39. LEOPARD SIGHTINGS IN JAIPUR
The urban forest of Jhalana became the Jhalana Leopard Safari ( 0091-99-2940 0009, jhalanaleopard.
business.site) in early 2016, when citizen activists and the government got together to save the big cats who began adopting the urban forest due to displacement. It’s a small park with some 20 leopards, so this might be the only place in the world where a leopard sighting comes nearly guaranteed.
40. GLAMPING IN JAWAI
If you prefer your leopards more on rocky terrain than in a forest, head to the desertscape of Jawai – near the dam you’ll see crocs lazing and lithe big cats on the prowl. Camp in luxury at Suján Jawai ( doubles from AED 3,581 per night; 0091-11-4617 2700, sujanluxury.com/
jawai), where the best bubbly is poured as you watch the sun set and the nocturnal predators awaken.
41. GOING ON CAMEL SAFARI IN JAISALMER
Don’t let the gentle pace fool you – riding a camel is a challenging task, as the “ship of the desert” goes bobbing up and down on the golden sands of Jaisalmer ( 0091-94-1446 9998,
jaisalmercamelsafari.com). Sore limbs aside, this adventure offers glimpses of desert life in Rajasthan, taking you past nomadic tribes and little settlements, and offering stunning vistas of the arid Thar Desert.