MONSOON MIGRATION WITH THE RABARI, ​JULY 6 - 16, 2021

MONSOON MIGRATION WITH THE RABARI
JULY 6 - 16, 2021

with Jeremy Woodhouse & Abhishek Hajela

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The Aravalli hills, mustard fields and villages surround this large expanse of land, in Southern Rajasthan bordering the state of Gujarat. An occasional splash of red adds a dash of colour and vibrancy to this land. The word Rabari is derived from ‘Rehaan’, meaning – a person who shows the path.

The community is involved in raising cattle, camels, sheep and goats. They are semi-nomadic, living in tents or under the open skies, and raising cattle, camels and goats–they have been travelling since ancient times using traditional routes to find greener pastures for their herds. Traditionally, the Rabari followed a highly nomadic way of life, following the seasonal rains for periods of time, and then returning to their villages.

Monsoon is the best time to come closer to these amazing Rabari communities as most of them are on the way home with their livestock, traditional camping gear, their wives, sisters, mothers and grandmothers, and kids sitting high on the camels – its such an outstanding sight! 

Rains in India for centuries have played a big role in people’s lives, as water is scarce, especially in state of Rajasthan. Rain represents life. Still the farmers and the Rabari communities are dependent on the rains. The movement of these nomadic tribes is dictated by the rains. During the dry season they migrate to nearby states such as Gujarat in search of pastureland for their livestock, and when monsoon arrives, they return home to their homeland where there should now be ample to feed their livestock. 

Rain is truly holy here!

This community has also been tolerant to leopards taking away and feeding on their livestock, as they consider it to be a spiritual offering to the gods. This is one of the main reasons, that the Jawai region still remains a habitat of harmony, for both leopard and man.

The Rabari men wear minimalist, simple clothing that is comfortable. They choose to wear white, as it is airy and is a colour suited to beat the scorching heat of the Rajasthan sun. They wear a red, white or yellow turban that not only prevents them from heat stroke, but also acts as a "safety helmet" when they trek around the hills with their herds. The elders in the community generally wear a white turban as a symbol of retirement, if that is their wish.

Rabari women and men are a fashionable lot. The ethnic safari jacket they wear is called a ‘borla’ and the comfortable loincloth is called a ‘pacheri’. Men and women traditionally have tattoos made on their faces, and they still wear a lot of jewelry. The women also wear heavily embroidered traditional clothing from a young age. When they get married, they are presented with ivory bangles that they must wear on their lower arms. Another set of bangles is added to the upper arm once a woman is welcomed into her husband’s home. These days the bangles are made of strong plastic, or occasionally wood.

During the trip we will stay at an ancestral property of Mr Shailendra Singh, situated in the foothills of Mount Abu – it has been developed, maintained and nurtured with great care.

It offers a wondrous mix of natural beauty – rivers, mountains, greenery and picturesque sunsets. The local culture and tradition, the village folk and tribe offer a unique perspective and enhance the experience.

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Itinerary 

Day 1, Tues, July 6, 2020 | Arrive in Delhi
On your arrival in Delhi you will be met by an Pixelchrome representative who will escort you to your hotel and assist in checking-in (NB: check in time 12 noon). After your long flight, you will have the rest of the day free to visit Delhi or relax at the hotel. If you are planning to arrive early you should make your own reservations for your hotel.

Just minutes from T3, the hotel offers complimentary Wi-Fi and Airport transfers on select rates

Day 2, Wed, July 7, 2020 | Delhi to Jawai via Udaipur
Today after breakfast we board our flight to Udaipur; upon arrival we will start our drive to Jawai.

Aravalli hills, mustard fields and villages surround this large expanse of land, in Southern Rajasthan. An occasional splash of red adds a dash of colour and vibrancy to this land. The word Rabari is derived from ‘Rehaan’, meaning – a person who shows the path.

The vibrant Rabari herdsmen who have shared this land with wildlife for centuries endorse the organic and continuing link between local culture and wildlife. At the heart of an untrammeled wilderness, where leopards roam wild and free. The region is home to the charismatic Rabari herdsmen, a people at peace with the indigenous wildlife, including the resident leopards.

The evening is free to walk around and explore the villages at your own pace.


Day 3, Thu, July 8, 2020 | In Jawai
Today we will go out early for a safari to spot the leopards. And for rest of the day we will be exploring the nearby villages to capture Rabari tribesmen. This community has also been tolerant of leopards taking away and feeding on their livestock, as they consider it to be a spiritual offering to the gods. This is one of the main reasons, that the Jawai region still remains a habitat of harmony, for both leopard and man.


