Jalore Wildlife Sanctuary is the only privately-owned sanctuary in India and is located 130 km from Jodhpur near Jalore town. The sanctuary is a remote natural jungle spread over an area of 190 sq km and is home to several endangered wild animals. In the sanctuary you can spot Indian gazelle, desert fox, leopard, Asian-steppe wildcat, tawny eagle and long-billed vulture. Herds of blue bulls, antelopes and gazelles roam freely right outside the camps that are set up for tourists in the heart of the jungle.
Once in Jalore Wildlife Sanctuary, you can explore the forest either on foot or on jeep safaris. Forest authorities operate two safaris daily which last for three hours each. Guards escort tourists and a naturalist who shares information about the forest and helps them spot the animals. Bird watchers can spot up to 200 different species of birds here.
There are many opportunities for adventure enthusiasts to explore the trails as a part of day long hikes that are offered with lunch at the top of the granite mountain ecosystem inside the sanctuary. If you are lucky, you can see sloth bears and leopards on the trail.
You may have to make prior bookings since only eight tourists are allowed to stay in the sanctuary at a time.
The number has been set low by the local authorities to increase the probability of sightings and to give the tourists the experience of being in a jungle without any disturbance.
There are quite a few hotels near the sanctuary which offer decent services to travelers. However, living inside the sanctuary will truly give you a rich, close-to-nature experience.
The guest house inside the sanctuary provides most facilities you may need. Luxury bungalows styled in native rural style with typical village like furniture, give tourists a comfortable and relaxing experience. Since a maximum of only eight people are allowed to stay at the sanctuary at a time, you and your group will be able to enjoy a completely private trip.
On making bookings with the sanctuary, you will be picked up at a suitable time from Jodhpur, the nearest large city.
The food served in the sanctuary is made in an open natural fireplace. The food is authentic and prepared traditionally according to the village standards. Continental food will also be prepared for you on request.