elephant transfer, Jaipur
You can get an elephant ride up the hill to the Amber Fort - however, you may want to walk as the queue is often over an hour long.
A lot of people worry about the well being of the elephants. I don't know the entire situation, but I was told by several people that the elephants now only do a small amount of trips up and down the hill each day before being taking back to their stables. I am not an "elephant expert" but they all looked in fantastic condition and I did see quite a few being taken up the road away from the fort back to the stables by mid morning and the fort had not been open for very long at this stage.
A sight that you'll see all over India. This one, however, allows people to be taken for a ride around the City Palace complex. The photo was taken in Chandani Chowk just before a cow hit me on the arm with its horns!
It's really quite a long way up to the Fort from the car park and this path is littered with smelly elephant err... mess, so it's definitely worth taking the elephant to the top. You get on from a terrace and sit in/on an iron bar like seating space, covered with blankets and cushions. Then its a swaying 20minute or so? ride to the top.
We rode up to the Amber Fort by elephant, the queue was very long but moved quickly and the early morning ride was lovely.
Although you are high on the elephant you are not safe from the hawkers though ! they still follow you......
There wont be many places in the world where you can use elephants as a form of public transport...at the Amber Palace is the place.
Our trip on "Rupali" took about 20 mins,and was excellent.We were a little worried as one of the guide books suggested that they were maltreated and worked hard without many water breaks,however Rupali seemed well tended as did most of his colleagues.It seems that they are owned by their handlers,and you therefore have to think that they might treat them well.
The best sight was seeing one tourist atop his ele. drop his Lonley Planet.The elephant casually rolled down his trunk picked up the book and handed back to him..excellent!!
When you get off at the fort,make the most of every photo. op (although they may want a tip...its worth it)
For a few rupees an elephant ride to the amber Fort can be arranged. Join the line at the car park - it's fun.
Riding on elephants is popular to get to the Amber Fort.
For about Rs 400 one way ticket. Each can carry up to four people...
It's slow but fun...