Birding & Wildlife Breaks

Day 01. Arrive in Ahmedabad. Ahmedabad is endowed with a rich architectural heritage that is vital to the local identity and continuity of the place. Along with the foremost heritage Indo-Islamic monuments of the 15th to 17th centuries, there are potential heritage precincts in the form of the Pols, the traditional residential clusters of the medieval period, which makes Ahmedabad exceptional. Combining these all, the historic walled city of Ahmedabad has it all to be the first city in India to be inscribed in UNESCO's World Heritage City list of 2017.
You will proceed to Velavadar which is about 04 hours’ drive from Ahmedabad. Check into your resort pre-booked. Dinner and overnight at Velavadar.

Day 02. Today you will have 02 Safaris in Velavadar {Am / Pm Game Drives}. Velavadar National Park 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 foxes are on the periphery. Sirkeer Malkoha, painted francolin, chestnut-bellied and spotted sand grouse, 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, laggard 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 Stolicza's bush chat. In the evening, witness a massive roost of Montagu, pallid, and marsh harrier. Stay at a Wildlife Resort.
 

Day 03. Today post early breakfast you will be spending the morning of day 3 at Bhavnagar including the port areas, lakes, and Victoria Park, before departing by road for Sasan Gir (4hrs), Arrive Gir - Check into your hotel pre-booked. The day is kept free for birding on your own. Dinner and overnight in a private orchard of Gir with a forest view.

 

Day 04. Today you will have 02 Safaris in Gir National Park on different or similar routes. {Am / Pm Safaris in 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 the 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. Among the many birds of Gir, changeable hawk-eagle, crested serpent eagle, Bonneli’s eagle, shaheen peregrine falcon, laggard falcon, shikra, painted sand grouse, quails, black-hooded and golden oriels, marshal's and common iora, Asian Paradise flycatcher, Tickell's blue, Red-throated, verditer and Asian brown flycatchers, Yellow-crowned, Brown-capped pygmy, black-rumped flame back woodpeckers, green and Blue-cheeked bee-eaters, coppersmith barbet, common, lesser pied and white-throated kingfisher, blossom-headed parakeet, hoopoe, black, ashy and white-bellied drongos, Rufous Treepie, large cuckoo shrike, small Minivet, red-vented and white-eared bulbul, tawny-bellied, yellow-eyed, jungle and large grey babblers, grey-breasted, ashy, Rufous-fronted, plain, jungle and graceful prinias, Zitting cisticola, clamorous reed-warbler, booted warbler, greenish warbler, lesser and Hume’s warbler, Orphean warbler and Blyth's reed warbler, are among the many birds that could be seen here. Evenings will be kept free to do your checklist. Dinner and overnight at Gir.

 

Day 05. Today post early breakfast drive to the Little Rann of Kutch. Late-afternoon safari in the Little Rann of Kutch, a sanctuary for the endangered Asiatic Wild Ass. The mammals of the Rann other than the wild ass, there are chances of seeing nilgai, chinkara gazelle, white-footed desert and Indian foxes, the wolf, jungle cat (occasionally also a desert cat), pale and long-eared hedgehogs and hare. Dinner and overnight at a Wildlife Resort near Little Rann of Kutch.

Day 06. Early morning you will be having 1 more safari game in which you will explore the rich birding in the little Rann of Kutch - Crested and Sykes larks, Oriental skylark, bimaculated lark, greater short-toed lark, singing and Indian bush larks, ashy-crowned and black-crowned sparrow-larks, are likely sightings and greater hoopoe lark is possible. Desert and variable wheatears, southern grey, long-tailed, Rufous-tailed, and bay-back shrike, common wood shrike are also likely sightings and the desert warbler is among the many winter visiting warblers. We will also look for Chestnut-bellied and spotted sand grouse, Indian courser (cream-coloured visits occasionally), quails, yellow-legged and barred buttonquails, grey francolin, wryneck, brown-rock chat, pied bush chat, Rufous-tailed scrub robin, blue-headed rock thrush, black redstart and buntings in the scrubby areas. At sunset, it is possible to watch marsh, Montagu and pallid harriers, Aquila eagles, falcons and buzzards heading for their roosting sites. Post breakfast you will leave the Little Rann of Kutch after a final morning game drive head to Ahmedabad for onward journey by flight/train.