Day 04, Fri, July 9, 2020 | Jawai to Sirohi
This morning we will go out to explore the early morning life at the villages before we start our drive to Sirohi. In Sirohi, we will stay at an ancestral property of Mr. Shailendra Singh, situated in the foothills of Mount Abu – it has been developed, maintained and nurtured with great care. It offers a wondrous mix of natural beauty - rivers, mountains, greenery and picturesque sunsets. The local culture and tradition, the village folks and tribe offer a unique perspective and enhance the experience. 

O/N Aravalli Farm House (B,L,D)

Day 5, 6 & 7, Sat, Sun& Mon July 10, 11 & 12, 2020 | Sirohi
We will spend these three days with the Rabari community! The community here is involved in raising cattle, camels, sheep and goats. They are semi-nomadic living in tents or under the open skies and raising cattle, camels and goats, and have been travelling since ancient times using traditional routes to find greener pastures for their herds. Traditionally the Rabari followed a highly nomadic way of life, following the seasonal rains for periods of time, and then returning to their villages. Monsoon is the best time to come closer to these amazing Rabari community as most of them are on the way home with their live stocks, traditional camping gear, women of the house and kids sitting high on the camels – its such an outstanding sight!

Rains in India from centuries have played a big role in peoples life, as water was scare especially in state of Rajasthan. Rain represents the very life. Still the farmers and the Rabari communities are dependent on the rains. The movement of these nomadic tribes is dependent on the Rains. During the dry season they migrate to nearby states in search of pastureland for their livestock and when monsoon arrives they return home, as now their homeland would have maple to feed their livestock.

O/N Aravalli Farm House (B,L,D)

Day 08, Tue, July 13, 2020 | Sirohi to Jojawar
Today after breakfast, we will start our drive to Jojawar. A sleepy little town, full of colors markets and culture.

This afternoon we will drive to the near by villages and spend time with the locals.

O/N Rawla Jojawar (B,L,D)

Day 09 and 10, Wed and Thu, July 14 and 15, 2020 | Jojawar
We will spend the days photographing the untouched Rajasthan! Set amidst the Aravalli hills, this little garrison fort was once a major principality of the Royal house of Marwar. Bestowed with the title of Rao, the nobles looked after this little fiefdom for about two centuries after its construction in the 18th century. 

We will also take around an hour-long local train sitting next to the locals. We will spend time exploring rural villages and getting closer to their lives.

O/N Rawla Jojawar (B)

Day 11, Fri, July 16, 2020 | Jojawar - Delhi
After breakfast, we will start our drive to the Udaipur Airport to board our flight to Delhi.
DEP: Udaipur by Indigo 6E 747 at 14:10 ARR: Delhi at 15:30
The rest of the evening is free to relax.
O/N Holiday Inn Aerocity (B)


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TOUR COST: $5,500
DEPOSIT: $500 
SINGLE: $650

Group size 6

Tour Price Includes

  • Transfers at the beginning and the end of the tour (unless you are arriving early or leaving after the official tour is concluded)
  • Ground Transportation with local photographer/guide for 10 days
  • All meals
  • Tour accommodation, as listed​

Tour Price Excludes

  • Arrival/departure flights
  • ​Travel insurance
  • Alcohol
  • Pre- and post-tour accommodation

Paying by check

If you would like to pay your deposit and/or balance with a check, please make the check payable to: Pixelchrome, Inc and mail it to:

Nicole Woodhouse
Pixelchrome, Inc, 
605 Rouen Drive, 
McKinney TX 75072

Paying by Wire Transfer

If you would like to pay by Wire Transfer please contact nicole@pixelchrome.com for bank account details.


Equipment Checklist

  • Bring you own laptop computer and storage media
  • Camera body(s)
  • Lenses, 16-35mm, 24-70mm zoom and 70-200mm zoom or similar lenses are very good
  • Light bag for easy hiking with camera bodies and accessories
  • Cleaning kit for cameras and lenses
  • Rain/dust covers for cameras and lenses
  • Charger for batteries
  • Spare batteries
  • Spare Memory cards
  • Memory card reader
  • USB key to exchange images

Also good to have

  • Tripod
  • Lens extenders
  • Good quality polarizing filter