Sariska National Park, Rajasthan

My recent trip to Sariska with a friend has made me to refresh all the thoughts I had previously about the destination. The destination has now come alive with a lot of things to offer in the rural district of Dausa in Rajasthan. Sariska National Park now offers very good Tiger sightings apart from other wildlife in the park. Tiger and Leopard sightings are more frequent nowadays and soon it will become one of the favourite spot for the wildlife lovers apart from Ranthambore. Certainly the pandemic and the lockdown in the country has changed the life of many and people are more cautious towards nature and the society.

The small rural village of Tehla has many more things to offer apart from:

  • visiting ancient temples,
  • village visits,
  • walking tours,
  • jeep safaris to the national park etc,
  • water bodies for bird watching,
  • excursion to Bhangarh Fort ~ A Haunted Fort,
  • a Step well named Chand Bawri at Abhaneri

Infact we visited Bhangarh – The Haunted Fort on Halloween Day which is celebrated worldwide on 31st October each year.

There have been a lot of new resorts which have come up apart from the most popular, Vanaashrya and Aman Bagh.

The recently opened resorts are:

Sariska can be reached with an easy drive from the important historical sites of Delhi, Agra and Jaipur.

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The Country Retreat Farmstay, Bankli and Jawai Hills

What an amazing experience staying at The Country Retreat Farm house which is surrounded by fields with no concrete houses visible till the extent of your visibility.

It is certainly an experience for those who are willing to spend few nights away from the hustling and bustling modern cities. The retreat is truly authentic. It has a courtyard to sit and read books during the day and a small garden for the early morning and evening tea breaks.

The farm has a total of 4 guest rooms which are uniquely decorated.They are furnished with antiques and artifacts of the bygone era. It is incomparable with any other homestays or bed and breakfast Inn’s.

Meals

The delicacies served during meals at the property are delicious. You get to experience the authentic Rajasthani cuisine with local spices (you might not get the same taste anywhere).

Bankli village

Bankli is very small village in the Pali district of Rajasthan and one can notice only few houses enroute.The area is fascinating, quiet and very close to the nature.

The nearest railhead from Bankli is Jawai Bandh which is approx. 22 kms away. Falna is one of the important station in that route where a lot of trains stop there, it is approx. 40 kms away from Bankli.

Bankli is remote and very unique.

The major attractions in and around Bankli are as below:

  • Leopard Safari at Jawai Hills
  • Jeep Safari followed by hike to the Mallinath Cave Temple
  • Bird watching at Wetland which is also called the Rann
  • Jeep Safari through the countryside of Rajasthan, remote and rustic villages, visit to local schools and witness the Nomadic Rabari tribes
  • Elephant Rock Hike
  • Excursion to the famous Ranakpur Jain Temple Complex followed by a visit to the hidden waterfalls in the area
  • Excursion to Jawai Dam, the large reservoir is home to various migratory and residential birds including crocodiles

Green area around farmstay

Rock Mountain Temple View

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Jawai

Jawai is one of the places which have a good number of Leopard populations in Rajasthan. It offers a lifetime experience spotting and sighting the Leopard in open. The landscape of the region is breath-taking with rocky Mountains, caves and the Jawai Dam. Unlike other national parks in India, the game drive is organized in an open Jeep either at Sunrise or Sunset. However the best sighting is during the night when the Leopards are out to the nearby villages for hunting. The sighting are almost next to zero during the day as they mostly relax in their caves and come out only in the evenings to sit on the boulders, waiting for darkness and for their next prey.

The terrain is a mix of rocky boulders, forests and open landscape adjoining local villages which makes an abode for the Leopards.

Jawai is the only place in Rajasthan and in India where Leopards and Humans co-exist with each other in complete harmony. There has NOT been a single incident reported from the area where Leopards have attacked any humans for food.

Bera Safari Lodge

Bera Safari Lodge is a Luxury homestay in Jawai Hills which is surrounded by rocky boulders which has a very high possibility of Leopard sighting from the property itself if you are lucky.

Jawai

Jawai has a population of around 40-50 Leopards in the Aravali regions of Godwad/Bera/Jawai. The area is also inhabited by the Rabari Tribe (The Shepherds/Herdsmen) and they can be easily recognized by their Red/Maroon Turbans.

Best properties to stay are the Bera Safari Lodge, Godwad Safari Camp and definitely the Sujan Jawai Camp. There are also other properties in the area like Amritara Jawai Sagar, Jawai Castle Resort, Castle Bera, The Country Retreat Farmstay in Bankli etc.

The region is famous for the Leopards and Shepherds i.e. Rabaris. Animal found in the area are Indian Leopard, Chinkaras, Desert Cat, Indian Wolf, Pythons, Jungle Cat, Blue Bulls etc.

The Leopard Safari in the Jawai Hills does not require passport details or passport scanned copies as the area does not fall under the forest department and not controlled by them. The local authorities and the government are working hard to stop the mining activities happening around the area in the wake of conservation efforts to save the wildlife.

Jawai Hills, Rajasthan : Leopard, Leopard, Leopard everywhere

Jawai Hills is a picturesque location in the Pali district of Rajasthan . It is home to the most adaptable Indian Leopard of the subcontinent as well as the Rabari Tribe.


Jawai is one of the few places in India where one can easily sight leopards and also other wild animals and migratory birds.

The name Jawai is derived from the dam built across the Jawai river which is a tributary of Luni river and is also called the Jawai Bandh or Jawai Dam. The dam was built by Maharaja Umaid Singh of Jodhpur in the year 1957.

Places to stay in the area are:

Jawai Hills has Leopard, Leopard and Leopard every where. Since they are solitary animals, Jawai leopards coexist humans peacefully.

Possible excursions in the area –