Traverse through the state of Gujarat with your Gujarat tour operator Vasco Travel and gaze upon the most magnificent birds of the region. While Birding in Gujarat, we will explore balmy woodlands and bird-rich scrub and coastal areas. Wildlife tour of Gujarat takes you across the desert and Rann of Kutch, where the globally endangered Great Indian Bustard resides. Also on display will be one of the kind Grey Hypocolius and White-naped Tit. The Jamnagar tour takes you through the panoramic Marine National Park in Jamnagar for wetland birds. Continue to visit the exciting and hidden jungle on a Safari in Sasangir National Park, the last abode of Asiatic Lion. Reach Velavadar to see the rare Stoilczkas Bushchat. The elegant Blackbucks present a rare opportunity to spot the endangered Striped Hyena and Indian Wolf. The Indian government has realized the tourism potential of Gujarat and is aggressively promoting Gujarat Tourism to overseas and domestic travelers.
- Visit the Wild Ass sanctuary in Little Rann of Kutch
- Dasada: Over 200 species of birds expected
- Game drive to track Asiatic Lions at Gir National Park
Best time to Visit
Day 1 Arrival Delhi
Upon arrival at Delhi airport, you are received by a Vasco representative and escorted to the hotel where you are welcomed in traditional Indian style. Overnight stay at the hotel.
Known for its survival against all odds, Delhi the capital of India has been the epicenter of Indian politics for centuries. The delightful ambiance of Delhi leaves a hypnotic spell on the visitors with its old world charm and modern lifestyle that coexist in this city of Djinns. Upon arrival you will experience the newly built state of the art Delhi airport and as the journey unfolds, you will be fascinated by the ancient architecture of Mughal Era while traveling through the crowded by lanes of Chandni Chowk where the sights and sounds of the ever growing city and spicy traditional Indian food will caste a magical spell on you. Several luxury hotels adorn the skyline of Delhi and are known for their traditional warmth and hospitality the world over. The mystic charm of Delhi lies in its architectural marvels and rich cultural background.
Day 2 Delhi – Sultanpur Bird Sanctuary – Delhi
Our journey starts from the capital New Delhi. Early morning we eave for Sultanpur Bird Sanctuary. We will take packed breakfast along with us. At the sanctuary some of the resident birds are Common Hoopoe, Paddyfield Pipit, Purple Sunbird, Little Cormorant, Eurasian Thick-knee, Gray Francolin, Black Francolin, Indian Roller, White-throated Kingfisher, Spot-billed Duck, Painted Stork, White Ibis, Black headed Ibis, Little Egret, Great Egret, Cattle Egret, India Crested Lark, Red-vented Bulbul, Rose ringed Parakeet, Red-wattled Lapwing, Shikra, Eurasian collared Dove, Red collared Dove, Laughing Dove, Spotted Owlet, Rock Pigeon, Magpie Robin, Greater Coucal, Weaver Bird, Common Mynah and Green Bee Eater.
Every year 90 migratory bird species arrive here in search of feeding grounds and to escape the winter chill of Europe. The sanctuary provides a picturesque panorama of migratory birds such as - Greater Flamingo, Black winged Stilt, Common Teal, Common Greenshank, Northern Pintail, Yellow Wagtail, White Wagtail, Northern Shoveler, Rosy Pelican, Gadwall, Wood Sandpiper, Spotted Sandpiper, Eurasian Wigeon, Black-tailed Godwit, Spotted Redshank, Starling, Bluethroat and Long-billed Pipit. After exploring the flora and fanua of the park we return to the hotel in the afternoon. Rest of the day is at leisure. Overnight stay is at the hotel.
Day 10 Gir National Park
We will have two game drives today, one in the morning and one in the afternoon. A tapestry of dry deciduous forests, acacia scrub and grassland, fed by rivers and reservoirs, this park has a thriving population of Panther, 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, Peregrine Falcon, Laggar Falcon, Shikra, Quails, Black-Hooded and Golden Orioles, Marshal's and Common Iora, Red-Throated, Verditer and Asian Brown Flycatchers, Yellow-Crowned, Brown-Capped Pygmy, Black-Rumped Flameback 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, Lesser and Hume's Warbler, Orphean Warbler and Blyth's Reed Warbler, are among the many birds that could be seen here.
You also have the option to visit the Crocodile breeding farm at Sasan. In the afternoon return to the hotel for overnight stay.
Day 4 Little Rann of Kutch
In the morning we drive to the elevated patches in the Rann covered with scrub and grass. In winters, this is a potential area to spot Mac Queen's Bustard, Long-legged, Common White-eyed Buzzard, Booted Eagle, Bonelli's Eagle and Short-toed Snake Eagle.
