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Safari Holiday India Tigers Lions Gir National Park Mumbai Goa Holidays

Wildlife of Gujarat + Asiatic Lions of Gir


IPP12A
12 NIGHTS
FROM £1,995
International flights quoted separately
Explore the wildlife of Gujarat, including a safari in Gir National Park - the only home of the endangered Asiatic lion. Starting in Ahmedabad, where you can visit the home of Mahatma Gandhi, experience fantastic birding in the Little Rann of Kutch and jeep safaris in Blackbuck & Gir. English speaking city guide, private driver, jeep safaris & sightseeing included.
Asiatic Lions Gir National Park Gujarat India Diu Ahmedabad
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Ahmedabad
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Mahatma Gandhi's home
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Dasada
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Little Rann of Kutch
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Velavadar
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Blackbuck National Park
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Gir National Park
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Asiatic Lions
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Jeep Safaris
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Diu
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Ahmedabad
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Mahatma Gandhi's home
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Dasada
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Little Rann of Kutch
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Velavadar
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Blackbuck National Park
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Gir National Park
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Asiatic Lions
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Jeep Safaris
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Diu
Day 1
You will be met at Ahmedabad Airport and transferred to your hotel in this capital and commercial hub of Gujarat state.
 
This city was at the forefront of the Indian independence movement and civil disobedience campaigns organised by Mahatma Gandi, who lived here.
Day 2
Today enjoy a City Tour of this regional capital that is rich in culture and history.
 
Highlights include a visit to the Sabarmati Asharam (Mahatma Gandhi's former home), the magnificent Hathee Singh Jain temple and the Adalaj Stepwell - a unique intricately carved Hindu "water building" that is five stories deep.
 
We also visit the Shreyas Folk Museum with its impressive range of Gujarati folk art - including wood carvings, metalwork, embroidered textiles, tie-dyed quilts and festival masks.
Day 3
This morning your driver will collect you from your Ahmedabad hotel and introduce you to the beauty of Gujerat as we travel 2-hours to Dasada.
 
Before checking into your hotel enjoy a jeep safari in the Little Rann of Kutch, a sanctuary for the endangered Asiatic Wild Ass. Other animals you may see here include foxes, jungle cats, desert wolves, the elegant blackbuck, the graceful chinkara and the nilgai (or blue bull, the largest antelope in India).
 
Bird watching is also outstanding and this reserve has been declared an international Ramsar site. The best birding is during the winter months from October to March when waterfowl gather in vast numbers. Cranes and flamingos can also be seen in incredibly large numbers - as well as many species of larks, shrikes, warblers, robins, thrushes and many birds of prey including the great Indian bustard.
Day 4
This morning we enjoy a bird watching excursion to the "bets" - elevated patches in the flat salt plains of the Little Rann of Kutch that are seasonally flooded with up to 2-meters of water during the southwest monsoon. During the dry season the plains turn into a salt-encrusted wasteland covered with scrub and grass, with the bets providing wet season refuge to the wildlife. In winter here you can see the McQueen bustard, booted eagle, buzzards, eagles and other birds of prey.
 
In the afternoon we visit the seasonal wetlands of Nawa Talao Lake, another birding "hotspot" where you can spot demoiselle cranes and flamingos in the winter.
Day 5
This morning we travel 4-hours from Dasada to Velavadar, with balance of day at leisure.
 
Velavadar is the home of Blackbuck National Park, a flat savanna grassland that sustains large herds of these elegant antelope. On arrival check into your lodge and relax in this dry open countryside.
Day 6
Enjoy morning and afternoon jeep safaris in Blackbuck National Park.
 
This "off the beaten track" wildlife sanctuary is  renowned for its large herds of graceful blackbuck. These fast moving antelope are quite enchanting, with their beautiful long spiralled horns.
 
You can also hope to see Indian foxes, striped hyenas, jackals, wild pigs, jungle cats, hares and the strange nilgai (that looks half-horse, half-cow). This park is one of the few places in India where the wolf is thriving, although difficult to spot in the wild.
 
Blackbuck National Park is also a great birding destination and is home to the largest harrier roosting site in the world as well as many bustards.
 
Please note we always try to book jeep safaris, but these can only be reserved 90 days in advance and cannot be guaranteed - in which case your game drive will be in a 20-seater canter. In the winter months, morning safaris require warm clothes including woolly hats and gloves to protect you from the wind chill in your open vehicle.
 
The park is closed during the monsoon season (mid June to September).
Day 7
Today we drive 4-hours from Velavdar to Sasan Gir, with balance of day at leisure.
 
Check into your lodge and relax at the gateway to Gir National Park - the sole remaining habitat of the severely endangered Asiatic lion.
Days 8 To 9
Today is devoted to the wildlife of Gir National Park - the only game sanctuary in India where you can see the endangered Asiatic lion. It is home to 38 different mammals, 37 reptiles, over 300 birds and more than 2,000 species of insects.
 
Two jeep safaris per day are included - one in the early morning and one in the late afternoon.
 
Carnivores found here include the Indian leopard, sloth bear, cobra, jungle cat, striped hyena, golden jackal, mongoose, palm civet and ratel. Desert cats and rusty-spotted cats also live here but are rarely seen. The main herbivores you are likely to see are the chital, nilgai, sambar, four-horned antelope, chinkara, wild boar and blackbuck. There are no tigers in Gir National Park.
 
Please note we always try to book jeep safaris, but these can only be reserved 90 days in advance and cannot be guaranteed - in which case your game drive will be in a 20-seater canter. In the winter months, morning safaris require warm clothes including woolly hats and gloves to protect you from the wind chill in your open vehicle. The park is closed during the monsoon season (mid June to September)
Day 10
We leave Sasan Gir this morning and travel 2-hours to the town of Diu, situated on the eastern end of Diu Island.
 
Check into your hotel in this historic fishing town, that was once an important port on the trade routes of the Arabian Sea. The town is known for its impressive Portuguese fortress and cathedral.
Day 11
At leisure to explore the historic town of Diu, with your guide.
Day 12
Transfer to Diu Airport for your flight to Mumbai, where you will be met and transferred to your hotel in this bustling city.
 
Formerly known as Bombay, this is the most populous city in India and its commercial capital, as well as the home of the Bollywood film industry.
Day 13
Transfer to Mumbai Airport for your flight home.
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