Spotted, skilled and secretive, the leopard is the Houdini of the natural world.
With the beauty of a mermaid and the magnetic power of a quagmire, it weaves an inescapable web of allure. Unerringly, its grace, agility and strength capture the imagination like no other cat.
But, with utmost commitment to reclusion, it also escapes the prying eye. And if your record of sighting one is spotless, it’s time to stop dreaming and earn your spots.
- A 3-night/4-day Tour to one of the best leopard destinations in India
- The thrill of tracking these elusive cats on a safari different from other jungles.
- Six jeep safaris
- An exciting time seeing various other mammals and birds in Bera’s untamed landscape
- A wealth of natural history learning from the Tour Skipper
- Insight into wildlife behaviour
Nestled in the sun-kissed Aravalis and composed of scrubland vegetation, Bera is quintessential leopard country, and a perfect locale in which to spot the spotted cat.
With rocky outcrops jutting out of a dry landscape like relics, quaint dirt roads snaking through rows of rustic houses and the spicy fragrance of the Indian hinterland, Bera is a throwback to the bucolic splendour showcased so vividly in the Hindi movies of the eighties and the nineties.
Bera is where the leopard bares all. Quite simply the best place in northern India to see the leopard, here the famously shy cat sheds its customary diffidence and emerges from the shadows to show its subliminal grace and unmatched beauty.
With no natural predators and little competition, the leopard thrives here and it shows, for the most dramatic rocky setting in which it often chooses to lie elegantly to bathe in the warm Rajasthan sun.
In this natural amphitheater, watch as an audacious male shows himself off, a mother with cubs walks into view on a family outing, an adolescent’s inquisitive eyes are reflected back in the spotlight or a beautiful female’s sinuous form is silhouetted delightfully on her stony perch against the azure sky.
But the leopard is merely the top of the pyramid that also houses a wealth of other wildlife. Fellow mammals include the formidable Striped Hyaena, sizeable Nilgai and the ubiquitous Langur, while the avian world is chiefly represented by the Robin Accentor and Demoiselle Crane, apart from the staple fixtures of shrubland habitat.
Please note: This Group Tour will begin and end in Ahmedabad.
We leave for Bera from Ahmedabad by 08:30 am by a private AC vehicle (Distance: 270 kms, a journey of about six hours). We have breakfast enroute and reach Bera by 02:30 pm. We have our lunch and relax for a while. We then set out to explore the hills around Bera on a jeep safari. We return to our lodge and have a delicious dinner. Overnight in Bera.
We treat ourselves to the delights of being in the wild on our morning and evening jeep safaris.
We visit the wilderness of Bera on a jeep safari the last morning. We return to the lodge, have breakfast and checkout by 10:00 am. We drive to to Ahmedabad in a private AC vehicle and have our lunch enroute. Reach Ahmedabad by 05:00 pm.
- Per Person on Twin Share Accommodation
- Services of the Toehold Skipper for a better wildlife holiday experience
- Transfers from Ahmedabad to Bera and Bera to Ahmedabad by a private AC vehicle
- Stay at Bera for three nights on twin-sharing basis
- All meals
- Charges for six safaris at Bera (six people in a jeep)
What’s Not Included?
- GST (5%)
- Additional mineral/bottled water, soft drinks and alcoholic beverages, camera fees if you’re carrying any, personal expenses of any kind
- Telephone calls, laundry, room service, tips, porter service etc
- Additional charges incurred due to a change in the schedule, due to reasons beyond the control of the organisers
- Medical expenses, if incurred
- Any other costs not mentioned in the ‘Inclusions’ list
- At least INR 15,000 booking amount (not refundable)
- Remainder to be paid 30 days before the departure date.
All figures per person.
- 20% outside 45 days before the departure date
- 40% between 44 and 31 days before the departure date
- 80% between 30 and 16 days before the departure date
- 100% within 15 days of departure or in case of ‘No Show’
Please note: The date of written (email) communication of intent to cancel is the date considered for calculation of the cancellation fees.
Who should participate in this Tour?
Anybody with an interest in wildlife and over the age of 18 (unless accompanied by an adult) is welcome to participate.
Why aren't onward and return journeys included on this Group Tour?
Since participants of our Tours travel from various parts of the country by different modes (road, rail and air) as per their individual preferences, it works best to originate Tours from the destinations. We, however, provide all the assistance you need in arranging your logistics.
How different are your Group Tours from ordinary tours?
Unlike travel agents who plan your holiday from a remote destination to places they sometimes haven’t experienced themselves, our Group Tours offer a comprehensive toehold to experience a place through the guidance of an experienced naturalist. The common ingredients in all our Group Tours are fun and a lot of learning and knowledge sharing. Besides, most or all of our Tour participants are nature lovers, which keeps the group in harmony and helps make your experience focussed.
How sure are you about sighting wildlife on this Tour?
Considering the meticulous attention to timing we pay while scheduling Tours and the local expertise we leverage, we believe that it would be extremely unfortunate if our sightings were unsatisfactory. However, since we will be in an uncontrolled environment, we do not claim that sightings – especially of leopards – are guaranteed.
How sure are you about photographing wildlife on this Tour?
Considering the meticulous attention to timing we pay while scheduling Tours and the local expertise we leverage, we believe that it would be extremely unfortunate if our sightings and photography were unsatisfactory. However, since we will be in an uncontrolled environment, we do not claim that sightings – especially of big cats – are guaranteed.
What equipment do you suggest on this Tour if I want to make photographs?
For Leopards and other mammals, a telephoto zoom lens in the range of 100 to 400mm works very well. Sometimes, when leopards and other wildlife are far, and for birds, a longer lens can come in more than handy. If opting for a fixed (‘prime’) lens, the 300mm focal length on a cropped sensor body with a 1.4x extender (‘teleconverter’) is the best compromise, although lenses of longer focal length can be used to good effect as well, especially on ‘full-frame’ bodies. A wide-angle or normal zoom to capture landscapes or creative perspectives of wildlife is recommended. And since we may do some nocturnal photography, an image-stabilized lens and a camera body that performs well at high sensitivities are boons.
What do I do if I do not have the requisite equipment?
If you do not have appropriate equipment, there is no need to fret. Toehold offers an exhaustive array of cameras and lenses for hire, so you can always hire what you need. Click here to see what we offer. What’s better, you enjoy a 20% discount on all equipment hired on our Toehold Outdoors Group Tours!