Arrive Ahmedabad and drive to Dasada. Late-afternoon safari in the Little Rann of Kutch, a sanctuary for the endangered Asiatic Wild Ass. the mammals of the Rann other than the wild ass, there are chances of seeing nilgai, chinkara gazelle, white-footed desert and Indian foxes, the wolf, jungle cat (occasionally also desert cat), pale and long-eared hedgehogs and hare.
Crested and Sykes larks, Oriental skylark, bimaculated lark, greater short-toed lark, singing and Indian bushlarks, ashy-crowned and black-crowned sparrow-larks, are likely sightings and greater hoopoe lark is possible. Desert and variable wheatears, southern grey, long-tailed, rufous-tailed and bay-back shrike, common woodshrike are also likely sightings and the desert warbler is among the many winter visiting warblers. We will also look for chestnut-bellied and spotted sandgrouse, Indian courser (cream-coloured visits occasionally), quails, yellow-legged and barred buttonquails, grey francolin, wryneck, brown-rock chat, pied bushchat, rufous-tailed scrub robin, blue-headed rock thrush, black redstart and buntings in the scrubby areas. At sunset, it is possible to watch marsh, Montagu and pallid harriers, aquila eagles, falcons and buzzards heading for their roosting sites.
Overnight at Hotel
Morning drive to the bets, elevated patches in the Rann covered with scrub and grass. In winter, this is a likely area for MacqueenÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s bustard. Long-legged, common and white-eyed buzzard, booted eagle, BonneliÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s eagle. short-toed snake eagle, are often seen during the drive.
Evening visit to Nawa Talao, a lake where demmossile and common cranes gather in large flocks during the winter months. Greater and lesser flamingo are seen in large numbers as are great white pelican with spotbilled and dalmatian recorded. Painted, openbill, wooly-necked, white, black and black-necked stork could be seen as also black, glossy and black-headed ibis. Northern pintail, common teal, spot-billed duck, mallard, gadwall, wigeon, garganey, shoveler, cotton pygmy goose, pochards, tufted duck, lesser whistling duck, brahminy and comb duck are among the many visitors to the lake. Waders include pratincoles, lapwings, sandpipers, ruff and other birds in good numbers.
Overnight at the Hotel (B)
Drive from Dasada to Bhuj passing good wetlands and dryland bird habitats. Stay at Hotel Prince/equivalent.
Overnight at the Bhuj (B)
Drive from Bhuj to Moti Virani. Stay at CEDO Camp, a basic facility run by a conservation organization. Visit the roost of the Grey Hypoculius at Fulay, one of the few sites where this bird is seen in India.
Overnight stay at Moti Virani (B)
Drive to Mandvi. Tour the coastal areas for birding. Enjoy the evening at the Mandvi beach.
Overnight stay at Mandvi (B)
Drive to Jamnagar. Evening visit to Khijadiya Bird Sanctuary, a possible site for the Indian skimmer. This sanctuary is a breeding area for many species of birds that do not nest elsewhere in peninsular India. Great-crested grebe, black-necked stork, Caspian tern and many other birds can be seen besides most of the species recorded in the Little Rann area.
Overnight at the Jamnagar (B)
Visit coastal areas along the Gulf of Kutch, one of the finest birding stretches along the Indian coastline. You are likely to see crab-plover, Kentish plover, oystercatcher, ruddy turnstone, broad-billed sandpiper, sanderling, dunlin, curlew sandpiper, black-headed gull, PallasÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ gull, temmincks stint, lesser-crested tern, gull-billed tern, common tern, little tern, black-bellied tern, whiskered tern, whiskered tern, darters, western reef egret and other birds could be seen on this route.
