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Big Cats and Taj Mahal

14 nights and 15 days
Best season: October-May

Delhi- Little Rann of Kutch-Gir National Park-Velavadar-Kanha NP-Agra

ITINERARY

This tour encompasses the habitats of Asiatic Lion, leopard, tiger, Asiatic wild ass, lots of important birding places and some important Indianmonuments & cultural sited.

Day 01: Arrival Delhi

Arrival in Delhi before or after midnight. You will be met and transferred to the hotel. Overnight hotel.

Day 02: Delhi
Morning at leisure in Delhi. Afternoon birding in Delhi or a guided city tour. Overnight hotel.

Day 03: Delhi-Ahmedabad-Little Rann of Kutch
Meals:
dinner
Transfer to the airport in the morning to fly to Ahmedabad. You will be met and transferred to Little Rann of Kutch (2½ hours). Overnight stay in Rann Riders.

The sanctuary is known for its herds of the handsome chestnut brown Asiatic wild ass, which is the last of India's wild horse family, does not survive elsewhere in Indian lowlands, but also supports a thriving population of gazelle, blue bull, wolf, and Indian foxes, jackal, jungle cat, hare and birds from the houbara bustard, spotted & Indian sandgrouse, francolin partridge, bustard quails, desert wheatear, desert , larks, steppe eagle, imperial eagle, short toed eagle, 5 of vulture, laggar falcon etc to flamingoes, pelicans, ducks,cranes and storks .

Day 04: Little Rann of Kutch
Meals:
breakfast, lunch, dinner
Morning visit the the Rann again for wildlife viewing. Afternoon drive into the dry plains of Rann to see the onager (Asiatic Wild Ass). Overnight stay in Rann Riders.

Day 05: Little Rann of Kutch-Gir National Park
Meals:
breakfast, packed lunch, dinner
You will be transferred to GirNational Park (6½ hours). Afternoon birding in the vicinity of the park. Overnight stay in Gir Birding Lodge.

Gir National Park & Wildlife Sanctuary is a 1412 sq km tract of dry deciduous forests, acacia scrub, evergreen and semi-evergreen flora and grasslands, fed by rivers and streams. Among the many water-bodies in the reserve is the Kamleshwar Dam, known for its birdlife and for its large crocodile population.

This reserve is the last abode of the Asiatic lion and is also known for its leopard population. Other mammals of Gir are sambar (India's largest deer), chital (spotted deer), chousingha (the world's only four-horned antelope), nilgai (bluebull antelope), chinkara (Indian gazelle), wild boar, langur, jackal, jungle cat, rusty-spotted cat, striped hyena and black-naped hare.

Day 06 & 07: GirNational Park
Meals:
breakfast, lunch & dinner
Morning & afternoon safari into the park for lion tracking and animal viewing. Overnight stay in Gir Birding Lodge.

Day 08: Gir National Park-Bhavnagar
Meals:
breakfast, packed lunch
Morning birding in Gir. Drive in the afternoon to Bhavnagar (4 hours). Overnight in a hotel.

Day 09: Bhavnagar-Velavadar-Ahmedabad
Meals:
on own
Morning birding in Velavadar Wildlife Sanctuary. 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 sykes' 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 Stoilczka's bushchat. In the evening, witness a massive roost of montagu, pallid and marsh harrier.

Drive in the afternoon to Ahmedabad (4 hours). Overnight stay in a hotel.

Day 10: Jabalpur-KanhaNational Park
Meals:
dinner
Connect flight at 0900 hours to Nagpur, arriving at 1130 hours. You will be met & transferred to Kanha NP (5 hours). Krishna Jungle Resort.

Kanha National Park spreads over 1,945 sq. km of dense sal forests, interspersed with extensive meadows and trees and clumps of wild bamboo. This is where you can spot the tiger in all his magnificence or feast your eyes on the rare Barasingha (Swamp deer) amidst extensive grasslands. The park is also good for Indian bison. The park forms the core of the Kanha Tiger Reserve created in 1974, under Project Tiger. It is one of the most well-maintained National Parks in Asia, and a major attraction for avid wildlife buffs all over the world. Two major rivers, Halon and Banjar, flow through the park. The sal forests of Kanha are interspersed with extensive meadows and trees and clumps of wild bamboo. This area known as Kipling Country is where the jungle book of Rudyard Kipling was conceived.

Day 11 & 12: KanhaNational Park
Meals:
breakfast, lunch & dinner
Morning & afternoon safari into the park for tiger-tracking and animal viewing. Overnight stay in Krishna Jungle Resort.

Day 13: Kanha National Park-Agra
Meals:
breakfast
Morning drive in the park. You will be transferred to Jabalpur station (3½ hour) to connect train at 1540 hours. Overnight in air-conditioned sleeper class train.

Day 14: Agra
Meals:
on own
Arrive in Agra at 0440 hours. You will be met and transferred to National Chambal Sanctuary (1½ hour) for a boat cruise on river Chambal to see the Gangetic dolphin, marsh & fish-eating crocodile. Return to Agra in the afternoon. You will be taken for a guided tour of Taj Mahal. Overnight in a hotel.

Day 15: Agra-Delhi
Meals:
on own
Drive to Delhi (4 hr.). Sightseeing can with arranged with a guide if time permits. Transfer to the airport to connect flight to return destination.

Please let us know the number of people travelling on this tour and we will send you the total cost. We also specialize in customizing the tour. Should you need any changes we would be happy to modify the itinerary.

The tour may include arrangements such as accommodation, travel, meals, permit, guides, activities etc. or services as required by the client.

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