WILDLIFE AND BIRDING TOUR OF GUJARAT

WILDLIFE AND BIRDING TOUR OF GUJARAT

trip highlights  PLAN YOUR TRIP

  • Discover the vibrant Kutch
  • See rare Asiatic lions at the Sasan Gir Lion Sanctuary
  • An excursion trip to Banni Village

Gujarat boasts a distinctive Indo-Muslim culture, at its most striking in the modern capital Ahmedabad, where elaborately carved mosques and shrines huddle in the packed streets of the old city. Vibrant handicrafts traditions and some superbly atmospheric Jain and Hindu temples form the focus of forays further afield. Big cats tend to be high on the gendas of most visitors to this region, thanks to the Sasan Gir Sanctuary in the Saurashtra region of Gujurat – the last stronghold of the Asiatic lion. Tradition and modernity combine in a vibrant, dynamic fashion in Gujarat. Well-educated and entrepreneurial, the state’s inhabitants have made their homeland among the wealthiest and most developed in India. The modern world, however, as made little impact on the region’s fringes, where age-old pastoralist and farming ways of life endure.

Day

1

Arrival Ahmedabad - Local Sightseeing
Ahmedabad

On arrival Ahmedabad, meet our representative who will be there for your welcome and escort you to the hotel. Check in at your hotel and get ready to leave for the local sightseeing tour visiting Mahatma Gandhi Sabarmati Ashram which is also known as Harijan Ashram. It is a main center of the Indian freedom struggle. Originally called the Satyagraha Ashram, reflecting the movement toward passive resistance launched by the Mahatma, the Ashram became home to the ideology that set India free. Then Visit Jumma Masjid which is probably the largest mosque in the Subcontinent built in this period. Designed as part of a major plan desired by the Emperor Sultan Ahmed Shah. After the sightseeing, return back to the hotel for an overnight stay.


Day

2

Ahmedabad - Nal Sarovar - Rann of Kutch By Road 150kms/04hrs
Rann of Kutch

In the morning after breakfast, check-out from the hotel and proceed to Rann of Kutch. Enroute visit Nal sarovar lake for birding tour. Nal Sarovar is a Bird Sanctuary, spread in the area of 120.82-sq-km Lake, a serene marshland with shallow waters (4-5 ft), Nalsarovar is about 60 km from Ahmedabad. Mainly inhabited by migratory birds as their wintering ground, Nalsarovar wetland is the largest wetland bird sanctuary in Gujarat, and one of the largest in India. After the tour continue your drive towards Rann of Kucth. On arrival, check-in at the hotel and relax. Overnight stay at the hotel.


Day

3

Rann of Kutch - local sightseeing
Rann of Kutch

After early breakfast in the morning, proceed for morning safari of the Little Rann Sactuary for sighting of Macqueen Bustard, Desert Fox and Raptors. Return back to the hotel and relax. In the evening, proceed to Visit the Nava Talao for sighting of Greylag Geese, Bar Headed Goose, and Water Birds. Return back to the hotel and relax. Overnight stay at the hotel.


Day

4

Rann of Kucth - Bhuj By Road 250kms/05hrs
Bhuj

In the morning after breakfast, check-out from the hotel and drive to Bhuj. On arrival, check-in at the hotel and relax. Later proceed for local sightseeing tour visiting Aina Mahal, Prag Mahal. In the evening, explore markets of Bhuj and return back to the hotel for an overnight stay.


Day

5

Bhuj - Banni Village - Bhuj By Road 65kms/01hr
Bhuj

After breakfast, proceed for an excursion trip to Chhari Dhand. Chhari Dhand is on the edge of Banni grasslands, Chhari means salt affected and Dhandh means Shallow wet lands. This is a paradise for bird watchers having 370 bird species and rich in raptors, waders and lark. Have your Lunch in the village and in the evening enjoy sunset at Chhari Dhand. Return back to Bhuj for an overnight stay.


Day

6

Bhuj - Kutch Bustard Sanctuary - Mandvi - Bhuj By Road 240kms/04hrs
Bhuj

After breakfast, visit Kutch Bustard Sanctuary. The Kutch Bustard Sanctuary was primarily built to save the Great Indian Bustard from the effects of poaching and hunting. Second half visit Mandvi for water birds such as Black Ibis, Red Wattled Lapwing, Black Winged Stilts, Indian Reef Heron. In the evening, return back to the hotel for an overnight stay.


Day

7

Bhuj - Sasan Gir By Road 400kms/08hrs
Sasan Gir

After breakfast, check-out from the hotel and proceed to Sasan Gir. Enroute stoppage for Lunch at Gondal. In the evening, check-in at the hotel and relax. Overnight stay at the hotel.


