Rajasthan encloses a spectacular world of heritage, culture and adventurous experiences, within which wild life contributes a major part to the excitement of tourists in the state.
Although tiger sighting interests the tourists more, in recent years, the so far neglected on the tourist circuit, leopard safari attraction has gained popularity once again!
Following the Jhalana Forest Reserve in Jaipur gaining great tourist attention due to the leopard sightings, the tourism department and Government of Rajasthan have developed Bala Quila leopard safari in Alwar. After the 2005 when there were no tigers left in Sariska, tourists now have started returning to the reserve, this time not just for the tigers, but also leopards who now hog the limelight!
Bala Quila Forest Safari
Bala Quila is an ancient fort perched atop a steep cliff of Aravali range which is nearly 304 meters high. The fort has been a standing sentinel to the crumbling history of valor and chivalry. Bala Quila forest department majorly runs forest safaris through 10 private registered gypsies accompanied by nature guides over the 24 km stretch in the three hour safari. From March 2017, the forest department plans to install cameras too at strategic points. Covered under the Sariska Tiger Reserve buffer zone, the Bala Quila forest safari has picked up pace with the tourists, both domestic and foreign. Situated in the heart of Alwar City of Rajasthan, the Bala Quila Eco Tourism site is a unique experience with 10 Leopards, hyenas, porcupines, and different species of birds. A Black Eagle was recently spotted here which is rare in this part of the globe. Apart from the dense forest, the safari offers an added attraction of the 14th century fort with a panoramic view and a few quaint old temples.
There are six safari circuits in Alwar. Among them four are: Bala Quila Eco Tourism area, Bara Liwari Eco Tourism route, Seliserh route and Bala Quila Sugan Hodi.
A three hour Safari costs Rs 1,360 per gypsy. The breakup for which is Rs 1,000 for the gypsy, Rs 200 for the nature guide and Rs 160 as eco-development fee. Until next orders, you can also take your private cars by paying Rs 50 per vehicle and Rs 10 per head.
If you too agree that there is something quite mesmerizing about seeing a leopard in the wild then this is the safari you should plan soon 🙂