A Leopard Heaven that never leaves you unsatisfied…!!
About Bera Leopard Safari :
Of all the wildlife hot-spots in India, if there is any destination that can surely meet your thirst for the elegant and elusive cat – The LEOPARD, then it has to be BERA, now declared as the Jawai Bandh Community Reserve. Bera is a small wilderness paradise located near Jawai Bandh in Rajasthan which shelters the mystic rocky hills ruled by this spotted feline. The rocky hills make a perfect habitat for leopards has has proved as a successful breeding ground for the species from many years and sparse forest all around makes it much easier to track this elusive hunter.
We, at Mumbai Travellers, are glad to introduce you to this amazing wildlife photography tour. The 2N/3D package will include a well planned tour, with luxury tented accommodation, yummy Rajasthani food and most importantly 4 thrilling leopard safaris under the guidance of our wildlife photography expert.
So get ready to meet and photograph the most Elusive Cat !!!
Onward Journey: Mumbai to Jawai Bandh : Aravali Express – Train No. 19707
Return Journey: Jawai Bandh to Mumbai : Aravali Express – Train No. 19708
Flight Suggestions : (Mumbai-Udaipur-Mumbai)
Onward Journey: Jet Airways : 5:10 am – 6:25 am
Return Journey: Jet Airways : 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm
Note* : You may get in touch with us for assistance regarding the train / flight booking, we will be happy to help you.
Early Bird Offer: Book your seat 120 days (04 months) prior and get Rs.1000 /- off on the total tour amount.
Group Discounts : For booking of 4 or more travellers : Rs.1000/- off per person on the tour amount.
What is included in the tour
- Four exclusive Leopard safaris in open gypsies (MAX 4 participants per gypsy for proper photographic opportunity)
- On field Wildlife photography tips.
- 1 Birding & Crocodile sighting trail
- 1 Night trail, if possible.
- All meals Included.
- Transportation in Private vehicle (Jawai Bandh to Jawai Bandh)
- 2N/3D Accommodation at resort in luxury tents on triple sharing. Resort: Varawal Leopard Camp or equivalent (Twin sharing accommodation available on extra cost)
- Expertise Charges
What is NOT included in the tour
- Transfer from Mumbai to Mumbai
- Meals during the train/flight journey
- Lens/Camera charges
- Any personal orders, laundry, phone calls.
- Any porter charges,tips and gratitude
- Anything other than mentioned above
- Difference in cost arising due to mishaps, political unrest, natural calamities or sudden changes in forest fees, permits etc.
- Pick up / Drop / transfers ex Udaipur/ Ahmadabad
- Taxes as applicable.
Day 0 : Leave from Mumbai to Jawai Bandh. Overnight train journey.
Day 1 :
Pick up from Jawai Bandh Station at 12:00 in the afternoon. Head towards our resort – a secluded tented campsite on the backdrop of Aravali hills landscape. Post Lunch rest a bit, get your gears loaded and wait till the clock indicates the “TIME” of our royal predator. By around 4.30 pm head with our expert for our first leopard safari with brilliant local trackers who know well how to locate the leopard even on the darkest of night !! Every safari will be for approximately 3 to 4 hours and chances of spotting this otherwise rare to see cat are extremely good. Post safari have buffet dinner with team and discussion about today’s sightings and photography with our expert. Lights off for the day. (If possible and safe, we shall conduct night trail to track nocturnal wildlife around the resort)
Day 2 :
After a cup of hot tea / coffee, leave on the hunt of leopards at 5.30 am. Track and shoot leopards, this time in lovely morning lights. We will be carrying packed breakfast or return to the resort for breakfast and proceed to the Lion’s Head Rock area for photographing Crocodiles & water birds. Post lunch explore the village culture, an ethnic rustic Rajasthani village. Evening 4.30 pm head for third leopard safari. On arrival Leisure, Dinner, group discussion and lights off.
Day 3 :
Early morning we will leave for jungle by 5:30 am, keeping the fingers crossed for this last leopard safari at Bera. Explore, Enjoy and Shoot to the fullest !! While returning, capture the winged beauties on the nearby Jawai Bandh, which is a huge dam housing massive Crocodiles, almost 12- 15ft long. If we are lucky enough, we can expect some migratory birds as well here. On returning to the resort, have lunch and a quick feedback session about the trip and cheer up your best moments during the trip. Post lunch proceed for Jawai bandh station around 3.30 pm. Trip ends with rocking memories and dashing clicks of the spotted beast !!
Tour Concludes with Happy memories :D
1. Leopard sighting is matter of luck, so enjoy the forest with other mammals and birds.
2. Costing might increase at last minute if there is any changes made in Fee structure by Forest department.
Things to carry
- ID Card Compulsory (Aadhar/ Pancard/DL)
- Dull Colored Clothes (Please don’t wear Bright colored Clothes, TRY TO GET AS CAMOUFLAGED AS POSSIBLE)
- Sanitary Kit
- Dry Food (snacks)
- Torch (Must)
- Personal First Aid kit.
- Cap, goggle, sunscreen, moisturizer etc..
- Sport shoes or Kitos/ sandal
- Electral powder / Glucon D
- Binocular/Camera with lenses (Optional)
- Water Bottle (3 liter must)
- Odomos (Mosquito Repellent)
- Tripod will be helpful to avoid shake as there will be low light
- Umbrella or Poncho/Cap
How many people will be there in Gypsy for a safari tour?