Day

8

Sasan Gir - Local sightseeing
Sasan Gir

Early morning enjoy safari at Gir national park. Gir National Park is the only home of the endangered mighty Asiatic Lion, Gir National Park and Wildlife Sanctuary is one of the most popular attractions of Gujarat. The national Park houses around 38 species of mammals, 300 avifauna species, 37 species of reptiles and over 2000 insect species. Return back to the hotel and have your breakfast. Rest of the day will be free to enjoy in the hotel. Overnight stay at the hotel.


Day

9

Sasan Gir - Velavadar By Road 250kms/05hrs
Velavadar

In the morning after breakfast, check-out from the hotel and proceed to Velavadar. Blackbuck (Velavadar) National Park is a beautiful place, located in the Bhavnagar district of the state of Gujarat. This is a unique National Park with exclusive grassland habitat, shrub lands, saline plains and mud flats. More than 1,000 blackbuck exist on the open grasslands of Velavadar. The park embraces about over 140 species of birds, 14 species of mammals, 95 species of flowering plants, and many reptiles. Other than blackbucks we can also see Nilgai, wolf, wild cat, jackal, Indian fox and rodents in the park. On arrival, check-in at the hotel and relax. Post Lunch , proceed for afternoon safari of Velavadar. Overnight stay at the hotel.


Day

10

Velavadar - Ahmedabad Departure By Road 160kms/04hrs
Ahmedabad

In the morning after breakfast, check-out from the hotel and get transferred to Ahmedabad airport in order to take your flight back home.


Inclusions

  • Accommodation for 09nights/10days 
  • Daily Breakfast at the hotels
  • Daily Breakfast , Lunch and Dinner at Gir
  • Transfers and sightseeing BY AC Indigo 
  • All applicable Hotel Taxes


Exclusions

  • Any airfare/train fare 
  • Any guide charges
  • Any cost on personal expenses
  • Any entrance fees
  • Any other meals unless specified
  • GST 5 % Extra 


What is the main festival of Gujarat?   

Celebrating the movement of the sun into the northern hemisphere, Kite festival of Gujarat is an important festival.

What is the famous food of Gujarat?   

Dhokla, Fafda, Khakra are the famous snack items of Gujarat.

What is Gujarat famous for?   

Gujarat is famous for its rich cultural heritage

What is Gir Forest famous for?   

Famous for Asiatic Lions

What is the best time to visit Gir Forest?   

December to March is climatically best season to visit the park.

What to pack before you go?   

Sunglasses, Camera to capture the beautiful sites, Comfortable pair of shoes to walk, Shawls and pullovers during winter season

Type of Vacation


Nature


History & Culture


Family


Spa & Wellness


Wildlife

PLAN YOUR TRIP

Gujarat
boasts a distinctive Indo-Muslim culture, at its most striking in the modern capital Ahmedabad, where elaborately carved mosques and shrines huddle in the packed streets of the old city. Vibrant handicrafts traditions and some superbly atmospheric Jain and Hindu temples form the focus of forays further afield. Big cats tend to be high on the gendas of most visitors to this region, thanks to the Sasan Gir Sanctuary in the Saurashtra region of Gujurat – the last stronghold of the Asiatic lion.

Tradition
and modernity combine in a vibrant, dynamic fashion in Gujarat. Well-educated and entrepreneurial, the state’s inhabitants have made their homeland among the wealthiest and most developed in India. The modern world, however, as made little impact on the region’s fringes, where age-old pastoralist and farming ways of life endure.

Detailed Itinerary

Day

1

Arrival Ahmedabad - Local Sightseeing
Ahmedabad

On arrival Ahmedabad, meet our representative who will be there for your welcome and escort you to the hotel. Check in at your hotel and get ready to leave for the local sightseeing tour visiting Mahatma Gandhi Sabarmati Ashram which is also known as Harijan Ashram. It is a main center of the Indian freedom struggle. Originally called the Satyagraha Ashram, reflecting the movement toward passive resistance launched by the Mahatma, the Ashram became home to the ideology that set India free. Then Visit Jumma Masjid which is probably the largest mosque in the Subcontinent built in this period. Designed as part of a major plan desired by the Emperor Sultan Ahmed Shah. After the sightseeing, return back to the hotel for an overnight stay.


Day

2

Ahmedabad - Nal Sarovar - Rann of Kutch By Road 150kms/04hrs
Rann of Kutch

In the morning after breakfast, check-out from the hotel and proceed to Rann of Kutch. Enroute visit Nal sarovar lake for birding tour. Nal Sarovar is a Bird Sanctuary, spread in the area of 120.82-sq-km Lake, a serene marshland with shallow waters (4-5 ft), Nalsarovar is about 60 km from Ahmedabad. Mainly inhabited by migratory birds as their wintering ground, Nalsarovar wetland is the largest wetland bird sanctuary in Gujarat, and one of the largest in India. After the tour continue your drive towards Rann of Kucth. On arrival, check-in at the hotel and relax. Overnight stay at the hotel.


