At the heart of an untrammeled wilderness, where leopards roam wild and free, is SUJÁN’s JAWAI. Designed by the owners, Anjali and Jaisal Singh, JAWAI represents a style that combines subtle opulence with abundant adventure. Staying true to our goals for conservation without compromising comfort, the camp has ‘9 luxurious tents including one royal suite’, each with oodles of space and privacy that rest encapsulated in a landscape of towering granite formations, caves, kopjes, Anogeissus scrub and winding sand riverbeds.
The vibrant Rabari herdsmen who have shared this land with wildlife for centuries endorse the organic and continuing link between local culture and wildlife. This is a relationship that SUJÁN is deeply committed to nurturing in the face of rapid change, as a means of fulfilling our commitment to conservation, to cultures and wildlife. It is these experiences that we are proud and delighted to share with guests at JAWAI.
When we envisioned JAWAI, we wanted to create something contemporary to represent a style that combined subtle opulence with a strong sense of adventure. Inspired by the granite hills of the region, the camp embraces a modern and chic style whilst remaining authentic and true to its location. Originally based on the idea of a movable camp, and with a light footprint, JAWAI is in harmony with its delicate ecosystem.
The use of a muted palette of grey, black and white helps to make the camp one with the sheer natural beauty it resides within. The union of metal and canvas form the backbone of the design, taking JAWAI into a space away from traditional materials.
Anjali and Jaisal Singh designed the 1930s industrial style of tubular brushed steel furniture. It is filled with accessories, like candleholders and lamps, sourced from India based international designer Michael Aram’s Botanical Leaf Collection. With much of his work inspired by nature, it seemed the perfect collaboration to compliment the creative vision for JAWAI.
The interiors are carefully matched to include a splash of scarlet red – inspired by the colour of the Rabari turban – set against the monochrome white and black.
"the landscape is arresting, and jawai and its appointments profoundly comfortable"
the Financial Times U.K.
Created with canvas, stainless steel and leather accoutrements, each luxury tent at JAWAI is designed with its own private veranda, equipped with a writing desk and seating area that looks onto unobstructed, spectacular views of the dramatic wilderness around. The use of local stone and stainless steel brings an understated elegance to the camp. Each tent is equipped with a smart and efficient, en suite bathroom.
There are eight spacious luxury tents. Each double tent has its own private sit out and en suite bathrooms with powerful hot showers. The spacious, creamy-white tents are hand stitched, dotted with red throws and pillows, a nod to the signature turban of the local Rabari, nomadic herders. Enjoy the views and peace from the stillness of your veranda.
JAWAI’s Royal Tented Suite is our latest addition and redefines luxury in the wilderness. With unrivalled privacy; a private heated swimming pool, your own private butler, a private jeep for wilderness game drives and spectacular views of JAWAI’s dramatic, granite hills, it doesn’t get more spoiling than this.
"We are in an Out of Africa–like setting, worthy of grand exoticising."
Mealtimes at JAWAI follow the rhythm of safari drives and excursions, with no ‘set time’ for when guests have to eat. Our stylish dining tent offers inspiring views of the hills. Enjoy delicious buffet style salads and fresh pasta or fish procured from local fishermen, cooked right in front of you in our live kitchen. Dinners around the campfire or the Boma are a time for sharing tales from the day of exploring and for making new friends.
At JAWAI guests can enjoy access to unique and secluded locations for private dining. What could be more dramatic than a granite kopje, which serves as a private dining room overlooking the expanse of the JAWAI wilderness? Breakfasts in the bush and picnics in the wild, luncheons by the lakes and embracing dinners under constellations of an unending sky, make for stunning options. Meals are created using homegrown produce from our own kitchen garden or fresh-farmed ingredients sourced from local farmers.
"FEW EXPERIENCES WILL MAKE VISITORS FEEL MORE IN TUNE WITH NATURE "
Jawai is the new frontier, opening up a truly experiential way to travel and an even more rewarding arrival into a land of mystery, adventure, wellness and antiquity. A varied menu of experiences awaits you in this lap of the former kingdoms of Mewar and Marwar. The region is home to the charismatic Rabari herdsmen, a people at peace with the indigenous wildlife, including the resident spotted cat, the ultimate showstopper that captivates guests both at camp and on safari. Embark on a drive accompanied by your tracker–guide in a customized 4x4. Alternatively, choose any other excursion or activity from those on offer.
