Gir Wildlife Sanctuary Tour (Package Code: WLT 753)

Duration: 06 Nights/ 07 Days

Destinations Covered: Ahmedabad - Dasada - Kutch - Gir National Park - Bhavnagar
Tour Description:
This is what which everyone wants to see for, Gir National Park & Wildlife Sanctuary comprises 1412 sq km of deciduous forest interspersed with semi-evergreen and evergreen flora, acacia, scrub jungle, grasslands and rocky hills. Fed by perennial and seasonal rivers and streams, the sanctuary has large water bodies like the Kamleshwar Dam that are good for crocodiles and birds."
Day 01: Ahmedabad-Dasada
Arrive Ahmedabad by morning flight or overnight express train, and have breakfast at the river-facing Cama Park Plaza, where your birdlist will begin with many garden birds in the hotel premises and waterside birds along the Sabarmati River. Travel to Dasada, two hours away, to arrive in time for lunch at Rann Riders. The road to Dasada is interesting as you pass cattle graveyards where white-rumped, Egyptian and griffon vultures could be seen and wetlands that are good for resident birds. Then back to the hotel.
Day 02: Little Rann of Kutch
Morning drive to the bets, elevated patches in the Rann covered with scrub and grass. In winter, this is a likely area for Macqueen's bustard. Long-legged, common and white-eyed buzzard, booted eagle, Bonneli's eagle. short-toed snake eagle, are often seen during the drive. Evening visit to Nawa Talao, a lake where demmossile and common cranes gather in large flocks during the winter months. Greater and lesser flamingo are seen in large numbers as are great white pelican with spotbilled and dalmatian recorded. Then back to hotel.
Day 03: Dasada-Gir National Park
Breakfast, lunch & dinner. After breakfast, travel to Gir and take a mini-bus tour of the Interpretation Zone, an enclosed cross-section of Gir habitats. Dinner and overnight in a private orchard of Gir with a forest view.Then back to the hotel.
Day 04: Gir National Park
A tapestry of dry deciduous forests, acacia scrub and grassland, fed by rivers and reservoirs, Gir is the last abode of the Asiatic lion and has a thriving population of panther (leopard), sambar, chital (spotted deer), nilgai (blue bull antelope) and wild boar. Gir is also one of the major habitats of chousingha (the world's only four-horned antelope) and chinkara (Indian gazelle) that are hard to spot in the teak forests along the game drive trails. Then back to the hotel.
Day 05: Gir National Park-Bhavnagar
Travel from Gir to Bhavnagar and check-in at the Narayani Heritage, a family-run heritage hotel. Bird in the surrounding countryside or visit Bhavnagar for birding at Victoria Park (good scrubland birdlife), Gaurishankar Lake and near the ports where Western reef egret nest in good numbers. Those interested in combining culture with natural history can visit the magnificent Jain temple complex atop Shatrunjaya Hill. Then back to the hotel.
Day 06: Velavadar National Park excursion
Early morning depart for Velavadar National Park with a picnic lunch. 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 eriphery. Sirkeer malkoha, painted francolin, chestnut-bellied and spotted ndgrouse, rufous-tailed, crested and sykes' larks, red-rumped swallows, desert nd 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 andoccasionally northern goshawk. Rarities include the Stoilczka's bushchat. In the evening, witness a massive roost of montagu, pallid and marsh harrier. Depart for hmedabad and stay in a hotel.
Day 07: Ahmedabad-onward journey
Catch the flight to onward 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. Then back to the hotel.
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