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  • A personalized group, not exceeding 10 adults
  • A unique, heritage stay at the SaffronStays Jaipura Garh to experience true Rajasthani hospitality. 
  • A jeep safari in Jhalana Wildlife Sanctuary in search of leopards, hyenas and other wildlife
  • Birdwatching at Chandlai Lake
  • A private Rajasthani cultural evening filled with folks songs, dance and camel rides
  • 3 jeep safaris in the Ranthambore Tiger Reserve in search of the big cats and other game
  • A 4-5 minute highlight reel of your entire experience

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Rajasthan, perhaps the first thing that comes to mind, are images of grandeur, royalty & honour, the rich tapestry of heritage of this land of the Rajputs. But there is another side to this land of the royals, its natural heritage, perhaps as rich as its culture. For Rajasthan is home to some of India’s best known national parks and wildlife sanctuaries, the jewel in its crown, the Ranthambore Tiger Reserve known the world over to be one of the finest places to see wild tigers. And it’s not just about the old and established, but the new and happening, Jhalana sanctuary which has taken the wildlife circuit by storm for its regular sightings of secretive leopards & hyenas, and the Chandlai Lake, a little known birdwatching hotspot having recorded over 150 species.

Jhalana

The Jhalana Wildlife Sanctuary is located right on the periphery of Jaipur. The forest is spread over an area of 24 square km and is located eastwards of Jaipur. In recent years  the conservation of the forest had  began to take place and safaris here have now become popular.The small size doesn’t take away from Jhalana’s charm, as it is blessed with a diverse topography, with the rocky Aravallis bordering it on one side and a forest of evergreen and deciduous trees stretching through its boundary.

Jhalana is gaining popularity for its leopard sightings in their natural habitat. Leopards are not endangered like Tigers, but are usually much rarer to spot because they are stealthier and shy, however in Jhalana, with an estimate of over 25 leopards, the cats are spotted regularly on safaris. Apart from Leopard, there are other wildlife attractions such as Striped Hyena, Desert Fox, Golden Jackal, Blue Bull, Asian Palm Civet to name a few.

We will certainly make efforts to gain an audience with the royal cats of Ranthambhore and secretive leopards in Jhalana, but it will be our objective to experience the beauty of this rugged wilderness in all its diversity, to take back lasting memories of this jewel of Rajasthan.

Chandlai is a small lake in the outskirts of Jaipur,Rajasthan,India. As many as around 10,000 migratory birds can be seen at the Chandlai Lake, about 3 kms away from this village on the Jaipur-Kota Road. Over a 150 species have been recorded here: List of birds recorded

Ranthambore

If you have ever been part of a discussion with family and friends about seeing a wild tiger here in India, it is almost certain that one name would have been mentioned. Ranthambhore. The tigers of Ranthambhore are the stuff of legend. Starting all the way from the 1980s, Genghis, a bold male who would charge straight into the famous lakes of Ranthambhore bringing down his prey in the water and facing off against the resident crocodiles, to Noon who created waves of fans in the park’s tourism zones as she boldly strode in front of visitors as few tigers were known to at the time to of course, Machhli, arguably the oldest living tigress to have survived in the wild, and the subject of many a documentary which have been shot in Ranthambhore. Even in the present generation, don’t be surprised by regular visitors to Ranthambhore casually talk about their experiences with Krishna, Arrowhead, Ladli and yes, Fateh as well.

But to just see Ranthambhore through the prism of tigers is to not do the place justice. Located between the mountain ranges of Aravallis and Vindhyas, and consisting of unique geological features of both regions, Ranthambhore’s habitat is unique in being the largest tract of ‘dhok’ (Anogeissus pendula) forest remaining, an adaptation to the hardy environment of this region. Seeing herds of spotted deer and sambar graze peacefully in the environs of the park’s lakes, including the famous Padam Talao & Malik Talao, is an image that will be etched in your mind.

Among other wildlife, you might sight the Indian grey mongoose, ruddy mongoose, golden jackal, Hanuman langur, nilgai (blue bull), marsh crocodile (Mugger). The graceful chinkara (Indian Gazelle) can also be seen in certain areas of the park, its cousin the chausingha (four-horned antelope) though, is far more retiring. With a little bit of luck, you may also see more of the elusive species such as sloth bear, jungle cat, striped hyena and even the secretive leopard. Species such as the caracal and rusty spotted cat are rarely ever sighted, but their presence has been recorded in the park.