‘Two roads diverged in a wood and I – I took the one less travelled by, and that has made all the difference.’ – Robert Frost.
JAWAI’s leopards, birds and people are a great attraction across the region. The mystery of JAWAI is unravelled for guests by informed guides, and a measure of that mystery remains long after an excursion is over, to be relived forever. Trying our best to follow the schedule of our wild neighbours, we recommend an early start for your morning game drive, certainly before the sun is up. Our customized 4x4 jeeps, with a guide on board will convey you expertly to every corner of JAWAI. An experience to discover new areas, new animals and create memories with people. As wilderness enthusiasts, some of our happiest moments come when we stumble upon one thing, whilst in pursuit of something else.
Twitching first. 'Twitching' is trying to see as many different species of birds as possible. Those involved in the activity are known as 'twitchers' and each individual sighting is a 'twitch' or 'tick’. Our guides will help you sight over 170 species of birds in JAWAI. This is one of the largest varieties of birds that can be viewed in a particular region. Our list is still growing as we discover new ones every now and then.
Take a gentle walk through an open breezy expanse of land near the lake while viewing migratory birdlife and crocodiles. This walk will also give you an insight into the life of the migrant fishing community of JAWAI. The terrain of the walk is suitable for leisure and fitness with its gradual slopes and long flat stretches of grass. We then proceed into farmland, where according to the season, we can observe traditional farming and irrigation techniques. As the sun sets, we make our way to the edge of the lake to conclude our walk with a brief halt to stare and enjoy the tranquil stillness of the water and the sound of roosting birds.
Off-road cycling expeditions allow you to explore this beautiful landscape outside the confines of a jeep. This rigorous activity not only pushes you to the limit but also allows you to explore areas that are usually out of bounds while on a jeep. You will be accompanied by one of our expert guides who will tell you about the flora and fauna of the region. A typical biking tour will last a couple of hours depending on the route, your preferences and the guide’s advice.
A walk through some of the deepest elements of rural India. JAWAI is the best example of rural Indian wilderness – colourful and blissful. The heart of India lies in its villages. Our cultural village excursion takes you through a living archive of the worlds most diverse and complex countryside. The same diversity characterizes rural Indian occupations, arts and crafts, culture, literature, legend and transportation.
Experience a tour through narrow village streets, walking with cattle, making new friends, meeting some distinct village personalities, exploring village trade, gaining valuable insights on Indian village society, communities and beliefs, indulging in some favourite rural past-times to learn about different occupations such as potting, bangle making, weaving, iron-smithy, and music. Each place of worship in the JAWAI region has its own little story. There are over 300 temples and shrines dotting the landscape. The tranquil atmosphere of these temples, each with a distinct character, generates positive energy.
Should you wish to aid villages in India and help in the development of our nation, please do let us know. We would help connect you with villages, schools, children, women and local councils. We would be happy to procure resources to aid education, life and living in rural JAWAI.
The greater JAWAI area is a country made for walking and ramblers are guaranteed to have a field day out, to relax and tune those muscles tired by long hours spent on trains, planes and automobiles. They say the only way to truly understand someone is to walk a mile in their shoes. We invite you to take up the unique opportunity to walk around the area with our guides, discovering wildlife, people and history.
Depending on your aptitude, we offer a variety of hikes and treks. These include the choice of a leisurely stroll looking for nomadic shepherds or a gentle hike through the fields, bush and rocks of JAWAI, or a challenging trek to one of the neighbouring hills around the area.
Inclusive of drives (accompanied by parents), Wildlife Talk, Ranger T-Shirt and Cap, Bird List, Field briefings, Observation List.
A unique programme runs in JAWAI for young ones to develop an interest in wildlife. Complete with a junior ranger's uniform, a bird book and list, a mammal book and an observation list, set out on an educational adventure with a Ranger. Discover JAWAI through exciting 4X4 off-roading in our jeeps, ranger discussions, knowledge about wildlife and culture, and tips on photography. Have a perfect vacation while keeping children engaged in a unique fun filled learning process during your stay in JAWAI. The Head of Experiences JAWAI, on completion of this programme, will award a certificate of participation.
