Yes, it happens here.
Many guests mistakenly believe this is an Elephant Sanctuary with retired or rescued circus elephants, which is incorrect.
All the elephants here are born and raised in this village, creating a strong connection with their owners. That’s a unique aspect of elephants—a love-hate relationship, but mostly love.
Some guests have suggested that locals use these animals to earn a living, which is somewhat true.
However, it’s important to note that using elephants as war animals and now as tourist attractions should not be considered animal cruelty. The main reason is that the elephant only listens to its mahout (handler), and there are situations when an elephant can become agitated, and in such cases, measures are taken to calm him down. A sad reality.
HOW MANY TORUIST VISIT HATGI GAON
In winters when, more than 1,000 travelers visit this Elephant village in Jaipur, and local elephant owners are coming up with unique ideas to promote their services.
For example, you can even get elephant dung-made paper, which is 100% biodegradable, and one of the best activities is going into small ponds with the elephants—a very unique experience.
I would say that as the Rajasthan Forest Department closely welcomes and monitors this innovative form of tourism, providing proper elephant sheds, solar lights, and better-quality fodder, such safari tourism will become more popular among local travelers as well.
PRICE OF ELEPHANT SAFARI
There are more than 100-200 elephants in this Jaipur Elephant village, and over a dozen companies offer elephant safari tours. Their rates range from Rs 2500 to 4500 per person. The highest package even includes pick-up and drop-off in their cars from your hotel in Jaipur.
Some of our guests also aso that why is the Elephant Safri so expensive, then we hust tell that if you just want to ejoy a elephant ride then book the Rs 500 ticket at Amer Fort, which is like a 1 km ride/ 10 minutes & from 7 am to 11 am only, upto to Amber Fort entrance, but here you are getting much more than a mere elephant ride.
Read all the activities list below for more details.
ACTIVITIES IN ELEPHANT VILLAGE
Elephant rides in the farms
Elephant rides in the pond
Showe with elephant
Feeding the elephants
Drawing with the elephants
Basic elephant communication/ onding
Washing/scrubbing the elephants
So one thing is sure that once you ahve visited or taken the safari package, you can call your self a Elephant expert, and similarly if you visit Galta Monket temple then you are an expert on monkeys :)
LOCATION OF HATHI GAON
The official name is HATHI GAON, and it’s located before Kunda, Jaipur. Click here to find the Google Maps location.