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India Bird Watching

Gujarat Birding & Wildlife Safari Tour Package

Duration: 14 Nights & 15 Days
New Delhi – Ahmedabad – Little Rann of Kutch – Bhuj (Greater Rann of Kutch) – Jamnagar – Gir – Velavadar – Ahmedabad – New Delhi


Gujarat Wildlife and Birding Tour

Gujarat is the westernmost state of India. Father of our nation Mahatma Gandhi was born in this state. Gujarat is popular for its textiles, spiritual centres, and its unique wild and bird life.. The state has 4 national parks, and over 20 wildlife sanctuaries. The varied landscape makes Gujarat a unique place for several endemic species found here.

This tour takes you to some popular sanctuaries of Gujarat having several avian and mammal species. Sasan Gir is a unique home for the only home of Asiatic Lion found only in India. Leopards, Sloth Bears, Striped Hyenas, Golden Jackals, Wild Ass, Caracals and Indian Grey Wolf, are some of the popular species that attract many visitors to Gujarat.

The below tour will leave an indelible mark on your memory. We will provide the checklist of birds that you will see in Little Rann of Kutch, Greater Rann, Velavadar, Gir, and Jamnagar.

Day 01: Arrive New Delhi (by flight)
On arrival at New Delhi airport, you will be met by our representative who will transfer you to your hotel, assist you in check in at the hotel, handover and explain all travel related documents. Overnight stay at the hotel in New Delhi.

Day 02: New Delhi – Ahmedabad – Little Rann of Kutch (by flight + 167 km, 4 hrs. drive)
Early morning transfers to airport to board a flight to Ahmedabad at 0740 hrs. Met at airport and drive to Little Rann of Kutch. On the arrival check-in to the lodge.

Lesser Florican

The Wild Ass Sanctuary is located in the Little Rann of Kutch. It covers an area of 4954 sq. km. The Sanctuary is named after a sub species of wild ass (Equushemionuskhur), the last population of which it harbors. The Rann is one of the most remarkable and unique landscapes of its kind in the entire world. It is a vast desiccated, unbroken bare surface of dark silt, encrusted with salts which transforms into a spectacular coastal wetland after the rains. The present saline desert of the Little Rann (saline desert-cum-seasonal wetland) of Kutch is believed to have been shallow sea.

Dinner and overnight stay at the lodge at Little Rann of Kutch.

Day 03: Little Rann of Kutch
Morning and afternoon jeep safari to the National Park. Lunch and dinner at the lodge. Overnight stay at the lodge at Little Rann of Kutch.

Day 04: Little Rann of Kutch – Bhuj (330 km 7-8 hrs drive)
Morning Jeep safari in Little Rann of Kutch and after early lunch drive to Bhuj 330 Km 7-8 hour drive. On the arrival check in to the lodge. Dinner and overnight stay at the Hotel in Bhuj or at Cedo Camp

Day 05: Bhuj – Greater Rann of Kutch.
Morning and afternoon jeep safari in Banni Grasslands.

Painted Sandgrouse

Banni is known for rich wildlife and biodiversity spreading across an area of 2,617 km2. About 150 species of migratory and resident birds are found along with a rich diversity of Herpetofauna and other invertebrates. The wild animals include Blue bull (Boselaphus tragocamelus), Chinkara (Gazella bennettii), Blackbuck (Antilope cervicapra), Black-naped hare (Lepus nigricollis), Wild boar (Sus scrofa), Jackal (Canis aureus), Grey wolf (Canis lupus), Caracal (Caracal caracal), Hyena (Hyaena hyaena), Bengal Fox (Vulpes vulpes), Jungle cat (Felis chaus), etc.

All Meals and overnight stay at the lodge.

Day 06: Greater Rann of Kutch
Morning and afternoon jeep safaris in Lala Bustard Grassland.

This site has the largest known Great Indian Bustard population in Gujarat - not less than 40 birds are found here. During the monsoon of 2001, 12 males were found displaying (R. D. Jadeja pers. comm. 2001). The largest known aggregation of endangered Lesser Florican breed here during the monsoon, and over 60 displaying males have been counted (Sankaran 2000a). In the nest year, when the monsoon was very good in this area and inadequate in other parts of Gujarat, about 120 Lesser Floricans were counted in this IBA (R. D. Jadeja pers. comm. 2001). Macqueen’s Bustard Chlamydotis macqueeni is also seen in winter.

Indian Bustard

Sometimes early arrivals can be seen in the area while the Lesser Florican is still around. The Great Indian Bustard is resident so it is seen throughout the year. The Sociable Lapwing Vanellus gregarious is listed as Vulnerable by BirdLife International (2001) as it has a small population that has undergone a rapid reduction, for largely unknown reasons. It breeds just outside the Asian region, in the west-central Asian steppes, winters in northeast Africa, the Middle East and northern India. There are very few recent records from India. Two birds were seen in a ploughed field close to Lala Bustard Sanctuary in December 1999. Another threatened species found in this IBA is Stoliczka’s Bushchat Saxicola macrorhyncha (R. D. Jadeja pers. comm. 2002).

Day 07: Greater Rann of Kutch – Jamnagar (256 km 5-6 hour drive)
Morning after early breakfast drive towards Jamnagar 256 km takes around 5-6 hour drive. On the arrival check-in to the lodge. After lunch at the Hotel – Visit Khijadiya Bird Sanctuary.

