WILDLIFE & BIRDS OF GUJARAT
14 days

The western state of Gujarat has now emerged deservedly as a single destination for wildlife and birds. Its long coastline bordering the Arabian Sea, vast desert and semi desert habitat, seasonal wetlands and its position along the Central Asian-Indian Flyway give Gujarat distinctiveness and diversity.

The Asiatic Lion, Indian Wild Ass and Grey Hypocolius and prominent endemics. Multitudes of flamingo, pelicans, cranes shorebirds and waterfowl delight the eye along with several specialties such as raptors and woodland birds that take the species count in excess of 600. Late autumn and spring are particularly excellent for passage migrants.

Travel within Gujarat is enhanced by a well-developed network quality highways and roads and point to point drives are usually enlivened by numerous wetlands filled with waterfowl and waders. Access to wildlife viewing and bird-watching sites is quite easy. Gujarat’s mild winters provide ideal conditions for wildlife viewing and bird-watching.

A nature quest through Gujarat is quite unlike anywhere else in the Indian Subcontinent.

Season: November – February

This tour is accompanied throughout by an expert naturalist-guide.

DAY 1 | AHMEDABAD / LITTLE RANN OF KUTCH

Arrive Ahmedabad and continue to the Little Rann of Kurch (110 km/2 hours).

DAY 2 & DAY 3 | LITTLE RANN OF KUTCH

Arrive Ahmedabad and continue to the Little Rann of Kurch (110 km/2 hours). The mix of semi-arid and desert wilderness is home to the endemic Indian Wild Ass, Indian Wolf and Desert Fox among the 35 species of mammals recorded as well as 285 species of birds. The seasonal wetland of Nalsarovar is particularly outstanding for waterfowl and waders.

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DAY 4 | LITTLE RANN OF KUTCH / GREAT RANN OF KUTCH

Drive west to Bhuj (260 km/5 hours plus stops), pausing at seasonal wetlands along the way.

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DAY 5 & 6 | GREAT RANN OF KUTCH

The seemingly endless desert landscape of the Great Rann is punctuated by salt pans and shallow water sites that are colonised by flamingoes sometimes in their thousands. Excursions from Bhuj are made to the Naliya grasslands in the hope of spotting the critically endangered Great Indian Bustard, the small and compact Chari Dandh wetland that reveals a profusion of wildfowl and waders, and some of the 32 species of raptors that have been recorded here, and the oases around Fulay in the hope of spotting the increasingly rarer Grey Hypocolius.

DAY 7 | GREAT RANN OF KUTCH / JAMNAGAR

Drive around the Gulf of Kutch to Jamnagar (271 km/5-6 hours) where three bird-rich sires – Marine National Park, Pirotan Island, and Khjiadiya Bird Sanctuary that is a unique mix of sweet- and salt-water habitats – add to your species list.

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DAY 8 | JAMNAGAR

The intensity and scope of birdwatching fluctuates with the tides and the area harbours vast flocks of flamingos, cranes and waders. The big prize here is the Crab Plover.

DAY 9 | JAMNAGAR / GIR NATIONAL PARK

After a final morning in the Jamnagar area, drive south to Gir National Park (213 km/3.5 hours), the last remaining stronghold of the Asiatic Lion.

DAY 10 & 11 | GIR NATIONAL PAK

The dry deciduous forest, grassland and seasonal waterholes make up the semi-arid hill country that supports large numbers of bovines that are prey for the lion and the infrequently seen leopard. Guided jeep safaris are conducted early morning

and in the afternoon. Birds of the woodland and scrub abound here.

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DAY 12 | GIR NATIONAL PARK / VELAVADAR NATIONAL PARK

The last leg of the journey takes you to Velavadar National Park (205 km/3 hours).

DAY 13 | VELAVADAR NATIONAL PARK

Created to preserve the once-endangered Blackbuck,

the most elegant of Indian antelopes, it also provides refuge to dwindling numbers of Indian Wold and Striped Hyena. Velavadar, however, shot to fame as the world’s largest harrier roost: Montagu’s Pallid and Western Marsh harriers number a few thousand.

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DAY 14 | VELAVADAR NATIONAL PARK / AHMEDABAD

After a final morning of wildlife viewing and birdwatching, drive to Ahmedabad (148 km/2 hours) to connect to your onward destination.

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