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Dera Amer was established by a passionate ‘hathi’ (elephant lover), and offers guests the unique experience of spending time with an elephant for 24 hours or more, in one of six comfortable tents.

It is a unique tented camp set up in a very pretty patch of several hundred hectares of wilderness in the wooded Aravalli Hills, just a short drive out from Jaipur.

Each tent is totally private, beautifully furnished, has comfortable beds, verandahs and state of the art attached bathrooms with piping hot water and electricity.

It’s a special experience, spending a night under canvas then waking to breakfast with an elephant outside your tent, under the shade of a tree and with your feet in the sand. Dining at night, al fresco under a star clad sky and surrounded by candles is a truly special moment. Solar powered and with their own organic farm nearby, most produce is locally grown and sourced and meals here are a feast of freshness.

Aside from enjoying the calm and comfort of the camp, guests staying here can get deeply involved with elephant life interacting with the resident elephants in their natural habitat - spend time feeding them, washing and scrubbing them - all in privacy and exclusivity.

Correctly against the use of howdahs (elephant saddles) on pachyderms, guests have the fabulous opportunity to stroll around in the wilderness with them, listening to their ‘chat’ and rhythm, getting to know one of these incredible, memorable, extraordinary animals. Walk with a local villager through village hutments, fields and ancient monuments in the jungle - the walk of a lifetime.

Dera Amer puts the elephants first and it’s all about them! Their lives and routines are not changed for the good of the guests and they do exactly what they want, wandering around the camp and its environs in what is as close to their natural environment as it can be. A totally non-commercial venture, it’s magical to simply ‘live’ amongst these magnificent beasts as they go about their daily business.

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