Now, full day safari at Jhalana

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.

 The full day safari for a gypsy or five people would come at a cost of Rs 10,000 and a half day for Rs 5000. Besides, tourists would now be able to spend time over tea and refreshments at the ‘Shikar Hodi’ located at the heart of the forest.
According to Khimsar, the ‘Shikar Hodi’ that was so far lying neglected, has been spruced up with umbrellas, benches and reclining chairs and the toilets are fully functional. Earlier Jhalana had two safari tracks however a third track has recently been thrown open for tourists and possibilities of leopard sighting are great along the 10 km stretch of the reserve.
 While the deer enclosure in the forest has been dismantled, the fencing and construction of a wall would also be undertaken to ensure the safety of animals, he said adding that Illegal entry into the park was being monitored and dealt with by the forest officials.