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Gujarat Birds and Mammals Tour, India - 9 Days

Gujarat Birds and Mammals Tour, India
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Rann of Kutch Birds and Mammals, Gujarat

This is a 9-days Gujarat Birds and Mammals Tour which is relaxed paced and available on request. The Rann of Kutch is located mostly in the Indian state of Gujarat. The word Rann means "brackish desert". The Rann covers around 26,000 square kilometres area. Both the Ranns are independent entities though joined by a road bridge over an estuary like habitat.

The Rann of Kutch enables various ecosystems. Its grasslands are home to forms of wildlife that have adapted to its often harsh conditions. These include endemic and endangered species of fauna and flora.

The non-native tree Prosopis juliflora has become established on the ‘bets’, and its seed pods provide year-round food for the Wild Ass. Your days in the Rann will take in various species of birds, mammals and terrain, so you take in something of the sheer space and scale of this remarkable land.

About 300 bird species and 40 mammals have been recorded in the Little Rann. The habitat remains partly inundated during winter, which helps maintain a rich and varied diet -insects, planktons, molluscs, fish – for a great variety of bird species.

It is the largest breeding ground for Lesser Flamingos in India. Our target species will be: Short-eared Owl, Courser (Cream-coloured and Indian), Hoopoe Lark, McQueen’s Bustard, Sociable Lapwing, Collared Pratincole, Red-necked Phalarope, Spotted Sandgrouse, Harriers (March, Pallid and Montagu’s), Peregrine Falcon, Greater Spotted Eagle, Vultures, and Wheatears among others. It is an easy paced tour using a 4x4 jeep during morning and afternoon in Little Rann and walking around to add to you bird list.

The Greater Rann is accessible from Moti Virani, where we will stay at a B&B, the only accommodation in that area. It is vast brackish and semi-arid habitat noted for globally threatened species like Stoliczka’s Bush Chat and White-naped Tit. Black Francolin, Syke’s Crested Lark, Grey-necked Tit, Common Iora, Painted Sandgrouse, Small Minivet, among others will receive our attention.

Tawny and Bonelli’s Eagles breed there. We will drive and then walk around water bodies and hilly areas to better spot birds. The naturalist will guide us and answer our questions. We will wait at burrows to have a glimpse of some nocturnal mammals like Indian and White-footed Fox, Jackal, Wolf, etc.

We will target the most elusive Gray Hypocolius. We will log in sea birds on the last day when we will drive to Mandvi prior to taking an overnight train to Ahmedabad.

Gujarat Birds Tour Highlights

  • Spectacular birding in the stirring vistas of one of the largest salt deserts on the planet
  • Morning and afternoon birding in Little Rann, full days in Great Rann
  • Consultations with your expert guide to target birds remaining on your list
  • Up-to-date insights into wonders and challenges of the region from a meeting with a local avian expert
  • Meet local communities to learn how they adapt their lives to this land with its scarce drinking water
  • A walk after sunset to meet creatures of the night
  • Photographers welcome

If you’d like to try an alternative tour, look at what this Ranthambhore Tiger Reserve Tour has to offer.

Alternative Tour Name: Rann of Kutch Birds and Mammals
Day 1
Day 1 - Ahmedabad – Little Rann of Kutch (four nights)

Welcome at the airport upon arrival. Transfer (20 minutes) to Holiday Inn or comparable hotel. at ease Drive to Dasada (2.5 hours) and spend the night at Rann Riders Resort.

Day 2
Days 2 to 4 - Little Rann

Every day, there are early Jeep safaris in the morning and late Jeep safaris in the afternoon to discover the Little Rann of Kutch's astounding diversity of birds, animals, reptiles, etc. Laughing Dove, Red-collared Dove, Spotted Dove, Chestnut-bellied Sandgrouse, Rock Pigeon, Rose-ringed Parakeet, Common Quail, Greater and Lesser Flamingo, Greater Coucal, Asian Koel, Slaty-breasted Rail, White-breasted Waterhen, Purple Swamphen, Common Moorhen, Cranes (Saras, Demoiselle, and Common), Houbara.

