Visitors to Rajasthan might be slightly perplexed by the regular signs depicting a leopard. Leopards are indigenous to Rajasthan, but these shy creatures have been long overshadowed by the tiger as Rajasthan's star attraction. From October boutique travel agency Wire will be adding leopard safaris to its growing list of unique activities in India's incredible state.
Working with Thakur Devi Singh, an expert at tracking leopard and understanding their behaviour, Wire's new safari option will offer a credible alternative to the usual tiger spotting activities in Ranthambore and Sariska National Park. Mr Singh's persistence and passion for these remarkable creatures has resulted in a 95% chance of a sighting on his trips. This high probability, combined with the more rocky terrain in the area around Ranakpur offers foreign visitors a chance to see a different side to Rajasthan.
Gerd Dupré operations director for Wire talks about the new venture: "Devi Singh is somewhat of a local legend and we're thrilled that he will be able to show our clients these very elusive animals. Seeing a leopard in the wild is simply brilliant. Ranakpur and its surroundings have long been overlooked as a quick stop off point, so we hope that by offering leopard safaris we can promote the region as a whole. "
Ranakpur which is famed for its historic Jain temple complex is situated between the major cities of Jodhpur and Udaipur.
The safari lasts for about three hours, depending on how well hidden the leopards decide to make themselves. Devi Singh or his son lead the safaris personally. They have even purchased land where leopards live in order to be able to protect their habitat in the abscence of any State recognition. This gives them unparalleled access to leopards' daily routine and significantly increases the chances of spotting one - much more so than with tigers.
More information about the leopard safaris, Ranakpur and Rajasthan in general are available on the Wire website - www.mywireindia.co.uk or www.mywireindia.co.uk/leopard_safari_rajasthan.html
Notes to editors and journalists
Wire - was established in 2010 by Khaled Hussain and Gerd Dupré, a Belgian and a Brit with a passion for luxury travel and Rajasthan. Now based in Rajasthan full-time, they work together with local Indian staff to create unusual and expertly planned trips ranging from exclusive experiences to affordable luxury tours. They spend much of their time travelling around the state, investigating new hotels, resorts, activities and experiences to provide the most up-to-date and personally endorsed combinations for their tours. Exclusive tours are delivered in native-English and native-Dutch languages, reflected by the brand's two websites:
www.mywireindia.co.uk (in English)
www.mywireindia.be (in Dutch)