As a foreigner it can sometimes be hard to judge what is a reasonable cost when the internet is flooded with ads directed at tourists (who are often willing to pay crazy prices due to lack of better knowledge).

Prices I have seen on the internet for 1 hour tours (2 people) literally ranged from $200 to $800. But what price would a local Indian resident expect to pay? If prices vary significantly by region, how can I get a rough estimate for whatever region I'm traveling in?

To prevent the question being opinion-based: I don't care about the "cheapest" option, nor do I care about a specific location or a specific cost. All I want to know is beyond what price is something exclusively geared towards tourists and should be ignored.

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    Feel extra free to edit or improve this question, as I had a hard time wording it in a way that could be objectively answered. – user2908232 Jun 14 '18 at 13:59
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    @JoErNanO Imagine the question "Where in Europe can the cheapest alcohol be found?" is perfectly answerable. Sure, laws and cultures can change, but the general trend is that you want to be in Slavic countries. And it's safe to say that in no slavic country would a local pay more than 5 dollar for a normal beer. As far as I read on meta the goal is to block questions like "Where in Moscow can the cheapest beer be bought?" which is completely unanswerable, but general trends (you want to be in these and these Indian states) could be completely answerable. (cont.) – user2908232 Jun 15 '18 at 9:51
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    On a personal note - consider avoiding riding elephants in the first place. It's a cruel practice that I personally wouldn't support with my money. – JonathanReez Supports Monica Jul 1 '18 at 15:05
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    @JonathanReez From the reading I have done my impression was that there is a big difference between the elephant rides you see around for example amber fort (carrying tourists up an hill all day) and the elephant rides you see in the nature parks ("just" an hour ride through the reserve). I personally don't consider a horse ride a cruel practice and elephants have been used as working animals since the bronze age as well. Just because it feels exotic to us doesn't make it intrinsically cruel (which is not to say a lot of options on offer aren't cruel). Price is just one consideration for me :) – user2908232 Jul 2 '18 at 10:41
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    Aren't all cases where elephant(s) are being offered for rides (for money) by people other than their handlers, by definition, for tourists? Are there any cases where elephant rides are available only for locals? And even if there are, then those locals are simply locally resident 'tourists". I live about 20 miles from a Kings Dominion park. They don't give me a discount because I am local after all. I'm not sure I actually understand what you are looking for. – CGCampbell Jul 13 '18 at 11:31