Indian Nightjar, Savanna Nightjar, Dalmatian Pelican, Great Crested Grebe, Great White Pelican, Black Stork, Eurasian Spoonbill, Red-naped Ibis, Glossy Ibis, Painted Stork, Asian Open-bill Stork, Woolly-necked Stork, Sociable Lapwing, Greater Painted Snipe, Egyptian Vulture, Indian Courser, Pheasant-tailed Jacana, Bronze-winged Jacana, Small Pratincole, Yellow-wattled Lapwing, Red-wattled Lapwing, Indian Thick-knee, Great Thick-knee, Buntings, Larks, Pipits, Prinias, Swallows, Black-shouldered Kite, Brahminy Kite, Shikra, Long-legged Buzzard, White-eyed Buzzard, Tawny Eagle, Steppe Eagle, Short-toed Snake Eagle, Laggar Falcon, Peregrine Falcon, Eurasian Eagle Owl, Oriental Honey Buzzard, etc. Wild Ass, Indian Gazelle, Bluebull, Jackal, Wolf, Hyena, Jungle Cat, Desert Cat, Indian Fox, Rodents, Hedgehog, and other animals will be our targets. We will focus on the Bajana water body. No limitations on walking. Overnight.

Day 3
Day 5 - Little Rann - Greater Rann Grasslands (three nights)

Drive through Dhrangadhra, stopping sometimes to look for grassland birds (between Halvad and Ranjitgadh), close to Juna Devaliya, and at the Suraj Bari bridge over a seasonal river. Bring a packed lunch. Among the other species that can be seen are the Eurasian Collared Dove, Greater Coucal, Pied Avocet, Little Ringed Plover, Little Stint, Eurasian Curlew, Lesser and Greater Flamingos, and Common Crane. The best B&B for wildlife experiences is Moti Virani. Overnight.

Day 4
Days 6 & 7 - Greater Rann Grasslands

We'll go on daylong trips (bring a lunch), and we'll go on walks in this brackish grassland area. We will first investigate the Banni grassland ecosystem and the Chhari-Dhand water spread. The two most elusive species found exclusively here, the Grey Hypocolius and White-naped Tit, will be our main targets. Common Iora, Golden Oriole, Greater and Lesser Flamingos, Stoliczka's Bushchat, Rufous-tailed Lark, Greater Short-toed Lark, Crested Lark, Black Francolin, Indian Nightjar, Savanna Nightjar, Houbara, Indian Courser, etc. will all be there. Here, Bonelli's and Tawny Eagles nest.

The following day, we will travel to rocky and riverside habitats to see wildlife such as the Laggar Falcon, Peregrine Falcon, Short-toed Snake Eagle, Crested Serpent Eagle, Pallid Harrier, Montagu's Harrier, Indian Vulture, Griffon, Red-headed Vulture, Egyptian Vulture, McQueen's Bustard, and Rufous-backed Shrike, among others.

We'll take a stroll through grassy areas after the sun has set to look for nocturnal animals like wolves, hyenas, desert cats, Indian and White-footed Desert Foxes, jackals, etc. Greater Rann of Kutch includes this large region. Overnight.

Day 5
Day 8 - Greater Rann Grasslands/Mandvi/Bhuj/Train

After a leisurely breakfast, we will check out (bringing a packed lunch) and go to the Mandvi seashore by way of exploring the southern habitats of the Rann. Here we will include shorebirds like Cormorants, Great Crested Grebe, Great White Pelican, Dalmatian Pelican, Western Reef Egret, and Purple Heron among others, as well as Pallas's Gull, Brown-headed Gull, Black-headed Gull, Slender-billed Gull, Yellow-legged Gull, Heuglin's Gull, Gull-billed Tern, Caspian Tern, River Tern, Common Tern. Lunch along the water. Wander around and keep looking at birds. Mandvi is a well-known port with a shipyard.

To see how people manage sustainable lives in challenging geographic situations, we like to visit a nearby village. Drive for one hour to get to Bhuj and dinner. Arrive to the AC rail at 22:25. Night aboard the train (sleeping on berths, mattress, pillow and blanket are provided).

Day 6
Day 9 - Ahmedabad

Reach Ahmedabad at 0600 hrs. Transfer (20 min.) to Hotel Holiday Inn/similar. Transfer to airport. Farewell.

Wildlife species expected to see:

Grey Hypocolius and White-naped Tit, Stoliczka’s Bushchat, Rufous-tailed Lark, McQueen’s Bustard, Oriental Honey Buzzard, Long-legged Buzzard, White-eyed Buzzard,  Bonelli’s Eagle, Booted Eagle, Tawny Eagle, Steppe Eagle, Short-toed Snake Eagle, Laggar Falcon, Peregrine Falcon, Eurasian Eagle Owl, Indian Nightjar, Savanna Nightjar, Wild Ass, Indian Gazelle, Bluebull, Jackal, Wolf, Hyena, Jungle Cat, Desert Cat, Indian Fox, Rodents, etc. Nearly 230 bird species are fund in this region.

