A fabulous journey in the wilds of Rajasthan from Ranthambhore to Jawai and the desert of Jaisalmer staying in stylish tented camps

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The unforgettable thrill of spotting tiger in the jungle beneath the ruins of an ancient hill fort. Tracking leopards over rolling hills and rock kopjes guided by pioneering conservationists. A camel safari amid pristine desert dunes in the company of traditional crimson turbaned Rabari herdsmen.

This 12 day journey, staying in highly personalised and exceptionally comfortable tented camps, takes you through the changing wild landscapes of India’s Rajasthan to discover some of India's most iconic big cats.

Wildlife enthusiasts wanting a taste of India's culture will love this combination of safari and exploring Rajasthan off the beaten track. One of India’s first and prime Project Tiger reserves, Ranthambore is the obvious place to look for tiger.  This former private royal hunting ground is quickly and comfortably reached by car or train from Delhi. 

Travelling west, after bird watching on the lakes at Shahpura, the plains of Jawai studded with gigantic smooth granite hills provide the perfect habitat for leopard. Staying in a luxurious tented camp you track them by jeep and on foot aided by tribal Rabari herders. 

Finally, making a camel safari and crossing the wilderness of the vast Thar Desert the trip ends in the fabled golden city and frontier town of Jaisalmer.

DAY 1 -2


Following a short stop 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. After lunch in camp you'll begin your private safari by jeepwith expert guide in search of tiger. Other animals commonly seen are wild boar, deer, antelope and monkey.

DAY 3 - 4


Rising early, after a steaming cup of chai brought to your tent, head out again from Sher Bagh into the dry tropical forests 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.

DAY 3 - 4


After breakfast 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.



Take the road less travelled through rural Rajasthan and stop for a couple of nights at Shahpura Bagh. Surrounded by lakes, orchards and pasture land, relax at this oasis retreat or explore the traditional farm, nearby village or local temple with your charming hosts. With dozens of lakes, Shahpura is a bird watching paradise with over 180 species of birds. Activities include boating, photography, walks and sundowners adjacent to the numerous lakes.

DAY 6 - 8


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 late afternoon explore the rocky landscape by open jeep and on foot in search of leopard. Their camouflage is superb so the keen eye of your expert guide and binoculars are essential but a mother and cubs may reveal themselves as they enjoy the last of the day’s sun.  

DAY 6 - 8


Start out by dawn in the hope of a sunrise sighting – pugmarks in the night dampened soil may indicate where a leopard may spend the rest of the day. By late morning you’ll be relaxing in the comfort of camp, followed by lunch made from ingredients picked fresh from the organic garden. Explore the surrounding area with the Rabari, head to Jawai Bandh, one of one of Rajasthan's largest reservoirs, for bird watching or make a further game drive by jeep.  



Begin your 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. 

DAY 10 - 12


Drive to the most westerly part of Rajasthan and over the next couple of days explore the 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 and spend the evenings with sundowners among the pristine dunes.

Finally, return to Delhi for your flight home.



The family at the heart of these SUJAN camps and lodges in Rajasthan has been actively involved in Indian wildlife conservation for more than 40 years. The great-grandson of Sardar Sobha Singh, the man who built New Delhi along with Edwin Lutyens, Jaisal Singh first came to Ranthambhore tiger reserve in 1974 when he was just eight years old. His conservationist parents filmed and documented the diversity of wildlife at the reserve, and helped to raise awareness of the plight of tigers. Jaisal grew up among the big cats, knowing each one by its face and name and listening to stories told by the world’s greatest authorities on wild tigers. SUJAN continues to research and document species behaviour, provide physical practical support to the local Forest Department, work with anti-poaching teams, provide local employment, education and medical camps as well as actively engage with experts, scientists and government officials in relation to wildlife conservation.


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