Rajasthan is a land of colour and cuisine. JAWAI’s culinary philosophy centres on the procurement and use of fresh local produce from our organic garden and neighbouring villages. Our team of local chefs and guides have their own recipes and trade secrets of cooking while living in the wilderness. We would love to exchange our experience with you of traditional food, drink and celebration.
JAWAI's Field Team has set a benchmark in JAWAI's research and development of wildlife. With the use of state of the art equipment, we have made discoveries in the field of wildlife and culture over the years we have been here. Your ranger will take you for a walk through our field area in camp. You will be guided through the equipment and procedures used in the field. We are happy to show you videos, graphs and the valuable documentation done by us.
A serene atmosphere is created by the tranquil still water of the lake that blends in to create perfect harmony of mind, body and nature. Our wellness expert offers meditation, yoga and the channelling of latent energy by the lake. This experience can also be conducted at our poolside or in the privacy of your tent. You will be taken through a traditional route of wellness and yogic practices that could enhance your well-being and fitness levels. Wellness at JAWAI is as unique as the region’s peace and tranquility and promotes the learning and practice of these age-old methods. The best part of this programme is the learning that you will take home easy - practices that can be performed in your daily routine for enhanced living and well-being.
The long stretches of natural roads, steep granite hills and clean atmosphere make JAWAI a perfect, chic outdoor fitness centre. Along with boosting fitness level, you will experience wilderness, culture and breathtaking landscape along the way. Please contact our experiences team to discuss your preferences and routes.
‘India is the cradle of the human race, the birthplace of human speech, the mother of history, the grandmother of legend, and the great grandmother of tradition. Our most valuable and most artistic materials in the history of man are treasured up in India only!’ – Mark Twain
The region of Marwar and Mewar are a host to many festivities that are celebrated with reverence and joy. We will keep you informed of seasonal festivities around the area and organize for you to join the experience of a lifetime, participate in the ‘theatre of Rajasthani culture’.
"There’s an undeniable aura about the place the camp’s idyllic setting is soul–stirring"
The Globe & Mail, Australia
Dramatic views and an idyllic location make the Spa at JAWAI a perfect spot to unwind, relax and heal yourself from within. A diverse menu of therapies is available for you to choose from or simply ask one of our therapists to recommend what may be best for you. Whatever your choice, be sure you will feel reinvigorated and revitalized. Yoga and wellness excursions at remote and stunning locations in the wilderness are also on offer if booked in advance.
"JAWAI IS NOT CAMPING AS WE KNOW IT – THIS IS CAMPING THAT'S COOL FOR CATS!"
JAWAI is where the hills throw the moon out and just as soon absorb its glow onto their gorges; where nomadic Rabari herdsmen are as much a part of the earth's tales as the mysterious felines that grace these hills and vanish at will into their folds; where pastoral fields meet and merge with wild grasslands and the swells of the JAWAI Bandh's waters lap at the toes of mighty granite forms; where flamingos flock and cranes in their hundreds dance to springtime sounds.
JAWAI’s location, the unique flavour of this land and its offerings, provide for an entirely different experience from the rest of Rajasthan, yet there are abundant legacies around. The area makes for comfortable access to the citadels of Kumbhalgarh Fort, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. For those still thirsting for monuments, the sculpted temples at Ranakpur are only an hour’s drive away from camp. Two of Rajasthan’s most visited destinations, Udaipur and Jodhpur, are equidistant from JAWAI and easily accessible by car.
In the midst of this incredible landscape that combines human endeavour and nature's provision, lies JAWAI – as distinctive as this land itself.
Leopards are JAWAI’s predominant attraction and a thriving population of the felines has always ranged across this region. The mystery of the Big Cat is unravelled for guests by informed guides, and yet, a measure of that mystery remains long after a sighting is over, to be relived forever. Trying our best to follow the schedule of our wild neighbours, we recommend an early start to your morning Game Drive, certainly before the sun is up. Our customised 4x4 jeeps, with a driver–tracker and naturalist on board will convey you expertly to every corner of JAWAI.
