In Jaipur at Amber Palace, have seen in recent past that elephant ride had become not only trouble some but also atrocity on the elephant in the name of elephant ride to the tourist. Other then elephant ride, Tourist has two options either walk up to the top of the hill or ride up to the fort in small Jeeps because it is not acceptable in my view to ride the elephants. For decades these elephants were subject to terrible conditions working all day in blistering conditions ferrying tourists in an endless stream of caravans up and down the mountain. Today thanks to efforts by ELEPHANT FAMILY AND HELP IN SUFFERING. Save the Asian elephant from extinction and abuse, conditions have improved. Elephants now are restricted to carrying only two passengers at a time, may only transport people up to the fort (and not down), and work limited hours in the morning. However, as I walked back down from the fort among these beautiful creatures, despite these improved conditions, I have concluded that using elephants in this manner is just wrong and unnecessary. I also discovered that pressure on elephant feet walking up and down hard rocky surfaces on the steep slopes unnecessarily stresses their toes and damages their sensitive cuticles. And, furthermore, there is a farm not far from the Amber Fort where one can go to experience these Asian elephants, some of which were abandoned by royalty of Rajasthan. On the farm they are kept in humane conditions where travelers can enjoy a close-up elephant experience including rides on flat and natural terrain. Elephants shuttle tourists up and make their way back down in a constant stream of traffic at the Amber Fort. Then they wait and rest back near the parking lot in the hot sun to carry the next busload of tourists up the mountain. One mahout on a decoratively colored elephant (colored chalk) counts his money for a half-day of elephant rides. Which he get after harassing tourist in the name of TIP, though TIPS has been banned by the Govt. authorities. But the ground realities are absolute different. In the end the nexus between the mahouts and vendors selling tourist junk made this ride a night mare then a pleasant experience.