The heavenly Jawai is situated in the heart of the Aravalli Hills, by Jawai Bandh (Dam) in Western Rajasthan. Created by the inimitable Sujan team, it is their latest tented masterpiece and lies in the heart of an untrammelled wilderness where leopards roam wild and free – a stunning area of craggy granite formations of caves, kopjes, Anogeissus scrub and winding sand riverbeds.
Jawai has 8 luxurious tents, each with oodles of space and privacy and immaculate, attached bathrooms. Designed with an elegant and sophisticated use of pale canvas, stainless steel and leather furnishings, each tent has a private verandah that looks out over the dramatic wilderness around. An inviting Dining Tent and a scattering of discreetly located, comfortable ‘resting’ areas to unwind in, form part of the Encampment whilst the spry Spa Tent is tucked discreetly and peacefully away, ensuring no massage is disturbed. The overall effect is one of sleek, contemporary design with mono-tone, sophisticated colour schemes and comfort bursting out at every seam!
In keeping with the owners’ passion for wildlife, Jawai is an exciting and hugely stylish addition to the Rajasthan wildlife scene. The Camp lies minutes upstream from one of western Rajasthan’s largest reservoirs which is a sparkling attraction for an array of migratory birds. Being in the heart of ‘leopard country’, leopards are Jawai’s predominant attraction and guests may track these usually elusive big cats with the camp’s experienced trackers and drivers. Along with a profusion of other game, they exist alongside the vibrant Rabari herdsmen who inhabit the area and who have shared this landscape with wildlife for centuries.
Jawai’s beautifully remote location, combined with the unique flavour and customs of this area, provide an entirely different, rural wildlife experience from other parts of Rajasthan, yet there is an abundance of heritage around for those also keen on the cultural side of things. For those inclined to stay put, rambles in the countryside, night drives, sumptuous spa treatments, sundowners, and private dining at a host of romantic spots, feasting on fine cuisine, are just some of the spoiling treats to look forward to at Jawai.
Sujan Luxury Hotels (Jawai, Sher Bagh and The Serai in India, Elephant Pepper Camp in Kenya) pride themselves in providing luxurious and authentic experiences to their guests. The highest levels of luxury and personalized service are their mantras, but so too is respect for the environment, local communities and the underprivileged. They do not believe their guests should have to worry about how much water they use or how many towels and clothes they give for laundry. That is, in their eyes, for them worry about, and they take the necessary steps to minimize their guests' and their impact on the environment.
They believe that they should give back to the environment, and not necessarily within the hotel. At Jawai they have solar heating and solar powered electricity. They have a beautiful organic vegetable garden and encourage neighbouring farmers to also practice organic farming. They plant indigenous flora around the camp to attract birds and this in turn helps in the dispersal of seeds. They are currently in the process of partnering with the Department of Environment & Forests, Government of Rajasthan to conduct a long term assessment based on scientific research, of the behaviour of the leopards in the area and their habitat. They employ a large number of staff drawn from local communities and train them with various skill sets. They have already done preliminary groundwork to alleviate problems caused by high fluoride content in the water table in some local villages and this will continue as an important project. They send waste-water into a reed-bed, which soaks in toxins and releases the water back into the table. They are looking into rainwater harvesting projects. They believe they should give back to the community and constantly endeavour to work with the villages around them by donating blackboards to schools or books, and other teaching apparatus. They have a state-of-the-art filtration system for their swimming pool which allows them to recycle, and therefore conserve precious ground water.
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Take an early morning stroll with the Rabari, in the soft light of the dawn sun.
By air to Udaipur and Jodhpur from Delhi and Mumbai, followed by a 3 hour road journey.
By train to Udaipur from Ahmedabad, Mumbai, Delhi, Jaipur, Ajmer, Sawai Madhopur, Kota, Bharatpur, followed by a 3 hour road journey.
By car from Narlai, Mt. Abu, Kumbhalgarh, Ranakpur, Udaipur, Shahpura, Chittorgarh, Jodhpur, Rohet, Chhatrasagar.