Black Skimmer

This protected area packs in an incredible diversity of ecosystems into the relatively small area of 6 square km. The sanctuary, created over the 1920s and '30s, is formed from two man-made dykes that separate fresh water from sea water, creating the opportunity to simultaneously observe species that belong to each ecosystem, and some that share both. Along with the marine and fresh water habitats, there are also marshy lands, mangroves, mudflats, salt pans, creeks, forest scrub, sandy beaches, and even farmlands bordering the area. This provides a haven 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.

Day 08: Jamnagar
Early morning with pack breakfast drive towards Narara Islands {Sunrise to Sunset} depending upon the time of the tide.


White Napped

You can also visit the Khijadiya Bird Sanctuary for birding {02nd visit}, in the Sanctuary for birding till the evening.

Day 09: Jamnagar – Gir National Park (228 km – 5 hr. drive)
Morning after relaxed breakfast drive to Gir National park 228 km takes around 5 hr. On the arrival check-in to the lodge. After lunch proceed for afternoon jeep safari. Dinner and overnight stay at the lodge.

Day 10: Sasan Gir
Morning and afternoon jeep safari to the National Park. Breakfast and lunch at the Lodge. Gir is the only home in India for the Asiatic Lion of which there are nearly 500 in the park.

Lion Tour in Gir

The Gir National Park lies in the Gujarat peninsula in South-Western India. The terrain is rugged with low hills and the vegetation is mixed deciduous, with stands of Teak, Acacia, Jamun, Tendu and Dhak trees, interspersed with large patches of grasslands. The trees on the hills are sparse and stunted. Within the sanctuary there are numerous human settlements of cattle herders called Maldharis with an estimated 20,000 head of livestock (which, incidentally, forms a significant part of the Lion’s diet). There are also places of Hindu worship and pilgrimage and sulphur springs at Tulsi Shyam and Kankai Mata. The edges of the park have a good population of Indian Gazelle, protected by religious sentiments of the local people. Dinner and overnight at the lodge

Day 11: Sasan Gir
Morning and afternoon jeep safari to the National Park. Lunch and dinner at the lodge.

The largest compact tract of dry deciduous forest in the country, protected as Gir National Park and Sanctuary, covers an area of 1412 sq. km in the Saurashtra region of Gujarat. Gir has evolved to host a very stable ecosystem with tremendous regenerating, self-supporting and self-sustaining capacity due to its richness of biodiversity: 606 different plant species, 39 species of mammals, 37 species of reptiles and over 300 species of birds and more than 2,000 species of insects.

Leopard

A breeding ground for migratory birds, the avifauna of Gir includes a variety of raptors and many other significant species, including Lesser Florican, Osprey, Indian Pitta, Red-headed Vulture, etc. It also supports a variety of reptiles, including the Indian python and the Indian star tortoise, and possibly one of the highest populations of Marsh crocodile in the country. Gir also has one of the densest concentrations of leopards in India. Gir is also a great place to see Leopards, more than 400 inhabit this park.

Day 12: Sasan Gir – Velavadar (210 kms/4-5 hrs drive)
Morning jeep safari to the Gir national park and after lunch drive to Velavadar 210 kms, 4/5 hrs. Drive. On arrival check into Black Buck Lodge. Evening bird watching near by the lodge.

The national park spread over 34.52 sq. km area is a paradise for those interested in natural history. As you travel in your jeep in the park, it is a magical journey through the wilderness. Camera and binoculars in hand, cautious to any movement and ears alert to the sound of the forest. This is the heightened sensory of the Blackbuck National Park. The park has grasslands, shrub lands, saline plains and mud flats, which support a variety of grass, 95 species of flowering plants, 14 species of mammals, over 140 species of birds and as many reptiles. The Alang and Paravalio Rivers, three artificial ponds, two check dams and nearby coastal marshes provide an ideal habitat for aquatic flora and fauna.

Black Buck

From a conservation viewpoint, a unique feature of the park is that it is the only tropical grassland in India to be given the status of a national park. Velavadar has India’s largest population of Blackbuck, the elegant Indian antelope. One of the fastest mammals in the world, the Blackbuck is capable of achieving high speeds when leaping over the plains of Velavadar. India’s largest antelope, the Nilgai or Blue Bull, is easily seen in this national park. You have chance see the endangered Indian Grey Wolf, the nocturnal Striped Hyena, Indian Fox, Golden Jackal, Jungle Cat and many small mammals like hare, gerbil, field mice, mongoose and hedgehog. If you are a birdwatcher, Velavadar is a paradise. Dinner and overnight stay at Black Buck Lodge, Velavadar.

Day 13: Velavadar
Morning and afternoon jeep safari at the Velavadar national park. Meals and overnight stay at Black Buck Lodge, Velavadar.

Day 14: Velavadar - Ahmedabad – { 200 km – 4 Hours} New Delhi Fly back home
Morning jeep safari to the national park and later drive to Ahmedabad to board a Vistara flight to New Delhi. Met at New Delhi airport and transfer to hotel. Overnight at the hotel in New Delhi.

Day 15: New Delhi fly back home
After breakfast get transferred to International airport to board a flight back home or onward destination.

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Note: The driving hours given above from one city to another are based on the normal conditions of the roads and may vary. Any break for Food / Tea / Toilets / Sightseeing on the way will take extra time than the above given hours.

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