What is included?

  • All lodging and boarding at double/twin occupancy.
  • All meals, with packed lunch as necessary.
  • Entrance fees.
  • Experienced Bird Guide/Naturalist.
  • Airport pick-up and drop-off.
  • All surface transfers, transport in a/c deluxe car or large vehicles for a group.
  • Domestic air-fares, a/c train berths, as per need.
  • Walking experiences in villages to meet the conservation community.
  • A walk after sunset to explore nocturnal species.
  • Assistance throughout the tour, providing first-aid medical relief as required.

What is not included?

  • International air-fare.
  • Visa fee.
  • Insurance.
  • Laundry.
  • Alcoholic drinks.
  • Tips.
  • Personal expenses.
  • any other item not included in “What is Included.”

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We have long experience with wild species, their habitats and their seasonal movements. We are also alert to how they have to modify behaviour to meet environmental pressures. We use our vast experience in the field, in conservation and through 25 years of welcoming overseas guests, to satisfy your enquiries by email before bookings are confirmed.

Accommodation

Upgraded hotels/resorts having established character for hospitality and a heritage background, located away from the crowd, with en-suite facilities, clean bed-sheets, pillows, extra towels, soap, etc, extra chairs and table in an a/c room. Courtyard, lobby, garden, sitting outside area, and separate restaurant facilities are available.

Vehicle

A deluxe a/c driver-driven car to accommodate a minimum four persons (including driver and guide) with sufficient space for baggage, optics, etc. Open driver-driven jeep (4x4) for safaris in Parks to accommodate six persons excluding driver and guide.

Travel

Airport pick-up, surface travel and drop-off by a/c deluxe car, escorted by the guide or our executive. Group travel is likewise served.

Group size

Either individual or couples. Groups can be minimum of 6 and maximum of 12 persons.

Meals and Drinks

A wide variety of Indian, Western and often Chinese dishes. Breakfast: Tea-coffee, toast with butter-gem, omelet, scrambled eggs, stuffed ‘parantha’ (fried bread), potato vegetable, yogurt, fruits. Lunch: soup, green vegetables (2), lintel, Indian bread (tandoor), chicken/mutton, salad, ‘papad’ pickles, yogurt (‘raita’), sweet dish, tea-coffee. Dinner: soup, green vegetables (2), different lintel, boiled rice (or ‘pulao’), Indian bread (tandoor), chicken/mutton, salad, ‘papad’ pickles, yogurt (‘raita’), sweet dish or fruit salad, tea-coffee. Guests are welcome to suggest what they would like cooked for them. The chef will speak to them in person to cook accordingly: less spice, with less oil, etc.

Best time for Tour

From October to June, the Parks will remain open. We are happy to give advice about the best time to visit for climate / migratory species etc.

Age, fitness, mobility

The tours are at an easy pace, using a vehicle throughout the day and walking for about 100 meters daily to add to you own species’ list. No rough walking or climbing over hills. Guests can rest in vehicle if so needed. We have catered happily to guests in their 70s and 80s. If desired, any guest can be driven back to the hotel to avoid further travel on any day.

Communication before and during the tour

Ideally you let us know the specifics of what you wish to experience on your tour. We aim to answer in detail within hours. We can dialogue through email or WhatsApp. Wi-fi will be available at hotels, often for a small payment. Cellphones may lose coverage in some regions during the field-trip elements but arrangements will be made to meet the needs of guests.

Health & Insurance

Guests are required to obtain their own insurance. Do inform us in advance of any likely medical needs so we can accommodate them. Doctors can be invited to your hotel, (payment needed), to respond to urgent health needs and recommend any medication. Some pharmacies remain open round the clock and guests can visit with the driver/naturalist. Treatment through such pharmacies is cheap in India. Inform us in advance of any dietary needs.

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9 Days

Price & Availability

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GBP1,795 / per person
Based on twin/double room
This tour is operated by: Our Indian Tours

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Tour Facts

  • Gujarat, India
  • On Request
  • Multi-Day Tour
  • Wildlife
  • 1 to 8 pax
  • 9 Days
  • +10 Years
  • Leisurely
  • No
  • English
  • Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel International Airport or Contact Us To Know
  • Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel International Airport or Contact Us To Know