GUJARAT WILDERNESS

Gujarat / Kutch, INDIA

Junagadh – Sasan Gir – Velavadar – Dasada – Greater Rann of Kutch – Naliya – Narayan Sarovar – Mata no Math – Chhari Fulay Reserve.7 nights / 8 days

Day 1: Rajkot to Sasan Gir via Junagadh (3 hrs)

Arrival at Rajkot Airport / Station & take a transfer to Sasan Gir. On your way, you can cover the sightseeing of Junagadh; which lies at the foot of Girnar Hill and takes its name from the Old Fort which circles the medieval town. Arrival at Junagadh & check in. Later in the day, cover the sightseeing of Junagadh. This town was under the rules of many dynasties over the period of many centuries. Therefore, various buildings of different time periods and influenced with diverse kinds of architecture can be sited in Junagadh. The major attraction, obviously, is the Uperkot Fort, the very fort from where the city derives its name. The premises hold other sites to be visited like the two step wells, Jama Masjid and Buddhist caves. After Junagadh sightseeing; proceed to Sasan Gir & check in the hotel. Evening at leisure.

Day 2: Jungle Safari at Sasan Gir

Arrival at Rajkot Airport / Station & take a transfer to Sasan Gir. On your way, you can cover the sightseeing of Junagadh; which lies at the foot of Girnar Hill and takes its name from the Old Fort which circles the medieval town. Arrival at Junagadh & check in. Later in the day, cover the sightseeing of Junagadh. This town was under the rules of many dynasties over the period of many centuries. Therefore, various buildings of different time periods and influenced with diverse kinds of architecture can be sited in Junagadh. The major attraction, obviously, is the Uperkot Fort, the very fort from where the city derives its name. The premises hold other sites to be visited like the two step wells, Jama Masjid and Buddhist caves. After Junagadh sightseeing; proceed to Sasan Gir & check in the hotel. Evening at leisure.

Day 3: Sasan Gir to Velavadar / Bhavnagar (4 ½ hrs)

Arrival at Rajkot Airport / Station & take a transfer to Sasan Gir. On your way, you can cover the sightseeing of Junagadh; which lies at the foot of Girnar Hill and takes its name from the Old Fort which circles the medieval town. Arrival at Junagadh & check in. Later in the day, cover the sightseeing of Junagadh. This town was under the rules of many dynasties over the period of many centuries. Therefore, various buildings of different time periods and influenced with diverse kinds of architecture can be sited in Junagadh. The major attraction, obviously, is the Uperkot Fort, the very fort from where the city derives its name. The premises hold other sites to be visited like the two step wells, Jama Masjid and Buddhist caves. After Junagadh sightseeing; proceed to Sasan Gir & check in the hotel. Evening at leisure.

Day 4: Velavadar / Bhavnagar to Dasada (4 hrs), Village Safari around Dasada

After breakfast, check out from the hotel & & take a transfer to Dasada. Arrival at Dasada in the afternoon & check in. Late In the afternoon, board a Jeep to visit some of the tribal villages around, where you can visit different tribes like Mirs, Rabaris, Bharvads etc. On this Village Safari, you get a chance to come closer to the culture & art. These tribes are well known for their extraordinary craftsmanship & brilliant embroidery work. Back to the hotel after the safari. Evening at leisure.

Day 5: Safari at Little Rann of Kutch

In the morning, enjoy a Jeep Safari in the “Little Rann of Kutch” – which houses one of the rarest & most endangered animals – Asiatic Wild Ass. This sanctuary is the vast stretch of flat, salt cracked barren desert. Here you can also spot other animals like the endangered Indian wolf, desert fox, Indian fox, jackals, desert and jungle cats, and hyenas. It is a birder’s paradise. Birds here include Steppe, Imperial, and Short-toed Eagle, Houbara Bustard, flamingos, pelicans, storks and cranes. Here, one gets a chance to see how salt is prepared out of saline sea water, as there are ample of salt panes. Back to the hotel after the Safari. In the afternoon, you can again get into the Rann to enjoy another safari. If not, then, you can proceed to cover an excursion tour to Modhera & Patan. At Modhera, you can visit Sun Temple; famous for its architecture & exquisite carvings. Patan was the capital of medieval Gujarat & is known for Ranki Vav (step well), temples & lakes. Back to the hotel after the safari / excursion.

Day 6: Dasada to Bhuj / Nakhatrana (5 hrs)

Check out from the hotel in the morning & depart to Bhuj / Nakhatrana. Arrival at Bhuj / Nakhatrana & check in. At Bhuj, you can visit the Royal Palaces & Museums. Evening free for relaxation.

Day 7: Excursion to Naliya & Narayan Sarovar

Today, proceed to Naliya to visit “Great Indian Bustard Sanctuary”. This grassland is very important for birdwatchers as perhaps the only sanctuary in India where three species of bustard are found – the endangered Great Indian Bustard, the endangered Lesser Florican & the near-threatened Macqueen’s Bustard. There are lots of other migratory birds to be spotted here. Later on, proceed further to Narayan Sarovar – which is a well known wildlife sanctuary famous for Chinkara, Blue Bull, Spotted Deer, etc. You can also visit Koteshwar – quite nearby; known for Shiva Temple. On the way back, visit the famous Mata no Math; the ancient temple of Goddess Ashapura. In the evening, get back to the hotel.

Day 8: Safari at Chhari Fulay & Departure

Early in the morning, take a transfer to Chhari Fulay Reserve. The wetland attracts a large number of waterfowl species like Flamingo, Pelican, Great Crested Grebe, Black Stork, Brahminy Duck, Common Pochard, Tuffed Pochard, White Eyed Pochard, Gulls, Terns, Stints & Plovers. Back to the hotel, after the visit to Chhari Fulay. Then check out from the hotel & take a transfer to Bhuj Airport / Station to proceed to further destination.

 

Optional sights (depending on the customization of the itinerary):

Banni Villages: Known for their rich traditional tribes and their amazing arts and crafts.
White Rann: The natural phenomena, the vast expanse of flat desert of salty clay & mudflats – which is accessible in the winters & summers, because of geological reasons.
The textile towns of Nirona, Than Monastery & Fossil Farm at Than-Dhinodhar.