About the Jhalana Leopard Photography Expedition at Jaipur :
Jhalana Forest Area is a small island of forest which is surrounded from all sides by the heritage and cultrural city of Jaipur. This small patch of forest shelters a very healthy and sustainable population of India’s most elusive big cat – The Indian Leopard (Pathera Pardus). Earlier ignored as just a forest patch, Jhalana now has secured its place among one of the top destinations to sight and photograph majestic leopards in its natural habitat. Now its a protected forest area well managed by forest department where safaris are run on daily basis in open gypsies to boost ecotourism, wildlife awareness and leopard conservation.
Jhalana shelters more than 25 leopards and has probably the highest density of leopard populations across India. This makes it a place where Leopard sighting chances are always 100% and hence it is rapidly getting popular across wildlife photographers across world. Along with leopards it is also a habitat for Nilgai, Spotted deers, Indian hares, Porcupines, Foxes and Hyenas. Though its a dry deciduous forest, Jhalana is a brilliant spot for bird photography as well. It hosts more than 150 birds across the year with popular birds like Red necked falcons, Indian pitta, Indian eagle owls, Francolins, Buzzards, Peregrine falcons etc
What makes Jhalana further unique is the co-existence of those leopards with the active human life all around. Those leopards have adapted themselves brilliantly to this all new ecosystem and its surprising to see Leopards and Humans living in such a harmony without any conflict yet !
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
1. 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)
2. 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.
3. 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.
4. 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.
5. 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
6. 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.
7. 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.
8. 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!
9. 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.
10. 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.
11. 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.
12. 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.
13. 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.
14. 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.
Some Do’s :
* 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.
* Do 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.
Some Don’ts :
* 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.
What is included in the tour
1. Pickup and Drop from Jaipur to Jaipur by Private Car
2. 02 Nights/03 Days Accommodation at Resort on Twin / Triple Sharing Basis in AC Rooms- Deluxe Category AC
3. All Meals from Day 1 Lunch to Day 3 Breakfast
4. 4 Open Gypsy Safaris
6. All forest permissions and Guide Charges
7. Expertise Charges
What is NOT included in the tour
1. Transfer from Mumbai to Mumbai
2. Meals during the train/flight journey
3. Lens/Camera charges
4. Any personal orders, laundry, phone calls
5. Any porter charges,tips and gratitude
6. Anything other than mentioned above
7. Difference in cost arising due to mishaps, political unrest, natural calamities or sudden changes in forest fees, permits etc
8. Taxes as applicable
Day 1 :
Reach Jaipur by 1 pm. Transfer to resort, check in and rest. Post lunch gear up for the first leopard safari in Jhalana forest area in Safari gypsy / Safari Jeep. Leopard activity is always intense during evenings and Jhalana is a place that has never disappointed leopard photography lovers. Very high chances that you will come out with some great leopard sighting in very first safari itself.
Evening back to resort. Enjoy Tea / coffee over today’s sightings discussion. Dinner and Lights off.
Day 2 :
Experience today’s dedicated Morning and Evening Safaris in Jhalana for tracking Leopards. If lucky we might get rewarded with sightings of Indian fox or Striped Hyena also in Jhalana sanctuary.
Evening back to resort. Enjoy coffee over today’s sightings discussion. Dinner and Lights off.
Day 3 :
Early morning start with Jhalana leopard safari. Leopards generally come out on rocks for sun-basking in early morning hours. Along with leopards one can also look out for photography for various birds like Indian eagle owl, Eurasian Sparrow hawk, Peregrine falcon or francolins.
Post Safari Breakfast and check out resort. Take a quick shopping spree and reach Jaipur railway station or airport for onward journey.
Tour Concludes with Happy Memories :)
1. Leopard sighting is matter of luck, so always enjoy the forest with other mammals and birds.
2. Costing might increase at last minute if there is any changes made in fees structure by Forest department.
Things to carry
ID Card Compulsory (Aadhar/ Pancard/DL)
1. Dull Colored Clothes (Please don’t wear Bright colored Clothes, TRY TO GET AS CAMOUFLAGED AS POSSIBLE)
2. Sanitary Kit
3. Dry Food (snacks)
4. Torch (Must)
5. Personal First Aid kit.
6. Cap, goggle, sunscreen, moisturizer etc..
7. Sport shoes or Kitos/ sandal
8. Electral powder / Glucon D
9. Binocular/Camera with lenses (Optional)
10. Water Bottle (3 liter must)
11. Odomos (Mosquito Repellent)
12. Tripod will be helpful to avoid shake as there will be low light
13. Umbrella or Poncho/Cap