Leopard Safari in Jawai Bandh, Rajasthan

Rajasthan is one of the most top-rated tourist destinations not only in India but people come from all across the world to experience the magic of this extraordinary land. Being the largest state of India, it offers so much more than what one can imagine for those willing to explore beyond the conventional and bustling cities. One such off-beat location situated 150 km from Jodhpur is a region called Jawai in the Pali district. This hidden gem of Rajasthan gets its name from the Jawai River, a tributary of the Luni River that flows in the area. Jawai is most commonly visited for two attractions, the majestic leopards that inhabit the region and the marvellous Jawai Bandh (Dam) that helps maintain the ecosystem of the Jungle and provides water to Jodhpur city. With these two things topping the chart for why one should plan a trip to Jawai, there are many more points on the list which will further be unfurled below.
If you plan to book a getaway with your family there are a few good resorts in Jawai for a family for a comfortable experience. One of the top resorts in Jawaithat offers an affordable luxury with uniquely curated experiences and brilliant hospitality is the Sultan E Jawai Ananta Inn. It is a sustainably designed holiday resort that blends into the rugged landscape with its tent-style accommodation while also offering the pleasures of all modern amenities including air conditioning and internet services inside the spacious and tastefully decorated royal tents. The property is strategically located very close to the Jawai Dam, offering the thrill of living in the wilderness for a unique experience, making it one of the best options for a resort near Jawai. Now that the stay is sorted, let’s dive right into getting to know more about the Leopard Safari in Jawai Bandh.

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The Jawai Bandh is built on the Jawai River which is a tributary of the Luni River. In the yesteryears, each annual monsoon brought with it major flooding which caused havoc and heavy damage in the Pali and Jalore district making it difficult for the locals as well as the animal population in the area. The idea of building a dam on the Jawai River was first conceived in 1903 but it was finally given shape in the year 1946. The Jawai Bandh was built under the instructions of Maharaja Umaid Singh of Jodhpur and the completion of the project was done in a span of 11 years. The estimated cost of the dam is approximately Rs. 2.7 crore and it is currently operated by the Rajasthan Water Resources Department. Even today, the Jawai Bandh continues to be the largest dam in Western Rajasthan and provides water to the city of Jodhpur and many other nearby areas that are dependent on it. The resort near Jawai suggested by us above is located right next to the Jawai Dam.


The spotted beasts are majestic creatures and witnessing them in their natural habitat is quite an unforgettable experience. The Jawai region is home to many leopards that live in perfect harmony with the locals. The Rabari tribals who live in Jawai actually consider the leopards to be the guards of their local deity. As a matter of fact, priests of the many temples that dot the area are commonly known to go to the temple on their own through the jungle even in the early hours when the leopards are known to be the most active. Yet no one has ever reported an attack in the area which is a testament to how beautifully the harmony prevails. In the entire region, the Jawai Bandh is specifically popular for sighting a leopard as it is comparatively easier to catch a sight of the big cat when it comes out foraging for food, drinking water or just wandering around. In your selection from the top resorts in Jawai, do ensure that it is located close to the Jawai Dam like the Sultan E Jawai Ananta Inn.

A leopard resting on a rocky surface during daytime
A bird standing on a water body


The Jawai region is surrounded by hills on all sides and the land is stretched along a river. A safari at Jawai Bandh starts by taking in the beauty of the rugged landscape. Owing to its perfect location, the weather is almost always pleasant in Jawai which makes it all the more alluring for tourists and visitors. In addition to the mighty leopard, a number of other animals can also be spotted during the safari. They include the likes of hyena, white fox, jungle cat, white fox, nilgai, crocodiles and more. Jawai also boasts of being home to more than 170 species of birds which according to studies is one of the highest varieties found in a single region. More than 100 migratory birds are known to dwell in the area from October to March every year, making it the best time for bird enthusiasts. It is a haven for birdwatchers and twitchers trying to catch a glimpse of different types of birds. Before you book a resort near Jawai, ensure a great location for the same that enables you to sight these birds from the comfort of your resort and not only during the safari.


Coming to the question of which out of the day or night safari is better, let us give you a spoiler alert- there is no better pick but we’ll lay out the highlights of both for you. The day safari in Jawai promises stunning views of the terrain, the chance to see the Rabari tribals adorned in their bright red turbans, and the possibility of sighting a greater variety of animals and birds. The night safari on the other hand is a totally different experience and slightly better specifically for spotting leopards as they are known to be nocturnal animals. A number of resorts in Jawai for family offer daytime safari excursions but Sultan e Jawai Ananta Inn holds the sole rights for the adventurous night safaris that are safe for guests under the supervision of trained staff personnel.

A picture of a fox in the night in nature