TIGER PARKS OF INDIA KABINI BLAK PANTHER LEOPARD TADOBA ANDHERI TIGER PARK

Information

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.

Important

The time to run this tour is November to February. Great tour for wildlife photographers and, bird watchers and wildlife viewers. It is important to book this tour well in advance to block desired lodges and ground services.
SHORT EARED OWL AT LITTLE RANN OF KUTCH

Dates and Prices

Tour is run from November thru to February. Please write to us for prices and departure dates.

Miscellaneous

Gujarat is a hotspot for keen birders and wildlife viewers and photographers. Little Rann of Kutch, Velavadr, Sasan Gir National Park and various other birding and wildlife hot-spots in Gujarat makes it a must to do in the list of things.

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.

GREAT WHITE PELICAN AT LRK

Itinerary

Click on a day below to see what will be taking place.

Day 01 - Arrive Ahmedabad

Arrival at Ahmedabad, Meet, Greet & transfer to hotel, check in to hotel, rest of the tour brief with your guide. Overnight stay Ahmedabad.

Day 02 Ahmedabad – Nalsarovar-Dasada/Bajana

Early morning drive to Nalsarovar (65 KMS / 1.5 Hours), Between October to March, the sanctuary is home of groups of native and migratory birds with 250 species passing through the park. The lake is a paradise for birdwatchers, especially in winter when it attracts more than 100 species of migratory birds. Around the lake are the habitats of the endangered Saras crane & globally threatened predators…. are seen in the fields. Flamingos, storks and spoonbills are frequently seen feeding in the swallows along with the Marsh Harrier, Grater Spotted Eagle & the threatened Pallas Fish Eagle. Ducks, geese, Pelicans and flamingos are best seen early in the morning and before sunset.

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

Morning & Evening safaris to Little Rann of Kutch for birding and wildlife viewing. Evening dinner & overnight stay at the wildlife resort at either Dasada or Bajana.

Visits to LRK are very rewarding.

Day 04 - Dasada to Bhuj

Morning drive to Bhuj (300 KMS / 6 Hours), upon arrival in Bhuj check in to the hotel and later drive to FRB office to get permits to visits remote areas for birding. Later drive to Chari Dhand (100 KMS / 3 Hours), Dhand stands for big, shallow pond of rainwater. Chari Dhand is the biggest Dhand of Kutch among three dozen Dhands. Chari Dhand, a lake near Fulay village, is a birdwatcher's dream destination. It is 10 sq KMS, lying between the Banni grassland & Dinodhar Hill. More than 50 species of water birds can be found here, including the scarce Indian Skimmer & Dalmatian pelican. Enjoy a bird watching tour to the marshlands of the Chari Dhand where more than 50000 water birds, 55 different animal species, 32 species of raptors and various 30000 birds have been recorded. This lake is visited by large flocks of Demoiselle and Common Crane, said to be a large share of the world population, and equally impressive flocks of myriad duck species. The mix of grasslands, scrub and wetland also make this a heaven for raptors with the Tawny Eagle and Greater Spotted Eagle, Imperial Eagle and Steppe Eagle wintering in the Banni area. Endangered species like the White-backed and Long-billed Vulture are seen in the Banni area. White-napped Tit is a vulnerable species of the Banni region. Best is to stay at Nakhatrana (Bhuj 65 KMS / Chari Dhand 35 KMS), otherwise drives to Bhuj (100 KMS / 3 Hours). Overnight stay Bhuj / Nakhatrana.

Day 05 - Bhuj to Naliya

Early morning drive to NALIYA BIRD SANCTUARY (Bhuj - Naliya 100 KMS / 2.5 Hours, Nakhatrana - Naliya (50 KMS / 1.5 Hours) Proceed to NALIYA bird sanctuary. This is important point of Kutch for the great Indian Bustard Sanctuary at Lala near Naliya in Abdasa Taluka. It extends 20 sq km of area and is very interesting for birdwatchers. It is the only sanctuary in India where three species of bustard can be found, the endangered Great Indian Bustard is resident here and the endangered Lesser Florican breeds here during the monsoon months, and the near-threatened Macqueen's Bustard is a winter visitor.

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

Full day birding at Naliya Bird sanctuary....explore the remaining ares from previous day. Evening drives to Bhuj (100 KMS / 2.5 Hours). Evening dinner at hotel, Overnight stay Bhuj

Day 07 - Bhuj to Jamnagar and visit Khijadia bird sanctuary

Morning drive to Jamnagar (265 KMS / 5 Hours), Check in to hotel, Evening visits of Khijadiya Bird Sanctuary - Its provides a refuge for more than 220 species of resident and migratory birds, including globally threatened species such as Dalmatian pelican, Asian open bill stork, Black-necked stork, Darter, Black-headed ibis, Eurasian spoonbill, and Indian skimmer, and provides birdwatchers with a delightful chance to sight rare birds in large numbers. The Indian Skimmer is a delightful bird to watch with its striking red bill and black-head standing out against its predominantly white body. A unique feature of the Indian Skimmer is its bill that has a longer lower mandible than the upper one enabling it to feed while flying over the surface of the water with only the tip of its beak skimming the surface, a graceful sight to behold.

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

Morning & Evening safari in the National Park, Evening dinner at hotel, Overnight stay at the resort in Sasan.

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

Early morning Gir National Park visit and later drive to 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

Timely departure to Ahmedabad airport for flight to onward destination.

GALLERY

TOUR PLACES

Below are the places that are visited on this specific tour

EXTENSION TOUR

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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