Jaipur: On the lines of Ranthambhore National Park, now Jhalana forest would launch full day safari from sunrise to sunset from December 5, 2017. Tourists would now have an additional attraction of taking a tea or coffee break in between at the historical ‘Shikar Hodi’ that once was a hunting lodge of the Maharajas in the early 1900.
In the past, Jhalana was a popular tiger hunting area with eminent state guests such as the Prince of Wales who shot a tigress here in February 1876. And Rajmata Gayatri Devi was, amongst the few women known to have enjoyed the sport of hunting tigers also shot tigers at Jhalana, with the ‘Shikar Hodi’ as a base. Spread over 21 sq km east of Jaipur, the Jhalana forest area is said to have 20-25 leopards. Located barely 3.5 km from the Jaipur International Airport, the forest, over the years has become a favorite leopard sighting destination.
“The leopard safari after being introduced nearly two years ago, has been gaining popularity not just in domestic but also with overseas wildlife lovers. There is a lot of work that has been done in the forest to make it a global attraction. Besides, chief minister Vasundhara Raje’s announcement of ‘Project Leopard’ has given an added impetus to leopard conservation and habitat improvement in Jhalana. Wildlife lovers will now be able to enjoy full and half days safari in Jhalana with a break at the ‘Shikar Hodi,” said forest and environment minister Gajendra Singh Khimsar.