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Hunting Lodge In Jhalana Forest – Shikaar Odhi

Here are few pictures of Hunting Lodge in the Jhalana forest, Jaipur. Jhalana Forest is popular for Leopard Safari in Jaipur. The first three pictures were clicked before the onset of the monsoon season.

Clicked from the forest, giving you a clear picture of the surrounding area!

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Clicked from the opposite hill.

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Clicked from the forest – a close-up!

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Below picture was clicked during monsoon and shows a complete change in topography the forest is all green!

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Click for enlarged view

This lodge was built many years ago by then Jaipur rulers (during pre Independence period) for hunting excursions of tigers. A Large number of hunting lodges near Jaipur were built during the rule of Maharajah Sawai Madho Singh II. There is no recorded information about the year of construction of this hunting lodge. In the local language, they were called Shikaar Odhi.

It is well known that hunting was one of the favorite sports undertaken by the Rajput rulers. Many pictures of hunting excursions of erstwhile rulers are on display in the museums and palaces in Jaipur & elsewhere, with their prized catch. These excursions were sometimes undertaken along with foreign dignitaries, visitors or with the British officers. Often, these hunting excursions used to last for days. This hunting lodge sits on a small hill providing an excellent view of the surrounding area.

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Gayatri Devi, queen of Jaipur along with British guests on a hunting party

There are enough proofs that wild animals like leopards, tigers, deer, Neelgai onceย ruled this forest. However, all that has changed! The population of wild animals has fallen drastically due to many reasons. Jaipur Royalty used to engage in hunting sport on a regular basis. Later licensed kill permits issued by the government till 1980s was also responsible for the fall in the wild animal population in Rajasthan. Lately, increasing human footprints in the forest areas and dwindling natural habitat has been a major contributor towards this cause. The hunting lodge in Jhalana Forest is currently maintained by the Forest Department and has now been opened to the public as a ticketed visit as a part of Jhalana Leopard Safari.

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15 thoughts on “Hunting Lodge In Jhalana Forest – Shikaar Odhi

    1. thanks balroop2013! yes, Ramgarh lodge does exist – It is now know as Taj gateway and run by Taj group. unfortunately, the Ramgarh Dam (near which this property is located) which was once a huge reservoir supplying water to Jaipur city has gone dry – for many years now! ….vested interest and human greed!!
      The lodge in this picture is a different lodge and quite small one vis a vis the Ramgarh lodge. This one is loacted in the forest whereas the other one overlooked a dam.

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    1. It is unfortunate that human race is the most destructive race on this planet! for its gains it has wiped off many species -directly or indirectly, without fully understanding its consequences on nature and on humans too!!

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  1. Hunting excursions. That sounds like quite a different kind of activity – not many dignitaries and visitors might have done such adventurous outings before ๐Ÿ˜€ And lasting for days…that really is quite a trip for them. Beautiful photos, great captures ๐Ÿ™‚

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