LAST ASIATIC LIONS

12 Nights / 13 Days
Route Plan:
Mumbai / Ahmedabad – Dasada – Jamnagar – Gondal – Gir – Bhavnagar / Mumbai
DAY 01:
Arrive MUMBAI
International Flight

Welcome to India !!!
Arrive Mumbai international airport & meet with our correspondent at Hotel and transfer to hotel. The Rooms have been blocked from 1200 Noon hrs for Immediate Occupancy. Overnight.

DAY 02:
MUMBAI

After breakfast visit of Elephanta Island - The Thousand year old caves are 10 Kms from Mumbai on an island in the middle of the harbor. There are four Rock carved temples on the island, constructed between 450 and 750 AD. It will take approx 30 Mins to reach Elephant Island from Gateway of India by a ferry. After visit return to mainland & visit the Crawford Market, Dhobi Ghat, Gateway of India, Marine Drive & Chowpatty Beach, Flora Fountain & Horniman Circle, Evening return back to hotel & Relax for the day. Overnight.

DAY 03:
MUMBAI / AHEMEDABAD
AM Flight Hrs

After breakfast, departure transfer to airport for flight to Ahmedabad. Arrive Ahmedabad & transfer to hotel. Later sightseeing of Ahmedabad including a trip around the Walled City will provide the visitor with valuable information of the city's glorious past. The simplicity of the city is complemented by the charm of the various museums, mosques, and forts spread across the city. The array of artifacts, antiques, and the exotic and colorful attire available for sale in the city is often tempting. Overnight.

DAY 04:
AHMEDABAD - DASADA
90 Kms / 02 Hrs

After breakfast travel to Dasada, two hours away, to arrive in time for lunch at Rann Riders. The road to Dasada is interesting as you pass cattle graveyards where white-rumped, Egyptian and griffon vultures could be seen and wetlands that are good for resident birds. Enroute alos visit the Modehra Temple & Patan archiological site.

DAY 05:
LITTLE RANN OF KACHCHH

After Breakfast, drive to the bets, elevated patches in the Rann covered with scrub and grass. In winter, this is a likely area for Macqueen's bustard. Long-legged, common and white-eyed buzzard, booted eagle, Bonneli's eagle. Short-toed snake eagle, are often seen during the drive. Evening visit to Nawa Talao, a lake where demmossile and common cranes gather in large flocks. Greater and lesser flamingo are seen in large numbers as are great white pelican with spotbilled and dalmatian recorded. Painted, openbill, wooly-necked, white, black and black-necked stork could be seen among the many visitors to the lake. Return back & overnight.

DAY 06:
DASADA - JAMNAGAR
270 Kms / 06 Hrs

Morning walk in Dasada village. This can yield a reasonably good bird list including yellow-legged green pigeon, paradise flycatcher, fantails, red-breasted flycatcher, white-eye, prinias and warblers. After breakfast, depart for Jamnagar . This is an interesting route passing agricultural fields and lakes. Birds of open-country like roller and black-shouldered kite could be seen. Arrive at Jamnagar Post lunch. {On this day, we will also try to get permits to enter the Marine National Park the next day}. Evening visit to Khijadiya Bird Sanctuary, where there are fairly good chances of seeing Indian skimmer. This sanctuary is a breeding area for many species of birds that do not nest elsewhere in peninsular India. Great-crested grebe, black-necked stork, Caspian tern and many other birds can be seen besides most of the species recorded in the Little Rann area. Overnight at Hotel.

DAY 07:
JAMNAGAR

After Breakfast, Visit coastal areas 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, temmincks stint, lesser-crested tern, gull-billed tern, common tern, little tern, black-bellied tern, whiskered tern, whiskered tern, darters, western reef egret and other birds could be seen on this route. Time permitting, walk to Lakhota Lake to watch brown-headed gulls and a variety of ducks. Overnight at Hotel.

DAY 08:
JAMNAGAR - PORBANDAR - GONDAL
275 Kms / 05 Hrs

Early Morning B/fast & Depart at dawn with a packed lunch for Porbandar. This coastal city is good for watching and photographing birds at close range. Besides large flamingo and crane flocks, this area also receives yellow-legged gull, henglin's gull, sandwich tern, black-bellied tern etc. Continue to Gondal and check-in at Hotel. Free for the day & Overnight.

DAY 09:
GONDAL - GIR NATIONAL PARK
130 Kms / 04 Hrs

Breakfast at hotel & drive to Sasan Gir enroute visiting Junagarh - literally means an ancient fort. The junagadh town is located at the foothills the sacred hill of Girnar and occupies a special place in the history of Gujarat. Continue for Sasangir, on arrival check in at Swiss Tents at Gir. GIR - Gir Forest is today the only place in the world outside Africa, where the lion can be seen in his natural habitat. The forest also harbours a variety of smaller animals and birds. Overnight at Swiss Tents in Safari Camp.

DAY 10:
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 panther (leopard), sambar, chital (spotted deer), nilgai (blue bull antelope) and wild boar. Those interested in herpetology can visit the crocodile breeding farm.

Safari Timings
October to June
Morning 06.00 to 09.00 AM
Afternoon 03.00 to 06.00 PM

All National Parks in India are closed during Monsoons {Jul, Aug & Sept} to reopen in Mid October Every Year.

Pls Note: The exclusive Jeep or Canter Rides are subject to availability, depending on early bookings, with Full Payment {Non Refundable} and are allowed inside the National Park as per the prevailing Rules & Regulations of the Government of India & Forest Department.

DAY 11:
GIR NATIONAL PARK - BHAVNAGAR
150 Kms / 03 Hrs

Am Safari to Park and return to hotel. After Breakfast Travel to Bhavnagar, Check in at Hotel. Afternoon hours. Visit of Bhavnagar. This city was founded as a port in 1723. It is still an important trading post for cotton goods. Visit the Gandhi Smriti which has a library, a small museum, gallery and memorial to the founder of India. Nearby is Gauri Shanker Lake, a picnic spot and Takhteshwar temple with fine views from the hilltop. Overnight.

DAY 12:
BHAVNAGAR Exc. PALITANA
70 Kms / 02 Hrs

After Breakfast Excursion to Palitana Jain temple pinnacle of Shtrunjaya Hill. One of the most important Jain pilgrimages in India, the Palitana Jain Complex is an impressive site with about 863 temples at a single site. Tour the temples and see intricately carved facades, painted interiors and jeweled idols. Spend the evening at the Jain museums and handicraft markets of Palitana town. Doli {Palanquin} can be hire on spot to go on top. Hot Lunch can be organised at Vijay Vilas, a 1906 AD palatial country house. Return to Bhavnagar. Overnight.

DAY 13:
BHAVNAGAR / MUMBAI
AM Hrs Flight

After Breakfast transfer to Airport to connect your flight for Mumbai. Upon arrival Transfer to Hotel close to Airport for Wash & Change {1 Room for 02/3 Hrs} Followed by Departure Transfer to Mumbai International airport to board your onward flight to Destination / Back home.

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