A nature quest through Gujart
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.
Drive west to Bhuj (260 km/5 hours plus stops), pausing at seasonal wetlands along the way.
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.
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. 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.
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.
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.
The last leg of the journey takes you to Velavadar National Park (205 km/3 hours).
The last leg of the journey takes you to Velavadar National Park (205 km/3 hours). 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.
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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