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Lions and Temples of Gujarat Safari

In the far west of India on the Pakistani border, the state of Gujarat encompasses beautiful historic temples, endangered and endemic wildlife including the world's last population of Asiatic lions, and a rich variety of scenic landscapes.

Duration 16 days
Price From $5,497
When Nov - Apr
Destination India

Safari Overview

Journey off the beaten track and discover the western Indian state of Gujarat, from the bustling city of Ahmedabad to the endangered Asiatic lions of Sasan Gir National Park. Experience some of the states best national parks and wildlife sanctuaries, including Velavadar National Park and Little Rann of Kutch Sanctuary, and encounter unique wildlife found nowhere else on the subcontinent. In addition to the endemic lions of Sasan Gir, the forests and grasslands of Gujarat are home to leopards, blackbuck antelopes and prolific birdlife, with flamingos, pelicans and spoonbills all found in the coastal wetlands. You will also pay a visit to the ancient temples of Bhuj and tribal villages where traditional artisans create bright, embroidered fabrics and finely carved woodworks. 

What makes this trip extraordinary

  • Experience incredibly diverse birdwatching in the Nalsarovar and Khijadiya bird sanctuaries.
  • Observe the last remaining population of Asiatic lions in the forests of Sasan Gir.
  • Visit the picturesque temples and nomadic tribal communities of Bhuj.
  • Encounter the endemic Indian wild ass and other wildlife in Little Rann of Kutch Sanctuary.

Gujarat is less well-known than neighbouring Rajasthan, but boasts some unique wildlife experiences and a fascinating cultural history.

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Day by day

Day 1

Arrive Mumbai

Upon arrival in Mumbai, you will be met by our local representative and transferred to your hotel, where the rest of the day is yours to relax following your flight.

Day 2

Mumbai - Ahmadabad - Velavadar

This morning you will be transferred back to the airport for your onward flight to Ahmadabad, the largest city in Gujarat, from where you will be driven to Velavadar National Park (approximately four hours drive). The forming hunting grounds of the Maharaja of Bhavnagar and his famous hunting cheetahs, Velevadar is now a protected area that provides an important habitat for the blackbuck antelope. Upon arrival, check into your lodge before heading out on your first game drive in the afternoon.

Day 3

Velavadar National Park

This morning you will set off on another game drive in the park, looking out for blackbucks as well as other resident wildlife including the endangered Indian wolf, jackal, Indian fox and jungle cat. In the afternoon you will be driven north to the internationally renowned Nalsarovar Bird Sanctuary, where you can witness up to 250 species of resident and migratory birds including large flocks of pelicans and flamingos. Return to your lodge for dinner in the evening.

Day 4

Velavadar National Park - Sasan Gir National Park

Another early start this morning as you head out into the park for your final game in Velavadar. Afterwards, you will be driven (approximately 5.5 hours) to Sasan Gir National Park, the only place outside of Africa where you can observe lions in their natural habitat. Upon arrival, you will have time to relax and settle into your safari camp on the outskirts of the park.

Overnight: Lion Safari Camp B, D

Days 5-6

Sasan Gir National Park

You will spend the next few days exploring the deciduous forests of Sasan Gir National Park, which was designated as a protected area in 1965 to conserve the last remaining population of Asiatic lions. Once on the brink of extinction, the Asiatic lion has made a dramatic recovery and now, according to the 2017 census, there are approximately 650 lions inhabiting the park. In addition to the lion population, Sasan Gir is also home to over 300 leopards and other wildlife including sambar deer, striped hyena and the Chowsingha, the world's only four-horned antelope. You will spend your time here heading out on morning and afternoon game drives to observe the lions and other animals of the park.

Overnight: Lion Safari Camp B, L, D

Day 7

Gir National Park - Jamnagar

Rise early this morning for your final game drive in the park, before being driven north (approximately 5 hours) to the city of Jamnagar. Best known for its booming oil industry, Jamnagar also has a fascinating history and a number of colourful bazaars. Upon arrival, check in to your hotel.

Day 8

Jamnagar - Khijadiya Bird Sanctuary

Early this morning you will head out for a sunrise visit to Khajidiya Bird Sanctuary. A unique ecosystem containing freshwater lakes and saltwater marshlands, the sanctuary contains over 220 species of resident and migratory birds, including the endangered Dalmatian pelican, Eurasian spoonbill and black-necked stork. The nearby Narara Island is also known for its biodiverse coral reefs and mangrove forests. Later on, you will be driven back to your hotel where the rest of the day is yours to relax or explore the city of Jamnagar.

Day 9

Jamnagar - Bhuj

After breakfast this morning you will be driven (approximately 5.5 hours) to the town of Bhuj, which boasts a mixture of ancient, scenic temples and wildlife sanctuaries. The palace of Prag Mahal is one of the towns main attractions, known for its distinctive Gothic architecture, along with the historic ruins of Chhatedi. Upon arrival, check in to your hotel where the rest of the day is at leisure.

Day 10

Bhuj

Today you will head out on a full day excursion to the Banni Grasslands Reserve, an area of vast open grasslands, white desert and salt pans which is home to several pastoral and nomadic tribes. Visit some of the regions traditional huts, known as 'Bhungas', constructed from mud and decorated with hand-painted patterns and inlaid mirrors, and witness some of the embroidery and handicrafts that the area is famous for.

Day 11

Bhuj - Nakhatrana

This morning you will be driven to the village of Nakhantrana and check in to your hotel. In the afternoon you will travel to the Naliya Grassland, an area that is known for its birdlife including the critically endangered great Indian bustard, Stoliczka's bushchat and Indian sandgrouse. Return to your hotel in the late afternoon.

Day 12

Nakhatrana

This morning you will travel back to the Banni Grassland Reserve to observe the resident wildlife, including blackbucks, golden jackals and Indian wolves. Later on you will continue to the village of Nirona, where you can see some incredible examples of the regions embroidery, wood carving and rogan painting.

Day 13

Nakhatrana - Dasada

This morning you will be driven to Little Rann of Kutch Sanctuary (approximately 6 hours), best known for being home to the endangered Indian wild ass which is endemic to the region. Check in to your hotel, after which the rest of the day is at leisure.

Day 14

Dasada

Set off early this morning for a game drive in the Little Rann of Kutch Sanctuary. In addition to the Indian wild ass (or 'Gudkhur'), the sanctuary also contains other wildlife such as blackbuck, Indian wolf and jackal, and diverse birdlife including bustards, quails and several raptor species. Return to your hotel at midday to relax or take a nature walk around the property, before enjoying a second game drive in the afternoon.

Day 15

Dasada - Ahmadabad

After your final game drive in the sanctuary this morning, you will be driven back to Ahmedabad. En route, you will stop to visit the beautiful sun temple of Modhera, built in 1026 AD with exquisitely carved pillars and panels of the deity Shiva, and the town of Patan, the ancient capital of the region.

Day 16

Ahmadabad - Mumbai - Depart

Today is your final day in Gujarat. In the morning you will be transferred to the airport for your flight to Mumbai, where you will be met and assisted in boarding your international flight home.

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