You might be surprised by some of the boldness of the birds here as well, rufous treepies and jungle babblers often venturing very close to visitors. With records of over 300 species, this is a birdwatcher’s haven too. Near the water bodies, you can sight the oriental darter also known as the snakebird and the arid habitats of the park also facilitate sightings of species such as thick-knees, sandgrouse and francolins. Rarities such as the dusky eagle-owl have also been recorded here.
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Jaipur

SaffronStays Jaipura Garh, a royal heritage home built on land gifted by Maharaja Sawai Madho Singh I of Jaipur to Sardar Singh was restored to its former beauty recently. This 6-bedroom heritage haveli emanates exuberant charm reminiscent of the 1800’s when it was built. It brings the culture and life of Jaipur under one roof, and bequeaths the guests with the royal treatment they deserve. More information on the SaffronStays Jaipura Garh page.

Ranthambore

Our stay has been organized at a lovely new, up and coming property, Mount Valley Ranthambore. Fairly new, but already receiving rave reviews from guests, we are sure our guests are going to be a satisfied bunch at this boutique property, located right opposite the Ranthambore National Park boundary, so you may encounter a wild denizen in the property surrounds as well. More information on the hotel website and Tripadvisor page.


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INR 35,000/- per person

A maximum of 10 adults will be accommodated on this expedition.

Inclusions:

  1. 2 nights’ stay on double occupancy at the royal heritage home SaffronStays Jaipura garh, Jaipur and 2 days’ stay on double occupancy at the serene Mount Valley Ranthambore inclusive of breakfast, lunch and dinner
  2. 1 jeep safari in Jhalana and 3 jeep safaris in Ranthambore with 5 people in each jeep
  3. All park & safari fees
  4. Skipper mentorship fees
  5. Complimentary roof prism binoculars for the duration of the expedition.
  6. Transfers ex- Jaipur Airport/Railway station
  7. A 4-5 minute highlight reel of the expedition
  8. All associated taxes based on the costs above

Exclusions:

  1. Airfare/Rail fare to transit point
  2. Any additional services or meals requested at the property
  3. Beverages not included as part of meals as well as bottled water
  4. Tips to hotel or safari personnel
  5. Any other fees or costs not mentioned in the inclusions

For payment terms and other enquiries, please contact us
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  1. Wilderness Exploration: This expedition is not recommended if the intention of your travel is to purely kick back and relax. While relaxing in the lap of nature will be part of the experience, the majority of our day will spent exploring the wilderness. Sighting wildlife can never be predicted, however the more time you spend exploring the wilderness, the better the chances are you will be witness to amazing natural spectacles.
  1. The Best of Guidance: Our accompanying skippers include some of the most well-renowned naturalists of India, having accomplished a level of expertise in their domains where they now inspire others to follow in their footsteps. With their in-depth knowledge of the wilderness and its denizens, we are sure as they reveal the hidden treasures of the wild to you, you will experience nature like never before.
  1. Personalized Experience: With a maximum group size of six and a ratio of naturalist to guest of 1:3 during this expedition, we wish to provide a customized and truly intimate nature interpretation experience. In addition, we provide complimentary roof prism binoculars on our expedition to enhance your viewing experience when we encounter the wonders of the wild.
  1. Stay: Our chosen place of stay would be one that allows you to truly experience the wilderness and natural environment with the additional benefits of providing all modern amenities, comforts and a professional service level.
  1. Memories: We will be documenting the expedition on video, capturing not only those amazing moments of rare and endangered wildlife we see, but also of you watching them, together with all the other fun-filled memories. We will be providing a short highlight movie (ranging from 3-5 minutes) within 2 weeks of return from the expedition to reminisce at your leisure.
  1. A Responsible Outlook: It will be our effort to minimize the impact of our time spent in the wilderness on the natural environment by making responsible and sustainable choices wherever possible and try to leave the wilderness as it was, if not in a better condition.

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Day 1 (September 29):

Arrival at your transit point (Jaipur) (we recommend arriving in the morning so you don’t miss your evening safari) and transfer to your hotel at Jaipur. On arrival, check-in, freshen up and rest before taking lunch during which we will give you a short orientation to the Jhalana Wildlife Sanctuary. Return to the room to get ready for our first safari today evening, along with advice on preparations for the safari. Our skippers will be on hand to assist you with preparations and any queries as regards photography & natural history. Return to the hotel, we relive the experiences from our first safari over tea. We get together for dinner before retiring early in the night to get enough rest for our safari the next morning.

Day 2 (September 30):

We rise just before dawn to get ready for our visit to Chandlai lake for bird watching. A short session with tea and light snacks, where our skippers will help you with any last-minute preparations before we depart. Return to the hotel post safari for lunch and some rest. Our evening’s schedule includes a camel cart ride and a fun-filled evening of cultural performances, and we shall also try and introduce you to some of the conservation stories of Jaipur.

