Gujarat Birding And Wildlife Tour

Code: # 110

Description

The Gujarat Birding and Wildlife Tour takes you to the best birding and wildlife destinations in the state of Gujarat. Velavadar National Park was created for the conservation of the Blackbuck. The Indian Grey Wolf and the Golden Jackal are the main predators. Other mammals likely to be seen are Bengal Fox, Indian Hare, Indian Desert Gerbil, Jungle Cat, and Nilgai. One can spot many species of birds of prey, like Montagu’s and Pallid Harriers, Black-winged Kite, Shikra, and Short-toed Snake Eagle, as well as other birds like Stoliczka’s Bushchat, Ashy- crowned Sparrow-Lark, Rufous-tailed and Crested Larks, Desert and Variable Wheatears, and Southern Grey and Rufous–tailed Shrikes. Common Crane and waders can be spotted on the Alag River. Gir National Park is famous as the home of the Asiatic Lion. Apart from being home to this big cat, it is also a delight for birdwatchers. The area hosts a variety of habitats, which play home to a wide variety of bird species both resident and migratory. Around 350 bird species are found here, including birds of prey, vultures, owls, nightjars, ducks, kingfishers, herons, egrets, storks, minivets, flycatchers, and many others. Khijadia Bird Sanctuary, on the outskirts of Jamnagar, is an excellent birdwatching area due to a unique mixed ecology. Birds of both seashore and freshwater habitats are found here including Great Crested Grebe, Red-naped Ibis, Black-necked Stork, Black-winged Stilt, Crab-plover, Eurasian Oystercatcher, Ruddy Turnstone, Broad-billed Sandpiper, Brahminy Kite, Common Crane, Grey- headed Swamphen, Greylag Geese, Flamingoes, Dalmatian Pelicans, and many duck species. Other wildlife found in the sanctuary included the Golden Jackal, Indian Hare, Jungle cat, and Nilgai. The Rann of Kutch is a seasonally marshy region located in the Thar Desert geographic region. As it dries in the winter sun, it becomes a desert like expanse of dry silt, interspersed by lagoons and small islands of vegetation called ‘bets’. The southeast portion of the Rann has been designated as the Indian Wild Ass Sanctuary, as it is home to the rare and endangered Indian Wild Ass or “Khur”. The Rann is also a birding paradise. One can expect numerous dryland bird species like Grey Hypocolius, Marshall’s Iora, sandgrouse, larks, coursers, plovers, chats, warblers, babblers, and shrikes. Among the many winter visitors is the highly endangered Macqueen’s Bustard. The saline
desert is also a perfect hunting ground for many species of raptors, like eagles, falcons, buzzards, and harriers. There is also an opportunity for wetland birding at the lakes and marshes around the Rann. Winter is the time when Common Cranes, Greylag Geese, and many other waterfowl species are seen in abundance. This adventurous excursion is a meticulously handcrafted Gujarat Tour Package that is focused upon unfolding the widlife heritage of Gujarat.

DEPARTURE/RETURN LOCATION Ahmedabad
DEPARTURE TIME
INCLUDED
Accommodation on twin sharing basis Meals as per the itinerary
Safaris in Velavadar with park entrance fee as per the itinerary Safaris in Gir with park entrance fee as per the itinerary
Safaris in Little Rann of Kutch with park entrance fee as per the itinerary Entrances fee in Jamnagar Coastal Birding area
Jeep for birding safari in Great Rann of Kutch for a day Dedicated car for 14 days ex-Ahmedabad
A guide for the full tour All taxes
NOT INCLUDED
Optional tours, tips, laundry, drinks, bottle water, meals not specified
International air fare, Visa, insurance, monument entrance fee, camera fee etc

Highlights

  • Great Birding
  • Excellent mammal diversity such as Wild Ass, Asiatic Lion, Leopard, Wolf, Hyena
  • Varied Landscape
  • Amazing road journey
  • Great food

 

Itinerary

Day 1 : Ahmedabad to Velavadar
Day 2: Velavadar
Day 3: Velavadar to Gir National Park
Day 4: Gir National Park
Day 5: Gir National Park to Jamnagar
Day 6: Jamnagar
Day 7: Jamnagar to Bhuj
Day 8: Bhuj
Day 9: Bhuj
Day 10: Bhuj
Day 11: Bhuj to Little Rann of Kutch
Day 12: Little Rann of Kutch
Day 13: Little Rann of Kutch to Ahmedabad
Day 14: Ahmedabad to Departure

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