Kumbhalgarh Fort, a UNESCO World Heritage Site - This fort was built during the course of the 15th century by Rana Kumbha and enlarged through the 19th century; Kumbhalgarh is also the birthplace of Maharana Pratap, the great king and warrior of Mewar. You will also visit the sculpted temples at Ranakpur which is only a 2.5 hrs drive away from Bera. With over 38 km long wall, Kumbhalgarh fort has the second largest wall in the world after the Great Wall of China. It is also the second largest fort in Rajasthan after Chittorgarh Fort.
Local legend said that Dharma Shah, a local Jain businessperson, started construction of the temple in the 15th century following a divine vision. The temple honors Adinath, the first Tirthankar and founder of the Jain religion. The town of Ranakpur and the temple are named after the provincial ruler monarch, Rana Kumbha who supported the construction of the temple. The construction is well documented in a 1437 CE copper-plate record, inscriptions in the temple and a Sanskrit text Soma-Saubhagya Kavya.Inspired by a dream of a celestial vehicle, Dhanna Shah, from Ghanerao a Porwal, commenced its construction, under the patronage of Rana Kumbha, then ruler of Mewar. The architect who oversaw the project was named Deepaka. There is an inscription on a pillar near the main shrine stating that in 1439 Deepaka, an architect constructed the temple at the direction of Dharanka, a devoted Jain.
Green Munia Bird Photography Tour
Sighted at Mt Abu 2.5hrs Drive from the Lodge - India is home to eight species of Munias, belonging to the family Estrildidae. These small birds, found in different parts of India, are brightly colored and have melodious calls, of these, the green Munia is the most distinguished member of this family, with green and yellow coloration, black barred flanks and a reddish bill. This species is listed as Vulnerable in the IUCN red list of threatened species as their population is rapidly declining due to widespread capture from the wild for the pet trade. The green Munia inhabits dry, boulder-strewn shrub jungles, small patches of grasslands with low bushes, sugarcane fields, and open shrubby forest, generally in lowlands and foothills. It feeds mostly on seeds and insects. They are known to breed between May and January.
Rural Village Excursion
Jawai is a land of antiquity, wellness, adventure and mystery. This region is slowly becoming an experiential medium to experience the wilderness in the lap of nature. It is also the abode to the fascinating Rabari herdsmen and leopards that will captivate you both on safari and at the Bera Safari Lodge. The lively Rabari herdsmen have shared this land with wildlife for many centuries and continue with the same even today to link the wildlife and local culture. You will embark upon a wonderful rural village excursion with us to see our commitment to wildlife conservation and culture safeguarding.
Jawai is a true example of untrammeled wilderness, wherein you can enjoy access to sites that are attendant with adventure. You cycle around the pastoral fields where wild grasslands and Jawai Bandh's waters meet and merge. You can spot cranes, flamingos and other wild animals as well. Also see nomadic Rabari herdsmen that are an integral part of this earth's tales along with elusive felines that vanish at will and grace these hills. The Bera Safari Lodge is extremely committed to give an opportunity to experience the wildlife and nomadic culture. So, we are delighted to share these experiences with guests at Jawai.
The finest cuisine in India was derived from the Mughals and, along with European cooking, influenced the royal kitchens of India. But in Rajasthan the common man’s kitchen remained untouched. Cooking here has its own unique flavor and the simplest ingredients go into preparing most dishes. Scarcity of water and fresh green vegetables has had their impact on the cooking in the desert areas of Rajasthan, Instead of water the women prefer to use milk, buttermilk and clarified butter. Dried lentils and beans from indigenous plants are used liberally. Gram flour is a major ingredient and is used to make delicacies like ‘khata’, ‘ghatta ki sabzi’ and ‘pakodi’. Bajra and corn, the staple grains, are used to make rotis, ‘rabdi’ and ‘kheechdi’; and various chutneys are made from locally available spices like turmeric, coriander.
Bird Watching at Jawai Dam
A highlight of any trip to the region is a visit to the Jawai Dam. The large reservoir in western Rajasthan is home to many species of migratory and residential birds and provides incredible sightings of species like the Sarus Crane, Indian Courser, Osprey, Pelicans, Bar- Headed Geese, Water fowl, pipits, larks, pratincoles, and other raptors to mention just a few. With over a hundred bird species to see and photograph, a day at Jawai is incredibly rewarding.