Day 3 (October 1):

We rise early for the breakfast and depart for our next destination Ranthambore. On arrival, check-in, freshen up and rest before taking lunch during which we will give you a short orientation to the Ranthambhore Tiger Reserve. Return to the room to get ready for our first safari today evening, along with advice on preparations for the safari. Our skipper will be on hand to assist you with preparations and any queries as regards photography & natural history. Return to the hotel, we relive the experiences from our first safari over tea. We get together for dinner before retiring early in the night to get enough rest for our safari the next morning.

Day 4 (October 2):

We rise just before dawn to get ready for our first morning safari in the Ranthambhore Tiger Reserve. A short session with tea and light snacks, where our skippers will help you with any last-minute preparations before we depart for the safari, carrying along a packed breakfast. Return to the hotel post safari for lunch and some rest. We shall then depart for the evening safari. We return from our explorations, remembering the fond memories created, and once you’re all packed and ready, arrange for your transfer back to the transit point (Sawai Madhopur station or Jaipur, please let us know) till our next wild wandering.
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Shashank Birla is a naturalist & photojournalist. Passionate about wildlife since childhood, he is happiest tramping of into the wilderness whenever the opportunity arises. His formal background has been in the management and business domain having worked with companies such as Jumbo Electronics, Sanctuary Asia and the Seascope Group. Wishing to make a career in his field of passion, he has undertaken several short-term courses with organizations such as The Wildlife Institute of India (WII), The Bombay Natural History Society (BNHS), United For Nature (A joint initiative by WWF, IUCN, The Nature Conservancy and several organizations) and the iNaturewatch Foundation to improve his understanding of natural history & conservation by first participating, and then undertaking coordination and leadership roles in biodiversity survey programmes, conservation initiatives & events. Some of his past works have been featured in publications such as National Geographic Traveller India, Nature in Focus, Sanctuary Asia, Saevus, and Hornbill among others, and he continues to contribute to many of the above. He is also the founder of Wilderlust, an initiative he hopes will bring people closer to nature and forge a lifelong connection with it.

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What do I need to be pack for?

We advise light summer clothing for this time of year though you can carry a jacket as well, as evenings and early mornings will be cool. We also suggest avoiding bright colored clothing especially if you plan to explore on foot. You may also carry caps/hats, sunglasses, scarf, comfortable walking shoes with socks, insect repellant (recommended to be used sparingly and only if needed), swimwear, lip balm, and a flashlight/torch. You may also carry a dust mask if you are allergic, these will be available at souvenier shops at the destination as well. Please also carry along a first aid kit and prescription medication.

Do you provide guidance for photography?

While photography is not the primary focus of our expedition, we recognize that rarely anyone travels to the wilderness without a camera in one form or the other. We will do our best to provide you opportunities for photography as well, however please keep in mind the focus remains experiential so if you are travelling to photograph a particular subject, this may not be the trip for you.

How many people will be with me in a safari jeep?

To provide comfortable seating during the safari, you would be in the company of four guests and your expedition skipper which ensures a comfortable seating of five in the safari jeep. The jeep driver and mandatory forest guide would be seated in front in separate seats.

Is there a more budget-friendly option?

Yes, trips to the wilderness can be far more budget-friendly than this, you can choose to join tours more friendly on the pocket or plan to travel on your own, which we will be happy to help you with. However, the experience we wish to provide on this expedition goes far beyond a regular trip, and it is our belief you will find as much value, if not more in such an expedition.

How are your tours different?

Please find the full details of the same here

This will be my first trip to the wilderness? Is this recommended?

Absolutely! The objective of this expedition is make you experience the magic of the wild, and we will be always be thrilled to share this with someone who will be visiting the wilderness for the first time. Our trips are designed to introduce you to the wild in a comfortable environment, in an unhurried manner, which we truly believe is the way to be one with nature.

How will I reach the destination?

Jaipur is accessible by both domestic and international flights as well as by rail and bus.

Is it safe to go?

Yes, visiting tiger reserves is quite safe. Many of our country’s popular tiger reserves see lakhs of visitors every year and numbers are growing every year and instances of travellers or tourists facing any threat from wildlife are extremely rare. However, especially when exploring a wilderness on foot, we should take necessary precautions as this is the wild. Our skippers are always on hand to guide you for the same, and we believe there should be no hindrance to you enjoying your time in the wilderness.

Can I get my children along?

While we believe the sooner children are introduced to the wilderness the better, a 4-hour long safari can provide challenging for a young child’s comfort. Therefore as a policy, we believe it is best that children younger than 10 years old not be part of the expedition.We do realize that some children adapt to safaris much quicker, and if a child is comfortable and used to taking safaris, we can look at exceptions but we believe such a policy is in the interest of comfort for all as well as the welfare of wildlife.

Can you arrange for a camera as well along with the binoculars?

We do not currently offer camera equipment rental but would happy to assist you and put you in touch with third-party providers who can seek to provide you with the camera equipment of your choosing.
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