They say the only way to truly understand someone is to walk a mile in their shoes. The vibrant Rabari herdsmen who have shared this landscape with wildlife for centuries, signify the organic and continuing link between local culture and wildlife, a relationship SUJÁN is deeply committed to nurturing. We invite you to join in with our local Rabaris. Marvel at their connection with the Earth and their animals as they guide you across this landscape that is their home. Learn the various uses of plants and get an idea of what they do each day. A truly enjoyable and authentic experience that will leave you with renewed respect for life and lifestyles in rural Rajasthan.
JAWAI Camp is surrounded by breathtaking views of craggy granite formations, Anogeissus scrub and sand river–beds and is a ramblers paradise. There are no set paths, only winding routes over the rock kopjes, through the rolling hills and mustard fields. Have one of our expert guides accompany you on these rejuvenating walks. If you would like refreshments or a picnic to take along, we’re happy to make arrangements. Unwind your muscles and senses through the drama of the JAWAI landscape. Walking shoes or boots are recommended.
The JAWAI area is a “Twitcher’s Paradise” and holds a great diversity of birdlife both resident and migratory, with over 150 documented species of birds. Lesser seen species include cranes, pelicans, flamingos and a stunning diversity of waterfowl. Take wing on an exclusively birding excursion with any of our trackers and guides.
JAWAI’s landscape lends itself to a fantastic experience on all-terrain cycles. Not only is this superb exercise, the tours into open countryside offer great views in uninhibited style, allowing you the freedom to break off your ride at any point you please and start off again. If you would like refreshments or a picnic to take please speak to one of our staff.
A walk through the culture of Rajasthan, the heart of India lies in its villages. Our cultural village excursion is through a living archive of the world’s most diverse and complex countryside. A tour through narrow streets, walking with cattle, making new friends, meeting some distinct village personalities, exploring village trade, knowledge about village society, communities & beliefs, indulging in some favourite rural past-times & learning about distinct occupations such as potters, bangle makers, weavers, iron - smiths, musicians & priests. Our village walk also includes a visit to a traditional village home and meeting a family concluded by a spiritual visit at a historical village temple.
The mighty 15th century Fort of Kumbhalgarh, now a UNESCO World Heritage Site is a unique destination. 45 mins to an hour will deliver you to this magical eyrie that sits atop a mountain looking out to the plains of both Mewar and Marwar.
Visit the intricately carved temples Jain of Ranakpur, an architectural marvel, less than an hour away. The temples represent an incredible saga of devotion in stone and are perfect to visit en route to or from Udaipur.
India is the meeting place of the religions and among these Hinduism alone is by itself a vast and complex thing, not so much a religion as a great diversified and yet subtly unified mass of spiritual thought, realization and aspiration - Sri Aurobindo The JAWAI Temple Trail takes you through glimpses of village life, Indian superstition and regional beliefs. There are over 300 temples and shrines in the JAWAI region. The Temple Trail would include a visit to a historical temple in the area, a small family shrine and a famous village temple. The tranquil atmosphere of these temples has a lot of positive energy and each of them have a distinct character of their own.
A colonial breezy ride in a vintage jeep through a very special part of JAWAI. With hills on either side and beautiful countryside this trail is pure bliss. This drive is a perfect opportunity for magnificent landscape photography and you would meet villagers involved in their cultivation of local crops. The vintage jeep would take you to the edge of the JAWAI Bandh (Dam Wall) where there is phenomenal view of the JAWAI Lake.
JAWAI's Field Team has set a benchmark in JAWAI's research and development of wildlife. With the use of state of the art equipment, some discoveries have been made in the field of wildlife & culture over the period of time we have been here. Your ranger would take you for a walk through our Field Area in Camp. You would be guided through various field equipment & procedures used in the field. We would show you video's, graphs and valuable documentation done by us in this area.
A very unique programme run in JAWAI for young ones to develop an interest in wildlife. Complete with a junior ranger's uniform, a bird book & list, a mammal book and a observation list, set out on a educational drive with your Ranger. Along with exciting 4X4 Off roading in our jeeps, knowledge about wildlife and culture is imparted by our rangers. Have a perfect vacation while keeping children engaged in a unique fun filled learning process during their stay in JAWAI. On completion of this programme, a certificate of participation would be awarded by the Head of Field for JAWAI.