In the evening we visit Nawa Talao, a lake where Demoiselle and common Cranes gather in large flocks. Greater and Lesser Flamingos are seen in large numbers, as are Great White Pelican with Spot Billed and Dalmatian recorded. Painted, Open Bill, Wooly-Necked, White, Black and Black-Necked Stork also Black, Glossy and Black-Headed Ibis. Northern Pintail, Common Teal, Spot-Billed Duck, Mallard, Gadwall, Wigeon, Garganey, Shoveler, Cotton Pygmy Goose, Pochards, Tufted Duck, Lesser Whistling Duck, Brahminy and Comb Duck are among the many visitors to the lake. Waders include Pratincoles, Lapwings, Sandpipers, Ruff and other birds in good numbers. After traversing through the forested landscape return to the hotel in the afternoon for an overnight stay.
Day 3 Delhi – Ahmedabad – Little Rann of Kutch
Early morning depart for Delhi airport to board your flight to Ahmedabad. Upon arrival at Ahmedabad airport, you will be received by a Vasco representative and transferred to the hotel in Little Rann of Kutch.
Little Rann of Kutch is a vast expansion of brazen land which is a heaven for the faunal species and bird-watchers.The unique ecosystem of the sanctuary provides an important feeding, breeding and roosting habitat for a large number of birds. Its strategic location on the bird migration route and its connection with the dynamic Gulf of Kutch makes it a perfect choice for transmigratory birds. Many parts of the Little Rann of Kutch provide ideal breeding grounds for some of the largest flocks of Greater and Lesser flamingos. About 70,000-75,000 birds’ nests are spread in an area over 250 acres.
One of the most threatened birds, the Great Indian Bustard finds refuge in certain pockets of these protected areas. Birds like Sociable Lapwing, Hoopoe Lark, Sykes's Nightjar, Indian Nightjar, Houbara Bustard, MacQueen's Bustard, Francolin Partridge, Bustard Quails, Spotted & Indian Sandgrouse, Desert Wheatear, Steppe Eagle, Short Toed Eagle, Vulture, Imperial Eagle, Laggard Falcon, Ducks, Cranes, Pelicans and Storks can also be found here.
This is the last home of the southern subspecies of the Asiatic Wild Ass. We will make a special endeavour to see this endangered mammal. These asses are mostly whitish, with ruddy-orange areas on their heads and the tops of their bodies, and a sharp black stripe from the head, down the neck and back to the tail. They are keenly alert, wary but self-confident, and magnificently swift as they run in groups across the unbroken flats of the Rann. Overnight stay is at the hotel.
Day 5-6 Little Rann of Kutch – Greater Rann of Kutch
We commence our journey from Dasada we begin exploring the Bhuj area. The Great and Little Rann of Kutch are peculiar geographical freaks of Gujarat with several thousand square miles of flats almost at sea level, which are slightly brackish extensions of the sea during the monsoon rains, and blank brown salt flats for the rest of the year.
The Great Rann is a huge area of Savanna grassland, saline desert and arid scrub woodland, intermixed with cultivated land (comprising mainly cotton and castor crops). There are a number of permanent ponds, channels and lakes at the edges of the Rann. This place is swarming with birds; we would soon find ourselves wrapped up in clouds of wetland birds containing Lesser Flamingos; Dalmatian Pelicans with their bright orange bills; large groups of Paler-billed Eurasian White Pelicans; masses of Eurasian Spoonbills, hundreds of Demoiselle Cranes, which are sometimes mixed with the Common Cranes. The main target birds include Grey Hypocolius and White-naped Tit. Both are rather enigmatic and little known-species. In addition to searching for these two special birds, we might see White-bellied Minivet, Sykes’s Nightjar, Sykes’s Lark, Grey-necked Bunting, Indian Eagle Owl, Red-tailed Wheatear, Crab Plover Chestnut Bellied Nightjar, Indian Nightjar, Desert Warbler, Rufous Fronted Prinia and Great Indian Bustard and large numbers of wetland birds. Overnight stay at the hotel.
Day 11 Gir National Park – Velavadar Blackbuck National Park
We take a morning safari in the park and afterwards return to the hotel for breakfast. Later, drive to Velavadar Blackbuck National Park. Upon arrival in Velavadar, check into the hotel and rest for a while. It is situated near the west coast of Gulf of Cambay in Gujarat and is spread over 34.52 sq km area. The unique feature of the park is that it is the only tropical grassland in India to be given the status of a national park. You have the option to take a safari in the park or bird near the lodge itself. Overnight stay is at the hotel.
Day 12 Velavadar Blackbuck National Park
Today we will go for two game drives in the Velavadar national park. Birds are found in abundance over here and include species like Rufous-tailed Lark, Greater Short-toed Lark, Ashy-crowned and Black-crowned Sparrow Lark, Indian Bushlark, Singing Bushlark, Sykes's Crested Lark, Crested Lark, Painted and Grey Francolin, Desert and Variable Wheatear, Chestnut Bellied Sandgrouse, Spotted Sandgrouse, Painted Sandgrouse, Quails and Saras Crane. Among the many raptors that can be seen are Pallid Harrier, Montagu's Harrier, Marsh Harrier, Laggar Falcon, Eurasian Hobby, Kestrel, Red-necked Falcon, Saker Falcon, Peregrine Falcon, Eurasian Sparrowhawk, Shikra, Imperial Eagle, Tawny Eagle, Steppe Eagle and Short-toed Eagle. Amur Falcon, Hen Harrier and Crested Goshawk have been seen here. Endangered species of vultures too visit Velavadar. The rare Stoilczka's Bushchat could also be on display.
