Track tigers & leopard
in India’s Rajasthan

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  • 11 Nights
  • October – March
  • India
  • From £5,765 PP
  • Authentic

Trip Overview

A fabulous journey in the wilds of Rajasthan from Ranthambore to Jawai and the desert of Jaisalmer staying in stylish tented camps along the way.

Wildlife and nature enthusiasts will love this combination of safari and exploring Rajasthan off the beaten track without forgoing comfort.

Enjoy the thrill of spotting tiger in the jungle beneath the ruins of an ancient fort, tracking leopard over rolling hills and rock kopjes guided by pioneering conservationists, a camel safari amid pristine dunes in the company of traditional crimson turbaned rabari herdsmen. Between them you’ll discover rich bird life in a desert oasis and dip your toe in India’s history and culture.

Unexpected Highlights of this itinerary

Often the best safaris involve looking beyond the obvious highlights. It’s about the myriad exhilarating encounters that will make your heart sing. These are encounters that nobody could ever predict, but that make your safari genuinely unique.

Trip Itinerary

Track tigers & leopard in India’s Rajasthan

Ranthambore National Park (3 Nights)
3 Nights

Ranthambore National Park

Arrival in Ranthambore

Following arrival in Delhi you quickly leave the chaos of the capital behind and head for the Aravali and Vindhya hill ranges and Ranthambhore National Park in eastern Rajasthan. Settle into your camp on the forest fringe.

Tracking tiger

Rising early, after a steaming cup of chai brought to your tent, begin your private safari by jeep with your expert guide in search of tiger. The dry tropical forests are dotted with banyan trees and flame of the forest, splashing the canopy with their bright orange blooms. Jackal, mongoose, striped hyena, sloth bear and leopard also roam the forests and in winter, thousands of birds migrate from Europe and Siberia making Ranthambhore an ornithologist’s paradise.

Explore the ruins of the 8th century fort atop a ridge in the heart of Ranthambhore’s tiger territory. There are superb views of the reserve from the battlements. Make a final afternoon game drive before dinner under the stars.

Accommodation

Sher Bagh

A 1920’s style safari camp dedicated to conservation. A stay at Sher Bagh will always be one of comfort; it’s a great place to simply relax and enjoy the countryside.

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Rural Rajasthan (2 Nights)
2 Nights

Rural Rajasthan

Oasis at Shahpura Bagh

Take the road less travelled through rural Rajasthan to Shahpura Bagh. Surrounded by lakes, orchards and pasture land, it’s a bird watching paradise with over 180 avian species. Other activities include boating, walks, exploring the traditional farm, nearby village or local temple with your charming hosts.

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Shahpura Bagh

Hidden off the usual beaten track between Jaipur and Udaipur, the lovely Shahpura Bagh makes a great stopover for those who want to discover the rural way of life that lies in between.

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Jawai (2 Nights)
2 Nights

Jawai

Tracking leopard at Jawai

Return to the wilderness and Jawai, amid scrub and granite hills where Rabari shepherds lead their flocks, respecting and living in harmony with the leopard. In the absence of monuments this part of Rajasthan is off the beaten track and offers a unique wildlife experience without the crowds.

In the foothills of the ancient Aravalli Range in Northwest India, nomads and big cats co-exist like nowhere else in the world. The landscape of towering granite mounds and craggy outcrops that rise up from a patchwork of scrubby thickets and small sown fields is the perfect habitat for leopard. The chance of spotting them here is among the highest in India, especially with expert naturalists and trackers that will guide you.

Accommodation

The pioneering JAWAI Camp is part conservation project, part stylish lodging and as well as tracking leopard there’s the chance to learn about local initiatives while staying in one of the ten luxury tents.

JAWAI Camp

Lying just minutes upstream of the Jawai Bandh, one of western Rajasthan’s largest reservoirs, JAWAI Camp sits in a landscape of rocky outcrops, caves and scrub – the perfect habitat for leopard.

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Jodphur (2 Nights)
2 Nights

Jodphur

Journey to the desert via the ‘blue city’ of Jodhpur where the mighty Meherangarh Fort towers over the painted houses below. Visit the massive cliff top fort and explore its intricately decorated red sandstone palace with a museum packed with fascinating royal treasures belonging to the former maharajas.

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Jaisalmer (2 Nights)
2 Nights

Jaisalmer

On the final leg of your Indian adventure, drive to the most westerly part of Rajasthan. Explore the deserts and medieval fortified city of Jaisalmer, a former trade town on the camel caravan routes between India and Central Asia that rises from the sands of the Thar Desert like a golden mirage. Spend the evenings with sundowners among pristine dunes.

Accommodation

The Serai

Surrounded by miles of desert scrub this glorious tented camp is a marvellous place to experience desert life in absolute comfort.

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