LEOPARDS AND SHEPHERDS
This tour extension provides a rare opportunity to delve into the local culture of India as well as photograph the elusive leopard. Additionally, the dates coincide with the Festival of Holi, a colorful and unique celebration in India which will make for some special photography.
Jawai- Bera is a small hamlet in the heart of Rajasthan and is a prominent habitat for leopards. In the recent years this place has gained popularity as an ideal habitat for leopard sightings in India. The granite hills of Jawai are a part of the Arravali mountain range that was formed millions of years ago. It is believed to be the oldest range of Fold Mountains in India. The natural history of the Aravalli Range dates back to times when the Indian Plate was separated from the Eurasian Plate by an ocean.
For hundreds of years the granite hills in the area have been a prime habitat for leopards. The leopards here live in perfect harmony with the nomadic Rabari tribe thus making Jawai one of the world’s most fascinating stories of peaceful human- leopard co-existence.
Jawai River flows through this otherwise arid landscape; the Jawai Dam is the largest source of fresh water in the area. The large reservoir covers several acres of this landscape and from atop one of the many hills one can witness some of the best sunrises, sunsets and even a moonrise.
Apart from leopards, you can also spot the rare rusty-spotted cat, striped hyena, sloth bear, desert cat, and chinkaras in this landscape.
The native people of Jawai are tribals called the Rabari who rear cattle and engage in farming for their living. It is not that technology hasn’t reached them or they are incapable of moving to some big town. They are people who have embraced this lifestyle and enjoy being close to their lands. They still cook their food in earthen hearths and have an amazing sense of hospitality. There will be opportunity to photograph the people of the Rabari Tribe.
- Accommodations day 1-6
- All meals except dinner on day 1
- Flights to Udaipur from New Dehli and back
- All ground transportation