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Part I – The Jawai Diary:Looking at Leopards and Walking with Herders

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.

 

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In Jawai, Where the Hills have Names…

“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

 

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Shepherds & Leopards

Shepherds & Leopards

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.

 

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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 new beginning

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 »

Humans, leopards and JAWAI

Space: the single largest factor facing conservation today!

As the human population continues to explode, so too do our demands on the land. We, like every animal, require food to sustain ourselves. Being creatures of consumption and excess, the recent years have seen a seemingly uncontrolled expansion of agricultural land and encroachment of humans and their livestock into nearly every corner of the earth. The result has been a drastic reduction in the land available to animals… humans and animals are on a collision course. Around the world you can see countless examples of how human growth, and supposed progress, has come at the expense of the indigenous wildlife. Read More Humans, leopards and JAWAI »