From a few days in the wilderness of JAWAI, Simona travels across to Jaipur and SUJÁN Rajmahal Palace on her next leg of the Rajasthan Tour. Follow her diary as she comes back to love a city she previously had no love lost for and find out the reason for her change of heart, in this week’s blog.
Simona Quaglia is a veteran of the ‘Safari Life’. Having spent years in the African bush work alongside some of the best in the business, Simona travelled to India, a country she has had a long-running romance for, earlier this year. A natural linguist with an uncommon flair for understanding nuances, Simona travelled across Rajasthan, staying with SUJÁN. Her first sojourn, at JAWAI saw her keep a travel diary, which she kindly shares with us for all our readers. In the first of a three part series, follow Simona as she travels between Camps and Palaces, on a journey of discovery and exploration.
Rajasthan was gifted with a very wet monsoon season last year: Ranthambhore’s verdant nature had returned and the wildlife rediscovered their Arcadia. In October, as you meandered through the jungle, you were able to witness the park’s rebirth, the dhok trees flourishing in their senility, the grass long, thick and lush and the network of water channels flowing full. This allows wildlife to disperse throughout the park and the numerous watering holes scattered around the area were full for cheetal, or sambar deer to quench their thirst and leafy groves for nilgai antelope to browse and feast upon.
The festival of Holi symbolises a celebration of the victory of good over evil, heralding the arrival of spring and the end of winter, in vast parts of India. For many it is a day for social gatherings to splash each other with colours, of laughter, forgiveness and to reset and renew ruptured relationships.
Get lost in time, as, ‘Time is History’ and ‘History is Time’.
The ‘Pink City’ of Jaipur, in Rajasthan, welcomes you to ‘SUJÁN Rajmahal Palace’, one of the oldest and most treasured properties of the capital city. To understand the historical importance of this heritage property, built in 1729, one has to divulge back in time, to see the many transformations, in its over almost 300 years of existence. Read More SUJÁN Rajmahal Palace, Jaipur
At SUJÁN, we pride ourselves on sharing magical settings and celebrating festivals and cultural events with our guests from around the world. As Christmas is just around the corner the teams across our properties are well underway with their Christmas preparations!
This year, we are incredibly excited to celebrate our first Christmas at Rajmahal Palace, Jaipur. A home that is steeped in history and heritage we are so excited to be there for our first festive season! A magnificent, giant Christmas tree adorns the great hall leading up the marble staircase and the presents are all under the tree. Read More It’s Almost Christmas!
Saying that birds are underrated is an understatement. I have to admit that before my visit at JAWAI, I myself never had any interest for birds, especially as I come from a land of pigeons.
One of the particularities that rhythms daily life at JAWAI are the morning and evening game drives, or Safari drives, in the hope of spotting leopards, jackals, jungle cats, among other species.
While the legendary Machhli (T16) is celebrated the world over as the quintessential queen mother of Ranthambhore and global concern over her advancing age and failing health has reached obsessive and hysterical proportions, there is another Grande Dame that is quietly writing her own chapter in the history book of Ranthambhore tigers. Read More The other mother
The magic of the Indian wilderness goes a step further when you reach The Jawai Leopard Camp.
Sprawled between Udaipur and Jodhpur, Jawai is one of a series of hamlets strung around the Jawai dam in the Aravalli hills of Rajasthan. A place of dramatic beauty, the panoramic vista is dotted with small African Kopje-like hills which surround the water body, Cactus-like scrub, Flame-of-the –forest trees and sparsely populated farmland. Read More JAWAI Leopard Camp