Apart from birds, as the name suggests Velavadar Blackbuck National Park has India's largest population of Blackbuck, the elegant Indian Antelope. India's largest Antelope, the Nilgai is also found here. If we are lucky we could spot the endangered Indian Grey Wolf but it is rarely seen in broad daylight. Other mammals found here are the nocturnal Striped Hyena, Indian Fox, Golden Jackal, Jungle Cat and Hare, Gerbil, Field Mice, Mongoose and Hedgehog. Later, return to the hotel for an overnight stay.
Day 8 Jamnagar
This day will be divided into two sections. First one being a trip to Marine National Park and second outing is at Khijadiya Bird Sanctuary. So, after breakfast we would drive to Marine National Park on the coastal area along the Gulf of Kutch, one of the finest birding stretches along the Indian coastline. You are likely to see Crab-Plover, Kentish Plover, Oystercatcher, Ruddy Turnstone, Broad-billed Sandpiper, Sanderling, Dunlin, Curlew Sandpiper, Black-headed Gull, Pallas' Gull, Lesser-crested Tern, Gull-billed Tern, Common Tern, Little Tern, Black-bellied Tern, Whiskered Tern, Whiskered Tern, Darters and Western Reef Egret to name a few.
Later, we visit Khijadiya Bird Sanctuary. It is a protected area which packs an incredible array of ecosystems into a relatively very small area of only 6 square kms. Along with the marine and freshwater habitats, there are also marshy lands, mangroves, mudflats, salt pans, creeks, forest scrub, sandy beaches, and even farmlands bordering the area. This provides a haven for more than 220 species of resident and migratory birds, including globally threatened species such as Dalmatian Pelican, Asian Openbill, Black-necked Stork, Darter, Black-headed Ibis, Eurasian Spoonbill, and Indian Skimmer. This sanctuary provides birdwatchers a delightful chance to sight rare birds in large numbers. Return to the hotel for overnight stay.
Day 7 Greater Rann of Kutch – Jamnagar
In the morning after breakfast we leave for Jamnagar which can generate a reasonably good bird list including Yellow-Legged Green Pigeon, Paradise Flycatcher, Fantails, Red-Breasted Flycatcher, White-Eye, Prinias and Warblers. The journey follows an interesting route, passing through agricultural fields and lakes. Birds of open-country like Roller and Black-shouldered Kite could be spotted here. After traversing through the exotic landscape we return to Jamnagar while birding en route and reach the hotel by evening.
Day 9 Jamnagar – Gir National Park
In the morning we leave from Jamnagar to reach Gir National Park in time for an afternoon game drive. Check-in at the hotel and post lunch proceed for the game drive. This national park encompasses a total area of 1,412 sq kms. Far from the stereotypical vision most people have of forests in the tropics, Gir is anything but 'lush'.
Gir is the last home of the Asiatic Lion. Here among the dry, deciduous woodland, thorn scrub and riparian forest, we will search for this magnificent creature and in addition to this, there is a vast variety of birds like Red-naped Ibis, Woolly-necked Stork, Crested Hawk-Eagle, Bonelli’s Eagle, Crested Serpent-Eagle, Rock Bush-Quail, Painted Sandgrouse, Sirkeer Malkoha, Crested Treeswift, Eurasian Wryneck, Greater Racket-tailed Drongo, Black-headed Cuckoo-shrike, Asian Paradise-Flycatcher and Indian Scimitar-Babbler. In the afternoon return to hotel for an overnight stay.
Day 13 Velavadar – Lothal – Ahmedabad – Mumbai – Journey Home
After breakfast at the hotel, we leave for Lothal. It is one of the most important archaeological sites in India. Lothal, literally means “Mound of the Dead”. It is the most extensively excavated site of Harappan culture in India and dates back to the 2nd millennium BC. It is an exquisite example of Harappan town planning and famous for its expertly constructed system of underground sanitary drainage, and an astonishing precision of standardized weights and measures.
One of the most interesting sites here is the dockyard. It proves that Lothal was once one of the major ports in the region. Then, there is the citadel that is divided into two parts, an acropolis and the lower town. The acropolis contains paved baths, while lower town stands laced with residential quarters, coppersmith workshops, sheds and bead factories. Lothal was an important trade destination till 1900 BC.
After the visit you will be transferred to Ahmedabad airport to board your flight for Mumbai.
Upon arrival at Mumbai domestic airport, you will be escorted to International Terminal for your flight back home.