Rajasthan is a beautiful state with every city being a great destination for tourists as they have lots to offer. The capital of the state, Jaipur is no less and people from all over the world come to visit the city as it has several tourist attractions.
One such amazing place for tourists is hathi gaon. Not many people know about this place but it is gaining popularity day by day. Read on to know all about it.
Situated at the foothills of Amber palace near Jaipur, Hathi Gaon or elephant village is an attractive and fun place for tourists. Although it wasn’t very famous a few years ago but recently it has come to the eyes of several travelers making the place highly popular.
This place is home to 100 elephants and their mahouts. This is not only a fun place but an important place for the welfare of the animals. It was designed in 2006 and completed in 2010.
Hathi Gaon has a lot to offer the tourists including several fun activities. The most popular activity at this place is elephant safari. You should definitely visit this place and enjoy it.
This is basically a housing project for mahouts (caretakers) and their elephants. The design structure involves making a landscape that has been destroyed by its use as a sand quarry by local sand suppliers to create a series of water bodies. These water bodies were made to overcome the problem of scarcity of water in Rajasthan.
With the problem of water (benefits of starting your day by drinking water) resolved by water resources in place, an extensive tree plantation program was carried out in order to propagate local species.
Waterbody is a significant component of the design as it also facilitates the bonding between the mahout and the elephant. This can be done through the process of bathing in the water bodies which is important for the elephant’s health as well as their attachment with the caretaker.
Other things that are situated at this place are housing units which are organized in clusters along with courtyards and pavilions. A system of clusters was initiated in order to create a community space at different hierarchies so as to build a sense of community among the inhabitants.
There were several challenges in the project as it was sponsored by the Government and executed by the Public Works Department. These challenges were overcome by focusing on the landscape and using the significant water bodies as the central instrument around which all the decisions were made.
This was a crucial as well as fulfilling step for the lives of the inhabitants as their needs were satisfied in the budgets. This was made possible as the investment in architecture (visit these Baolis to enjoy ancient Indian architecture) was minimal. The intent in the design was to leave room for the inhabitants to transform their own homes incrementally and appreciate them through visual transformations over time.