Jhalana Forest is popular for Leopard Safari in Jaipur and it has a Hunting Lodge. 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!
Clicked from the opposite hill.
Clicked from the forest – a close-up!
The following picture was clicked during monsoon season and shows a change in topography; the forest is all green!
History – Hunting Safari In India & The Lodge in Jaipur
This hunting lodge was built many years ago by Jaipur royalty during the pre-Independence period. Tiger hunting excursions was a norm, back then. A Large number of hunting lodges near Jaipur were built during the rule of Maharajah Sawai Madho Singh II. I could not obtain any recorded information about the construction year of this hunting lodge. In the local language, they were called Shikaar Odhi.
Hunting in India by the British & Princely rulers
It is well known hunting was one of the favorite sports undertaken by the Rajput rulers as well as other princely 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.
The wild animals like leopards, tigers, deer, Neelgai once ruled Jhalana 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 part of ticketed visit of Jhalana Leopard Safari.
Ranthambore near Sawai Madhopur was a tiger hunting reserve of Jaipur Maharaja. The name Sawai Madhopur also come from the Jaipur ruler, Sawai Madho Singh. Ranthambore is now a foremost tiger reserve in India. You can read a complete blog post on visiting Ranthambore – Ranthambore National park Chasing the Arrowhead
Is Hunting allowed in India?
Hunting for sport is prohibited in India. Government banned hunting under the Wildlife (Protection) Act, 1972, except for some specified purposes.
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