Umaid Bhawan JODHPUR North India 6 Logo Northindia (1)
Back to Listing

Jawai Bandh

Jawai Bandh is a dam built across the Jawai River, and is located in the most rugged and wild part of the Aravalli hills in the Pali, Rajsamand and Udaipur districts of Rajasthan.

The surrounding landscape is a scattering of boulders and craggy caves, swathes of scrubland and grassland, and is divided by the winding river and sand beds. Jawai Bandh is one of the largest water reservoirs in western Rajasthan and is renowned for attracting an impressive array of migratory and non-migratory birds, including the conspicuous and iconic species of open wetlands, the sarus crane. Other species include the knob-billed duck and the Indian spot-billed duck, and during the winter the demoiselle crane, common eastern crane and the bar-headed goose. It is also home to a large variety of fauna, some of which are highly endangered species. Spotted in the surrounding hills and sometimes drinking water at the dam, the wildlife includes wolf, leopard, sloth bear, hyena, jackal, jungle cat, sambar deer, nilgai or blue bull, chaisingh (the four-horned antelope), chinkara and hare, and crocodiles bask on the dam shores. It is an exceptional area for leopard sightings and exclusive wildlife and bird watching experiences. 

Jawai Bandh is also home to the nomadic Rabari herdsman. The colourful shepherds are an indigenous tribe of roaming cattle and camel herders, who live throughout northwest India, but primarily in the states of Gujarat, Punjab and Rajasthan. The Rabari myth of origin is that Shiva put them on earth to tend to the camels owned by his consort, the goddess Parvati. Because of their bond with the ‘Mother Goddess’, the Rabari social structure is matriarchal, with the women conducting most of their business affairs, while men oversee the herds. Rabari women also create the distinctive artwork for which the tribe are renowned, particularly the mirrored and whitewashed mud sculpture-work that adorns their homes and villages. They are also expert wool spinners and creators of detailed embroidery and beadwork. 

Home to the luxurious camp SUJÁN JAWAI, the area makes for comfortable access to the airy citadels of Kumbhalgarh Fort, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and the sculpted temples at Ranakpur and village of Narlai. Two of Rajasthan’s most visited destinations, Udaipur and Jodhpur, are also equidistant from Jawai Bandh and easily accessible by car. The nearest airports are Udaipur located 150 km away, Jodhpur 160 km away and Ahmedabad around 290 km away. There is a centrally located railway station, Jawai Bandh, which has a direct train from Jaipur.

Features in the following itineraries

Jawai Leopard Camp Kumbhalgarh North India SUJAN 4 Jawai Leopard Camp Kumbhalgarh North India SUJAN 4
Jawai Leopard Camp Kumbhalgarh North India SUJAN 12 Jawai Leopard Camp Kumbhalgarh North India SUJAN 12
Jawai Leopard Camp Kumbhalgarh North India SUJAN 6 Jawai Leopard Camp Kumbhalgarh North India SUJAN 6
Jawai Leopard Camp Kumbhalgarh North India SUJAN 10 Jawai Leopard Camp Kumbhalgarh North India SUJAN 10
Jawai Leopard Camp Kumbhalgarh North India SUJAN 16 Jawai Leopard Camp Kumbhalgarh North India SUJAN 16
Jawai Leopard Camp Kumbhalgarh North India SUJAN 14 Jawai Leopard Camp Kumbhalgarh North India SUJAN 14
Jawai Leopard Camp Kumbhalgarh North India SUJAN 5 Jawai Leopard Camp Kumbhalgarh North India SUJAN 5
Jawai Leopard Camp Kumbhalgarh North India SUJAN 15 Jawai Leopard Camp Kumbhalgarh North India SUJAN 15
Jawai Bandh, Rajasthan, North India (1).jpg Jawai Bandh, Rajasthan, North India (1).jpg
Jawai Bandh, Rajasthan, North India (2).jpg Jawai Bandh, Rajasthan, North India (2).jpg
Jawai Bandh, Rajasthan, North India (3).jpg Jawai Bandh, Rajasthan, North India (3).jpg
Jawai Leopard Camp Kumbhalgarh North India SUJAN 11 Jawai Leopard Camp Kumbhalgarh North India SUJAN 11
Jawai Leopard Camp Kumbhalgarh North India SUJAN 13 Jawai Leopard Camp Kumbhalgarh North India SUJAN 13
Jawai Bandh, Rajasthan, North India (5).jpg Jawai Bandh, Rajasthan, North India (5).jpg
Jawai Bandh, Rajasthan, North India (4).jpg Jawai Bandh, Rajasthan, North India (4).jpg
Jawai Leopard Camp Kumbhalgarh North India SUJAN 17 Jawai Leopard Camp Kumbhalgarh North India SUJAN 17
Jawai Leopard Camp Kumbhalgarh North India SUJAN 8 Jawai Leopard Camp Kumbhalgarh North India SUJAN 8
Jawai Leopard Camp Kumbhalgarh North India SUJAN 9 Jawai Leopard Camp Kumbhalgarh North India SUJAN 9
Jawai Leopard Camp Kumbhalgarh North India SUJAN 3 Jawai Leopard Camp Kumbhalgarh North India SUJAN 3
When preparing to travel, lay out all your clothes and all your money. Then take half the clothes and twice the money.
Susan Heller

We had a wonderful holiday - everything was perfect. Thank you for helping us to make a thoughtful plan to enjoy and make most out of our trip. The places we visited, the guides, the transportation and driver, the hotels selected... Everything was great!
- Jaime Benitez, South India
So many highlights to choose from! The hotels were amazing but Maya Villa was a highlight… I loved just hanging out in the hammock reading my book and watching the peacocks chase the cows!
- Krista Weir, Sri Lanka
I had a very lovely time and was looked after splendidly. My first visit to India could not have been better, save for being longer! But I shall return at some point and I shall look to you to make the arrangements.
- Matthew Nicklin, North India
I thought the Ampersand team was outstanding. We couldn’t have hoped for anything more.
- Mr Geoffrey Johnson, India
Without question, you put together the best trip I have ever taken. We were shown around like visiting dignitaries, the hotels were fantastic and the itinerary was just right. Everybody I know will hear about how amazing Ampersand is!
- Leslie Siben, India
Ampersand’s preparation, attention to detail and interaction before and during our trip show exactly why good travel agents have a role in today’s internet booking age. They were a delight to deal with!
- Mr David Wallace, North India
Everything you did for us whilst we were away was hugely appreciated, and Ampersand has been exemplary in every way. I'll always recommend you!
- Mr Richard Stoughton, Sri Lanka
Difficult to articulate just how good the service from you and your team really was. We know you will continue to do well and hope we have the chance to seek your assistance again before long.
- Mr & Mrs Manson, North India

Let us keep you up to date

Sign up to our newsletter and never miss out on unmissable exclusive luxury experiences