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Burning! Yet high on the last green western virgin frontier of India.

Rabaran Welcome

Rabaran Welcome

25years of travelling India, has brought me to say unity in diversity is India. Extreme cultural difference, social wars and ignorance is what we are becoming. My passionate wanderings have made me open my eyes to reality. Different for all, from a civilised wild man the compassionate farmer and beyond.

Camping with leoprads in Rajasthan at bagheera's camp Godwad

Camping with Leopards in Rajasthan at bagheera’s camp Godwad

One observation makes my heart burn. We the people of India don’t respect our wildlife. Kind people give food to the holiday cow and the loyal black dog of lord Bherou Naath Ji, who is believed to take trouble away. Respecting all beliefs, one which supports all is of planting trees and respecting other beings.

Godwad

Godwad

Bringing us to the main topic Godwad, the last green western virgin frontier of India. Godwad is the tribal belt of the Ancient Aravalli Range, Rajasthan India. This is where animal and man live in harmony free in the wild. Small hamlets of villages between hills and huge granite rocks. The landscape is grey granite hills with native trees and thorns of all sizes. Caves and fields running for kilometres, playing hide and seek. A perfect camouflage for the nocturnal wild. Sloth Bear, leopard, Indian wolf, hyena, several birds, crocodile and others make territory in Godwad free.

Old School Hunting tents (Shikar Tents)

Old School Hunting tents (Shikar Tents)

 

Vibrating in colour Godwad is rich in culture and history. Being the tribal belt , there is a lot of mystery is every pocket. The Rabari (herdsman) and the Grasiya (forest dweller) being the dominating population with others such as the Jogi, Meena and Lohar. Stay tuned for Jewellery, Fashion, lifestyle and wildlife gossip from Godwad.Bagheera's Camp leo.2

 

 

 

Love Bagheera

From Bagheera’s Camp, Godwad

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Have you been ‘Leopard Spotting’ on your trip to Jodhpur ? Surprised, don’t be. On my recent visit to Jodhpur RIFF which by the way was awesome, I was whisked away by a close friend to Bagheera’s Camp. A comfortable three and a half hours drive from Jodhpur, passing the famous Bullet Baba’s Temple (look it up on Google if you don’t know about it); it’s a serene place in the rural heartland of Rajasthan.

We drove through semi-arid terrain and closer to the camp the panorama included unusual rock formations which are the Aravallis, one of the oldest mountain ranges in the world. If you are lucky enough to be driving down on a moonlit night, the entire scene is bathed in soft light reflecting off these granite mountains.

The campsite is spread over a vast area which includes two lakes, few villages and of course interesting wind eroded hills. I was promised leopard sighting when we went on our early morning safari. Being unlucky with games throughout my life I was pessimistic. We woke up before dawn, fitted our vehicle with a spot light and within twenty minutes reached a hill where there were supposedly leopard with cubs. We passed another vehicle coming from the opposite direction and its passengers, by the look on their faces had been just as unlucky as I was with all my previous game drives. Suddenly we stopped. My tracker standing with me at the back of the pick-up truck was pointing somewhere near the top of the hill. For the love of god I couldn’t figure out what he had got so excited about. Then after thirty-second of staring into black space, I saw a head move. There were not one but three leopards sitting on the rocky precipitate. These beautiful animals were gracious enough to sit in plain sight for nearly half an hour before getting bored with us and moving on. I unfortunately don’t have a telephoto wildlife lens, so my capture wasn’t world-class. On the rest of the drive we passed through villages and villagers going about their daily lives. The villagers are friendly, know your host, and welcome you into their homes. Saw the dam, which supplies water to most parts Western Rajasthan and at the lake spotted birds and crocodiles basking in the early morning sun.

I would be lying if I said that leopard spotting isn’t going to be the biggest draw for the camp. But the camp is so much more. The permanent structures on the camp site are the typical olden day’s hunter’s lodge. Right in front is the smaller of the two lakes, a protected breeding ground for birds as well as crocodiles. The tented camps (Shikari Tents- not pitched on my sudden whirlwind trip) are on the other side of this water body. Water is life and scares in this part of the world. The two lakes make sure that this region is an annual stop for migratory birds, the first flock of which I saw on my return back to Jodhpur. Don’t expect a swimming pool or a Jacuzzi, it’s not possible here. But expect complete relaxation, good food (vegetable are grown either on the campsite or nearby village farmland), wildlife spotting and great hospitality. I would suggest spending at least two nights here to enjoy the tranquility of the place.

So why not put a little adventure in your next trip to Jodhpur…

Experienced by Soumya Mukherji