Overnight at the Jamnagar (B)
Travel to Gondal and check-in at the Riverside Palace/Orchard Palace. These heritage hotels are good for birding with many species coming in to the orchards and on the river-shores. Drive to the grasslands where there are chances of seeing Eurasian eagle-owl, Montagu harrier, short-eared owl, rock bush quail, ashy-crowned sparrow-lark, southern grey and rufous-tailed shrike, pipits, pied bushchat, among other birds. The lakes of Gondal attract large flocks of demmossile and common cranes, white pelicans, ducks, and other birds.
Over night at Gondal (B)
After breakfast, travel to Gir and take a mini-bus tour of the Interpretation Zone, an enclosed cross-section of Gir habitats. Dinner
Overnight at Gir (B)
A tapestry of dry deciduous forests, acacia scrub and grassland, fed by rivers and reservoirs, Gir is the last abode of the Asiatic lion and has a thriving population of panther (leopard), sambar, chital (spotted deer), nilgai (blue bull antelope) and wild boar. Gir is also one of the major habitats of chousingha (the worldÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s only four-horned antelope) and chinkara (Indian gazelle) that are hard to spot in the teak forests along the game drive trails. Among the many birds of Gir, changeable hawk eagle, crested serpent eagle, BonneliÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s eagle, shaheen peregrene falcon, laggar falcon, shikra, painted sandgrouse, quails, black-hooded and golden oriels, marshallÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s and common iora, Asian paradise flycatcher, tickellÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s blue, red-throated, verditer and Asian brown flycatchers, yellow-crowned, brown-capped pygmy, black-rumped flameback woodpeckers, green and blue-cheeked bee-eaters, coppersmith barbet, common, lesser pied and white-throated kingfisher, blossom-headed parakeet, hoopoe, black, ashy and white-bellied drongos, rufous treepie, large cuckoo shrike, small minivet, red-vented and white-eared bulbul, tawny-bellied, yellow-eyed, jungle and large grey babblers, grey-breasted, ashy, rufous-fronted, plain, jungle and graceful prinias, zitting cisticola, clamorous reed-warbler, booted warbler, greenish warbler, lesser and HumeÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s warbler, orphean warbler and blythÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s reed warbler, are among the many birds that could be seen here. Those interested in herpetology can visit the crocodile breeding farm at Sasan.
Over night at Gir (B)
Early morning depart for Velavadar National Park. Known for its large blackbuck antelope population, Velavadar is also one of the few places where the wolf is proliferating in India though they are rarely seen in the daylight. Jackal, jungle cat and hare are more easily seen and Indian fox on the periphery. Sirkeer malkoha, painted francolin, chestnut-bellied and spotted sandgrouse, rufous-tailed, crested and sykesÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ larks, red-rumped swallows, desert and variable wheatears and other birds are seen and many raptors visit specially short-toed snake eagle, imperial, steppe, tawny, greater and lesser spotted eagles, laggar falcon, hobby, common kestrel, red-necked falcon, peregrine falcon, white-eyed and long-legged buzzard, black-shouldered kite, shikra, Eurasian sparrow-hawk and occasionally northern goshawk. Rarities include the StoilczkaÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s bushchat. In the evening, witness a massive roost of montagu, pallid and marsh harrier.
Stay at at Bhavnagar or at Velavadar (B)
Morning birdwatching at Bhavnagar including the port areas, lakes and Victoria Park. Depart for Ahmedabad
|Cost Includes||Cost does not Includes|
|11 Nights accommodation at above mentioned hotels or Similar in base category rooms.||Air Fare/Train fare.|
|Daily buffet/fixed breakfast in Deluxe Package.||Any meals other then those specified in Ã¢â‚¬ËœCost IncludesÃ¢â‚¬â„¢.|
|Air-conditioned car Sumo Victa / Xylo / Qualis for Sightseeing and excursions as per our brochure itinerary.||Expenses of personal nature such as tips, telephone calls, laundry, liquor etc|
|Any other item not specified in Ã¢â‚¬Ëœcost includesÃ¢â‚¬â„¢.|
|2.58 % Government service tax.|
|Guide & Entrance fees during sightseeing|