DURATION: 10 DAYS
GROUP SIZE: 4 CLIENTS PER GROUP
HIGHLIGHTS: ASIATIC LIONS/ WILD ASS/ CROSS DESERT DRIVE
Gujarat is the only place in the world where one gets to see Asiatic Lions in the wild. It is also the last refuge for the Indian Wild Ass. The beauty of this tour is to explore two very distinct landscapes along with photographing the majestic Lions and the one of the fastest Indian animals.
LOCATION ONE: LITTLE RANN OF KUTCH
From Delhi: On arrival at Delhi airport, travel by flight to Ahmedabad. From Ahmedabad travel to Little Rann of Kutch by road (Approximately 5 hours)
Little Rann of Kutch is a unique geographical landscape with a vast, featureless plain encrusted with salt. During the rains, this dry and hard desert is inundated with water. The area has been declared as the Indian Wild Ass Sanctuary and is the last place on earth for these animals. There are small higher ground areas of the ancient sea bed which are covered with grass and shrubs. These limited green patches support the wildlife in the region. Largely, it’s a flat barren desert with small hissing sandstorms. In these backdrops you will be photographing the Wild Asses galloping in the dust.
Safaris are conducted in the mornings and evenings and you have the option of either doing a jeep safari or a camel safari.
LOCATION TWO: GIR NATIONAL PARK
From Little Rann of Kutch, travel by road to Ahmedabad. Overnight stay in Ahmedabad. From Ahmedabad, travel by road to Gir the next day (340 kms, 7 hrs)
Home to the only population of the Asiatic Lions, Gir National Park is a dry teak jungle with dry deciduous scrubs and savannah forests. These forests are also home to the world’s only four horned antelope. Gir also boasts a large variety of birds and reptiles. You can also spot the rare Pangolin in these habitats. The lions in Gir can be spotted easily lazing in prides. These animals are used to close proximity to humans, which makes their behavior very different from their African counterparts.
SAFARI TIMINGS IN GIR:
3 pm – 6 pm
(Please note: The park is shut from 16th June to 15th October)
TOUR ITINERARY- LITTLE RANN OF KUTCH + GIR
DAY 1 (TRAVEL): Arrival at Delhi airport early morning. Reach Ahmedabad by flight and leave for Little Rann of Kutch by road. Once you arrive at your hotel, you check in and rest for the remainder of the day.
DAY 2- DAY 4: You leave for the desert safari in an open jeep in the morning, tracking herds of Wild Asses. Upon your return from the safari, you have breakfast and rest at the hotel till its time for your afternoon drive. Post sunset, you come back to the hotel and spend your evening in the quiet surroundings of the desert. Spending 3 days in this area and going for regular drives will give you ample opportunities to create beautiful images of these animals against various backgrounds. You get a chance to photograph these fast animals against the backdrop of a setting sun in the desert. The sanctuary also has a wide array of migratory birds. You can also spot desert foxes and the Indian wolf.
DAY 5 (TRAVEL): You leave early morning for Ahmedabad by road. Reach Ahmedabad by evening and rest the night in the hotel.
DAY 6 (TRAVEL): From Ahmedabad, you leave early morning for Gir via road and reach by evening. Post checking in at your hotel and having dinner, you retire for the night.
DAY 7- DAY 9: These 3 days will be spent doing regular safaris in the park. Post your morning tea or coffee, you leave for the drive. After coming back from the safari, you rest at the hotel and get ready for your afternoon drive post lunch. Upon your return from the afternoon drive, you rest and relax in the hotel post dinner.
DAY 10 (TRAVEL): Departure from Gir early morning to reach Ahmedabad. Evening flight back to Delhi from Ahmedabad.