– All wildlife safaris will have 6 pax in one gypsy (Unless otherwise mentioned particularly regarding 4 or 3 sharing)
Can I get a Safari on 4 sharing basis?
– Definitely yes, but it will be on extra cost and you need to inform us well in advance.
What is the Child policy for Wildlife Safaris?
– A child above 05 years of age is considered as an adult for any safari permit all over India. Children below 05 years of age exempted from any safari costs and can travel free of charge.
Are Wildlife Safaris safe?
– Absolutely! Even if all the safaris are carried out in an open gypsy, there is hardly any danger from wildlife when travellers are siting inside the vehicle. Plus on every safari we would have a Forest guide with us along with the gypsy driver and our expert who will help out if any unwanted situation arises.
What are the safari timings?
– Safari timings change from season to season in different National Parks depending on the Sunrise and Sunset. Usually a safari lasts for 3-4 hours morning and evening.
Approximately the timings are:
Morning: 6.00 am – 10 am
Afternoon : 3.00 pm – 6 pm
What is a Core zone and Buffer Zone ?
– A tourism zone in any National Park is divided into two zones: Core Zone and Buffer Zone. Buffer zone lies around the periphery of core forest area. Most of the tourism/safaris takes place in core zone.
What is the best season to do a Wildlife Safari?
– The wildlife safari season starts from October-June. In Winter, from October to March one can have amazing birding opportunities with some migratory birds along with decent Tiger sightings and other mammals. March to May as the summer approaches one can have good tiger sightings along with other mammalian sightings and birding. So if you are a tiger centric wildlifer, we suggest you do a safari from March-May.
What are chances of Tiger Sightings during the safaris?
– Tiger sightings are dependent on tracking skills,knowledge of the forest along with luck & chance. Weather conditions also affect tiger sightings. But all our safari tours are well guided with experts and local guides who help track tigers along with other mammals and birds! This has resulted in extremely successful tiger sighting ratio for us compared to others. We also focus on overall biodiversity and hence we ensure that you take back some unique experiences with you if not tiger sightings!
Why does one has to book Wildlife Tours in advance?
– The safari permit booking starts 120 days before the actual travel date and this is governed by forest department. Plus there are limited number of gypsies that are allowed to enter each gate during every safari session. Hence securing your safari booking before others grab it is very crucial and needs to be done at the earliest.
What kind of facilities will be available at the destination we are travelling to?
– Though we are taking you to wilderness places away from luxury, we have ensured that you will get at least all the required basic comforts during the tour. Our resorts in all the wildlife safaris tours are Deluxe Category; comfortable and homely. All resorts are equipped with all amenities like comfortable bedding, hot/cold water, western toiletries, A/C facilities, laundry on request, doctor on call, mineral water, generator backup etc. Along with this, Veg-Non veg meals will be available in buffet style. Jain food provision, Wifi connection and Television is also available at most of the places.
What are the camera charges for safaris?
– Some National parks forest permit charge extra camera fees to the travellers who are carrying high-end cameras with telephoto lenses or video cameras for photography and videography. Rules are different for different forests. Eg: In Tadoba : A camera with lens of 250 mm and above is charged Rs.200 per safari.
I am not a professional photographer or frequent wildlifer…can i still enroll for safari tour?
– Yes,why not?? Every nature lover is welcomed on a safari tour! We feel every traveller must do a wildlife safari at least once in his lifetime! Its an experience that every individual must take in especially when India has such a rich biodiversity and Tiger is our national animal.
What are photography opportunities for someone who is keen on wildlife photography and will he/she get guidance for the same?
– All our safari tours are balanced providing ample opportunities for wildlife photography. It not only focuses on tigers but also on other mammalian species, birds, reptiles along with capturing beautiful Landscapes and natural beauty. Our experts also help the participants with guidance and tips for wildlife photography.
What will the climate/weather be like in/around the park we will travel to?
– The weather differs from region to region. Winters are usually cool with temperature ranging from 8-20 degrees while Summers are hot and dry with temperatures ranging from 25-45 degrees.
- Carry clothes according to the season of the visit. Carry clothes that will help you camouflage with the surroundings.
- Always carry original identity proof.
- Carry a fragrance-free Sunscreen.
- Always keep your phone on silent or airplane mode when entering forest.
- Cover your face with a scarf to protect it from dust.
- Also carry extra batteries, memory cards for camera and cover it to protect the camera from dust,rain etc.
- Always remain calm and composed when any sighting takes place. Remember patience is the only key.
- Your guide/mentor and locals know the area inside the forest better than anyone, so do co-operate with them.
- o follow strict timings as given by your team leader to avoid delay in any activities as safaris are group events.
- Always respect your local guide/driver and their knowledge about the forest during an safari.
- For herping/monsoon wildlife tours, always carry wind-cheaters, proper clothing and shoes, water-proof bags. Also get rain proof covers for your cameras/binoculars etc.
- Do not litter in forest and surrounding areas.
- Do not throw anything out of the gypsy.
- Do not yell, scream or wave at the animals.
- Do not wear brightly colored clothes or apply any kind of perfumes or deodorants.
- Never feed any animals.
- Do not play any loud music in vicinity of the forest area.
- No one is allowed to get down from the gypsy inside the forest.
- Do not argue with any person like forest guards, guides, locals or even travellers from another gypsy during the safari.