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Birding in Gujarat and Rajasthan

18 Nights / 19 Days

The states of Rajasthan and Gujarat are unquestionably the pride of India for a reason. Birding in Gujarat and Rajasthan along with a tiger safari tour in this land encompasses a few endemics and some endangered species of the region.

With birds such as the Great Indian Bustard, Sarus Crane, Macqueen’s Bustard, and the Demoiselle Crane, this Birding in Gujarat and Rajasthan tour in India is sure to keep you on your toes when it comes to seeking these feathered wonders.

The time of winter is perfect for to observe migrants, as they seek refuge for ideal conditions of weather and food. Witnessing their large congregations will serve as an experience of a lifetime.

Visit birding sanctuaries and national parks in India such as National Chambal SanctuaryKeoladeo National Park, aka, Bhartapur Bird Sanctuary on this Birding in Gujarat and Rajasthan Tour.

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Outline Itinerary

Birding in Gujarat and Rajasthan

❯ Day 01 : Arrive New Delhi (Flight).

❯ Day 02 : New Delhi – Chambal (285 kms/4.5 hrs drive)

❯ Day 03 : Chambal

❯ Day 04 : Chambal – Bharatpur (125 Kms/3 hrs drive)

❯ Day 05 – 06 : Bharatpur

❯ Day 07 : Bharatpur – Jaipur (185 kms/3.5 hrs drive)

❯ Day 08 : Jaipur – Jaisalmer (558 Kms/10 hrs drive)

❯ Day 09 : Jaisalmer

❯ Day 10 : Jaisalmer – Kheechan (175 Kms/3 hrs drive)

❯ Day 11 : Kheechan (Phalodi)

❯ Day 12 : Phalodi – Ahmedabad (575 Kms/10.5 hrs drive)

❯ Day 13 : Ahmedabad – Little Rann of Kutch (170 Kms/4.5 hrs drive)

❯ Day 14 – 15 : Little Rann of Kutch (170 Kms/4.5 hrs drive)

❯ Day 16 : Little Rann of Kutch – Jamnagar (323 Kms/7.5 hrs drive)

❯ Day 17 : Jamnagar

❯ Day 18 : Jamnagar – Rajkot – New Delhi (323 Kms/7.5 hrs. drive + flight)

❯ Day 19 : Fly back home

Trip Highlights

➤ Dive into a plethora of bird diversity at Bharatpur Bird Sanctuary, with over 400 species of birds to watch out for no this Birding in Gujarat and Rajasthan Tour.

➤ Look out for Iconic species such as the Indian Skimmer, Gharial and the Gangetic Dolphins at the Chambal River, situated close to Dholpur.

➤ Witness one of the largest Demoiselle Crane congregations at Kheechan.

➤ Immerse yourself in awe inspiring landscapes bound to mesmerize, across the two states on your Birding in Gujarat and Rajasthan Tour.

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Detailed Itinerary Birding in Gujarat and Rajasthan

Day 1 : Arrive New Delhi (by flight)

On arrival at the New Delhi airport, you will be received by our representative who will transfer you to your hotel and assist you with the check in procedure. He will also handover and brief you on all travel related documents. Overnight stay is at the hotel.

Accommodation: Roseate House Aerocity or similar

Day 2 : New Delhi – Chambal (285 kms/4.5 hrs drive)

After breakfast, depart for Chambal (285 Km / 4.5 hrs). On arrival, check in at the lodge. After lunch leave for afternoon visit to Chambal river to see Gharials and Crocodiles. Some of the highlight species of birds we see here are Indian Skimmer, Bar-headed Goose, Ruddy Shelduck, Egyption Vulture, Black winged stilt, Black-bellied Terns, Red-crested and Ferruginous Pochards, Sarus Crane, Great Thick-knee, Indian Courser, Pallas’s Fish Eagle, Laggar Falcon and many more. Get back to the lodge when the sun starts getting harsh.

Accommodation: Rajniwas Dholpur or similar

Day 3 : Chambal

Morning and afternoon boat safari at the river. All meals and overnight stay at the lodge.

Accommodation: Roseate House Aerocity or similar

Day 4 : Chambal – Bharatpur (125 Kms/3 hrs drive)

After breakfast, undertake another boat safari at the Chambal river. Later proceed to Bharatpur (125 Kms, 3 hrs). On arrival check into lodge. After lunch proceed for evening bird watching at Bharatpur Bird Sanctuary.

This diverse habitat is home to over 400 bird species, 379 floral species, 50 species of fish, 13 species of snakes, 5 species of lizards, 7 amphibian species, 7 turtle species, and a variety of other invertebrates. Every year, thousands of migratory waterfowl visit the park for the winter and to breed. The sanctuary is one of the richest bird areas in the world and is known for nesting of resident birds and visiting migratory birds.

Dinner and overnight at the lodge in Bharatpur.

Accommodation: Bagh Bharatpur or similar

Day 5 & 6 : Bharatpur Bird Sanctuary

Morning and afternoon birdwatching at Bharatpur Bird Sanctuary. All meals and overnight stay at the lodge.

Accommodation: Bagh Bharatpur or similar

Day 7 : Bharatpur – Jaipur (185 kms/3.5 hrs drive)

Morning birding excursion at Bharatpur bird sanctuary. After lunch, drive to Jaipur (185 Km, 3.5 hrs). On arrival, check-in at the hotel in Jaipur. The evening is free for leisure. Overnight stay at a hotel in Jaipur.

Accommodation: Oberoi Rajvilas or similar

Day 8 : Jaipur – Jaisalmer (558 Kms/10 hrs drive)

This morning after breakfast, checkout from the hotel and drive 11 km to the outskirts of the city to visit Amber Fort, the ancient capital of the State until 1728. Later, drive to Jaisalmer (558 Km, 10hrs). On arrival, check in at the hotel. Evening is free for leisure. Overnight stay at the hotel in Jaisalmer.

