In the western corner of Rajasthan in Northern India is home to an extraordinary undulated landscape dominated by rocky outcrops and boulders. The many caves in this arid landscape is a dwelling for one of India’s big cats – The Leopard. Infamously called the Leopard’s lair, the Jawai Leopard Conservation Area boasts one of the highest concentration of Leopards in the world. Most of this incredible landscape is community owned and the region’s shepherds and farmers along with their livestock have adapted to co-exist with Leopards.
A safari experience in the Jawai region is unparalleled and unlike any other. Our choice of lodges are well located in the heart of the Leopard country that a sighting of Leopards from your room’s window is not uncommon. Imagine driving through a village and parking up by the side to watch a pair of courting Leopards on a hill nearby while the local Rabari herdsmen are herding their cattle around the foothills. This is no exaggeration and you must travel to this destination to see it for yourself.
The landscape being dry and open offers good opportunities to view and photograph Leopards in their natural habitat. Being the apex predator in the region and the absence of Tigers have made the resident cats very bold and shy to the presence of people. The Leopards and the region offer great wildlife photography opportunities and in recent times, it is becoming a favourite haunt for photographers. From sunrises to astro photography, Jawai offers fantastic landscape photography opportunities.
This tour is designed with the first night in Udaipur followed by 2 nights in Jawai thus offering 4 safaris to the guests. Udaipur also known as the City of Lakes is rated to be one of the most beautiful cities in all of Asia and forms an integral part of a Rajasthan circuit. During the one night stay, guests can visit some of the famous sites in the city including the City Palace, Jag Mandir and the famous Pichhola Lake. As you explore this beautiful city, soak in the royal remains of the Maharanas of Mewar.
Jawai is indeed one of India’s best kept secrets and it is with absolute certainty with which we can say that an Indian safari would be incomplete if you miss the Jawai experience. At The Wildside, we have scouted this region a few times now and have come into partnerships with local guides and drivers who have also worked previously with film crews and photographers of international acclaim. Be rest assured to have your mind blown away in Jawai, the place where Leopards rule not only the land but your heart also.
This tour has been planned with a night in Udaipur and 2 nights in Jawai. But it is absolutely possible to accommodate the requests of those wanting to extend their stay duration at either of the destinations or alter the itinerary to fit in other destinations. Enquire today to start planning your Wildlife photographic safari and photography tour to Jawai. The Leopards of Jawai Photo Tour can be combined with a number of other destinations. Our team would be happy to advise you more on this. Let us know your dates and we will take care of the rest!
October to April
3 nights and 4 days
Arrival and City tour in Udaipur
The tour commences at the Maharana Pratap Airport in Udaipur (UDR). On arrival, the airport representative would escort you to your vehicle and transfer you to the city. Following lunch, embark on a blissful tour of the City Palace and then over to Lake Pichhola for a boat ride. During the boat ride, stop by at Jag Mandir to treat yourself with the pleasing views of a sunset and watch as the last rays disappear behind the hills. Transfer to the hotel, check-in and overnight stay.
Morning in Udaipur, transfer to Jawai
After a brief morning visit to explore the local markets or any specific area of interests, retrun to the hotel for Breakfast. Around 11 am, you will be transferred in comfortable air-conditioned SUVs to the lodge in the Jawai region. Talk to us for more information on the Lodges.
On arrival, a sumptuous lunch is served and its time to get ready for a safari in the rocky terrain. Explore different hills and return to the lodge after sunset, dinner and overnight in Jawai.
Morning and afternoon safaris, Village visit and star gazing
Today, the day commences well before sunrise as you drive towards one of the hills to look for Leopards and other wildlife. Return to the lodge in time for breakfast as the Big Cats tend to be inactive during the heat of the day. Between breakfast and lunch, visit one of the villages and learn about the local way of life and have the opportunity to make some interesting portraits.
After lunch, it is time for another safari in Jawai looking for wildlife. Return to the lodge after sunset. Post dinner, take a short drive close to the lodge to a vantage point with no light pollution as you stand there gazing at the stars. Overnight in Jawai.
Morning safari, check-out and dispersal
This morning will be the last safari in Jawai. After breakfast, check-out from the Lodge and drive to Udaipur for your evening flights back home or to your onward destination.