Leopards of Jawai Bandh (Bera), Rajasthan

Video on Jawai bandh
 
 
Jungle of Jawai Bandh (bera)
 
 
 
 
 
I came to Jawai bandh earlier also, just before the lockdown and I have a reason to come back here again and that I am going to tell you but before that, let's know about this place.
 
ABOUT JAWAI BANDH
 
This small town comes under district pali and it was founded to build a dam on Jawai river. 
In 1957 this dam was built by Raja Umaid Singh of Jodhpur. 
It is the biggest dam in the western region of state Rajasthan.
 
The purpose of it is to supply water in Jodhpur and Pali district and also some villages for irrigation. Today this place became a habitat of leopards and it is getting very popular among wildlife photographers.
However, it is not easy to spot them. Check my previous video of it.
 
In these rocky hills natural caves formed which are home for leopards, a perfect place to camouflage for them. 
Safari drivers are daring here. Let's assume that you don't see these big cats when you come here but I can vouch that you won't get disappointed. It is not just any other wildlife safari.
 
When we came here in March 2020, a female leopard had made us dance around her. We did six safaris just to have a glimpse of her. However, on our last safari, we finally saw her and clicked a lot of photographs. We also got to know that the female leopard was pregnant at that time. Guides and trekkers named her Neelam.
During the lockdown, she gave 3 babies, and to see them together we once again made the program.
 
However, this time Neelam did not make us dance much, maybe she knows us now :D.
On our third Safari we got to see this queen of the jungle with her 3 babies. All these safaris we did at Berda location.
 
As a Jungle Jawai bandh is very big and it has believed that there are roughly some 50-100 leopards. The best thing is that these animals are shy and they don't attack humans. 
 
 
Neelam with her babies
 
 
JUNGLE SAFARI
 
Apart from Leopards, you can also do a Jungle safari here. In Jungle, you can see the variety of birds and antilope. We enjoyed surfing in the Jungle.
 
 
Jungle safari
 
 
 
 
 
Aerial view of jungle
 
 
KAMBESHWAR TEMPLE
 
This time we also went to KaMbeshwar Shiva temple which is like 400 years old. As we get near to the temple, we both were surprised to see 1000s of Langurs. Langurs are quite silent in comparison to Monkeys. We did a lot of photography of them and then I left to visit & bow down before Mahadev.
To reach the temple, one needs to climb roughly 500 stairs. In between I saw many langurs, I was scared of them but I found they don't say anything.
Due to the Corona pandemic, there was less crowd. There is a cave near the temple and here they believe water comes from the sacred river Ganga
 
 
Langoors near Kambeshwar temple
 
 
Entrance of Kambeshwar temple
 
 
 
 
 
those 500 steps :D
 
 
Inside Kambeshwar temple
 
 
ABOUT LOCALS
 
Local people belong to Rabri tribe and most of them are shepherds. Here you can see the full Rajasthani touch.
If leopard sees them along with their livestock, then they don't attack them. There is a bizarre agreement among both.
 
 
Locals
 
 
 
Giving lift
 
 
WHERE TO STAY
 
We stayed at Thour nature resort. The rough entry for this resort will give you an idea of how adventurous this leopard chasing and photography going to be.
Build-in 12 beega, they had just made 4 but wonderful tents where you won't feel any problems. The food they cook here is very delicious and most of the veggies they produce on their farm. Overall I will give a 10/10 rating to this place.
 
 
Thour Nature resort
 
 
 
 
 
Best Time To Visit
 
The right time to come here is in winter. That is from November till March.
 
How to Reach Here
 
The nearest airport, railway station, and bus stations, all are at Jaisalmer.
 
I hope you like this blog. Will come back with some other destination very soon. Until then have a wonderful time, stay safe, and take all possible precautions while traveling.
 
Also please check my please check my previous blog on same locaton - Exploring jungle of Jawai bandh