The Gurjar Girls
of the Sariska Tiger Reserve
India, Rajasthan, Kraska plateau in the Sariska Tiger Reserve
About the Project
Embark on a captivating expedition into the heart of the Sariska Tiger Reserve, where the lives of the spirited Gurjar tribal girls intertwine seamlessly with the rhythms of nature. In this immersive exploration, we delve into the remarkable journey of these young, intrepid souls who devote their days to the care of their cherished buffalo.
Before the first rays of dawn cast an ethereal glow upon the landscape, the Gurjar girls, with a grace born of tradition, embark on a timeless ritual. At the break of 4 am, they venture into the forest. Their mission: to harvest leaves that will sustain their precious buffalo, forging an unspoken bond between the girls and the natural world that supports the life of their village of 49 families..
Yet, this daily odyssey is not without its challenges. The Sariska Tiger Reserve, a sanctuary for biodiversity, is home to a formidable array of wildlife. With a population of up to 200 resident leopards, 32 tigers, and a menagerie of wild boar, hyenas, and crocodiles, the girls navigate a delicate dance with the untamed forces of the wilderness. The encounter becomes routine as the forest echoes with the sounds of life, and the Gurjar girls, seasoned custodians of the land, move effortlessly through the long grass and up into the trees—a skill honed through generations of tutelage from their mothers.
In the dappled sunlight filtering through the canopy, these Gurjar girls emerge as silent sentinels of harmonious coexistence between humanity and nature. Their tales unfold like chapters in a timeless narrative, illustrating a profound connection to the land that is as enduring as the ancient roots of the trees they traverse. Join us as we unveil the way of life of the Gurjar girls of the Sariska Tiger Reserve. They tell their story through the Global Explorer Magazine and on film in the upcoming documentary in 2024.
Join or Sponsor the Journey:
Take this meaningful journey with us by joining or sponsoring the ongoing exploration of the "Gurjar community of the Sariska Tiger Reserve" on our Fading Cultures page and through our Global Explorer Magazine. As we document this compelling narrative, Global Explorer Magazine commits to delivering regular updates, captivating visuals, and powerful stories that unveil the profound connection between the Gurjar girls and their ancestral lands.
In collaboration with Rajasthan's prominent educational NGO, Bodh Shiksha Samiti (https://bodhindia.org/) with this project led by Education specialist Sasha Priyo, we extend our commitment to the future of the Gurjar children residing in the Sariska Tiger Reserve. Our partnership aims to provide crucial support to ensure these young minds receive the education they deserve, empowering them to face the challenges of a rapidly changing world while preserving their cultural heritage and traditional knowledge.
This initiative goes beyond the boundaries of Sariska, reaching out to various communities across Rajasthan affected by India's rapid development. As national parks expand, reserves grow, and mining projects encroach upon traditional tribal lands, we strive to address the intricate balance between conservation efforts and the preservation of indigenous ways of life.
We invite individuals, organisations, and enthusiasts passionate about nature, culture, heritage, education and development to become part of this extraordinary journey. By joining hands with us, you contribute to documenting and preserving a culture currently under threat due to conservation efforts. Together, we bridge the past with the present, shaping a culturally rich future for the Gurjar community and others facing similar challenges in the dynamic landscape of Rajasthan.