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 are 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 concentrations 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.
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 as well.
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.
October to April
3 nights and 4 days
A safari experience in the Jawai region is unparalleled and unlike any other. The landscape is dry and open and 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 to the presence of people. The Leopards and the region offer great wildlife photography opportunities, and in recent times, it is becoming a favorite haunt for photographers. From sunrises to astrophotography, Jawai offers fantastic landscape photography opportunities as well.
Our choice of lodges is 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.
This itinerary is is custom-designed with the first night in Udaipur followed by 2 nights in Jawai thus offering 4 safaris to the guests. A combination of Udaipur and Jawai offers a perfect blend of a culture and wildlife tour. It is also 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 wildlife tour to Jawai. The Leopards of Jawai Wildlife Tour can be combined with a number of other destinations in Rajasthan. Our team would be happy to advise you more on this. Let us know your dates, and we will take care of the rest!
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 to the pleasing views of the 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 interest, return 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 it’s 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.
Jawai is easily is accessible by a 3-hour comfortable road trip from Udaipur Airport (UDR). This sample itinerary is designed to commence with a city tour and an overnight at a hotel in Udaipur. This gives arriving guests to opt for a flight arriving even late in the evening.
Jawai is a destination that is open all year round and consistently yields Leopard sightings through all the seasons. However, the recommended period of travel would be between November and March. During winter and spring, the light is the best for wildlife photography, and the weather is not too warm. The months of April, May, and June are hot, and between July and September, the monsoon can be in full swing. But it is during these three months and partly in October when the landscape is lush green and visually very pleasing.
Stay in comfortable hotels
All inclusive tour
Jawai is easily is accessible by a 3-hour comfortable road trip from Udaipur Airport (UDR). This sample itinerary is designed to commence with a city tour and an overnight at a Hotel in Udaipur. This gives arriving guests to opt for flight arriving even late in the evening.
Jawai is a destination which is open all year round and consistently yields Leopard sightings through all the seasons. However, the recommended period of travel would be between November and March. During winter and spring, the light is the best for wildlife photography and the weather is not too warm. The months of April, May and June are hot and between July and September, the monsoon can be in full swing. But it is during these three months and partly in October when the landscape is lush green and visually very pleasing.