Jarwa Reserve is south west of Delhi and near Satnali in the district of Mahendergarh in the Indian state of Haryana. It is illegal and highly inadvisable to visit the Jarawa given the risk of outsiders bringing infections to which they are not immune. In 1999 and 2006, the Jarawa suffered outbreaks of measles – a disease that has wiped out many tribes worldwide following contact with outsiders.
Jarwa a small village is 25 km from Mahendergarh on the Bhiwani to Satnali road.
The area is populated primarily by the Rajpoot community with contributing numbers of Brahman, Harijan, Muslim, Khati, Purohit, Dhanak and Sawami people throughout the area.
Flora and fauna
Andaman Trunk Road, Jarawa Reserve lies between Jarkatang and Mangroove Creek. The Andaman Trunk Road passes through this reserve, the only means of road contact between south and north Andaman.
This encroachment risks exposing the Jarawa to diseases to which they have no immunity, and creating a dependency on outsiders. Poachers steal the game the Jarawa rely on, and there are reports of sexual exploitation of Jarawa women.
Bus tours operate into the area.
Head southwest from Dehli and travel toward Mahendergarh. The Andaman Trunk Road passes through the Jarawa Reserve.
A permit can be obtained from Jarkatang (JPP Jarkatang 2) for Indian tourists in a tourist vehicle. If you want to use your own vehicle you have to seek permission from A&N Police commissioner's office.
Tour operators regularly conduct tours into these reserves which are both illegal and potentially harmful for the Jarawa tribe. It is illegal for tour companies to use sightings of the Jarawa to advertise their trips and also to offer tours which return on the same day.
Some tour operators provide a boat ride in the mangroves, this takes around 1 hr. Tours also visit the limestone caves and a mud volcano. Price is around Rs 400 Rs/person inclusive of food and water