Gujarat houses some real gems for birders and wildlife enthusists. Places Like Nalsarovar, Little Rann Of Kutch (LRK) , Gir National park famous for its Asiatic Lion population, The Velavadar black buck sanctuary, Naliya to name a few.
Little Rann Of Kutch attracts a large variety of migratory birds from across the globe and ofcourse it has its endemic species as well. The beautiful short eared owl lives in LRK.
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You will love every moment of the tour. Gujarat is culturally and historically very rich state of India and has a lot to offer. The Land of Mahatma Gandhi. Some of the key species on this tour are the Indian Wild Ass, Asiatic Lion, Short Eared Owl, Mac Queens Bustard and some of the other birds that you will see on this tour are as follows :-
Little Rann of Kutch is a place to see birds in numbers..... this goes to its unique geographical location, Kutch is considered to be at the crossroads of Palearctic migration streams and sees great waves of migratory birds in winter. It's location near the sea and its vast low-lying expanses, which get periodically flooded by marine water, creates an unique habitat which attracts a wide variety of birds. Breeding species include India's only known nesting colony of the Lesser Flamingo. Other key species consist of European Roller, Lesser Florican, Demoiselle Crane, Common Crane, Spotted Sand grouse, Red-necked Phalarope, Cream-colored Courser, Sociable Lapwing, Collared Pratincole, White-rumped Vulture, Indian Spotted Eagle, a variety of harriers, Greater Flamingo, Dalmatian Pelican, White Stork, Greater Hoopoe Lark and Sykes's Lark.
Day 01 - Arrive Ahmedabad
Day 02 Ahmedabad – Nalsarovar-Dasada/Bajana
Later drive to Dasada / Bajana (80 KMS / 2 Hours), Check in to hotel, rest of the day leisure, Evening safari in Little Rann of Kutch - This is one of the largest wildlife sanctuaries in India, spanning some 4950 sq km in area, and comprising a range habitat from saline desert plains, arid grasslands, rocky and thorn scrub to lakes and marshes. Wild ass sanctuary - The sanctuary is well known for its group of the stale joke brown Asiatic (Wild ass), which does not live elsewhere in Indian lowlands. We can see in Little Rann of Kutch blackbuck (Indian antelope), Nilgai or blue bull (India's largest antelope) and the graceful Chinkara (Indian gazelle) are other mammals. The main carnivores of the Little Rann of Kutch are the endangered Indian wolf, desert fox, Indian fox, jackals, desert and jungle cats, and a few hyenas also we can see during the visits flamingoes, pelicans, ducks, cranes and storks. Evening dinner & overnight stay Dasada / Bajana.
Day 03 Dasada – Full day birding and wildlife sighting
Visits to LRK are very rewarding.
Day 04 - Dasada to Bhuj
Day 05 - Bhuj to Naliya
Here we can also see scarce Great Indian Bustard and a variety of birds including Black and grey Francolin, Spotted and Indian Sand grouse, quails, shrikes, coursers and plovers. It is also an ideal point for bird lovers as scarce species like Stoliczka's Bush chat and White-napped Tit can be found. This sanctuary is vital for praying birds like majestic eagle.
The sanctuary enlarges north towards the stream of Jakhau besides the coast of Kutch where big group of flamingos, Harriers, Eagles, Jungle cat, Chinkara, herons, egrets, sandpipers & many other birds can be seen. We can find birds like Flamingos, Harriers, Eagles, Herons, Egrets and Sandpipers as well Desert Cat, Chinkara,. Evening dinner at hotel, Overnight stay Bhuj / Nakhatrana.
Day 06 - Bhuj / Nakhtrana – Naliya Bird Sanctuary excursion
Day 07 - Bhuj to Jamnagar and visit Khijadia bird sanctuary
This protected area packs in an incredible diversity of ecosystems into the relatively small area of 6 square km. The bird sanctuary is unique in having fresh-water lakes on one side of the road bisecting it and salt water marshes on the other.
The sanctuary is an important area for Sarus Crane. The sanctuary has resident populations of Comb Duck, Spot-bill and other ducks and also attracts large flocks of migratory ducks like Pintail. It is an important site for the Baer's Pochard. The Black-necked Stork nests at Khijadiya. This is also one of the few sanctuaries in peninsular India where the Crested Grebe breeds. Khijadiya is also the breeding area for a number of wading birds. As a visitor, keep in mind that conservation in any area is a difficult process. Evening dinner at hotel, Overnight stay Jamnagar.
Day 08 - Jamnagar to Sasan Gir National Park
Morning drive to Gir National Park (220 KMS / 5 HOURS), Check in to the resort. Sasan Gir is well known as the remaining habitat of the Asiatic Lion. The One thousand four hundred and twelve SQ KM Gir wildlife reserve comprises of deciduous forests, evergreen & semi evergreen vegetation, thorn scrub & grasslands. Sasan Gir also has a large leopard population. The sanctuary also has a booming population of Sambar and Spotted Deer, Chinkara gazelle, Nilgai and chowsingha, the world's only four-horned antelope. In Sasan Gir we can see attractive birds like the Asian Paradise Flycatcher, Painted Sand grouse, Tree pie, Hoopoe, etc. Crocodiles are seen at reservoir and at rivers flowing through the sanctuary. Asiatic Lions are less sociable than their African counterparts and differ in appearance by having shorter manes and a prominent fold of skin on the underside. Sasan Gir lions are purely predatory, never feeding off carrion as do African lions. 411 lions and more than 300 leopards has been counted in Sasan Gir during the last census. Evening dinner at hotel, Overnight stay at the wildlife resort.
Day 09 - Gir National Park
Gir has a rich bird life and has the largest Asiatic lion population apart from numerous other wildlife species.
Day 10 - Gir to Velavadar Velavadar National Park
Evening dinner at hotel, Overnight stay at Velavadar wildlife resort.
Day 11 Full day Velavadar
Explore Velavadar National Park. The 34 Square Kilometer Black Buck National Park covers the highest concentration of this Indian antelope anywhere in the country. It's famous for its blackbucks, which support impressive spiraling horns- as long as 65 cm in mature males. Nilgai, jungle cat, and Indian fox are frequently seen while touring the park. Birdwatchers can spot rare species like the Stoliczka's Bush chat and a large root of harrier-hawks. Velavadar is also one of the few national parks in India where the Indian wolf is thriving successful. Evening dinner at hotel, Overnight stay at the resort.
Day 12 Velavadar to Ahmedabad
We recommend and extension or pre tour to Bear, Ranthambhore and Jaipur and if you have ample time in hand then visit to Bharatpur Keoladeo Ghana bird sanctuary is a must and then to Delhi via Agra to see the famous Taj Mahal.
Day 13 - Ahmedabad to Bera in Rajasthan
Day 14 - Morning and evening visit to the sites to see the elusive leopard that lives in the village surroundings of Bera
Day 15 - Morning and evening visit to the sites to see the elusive leopard that lives in the village surroundings of Bera
Day 16 - Bera to Jaipur
Day 17 - In Jaipur , Sightseeing of the Pink city visiting the Amber Fort, City Palace and museum and the Observatory or popularly called the Jantar mantra.
Day 18 - Jaipur to Ranthambhore and upon arrival check in to the hotel; and afternoon Jeep safari inside the famous Tiger Reserve
Day 19 - At Ranthambhore - Am and PM Tiger safaris in open jeeps with our local guide and driver
Day 20 - AM Safari and later train to Delhi
Upon arrival transfer to an airport hotel in Delhi
Day 21 - Departure
The option of Bharatpur and Agra can be done with this program. Please let us know if you are interested in doing the same.
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