Day

3

Rann of Kutch - local sightseeing
Rann of Kutch

After early breakfast in the morning, proceed for morning safari of the Little Rann Sactuary for sighting of Macqueen Bustard, Desert Fox and Raptors. Return back to the hotel and relax. In the evening, proceed to Visit the Nava Talao for sighting of Greylag Geese, Bar Headed Goose, and Water Birds. Return back to the hotel and relax. Overnight stay at the hotel.


Day

4

Rann of Kucth - Bhuj By Road 250kms/05hrs
Bhuj

In the morning after breakfast, check-out from the hotel and drive to Bhuj. On arrival, check-in at the hotel and relax. Later proceed for local sightseeing tour visiting Aina Mahal, Prag Mahal. In the evening, explore markets of Bhuj and return back to the hotel for an overnight stay.


Day

5

Bhuj - Banni Village - Bhuj By Road 65kms/01hr
Bhuj

After breakfast, proceed for an excursion trip to Chhari Dhand. Chhari Dhand is on the edge of Banni grasslands, Chhari means salt affected and Dhandh means Shallow wet lands. This is a paradise for bird watchers having 370 bird species and rich in raptors, waders and lark. Have your Lunch in the village and in the evening enjoy sunset at Chhari Dhand. Return back to Bhuj for an overnight stay.


Day

6

Bhuj - Kutch Bustard Sanctuary - Mandvi - Bhuj By Road 240kms/04hrs
Bhuj

After breakfast, visit Kutch Bustard Sanctuary. The Kutch Bustard Sanctuary was primarily built to save the Great Indian Bustard from the effects of poaching and hunting. Second half visit Mandvi for water birds such as Black Ibis, Red Wattled Lapwing, Black Winged Stilts, Indian Reef Heron. In the evening, return back to the hotel for an overnight stay.


Day

7

Bhuj - Sasan Gir By Road 400kms/08hrs
Sasan Gir

After breakfast, check-out from the hotel and proceed to Sasan Gir. Enroute stoppage for Lunch at Gondal. In the evening, check-in at the hotel and relax. Overnight stay at the hotel.


Day

8

Sasan Gir - Local sightseeing
Sasan Gir

Early morning enjoy safari at Gir national park. Gir National Park is the only home of the endangered mighty Asiatic Lion, Gir National Park and Wildlife Sanctuary is one of the most popular attractions of Gujarat. The national Park houses around 38 species of mammals, 300 avifauna species, 37 species of reptiles and over 2000 insect species. Return back to the hotel and have your breakfast. Rest of the day will be free to enjoy in the hotel. Overnight stay at the hotel.


Day

9

Sasan Gir - Velavadar By Road 250kms/05hrs
Velavadar

In the morning after breakfast, check-out from the hotel and proceed to Velavadar. Blackbuck (Velavadar) National Park is a beautiful place, located in the Bhavnagar district of the state of Gujarat. This is a unique National Park with exclusive grassland habitat, shrub lands, saline plains and mud flats. More than 1,000 blackbuck exist on the open grasslands of Velavadar. The park embraces about over 140 species of birds, 14 species of mammals, 95 species of flowering plants, and many reptiles. Other than blackbucks we can also see Nilgai, wolf, wild cat, jackal, Indian fox and rodents in the park. On arrival, check-in at the hotel and relax. Post Lunch , proceed for afternoon safari of Velavadar. Overnight stay at the hotel.


Day

10

Velavadar - Ahmedabad Departure By Road 160kms/04hrs
Ahmedabad

In the morning after breakfast, check-out from the hotel and get transferred to Ahmedabad airport in order to take your flight back home.


Hotels

INCLUSIONS

  • Accommodation for 09nights/10days 
  • Daily Breakfast at the hotels
  • Daily Breakfast , Lunch and Dinner at Gir
  • Transfers and sightseeing BY AC Indigo 
  • All applicable Hotel Taxes


EXCLUSIONS

  • Any airfare/train fare 
  • Any guide charges
  • Any cost on personal expenses
  • Any entrance fees
  • Any other meals unless specified
  • GST 5 % Extra 

Know before you go

What is the main festival of Gujarat?   

Celebrating the movement of the sun into the northern hemisphere, Kite festival of Gujarat is an important festival.

What is the famous food of Gujarat?   

Dhokla, Fafda, Khakra are the famous snack items of Gujarat.

What is Gujarat famous for?   

Gujarat is famous for its rich cultural heritage

What is Gir Forest famous for?   

Famous for Asiatic Lions

What is the best time to visit Gir Forest?   

December to March is climatically best season to visit the park.

What to pack before you go?   

Sunglasses, Camera to capture the beautiful sites, Comfortable pair of shoes to walk, Shawls and pullovers during winter season

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