DAY 01 (AHMEDABAD)
ARRIVAL AT AHMEDABAD
Arrival at Ahmedabad, Meet, Greet & transfer to hotel, check in to hotel, rest of the day leisure. Overnight stay Ahmedabad. DAY 02(DASADA)
AHMEDABAD – NALSAROVAR – DASADA / BAJANA
Early morning drives to Nalsarovar (65 KMS / 1.5 Hours); it’s a 65 KMS from Ahmedabad. Between October to March, the sanctuary is home of groups of native and migratory birds with as many as 250 species passing through the park. The lake is a paradise for birdwatchers; it’s especially in winter when it attracts more than 100 species of migratory birds. Around the lake are the habitats of the danger Saras crane & globally threatened predator are sometimes seen in the fields. Rafts of mostly ducks can be seen & the numerous islands on the lake are roosting sites for many birds. Flamingos, storks and spoonbills are frequently seen feeding in the swallows. There are chances of seeing raptors too like the Marsh Harrier, Grater Spotted Eagle & the threatened Pallas Fish Eagle. Ducks, geese, Pelicans and flamingos are best seen early in the morning (around 5 AM) & in the evening. It’s best to hire a boat for a few hours.
Later drives to Dasada / Bajana (80 KMS / 2 Hours), Check in to hotel, rest of the day leisure, Evening safari to
Little Rann of Kutch - This is one of the largest wildlife sanctuaries in India, spanning some 4950 sq ft 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 with 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)
DASADA FULL DAY BIRDING
Morning & Evening safaris to Little Rann of Kutch to visits more Birding.
Evening dinner & overnight stay Dasada / Bajana.
DASADA – BHUJ
Morning drives to Bhuj (300 KMS / 6 Hours), later drives to FRB office, permit to visits remote area for birding. Later drives to Chari Dhand (100 KMS / 3 Hours), Dhand is stands for big, shallow pond of rainwater. Chari Dhand is the finest biggest Dhand of Kutch among three dozen Dhand. Chari Dhand, a lake near Fulay village, which in years of good rainfall 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. Thousand of bird species are found in Gujarat making itself ideal destination point for bird lovers. 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 (birds of prey) 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)
BHUJ - NALIYA
Early morning drives to NALIYA BIRD SENCTUARY (Bhuj – Naliya 100 KMS / 2.5 Hours, Nakhatrana – Naliya (50 KMS / 1.5 Hours) Proceed to NALIYA bird sanctuary. Only of the important of Kutch is 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 of 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.
There is an excellent journey route during the sanctuary that gives opportunity of seeing the 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 visits in winter.
The sanctuary enlarge 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. We can find these birds like Flamingos, Harriers, Eagles, and Jungle cat, Desert Cat, Chinkara, Herons, Egrets and Sandpipers.
Evening dinner at hotel, Overnight stay Bhuj / Nakhatrana. DAY 06(BHUJ)
BHUJ / NAKHATRANA – NALIYA BIRD SENCTUARY
Full day birding at Naliya Bird sanctuary visits of remaining area. Evening drives to Bhuj (100 KMS / 2.5 Hours) because from Bhuj – Jamnagar will be near.
Evening dinner at hotel, Overnight stay BhujDAY 07(JAMNAGAR)
BHUJ – JAMNAGAR
Morning drives 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 strong hold of 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. For permission, more information, or to ask for a forest guide, contact Conservator of Forests Office, Tel: 0288 2679357. 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)
Morning visits of Marine National Park – it was declared in 1980, the Marine National Park and sanctuary lies in the intertidal zone (the area between the lowest & highest tide levels) in the Gulf of Kutch. Gujarat notified India’s first Marine Sanctuary covering about 460 sq km of the coastal zone including most of the islands. Narara and Pirotan Island are two of the park’s popular tourist destination for viewing marine invertebrates. 42 islands sit like little gems in the Arabian Sea. About 80 bird species are recorded on the islands including Crab Plover, Kentish Plover, Oystercatcher, and Turnstone, sandpipers, herons and godwits. Pirotan and Narara are seeing large flocks of Crab Plover. The swamp forests of the islands, featuring about seven species of mangrove, have breeding colonies of near-threatened species like Painted Stork, Darter and Black-necked Ibis, and other birds like egrets and herons. On the boat crossing to the islands, there are chances of seeing Pallas’ Fish Eagle, Osprey and other raptors.
Evening dinner at hotel, Overnight stay Jamnagar.
DAY 09(SASAN GIR)
JAMNAGAR – SASAN GIR
Morning drives to Gir National Park (220 KMS / 5 HOURS), Check in to hotel.
Sasan Gir is well known as the remaining habitat of the Asiatic Lion. The 1412 SQ KM Gir wildlife reserve comprises 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. Birds can seen while visit to sanctuary. 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. As 350 lions and more than 300 leopards has been counted in Sasan Gir during the last census. The best time to visits the sanctuary is from November to April & it’s closed from mid June to mid October.
Evening dinner at hotel, Overnight stay Sasan Gir.DAY 10(SASAN GIR)
Morning & Evening safari to National Park, Evening dinner at hotel, Overnight stay Sasan Gir.
SASAN GIR – VELAVADAR NATIONAL PARK
Morning drives to Bhavnagar (250 KMS / 6 HOURS), Evening leisure at hotel.
Evening dinner at hotel, Overnight stay BhavnagarDAY 12(BHAVNAGAR)
FULL DAY VELAVADAR
Morning drives to Velavadar, Velavadar National Park is a 65 KMS from Bhavnagar. Park is open from mid OCT to mid JUNE. The 34 SQ 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. We can go into park with our own car, as this car we can use it to explore the park. Velavadar is also one of the few national parks in India where the Indian wolf is proliferating successfully. There is a forest department run tourist accommodation complex in the park.
Evening dinner at hotel, Overnight stay Bhavnagar.
Next day Morning drives to Ahmedabad, (200 KMS / 4 Hours), Later connect a flight to Mumbai / Delhi.( Tour ends)