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Bera Safari Lodge

Bera Safari Lodge, Rughnathpura, Rajasthan, India

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Wildlife and Forest Conservation Human Touch Low Impact Tourism Local Community Engagement Heritage Conservation Destination Discovery

About Bera Safari Lodge

Bera and Jawai seem to have made it to everyone’s bucket- list now, thanks to the unprecedented publicity this region has got for a few years . The truth is that the much talked about ‘hero’ of the destination is the Indian Leopard ( Panthera pardes Linnaeus ) and most people forget the most important ‘supporting’ cast are the  Rabari villagers. The reason the now famous leopards of Bera and Jawai move unfettered and unfazed over the bald rocks of granite of Jawai  smoothened over time and carved into nooks and niches by the elements, lies in the easy harmony that exists between the Rabari people and the Leopards. And now it is absolutely essential to protect the habitat of the leopards of Jawai and their privacy and the answer is to stay with people who work towards reinforcing this tentative relationship, for it is the local community, the landscape and the leopards who have created ‘tourism opportunities’ and not the other way around as many would presumptuously believe.

In western Rajasthan’s Pali district, Jawai and Bera  surround one of the largest dams of the state sustaining the water requirements of this desert state. The Jawai Bandh forests have been afforded the status of a conservation reserve in 2013 and it is the efforts of Shatrunjay, Bera Safari lodge’s intense owner  and a few conservationists who crusaded to stop mining grants that  resulted in the protection of  the landscape of Jawai and thus the Leopards. Bera Safari Lodge’s philosophy and conservation is contained in its logo and promise of upholding the harmony of ‘leopards and shepherds’.

Simplistic, comfortable and spacious cottages are spread over a ten acre estate, each of the five cottages are designed to look out to the forests and the now famous Liloda hill. The cottages are large and well-lit with picture windows stretching wall to wall to give you glimpses of  nature and the wild right from your room. Landscape around the cottages and the main dining in the centre is a work in progress, planted with indigenous trees and shrubs , eventually to be a part of the surrounding forest itself. Shatrunjay and Katyayani run Bera Safari Lodge as their personal home where guests are heartily welcomed, Katyayani overlooking the running of the Lodge with grace and pride while Shatrunjay organises all the activities that the lodge offers, in tune with the Bera’s ideal of preserving the wild and empowering the community. For Shatrunjay believes that keeping the forests safe and the Rabari community included will secure the Leopards of Jawai.

The excursions and activities from Bera Safari Lodge include Jawai Bandh Safaris for birding and wildlife, village visits and interactions with Rabari community whose origins are as interesting as their life styles, cycling excursions etc. The safaris are typically in the early morning and afternoon on Jeeps organised by the lodge, always accompanied by an experienced naturalist. Ideal for birding and photography groups as the Jawai Bandh area is rich in migratory and resident bird species, Bera Safari Lodge is located between Udaipur ( 140 kms ) and Jodhpur ( 175 kms ).

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Don't miss visits to the Rabari Villages. Stay awake long enough to gaze at the night sky. Interact with Shatrunjay to know more Leopards and their habits.



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Spectacular leopard experience!
by SidnKelly on 08/01/2020

We had the most amazing experience at Bera Safari Lodge. The leopard sightings were seriously wow. The most spectacular moment was when we got to see a couple with their four cubs at very close...

A gem in leopard paradise
by kellymadam on 07/30/2020

This is a very special place in the heart of leopard land. Owners Shatrunjay and Katyaini have poured their heart and soul into preserving a harmonious balance with nature and have the utmost respect...

by john w on 05/28/2020

We stayed at Bera Safari Lodge for 3 nights in late February 2020. I would mention that we are both very keen Wild Cat observers and that this was our first trip to India. High on our wish list was a...


