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The Leopards of Maha Shivratri

“To other countries, I may go as a tourist, but to India, I come as a pilgrim”. Martin Luther King Jr.

 

The JAWAI region in known for its religion, spirituality and temples. Each village has numerous temples and most of the hills have spiritual caves and shrines. A lot of these temples are devoted to Lord Shiva. In fact, one of the main god’s worshipped in the area is Lord Shiva.

 

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The Rabari Army

Granite hills, mustard fields and the lake in between surrounds this large expanse of land, in Jawai. An occasional splash of red adds a dash of colour and vibrancy to this land. The word Rabari is derived from ‘Rehaan’, meaning – a person who shows the path.

 

According to legend Lord Mahadeva, an incarnation of Lord Shiva, created the first camel for the amusement of his lover, Parvati. In order to look after the camel, he created a caretaker and called him a ‘Rabari’.

 

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A Tale of Two Mothers (With Apologies to P.G. Wodehouse!)

If PG Wodehouse were to have heard the alarm calls of the cheetal stag which nearly punctured my ear-drums last Monday morning, he would have described it as “a sort of yelp rather like a wolf that sees its peasant getting away…” The stricken-anxiety palely obvious in the yelp of the said deer was instead signalling the approach of a tigress, who looked like a Goddess of Death clearly running late for work, on a manic Monday morning.  Read More A Tale of Two Mothers (With Apologies to P.G. Wodehouse!) »

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The other cats of JAWAI!

Since the opening of JAWAI,  the leopards have played an importantly role in our wilderness experience. The team has successfully been tracking these big cats over the seasons  amounting to over 400 separate sightings over the short time we have been in the area.

 

While there is something quite mesmerizing about seeing a leopard in the wild, there are other smaller cats, the ones that people don’t talk about as much  which are just as exiting and special to see…

 

The most common small cat we see around JAWAI is the Jungle Cat. We often get lucky in the early evenings observing them hunting for rodents, geckos and small ground birds.  It is huge fun watching them pounce and stalk.  Back at camp we even have our own resident male Jungle Cat who confidently strolls around poking his head in out and keeping an eye on our guests at the campfire! Read More The other cats of JAWAI! »

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Did you know…?

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.

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Michael Aram at JAWAI, Rajasthan

When SUJAN’s Owners and Creative Directors Jaisal & Anjali Singh envisioned their latest wilderness experience JAWAI, Rajasthan, they knew they wanted to create something contemporary to represent a style that combined subtle opulence with abundant adventure; a vigourous rendition of camping at its finest. Read More Michael Aram at JAWAI, Rajasthan »