Accommodation: Kanak Camp Jaisalmer

Day 9 : Jaisalmer

This morning after breakfast, visit some top tourist attraction like Jaisalmer fort, Patwon ki haveli and Gadisar lake. Later, before dusk, experience a camel safari on the sand dunes of The Great Indian Thar Desert. Overnight stay at the hotel in Jaisalmer.

Accommodation: Kanak Camp Jaisalmer

Day 10 : Jaisalmer – Kheechan (175 Kms/3 hrs drive)

Wake up and experience the sunrise on a camel safari. Later, drive back to the hotel. Post breakfast, transfer to the hotel in Phalodi. On arrival, check in at the hotel. After lunch, depart for an afternoon birding in Keechan. Dinner and overnight stay at the hotel in Phalodi.

Accommodation: Manvar Camp, Kheechan

Day 11 : Kheechan (Phalodi)

Early morning drive to Keechan, where one can see large gatherings of Demoiselle and Common Cranes. The sight of these birds in a massive congregation is sure to be a memorable one. Other species to be seen here include, the Brown Rock Chat, which is endemic, the Variable Wheatear, Chestnut Bellied Sandgrouse, and the Greater Short-toed Lark.

All meals and overnight stay at the hotel in Phalodi.

Accommodation: Manvar Camp, Kheechan

Day 12 : Phalodi – Ahmedabad (575 Kms/10.5 hrs drive)

After an early breakfast, depart for Ahmedabad (574 Km/10 hrs). On arrival, check in at the hotel. Overnight stay at the hotel in Ahmedabad.

Accommodation: Comfort Inn Sunset Ahmedabad

Day 13 : Ahmedabad – Little Rann of Kutch (170 Kms/4.5 hrs drive)

This morning after breakfast, checkout from the hotel. Drive to Little Rann of Kutch (170 Km 4.5 hrs). On arrival, check in at the lodge. After lunch, depart for an afternoon jeep safari. Dinner and overnight stay at the lodge.

The Wild Ass Sanctuary is located in the Little Rann of Kutch. It covers an area of 4954 sq. km. The Sanctuary is named after a sub species of wild ass (Equus Hemionus Khur), the last population of which it harbors. The Rann is one of the most remarkable and unique landscapes of its kind in the entire world. It is a vast desiccated, unbroken bare surface of dark silt, encrusted with salts which transforms into a spectacular coastal wetland after the rains. There are enough sources of water in the area to attract a majority of migratory birds and water birds such as the Lesser Flamingos that travel from the African Subcontinent. Along, with them are there bigger relatives, which are the Greater Flamingos. One can even see Pelicans of the Dalmatian and the White. The place also exhibits an excellent medley of raptors, wheatears and larks.

Demoiselle Cranes also flood the land with their presence. In addition to these species, here we have, Spoonbills, the Yellow Wattled Lapwing, and the Sociable Lapwing, the Indian Courser, a variety of duck species, White-eyed Buzzards, Chestnut Bellied Sandgrouse, Booted Eagles and Common Buzzards. Over here, we will also keep a lookout for the elusive Macqueen’s Bustard.

Overnight stay at the lodge.

Accommodation: Rann Riders or similar

Day 14 & 15 : Little Rann of Kutch (170 Kms/4.5 hrs drive)

Morning and afternoon jeep safari. All meals and overnight stay at the lodge.

Accommodation: Rann Riders or similar

Day 16 : Little Rann of Kutch – Jamnagar (323 Kms/7.5 hrs drive)

Morning after early breakfast, drive towards Jamnagar (256 km takes around 5 Hrs). On arrival, check-in at the lodge. After lunch at the Lodge – Visit Khijadiya Bird Sanctuary.

This protected area packs in an incredible diversity of ecosystems into the relatively small area of 6 square km. The sanctuary, created over the 1920s and ’30s, is formed from two man-made dykes that separate fresh water from sea water, creating the opportunity to simultaneously observe species that belong to each ecosystem, and some that share both. Along with the marine and fresh water habitats, there are also marshy areas, mangroves, mudflats, salt pans, creeks, forest scrub, sandy beaches, and even farmlands that border 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 Open Bill stork, Black-necked stork, Darter, Black-headed ibis, Eurasian Spoonbill, and Indian skimmer. The region provides birdwatchers with a great chance to sight the rare birds in large numbers.

Accommodation: Fortune Palace or similar

Day 17 : Jamnagar

Early morning with a pack breakfast, drive towards Narara Islands (Sunrise to Sunset) depending upon the time we have.

You can also visit the Khijadiya Bird Sanctuary for birding (02nd visit), till evening.

Accommodation: Fortune Palace or similar

Day 18 : Jamnagar – Rajkot – New Delhi (323 Kms/7.5 hrs. drive + flight)

Morning after breakfast, depart for Rajkot airport for a flight back to New Delhi. On arrival at the New Delhi airport, you will be received by our representative who will transfer you to your hotel.

Accommodation: Roseate House Aerocity or similar

Day 19 : Fly back home

After breakfast transfer to the International airport to board a flight to back home or to an onward destination.

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As the protected area remains closed from June to October, the best time to visit Gir is in winter, from November to March. The summer months of April and May are very hot but ideal for wildlife photography and wildlife viewing.

After your lion safari at Gir National Park, you can also add to it a tiger safari in Ranthambore National Park. The jungle resides in the same state of Rajasthan and will take a day’s time to get to. Post your tiger safari, you can also amalgamate a tailormade cultural tour of Udaipur and Jaipur.

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