Siana Garden

The Siana Gardens belongs to Thakur Ganpat Singh who is the ex-jagirdar of the surrounding 12 villages which were a part of the Marwar state. Siana was the local seat of power prior to the merger of the states with the Indian Union.Thakur Ganpat Singh belongs to the Chauhan clan of Rajputs and his predecessors had been ruling in this region since the mid 13th century. The family was instrumental in keeping law & order in the region as it was frequently troubled by raids from the tribals from the adjoining Sirohi region. The garden retreat of this family has been opened for tourist. This is being handled by Pradeep Singh son of Thakur Ganpat Singhji of Siana.

The village of Siana featured in David Attenborough’s epic Life of Mammals as the place where a Leopard wandered at night past the silent houses, for this is probably the best place in India to look for this rarely seen creature as the local people do not molest them. Enjoy Jeeps safari in evenings to look for Leopards and you have a very good chance of an encounter.

The area around Siana, which consists of dry desert plains and rocky desert hills rising dramatically out of the plains, partly clothed in scrub jungle, also provides great birding. Specialities of the Indian Subcontinent’s arid zone include Indian (or Long-billed) Vulture, Indian Thick-knee (split from Eurasian), Rock Bush Quail, Painted Sandgrouse, the skulking Sirkeer Malkoha, the impressive Indian (or Rock) Eagle Owl, Ashy-crowned Sparrow-Lark, Indian Bushlark, the uncommon and nomadic White-bellied Minivet, Large Grey Babbler and Bay-backed Shrike, while more widespread species include Red Collared Dove, Little Swift, Common Hoopoe, Dusky Crag Martin, Red-rumped Swallow.