The Jawai hills located in the Pali district of Rajasthan are one of the locations which offer rare sights of leopards roaming freely out in the open. Also known as the leopard hills, these are surrounded by Jawai Bandh and grasslands while the area is enclosed by the Aravali range. Considered among one of the lesser known tourist destinations, this place deserves much more attention than it gets.
These hills were shaped by lava millions of years ago and now the natural caves house leopards and other wild animals of the area. the leopards of Jawai not only live together but also in harmony with humans which clearly contradicts that the big cats are solitary animals. It’s one of the best places where you can easily spot a leopard during the day.
Apart from the leopard safari, the place is also known for bird watching as the Jawai dam is home to several migratory birds. The Jawai Hills Leopard Sanctuary, Kambeshwar Ji Leopard Sanctuary, and Jawai Dam Crocodile Sanctuary, all are located around Jawai. The jungles are abode to several wild animals like wolf, jackals, striped hyenas, wild cats, and Chinkaras. These unexplored wildlife sanctuaries of Jawai are relatively more popular among foreign tourists.
Apart from spotting leopards and other wild animals, there is a temple named DevGiri built in the caves. This temple is dedicated to Kalka Devi and its name translates to God’s Own Hills. Leopards are often seen roaming around the caves and stairs of the temple, a rare sight to capture in your camera.
Jawai is a unique, mystifying place which stands as a testimony to the harmony between animals and humans. The fact that leopards of Jawai exhibit an uncommon behavior makes it all the more fascinating. There are several safari camps for those who wish to take a stroll around the jungles and witness the wilderness of Jawai. Besides, you can also peek into the lives of the rural populace, the herds grazing in the fields, and the picturesque location which is a treat to the eyes.
So next time you take a trip to Rajasthan, don't forget to include Jawai in your list of places to visit in Pali. It’s a perfect destination providing solitude and natural beauty in a place away from the artificial and busy lifestyle of cities.
Although Jawai is open from early September to mid of May, the best time to come here is from October to early April as the weather is less humid while the nights could be chilly.
Jawai Bandh is 392 kms away from Jaipur. For air travelers, there is no direct flight but the nearest airport is Udaipur from where you can get a cab to Jawai Bandh. Besides, there are 3 direct trains plying from Jaipur to Jawai Bandh but if you are traveling by bus, the only option is to reach Sirohi and then take a taxi up to Jawai Bandh.
Jawai Dam is 661 kms away from New Delhi which will take 11 hours and 16 minutes to reach via Pindwara Road and NH 48.