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This unique wilderness, located in the west of Rajasthan between Udaipur and Jodhpur, is a haven for wildlife, and home to nomadic Rabari herdsman.

Jawai is situated where wild grasslands and pastoral fields meet the waters of the Jawai Bandh - the largest water reservoir in western Rajasthan - which attracts an abundance of flamingos, cranes and other wildlife. The highlight of this area is the thriving population of leopard, which are often seen amongst the pristine landscape.

The heritage and abundance of wildlife in this region sets Jawai aside from the rest of Rajasthan, from its nomadic Rabari herdsman to the nearby cultural highlights which include Kumbalgarh Fort (a UNESCO World Heritage Site), the sculpted temples at Ranakpur, and the nearby cities of Jodhpur and Udaipur.

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Key info

  • Ideal for viewing: leopard, marsh crocodile, demoiselle crane, sarus crane, bar-headed goose
  • Where: Rajasthan State, India

Wildlife trips

This wildlife location is featured in the following itinerary:

India’s Wild Cats

This tour, led by wildlife photographer and author Nick Garbutt, offers an opportunity to see and photograph two of India's most iconic predators, a well as a broad span of other wildlife, combining tiger kingdom Kanha National Park, and Jawai Hills, known for its great leopard population.

  • When to go: Mar
  • Duration inc. flights: 14 days
  • Price inc. flights: From £6,795 pp
  • Trip type: Group tour
Suggested accommodation options are shown below. Please contact us for further recommendations.

Godwad Leopard Camp

Perched in the heart of the Jawai Leopard Conservation Reserve, this comfortable luxury camp features a selection of en suite, air conditioned tents, all beautifully designed. Jeep safaris from the camp offer excellent chances of spotting some of the thriving population of leopard in the nearby Jawai Hills.

Jawai Leopard Camp

Situated in the dramatic Jawai wilderness, this luxurious camp has 10 elegant and spacious tents in an area known for its thriving population of leopard. Explore the remote landscape by game drive, or on foot with a Rabari herdsman for a memorable experience in the heart of Rajasthan.