Jhalana is a great urban conversation story. Situated right in the heart of Jaipur city, this 17 sq km park hosts more than 20 Leopards as on early 2017. While the park itself is pristine wilderness set in Aravali foothills, just outside the park boundaries one finds industrial areas of Jaipur city. Maybe that is the reason why the Leopards find it safe inside the forest and are not reported often to stray out of the park. Recently the authorities have started jungle safaris in the park in vehicles, and Leopard sightings are pretty regular.
In the outskirts of Jaipur city, lie the twin lakes of Chandlai and Barkheda. These host some amazing water-bird life. In winters one can see Dunlins, Flamingos, Crakes, Egrets, Cormorants, Bar headed goose and other regular water birds of this region. Coupling Jhalana with these lakes, it certainly makes for a short trip if you are around Delhi or Jaipur.
When to go?
The best time to visit from November to March for good weather and peak bird activity. Leopard activity peaks in summers around the waterholes
Few years back Jhalana was known for its beautiful Pitta sightings during the monsoons. Only in recent years Leopard sightings have gone up for the regular bird-watchers prompting the authorities to restrict access to the park via vehicles only.