The finest cuisine in India was derived from the Mughals and, along with European cooking, influenced the royal kitchens of India. But in Rajasthan the common man’s kitchen remained untouched. Cooking here has its own unique flavor and the simplest ingredients go into preparing most dishes. Scarcity of water and fresh green vegetables has had their impact on the cooking in the desert areas of Rajasthan, Instead of water the women prefer to use milk, buttermilk and clarified butter. Dried lentils and beans from indigenous plants are used liberally. Gram flour is a major ingredient and is used to make delicacies like ‘khata’, ‘ghatta ki sabzi’ and ‘pakodi’. Bajra and corn, the staple grains, are used to make rotis, ‘rabdi’ and ‘kheechdi’; and various chutneys are made from locally available spices like turmeric, coriander.
Jawai is a land of antiquity, wellness, adventure and mystery. This region is slowly becoming an experiential medium to experience the wilderness in the lap of nature. It is also the abode to the fascinating Rabari herdsmen and leopards that will captivate you both on safari and at the Bera Safari Lodge. The lively Rabari herdsmen have shared this land with wildlife for many centuries and continue with the same even today to link the wildlife and local culture. You will embark upon a wonderful rural village excursion with us to see our commitment to wildlife conservation and culture safeguarding.
A highlight of any trip to the region is a visit to the Jawai Dam. The large reservoir in western Rajasthan is home to many species of migratory and residential birds and provides incredible sightings of species like the Sarus Crane, Indian Courser, Osprey, Pelicans, Bar- Headed Geese, Water fowl, pipits, larks, pratincoles, and other raptors to mention just a few. With over a hundred bird species to see and photograph, a day at Jawai is incredibly rewarding.
A highlight of any trip to the region is a visit to the Jawai Dam. The large reservoir is home to many species of migratory and residential birds and provides incredible sightings of species like the Sarus Crane, Indian Courser, Osprey, Pelicans, Bar- Headed Geese, Water fowl, pipits, larks, pratincoles, and other raptors to mention just a few. With over a hundred bird species to see and photograph, a day at Jawai is incredibly rewarding. (November – March) Maharaja Umaid Singh of Jodhpur built the dam. The work started on 12th May 1946 and it got completed in 1957. This is the biggest dam in the western Rajasthan and has been a paradise for migratory birds and it has a rich Biodiversity. You can also see a large variety of migratory birds like Spot-billed duck, comb duck, Sarus cranes, Geese, Common Crane, Demoiselle Crane, Northern Pintail, wagtails, pelicans in winters, while Crocodiles keep basking at Jawai dam.
Jawai is a true example of untrammeled wilderness, wherein you can enjoy access to sites that are attendant with adventure. You cycle around the pastoral fields where wild grasslands and Jawai Bandh's waters meet and merge. You can spot cranes, flamingos and other wild animals as well. Also see nomadic Rabari herdsmen that are an integral part of this earth's tales along with elusive felines that vanish at will and grace these hills. The Bera Safari Lodge is extremely committed to give an opportunity to experience the wildlife and nomadic culture. So, we are delighted to share these experiences with guests at Jawai.
Jawai Bandh forests in Pali district of Rajasthan have been accorded with the status of a conservation reserve in 2013 (19 Ha Area). In the present time there were few mines allotted near the protected area, and another 120 mines in pipeline, shatrunjay Pratap along his team swing into action and realized if these mines were allotted it would be the end of Leopards in the area, along his team they worked hard for two years running from pillar to post trying to convince the government to stop mining in the area and finally they managed to convince the government and mining was stopped in 2015. Now to ensure that no mines are allotted in future Shatrunjay along with The state and central government, and with villagers are making all the efforts to make the area into community reserve as per wildlife protection act 1972 Recently, Panchayats of three villages (Villar, Chamunderi and Lundara) in Pali has come together and unanimously agreed to form a community reserve to protect the leopards. The proposal has been sent to the state government and awaits their declaration; This can be seen as a commendable initiative, as the leopard population in different parts of the country is witnessing a steady decline. It is only in Bera (Rajasthan) that has a remarkable increase in the number of leopards. All in all, it can be said that joint efforts of everyone can create a legacy to preserve this beautiful creature for the next generation.
Kumbhalgarh Fort, a UNESCO World Heritage Site - This fort was built during the course of the 15th century by Rana Kumbha and enlarged through the 19th century; Kumbhalgarh is also the birthplace of Maharana Pratap, the great king and warrior of Mewar. You will also visit the sculpted temples at Ranakpur which is only a 2.5 hrs drive away from Bera. With over 38 km long wall, Kumbhalgarh fort has the second largest wall in the world after the Great Wall of China. It is also the second largest fort in Rajasthan after Chittorgarh Fort.

Attractions & Excursions

Nearest Airport : Udaipur 139 Km
Nearest Railway Station : Jawai Bandh 16 Km
Nearest Bus Station : Bera - 8 Km

Cancellation Policy

  • Bookings cancelled 45 days before check-in date: 25% retention of the invoice amount.
  • Bookings cancelled 45 days - 15 days before check-in date: 50% retention of the invoice amount.
  • Bookings cancelled after 15 days or No Show: 100% of the invoice amount

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