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.
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!)
There was barely any light when we first saw her, moving slowly at first then bounding into the castor fields; caught in the act of killing a porcupine. I had just finished relaying the sighting report to Adam Bannister as a message crackled the jeep wireless into life again. The voice was Jaisalbs, radioing in from Camp to say antelope alarm calls outside his tent were bellowing the presence of a leopard nearby. We were about 10 kilometres out from Camp already so stayed in our position, waiting for the light to rise on that extraordinarily cold December morning last year, sitting metres away from an adult leopard now enjoying feasting on her porcupine kill. Read More Jawai at One!
Although we may be called ‘JAWAI Leopard Camp’ we are the first to appreciate and enjoy all the smaller animals, which call this marvelous landscape home. It’s not all about the big stuff. A safari experience here at JAWAI is so diverse and layered…it is a cultural, historical and ecological journey. Read More Sandgrouse Magic
After the phenomenal success that the camera traps have been providing, I decided to change the location and try and cover some other areas on the same rock. Check out some of the new images… Read More What the camera trap caught #3
Life in a new-born camp is fascinating. Watching it develop, take form and flourish is truly exciting in every sense of the word. There is something refreshing about having to learn about new landscapes, making bird lists, investigating the plants, squinting over unknown insects, creating roads, drawing maps by hand and ultimately learning to interpret an entirely new world. For me, it is the most wonderful of challenges and I have loved sharing my experiences with the many guests that have visited us already. Read More A new beginning
October is one of the most important month’s in the Sher Bagh calendar. Like every other year, for the last 13 years, Sher Bagh’s 14th Season has opened with us welcoming new guests, creating new experiences and enhancing existing features; transforming the Camp into a buzzing hive of activity. Read More The Ranthambhore Season Re-opens at Sher Bagh
Changing times and tight schedules have meant shorter and shorter safaris. Three days would have been unthinkable back in the day; the norm being at least a couple of months and that too after many months of planning. Today, it is possible to have Dinner in Delhi, and Breakfast in the Bush! Read More Dinner in Delhi, Breakast in the Bush!
In June this year, 2013, Jaisalmer was declared an UNESCO World Heritage Site, a great tribute to this surviving mediaeval fortified city, its palaces and havelis finely carved in yellow sandstone, the colour of the Thar desert. For centuries Jaisalmer, built by Rawal Jaisal in 1156 AD, was an oasis on the inter-continental trade route linking India with Central Asia, Persia, Egypt, Africa and beyond. In 1974 Indira Gandhi visited the city and declared it a protected site but despite that Jaisalmer was neglected and allowed to degrade without a conservation management plan and the necessary enforcement of laws and norms to ensure its protection within the parameters of it being a living city and therefore, a living ‘monument’. Read More The Golden Fortress of Jaisalmer
For over 1200 years, the tread of warriors, pilgrims, wayfarers and mendicants have worn away the stone cobbled pavements of Ranthambhore’s iconic fort. Its walls are witness to century after century of celebration and tragedy laced together. The celebration of heady military triumphs punctuate the petrified traumas of defeat and conquest. In the progression and fall of local chiefdoms, clan warfare, trade relations and imperial ambitions, Ranthambhore has seen it all and preserves the evidence. Read More The Ranthambhore Fort