For centuries, the Rabari shepherds of Rajasthan have revered the local leopard population as guardians of the temples and shrines. From the luxurious vantage point of SUJAN Jawai, you can observe this fascinating relationship between man, cat, and god for yourself.
The sand rivers which wend their way beneath the sun-baked Aravalli Hills support hyena, jungle cat, and hundreds of bird species, as well as the Rabaris’ sheep and goat. Jawai’s expert guides will take you on safari by open vehicle, on foot, and, if you’re feeling particularly energetic, by mountain bike. On these journeys, you’ll find yourself veering between periods of quiet contemplation and sudden, unexpected encounters with local wildlife.
You’ll also meet the local people, who will allow you a privileged insight into their way of life in Rajasthan’s shepherd communities. Rarely having a chance to talk with foreigners, the shepherds will welcome you into their villages, relishing the opportunity to show you their traditions and way of life.
A couple of hours’ journey by road — an extraordinary sensory overload in itself — will take you to delightful Mihir Garh in the Thar Desert near Jodhpur. There may already be many forts in Rajasthan, but Sidharth and Rashmi Rohet have built one more to house their unique, nine suite boutique hotel.
You’ll stay in lavish luxury in the midst of a vast wilderness. You’ll ride Sidharth’s magnificent Marwari stallions across the desert sands, experience the romance of camping out overnight, and feast on a royal picnic beside the lake with Rashmi as your charming, glamorous hostess.