Jawai Bandh

Bera, a small hamlet situated in the Aravali range of Rajasthan and surrounded by lakes and dams. You can view Jawai Dam (largest man made dam in western Rajasthan) from the top of Castle Bera with Jawai river flowing besides the village. It is surrounded by forests where leopards roam free. Along it flows the river Jawai, with the Jawai Dam built on it. And the resulting beautiful lake is home to some of the biggest crocodiles you will ever see. These are not a part of any national park or sanctuary; most people don’t know about it, not even Rajasthanis. You will not see any madding tourist crowds here – go wildlife spotting freely, but remember you are on your own here. The hosts arranges for morning and evening safaris where one can sight leopards, blue bull, crocodile, hyena, pelican, greylag goose, robin accentor, demoiselle crane, bar headed goose, Indian partridge etc. in their natural habitat.

In spite of a comparatively hostile terrain, Bera surprisingly is the abode of a number of mammals and birds. Its vast size and latitudinal variations above the sea level of 1,700m provides it with varied vegetation. It provides semi green forests of Mount Abu, to dry grasslands of the desert, and from the dry deciduous thorn forest of Aravali, to wetlands of Bharatpur. The leopard, also called the panther here, is found in forests and in open degraded forest areas, with rocky outcrops adjoining towns and villages.

Jawai leopard Camp - Bera

If there is one place on the face of earth where all the dreams of living men have found a home from the very earliest days when man began the dream of existence, it is India!" R. Rolland

JAWAI is a wilderness destination in the district of Pali, Rajasthan which is conveniently located between Jodhpur and Udaipur, at a 3 hour drive from each. JAWAI has still remained fairly rural, even though the rest of the country has seen a great change in economic growth. The landscape is dramatic with the presence of solitary hills, mustard and maize fields, villages and a lake that is a home to many unique migratory birds. Colour is added by the inhabitants of this area, primarily the semi nomadic herders of the Rabari tribe, wearing ethnic costumes with red turbans, who walk along these hills and fields with their sheep. In the hills live families of leopards & wild cats who by day rest in their caves and come down to hunt in the villages by night. JAWAI is also a home to over 200 species of birds, grey langoor monkeys, crocodiles and other smaller mammals.

The camp is situated in the midst of this wilderness far away from big cities and busy roads. It is surrounded by the granite rocky hills of JAWAI and is close to rural settlements of the area. The camp is designed to be chic, luxurious and homely with 10 tents with oodles of space and privacy. The camp is well spaced out, with a serene pool, a dining tent and a rustic lounge furnished with day beds and stocked with books and a camp style bar.

Our culinary philosophy is based upon sourcing and utilizing local ingredients from our organic garden and neighbouring local villages. We serve wholesome, nutritious and delightful cuisine crafted by local chefs who are well versed with regional and western fare.

JAWAI is also a tranquil wilderness spa destination. Our spa caters to guests in their time of leisure and is well versed with traditional treatments and energising yoga.

JAWAI is one of India’s many untouched destinations, which is magical and is abundant with elements of surprises, in every moment encountered. Whether you wish to embark on an experience of wellness & leisure or an action packed adventure, the moment is perfect, to set foot into the wilderness and experience something that you can remember for a lifetime. Our Experiences Team connects with every guest and tailor makes their stay in accordance with their preferences. The team is headed by Varun Kutty who has a background of creating and operating wilderness, cultural and adventure based experiences. Varun, has been building a ‘cordial relationship bridge’ between the camp and the villages. Along with his team, he tries to focus on the distinct pastoral, cultural and spiritual traditions of this region along with the magical bond that has existed for years between the villagers and the leopards. Vedant Thite is a young passionate guide whose specialization is birding and studying the animals of the area. Surajpal Singh is a guide who has grown up in the area and is well versed with the culture and wildlife of this region.

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