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Day 1: Arrive Delhi

Arrive Delhi. You will be met by our representative at the airport and transferred to your hotel.

Enjoy an orientation tour of the city in the afternoon.

Day 2: Delhi - Agra (train)

Take an early morning fast train to Agra (2 hours).

The tour will include a visit to Agra Fort - the seat and the stronghold of the Mughal Empire under successive generations.

Late afternoon visit The TajMahal (closed on Fridays).

Catch same train in the evening for return to Delhi.

Day 3: Delhi- Ahmedabad (by flight) - Dasada (241 km/ 5 hours drive)

Today we catch a flight to Ahmedabad from where we will start our journey to the wonderful world of the Western Indian wildlife.

Dasada is a Part of the Little Rann of Kutch and is the home to endemic population of Indian Wild Ass or commonly known as khur. The wild ass is a handsome chestnut brown member of the Equus genus (horse family). Capable of reaching high speeds when galloping across the Rann, the wild ass is usually seen in small herds. The elegant blackbuck, blue bull (India's largest antelope) and the graceful Chinkara (Indian gazelle) are other mammals seen at the bets. The main carnivores of the Little Rann of Kutch are the endangered Indian wolf, desert fox, Indian fox, jackals, desert and jungle cats, and a few hyenas. Smaller mammals like hares, gerbils and hedgehogs, and reptiles like spiny tailed lizard, Monitor Lizard, red and common sand boa, saw-scaled viper, cobra, dhaman (Indian rat snake), etc, could also be seen during the safaris in the Rann.

The Little Rann of Kutch is also a birding paradise. Birds here include Steppe, Imperial, and Short-toed Eagle, Houbara Bustard, flamingos, pelicans, storks and cranes. The best birding is during the winter months from October to March when waterfowl gather in vast numbers. These are the months when Demoiselle and Common Crane, and Lesser Flamingo are seen in incredibly large numbers Evening safari into the Rann

Day 4: Dasada

Morning & evening safari into the Rann

Day 5: Dasada - Jamnagar (243 Km / 5 hours)

From the rugged and expansive saline deserts of the Little Rann, we travel to Saurashtra – literally meaning "one hundred kingdoms" and aptly described as the land of warriors! The region is steeped in antiquity and the numerous palaces provide a vivid insight into the glorious history and legends.

With its grasslands, scrub forests, large dry deciduous tracts and a vibrant marine coastline, Saurashtra is known for its abundant diversity in wildlife. The Marine National Park provides a scintillating insight to the diverse marine life and the drive along the coast, rich in avifauna adds to the region's uniqueness before we enter the home range of the Asiatic Lion.

Depart Dasada after early breakfast drive to Jamnagar, en route we will stop for lunch at Rajkot. Late afternoon arrive at the Khijadiya Bird Sanctuary, short of Jamnagar. This is a likely site for the Indian Skimmer and the Black-necked Stork. A variety of waterfowl and waterside birds can be watched at this wetland sanctuary.

Day 6: Jamnagar: Marine Park

Drive 2 hours west from Jamnagar to Narara Island, one of India's best sites for Crab-plover. Kentish plover, Oyster catcher, Ruddy Turnstone, Broad-billed sandpiper, Sanderling, dunlin, Curlew Sandpiper, Black-headed gull, Pallas' gull, Temmincks stint, Lesser-crested tern, Gull-billed tern, Common Tern, Little tern, Black-bellied tern, Whiskered tern, Darters, Western Reef Egret and other birds can be watched at the mudflats. Wading in the tidal zone during the low tide hours can also be productive to watch tropical coral reef fauna like octopus, brittle star, sea cucumber, sponges, etc.

Day 7: Jamnagar – Gir (216 Km / 4 hours)

Drive to Gir National Park. Gir is the only place in the world outside Africa, where the Lion can be seen in its natural habitat. Due to the high density of lions, spotting is very good. Gir is also home to one of the largest Leopard populations in any park in India, making it an excellent place to see big cats of a different kind. Also to be found here are Jungle Cat, Rusty Spotted Cat, Sambar, Nilgai, Chinkara, Sambar, Black Buck, Four-Horned Antelope, Wild Boar, Indian Flying Fox, Indian Pangolin and Indian Porcupine.

For the birders over 250 varieties of birds like the Painted Sand grouse, Peacocks, Paradise Flycatcher, Black-Headed Cuckoo Shrike, Pied Woodpecker and Bonelli's Eagle. Gir is characterized by an arid rugged terrain with low hills and mixed vegetation with beautiful stands of teak, acacia and Flame of Forest trees interspersed with grassy plains. The Kamleshwar dam reservoir inside the Gir National Park has one of the largest marsh crocodile populations.

Arrive at Gir late afternoon and check-in at the jungle camp or resort.

Enjoy surrounding birdlife by riverside and forest. In the evening enjoy cultural evening entertainment .The SiddiDhamaal Dance which is performed by the Negroid Siddi community which migrated to India from Africa in the 15th or 16th century.

Day 8: Gir

Morning & evening game safari into Park

Day 9: Gir

Morning & evening game safari into Park

Day 10: Gir – Velavadar (204 Km / 4 hours)

After breakfast drive to the sprawling grasslands of the Velavadar National Park that offers ideal habitat for the highest concentrations of that most beautiful of antelopes, the Indian blackbuck. Other animals of note include the endangered India Wolf, fox, Jackal, Jungle Cat, Hyena and Wild Boar.

For the birders there are many endangered birds such as Houbara Bustard, Lesser Florican, Common Crane, SarusCrane, White Stork and Great White Pelican. The Harrier roost at Velavadar National Park is one of the largest in the world. Another rare sight is that of the Lesser Florican who migrate here and settle here be breed in the grasslands. After arrival, the male bird marks the territory and displays to attract the female. The courtship display of the male is a spectacular vertical leap up to a height of two meters and may display over 500 times in a day!

Day 11: Velavadar

Enjoy morning & afternoon safari into the Park.

Day 12: Velavadar - Ahmedabad (200 Km / 5 hours drive) - Mumbai (by flight)

After breakfast transfer to Ahmedabad to connect flight to Mumbai.

Day 13: Mumbai

Enjoy some of the memorable walks in Mumbai.

Day 14: Mumbai

In the morning, you will be met by our representative and transferred to the airport for your onward flight.

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