A trek in JAWAI gives great perspectives of the area and an appreciation of the terrain, the communities that live here and a chance to pick out and explore the hills which never fail to fascinate.
This week we take you through a series of visuals from the monsoon which is slowly beginning it’s retreat. We bring you some images from both Ranthambhore and Jawai, of the landscapes and it’s denizens in both these wildernesses, while the famous Indian monsoon delivers it’s bounties to their doorsteps.
Valmik Thapar is one of India’s foremost authorities on wildlife and environment matters and amongst the most respected experts on tigers in the world. A prolific author, Valmik has written, edited and compiled more than 30 books over a career spanning four decades, as an advocate for conservation and a voice for environmental causes throughout India. He has also been a member of critical government committees on environmental issues over this long period.
“We simply need that wild country available to us, even if we never do more than drive to its edge and look in. For it can be a means of reassuring ourselves of our sanity as creatures, a part of the geography of hope.”
– Wallace Stegner, 1980
JAWAI is located in the wilderness of the ancient Aravalli Hills. Within these hills lies a semi-pastoral agrarian settlement with wild leopards and an untouched historic culture. Nature is a part of us and we are at one with nature, we are not separate identities. This is what makes JAWAI special. For centuries humans and animals have shared these hills in harmony. Spirituality and culture have been associated with this harmony. People who live with wildlife, shape the future of conservation in the country. At JAWAI, we look into this traditional model of animal-human coexistence. We aim at sharing this relationship as a model for other such wildernesses across the world and with those who visit us.
“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.
Anjali and Jaisal Singh hosted a celebration to mark the Varty family’s visit to India and Ranthambhore. The occasion honoured Londolozi’s pioneering tradition of wildlife restoration and their deep commitment to eco-tourism practises and was attended by a wide spectrum of India’s own conservation community. Read More An Evening to Remember – The Londolozi Family at SUJAN
Tigers are not the only species of cat, which call Sher Bagh and Ranthambhore National Park home. On my second night at Sher Bagh I was awoken by a scuttling sound outside. Not sure what it was, and still in the midst of an unfinished dream, I turned back over and fell asleep. Next morning, whilst on our way for game drive, we did some very simple investigative work in an attempt to recreate the events from the previous night. Read More Leopard on My Doorstep
I have been in the area around Sher Bagh for the last 4 days. 25 years ago this area had not a blade of grass and was an arid and degraded patch of land, now, it is an oasis of wildlife. Read More Ranthambhore Revisited