Gujarat and Rajasthan tour is a perfect tour to know about the
culture, tradition, lifestyle and wildlife sanctuaries in Rajasthan
and Gujarat. The diverse culture of the state of Gujarat and
Rajasthan has been
combined together to provide a vibrant and colourful tradition and
culture which cannot be pinned down to any one homogeneous group,
but which retain the essence and fabric of the Gujarati and
Rajasthani culture. During this tour we visit Velavadar National Park, Bhavnagar,
Sasan Gir, Sayla, Dasada, Ahmedabad and some parts of Rajasthan.
Day 01. Flight
to India (Mumbai)
Midnight arrival in Mumbai. The cosmopolitan city and capital of
Maharashtra is the main gateway for the travelers to India. Upon
arrival, you will be met by an Indo Vacations representative and
transferred to the hotel.
Day 02. Mumbai - Bhavnagar - Velavadar National Park - Bhavnagar
In the morning transfer to the airport for the flight to
Upon arrival you will be transferred to Hotel. Later
Velavadar National Park to see large herds of blackbuck
antelope and one of the world's largest harrier roosts. After
visiting the park drive back to Bhavnagar.
Day 03. Bhavnagar - Velavadar
National Park - Bhavnagar (about 120 km)
In the morning enjoy birding at
Gaurishankar Lake and
the coastal marshes near the port. After lunch, drive to Velavadar
National Park for the bird watching. In the evening, witness a
massive roost of montagu, pallid and marsh harrier. Later return
back to Bhavnagar.
Day 04. Bhavnagar – Sasan Gir (about
In the morning drive from Bhavnagar to Sasan Gir
or Gir National Park. Gir is the last
abode of the Asiatic lion and has a thriving population of Leopard,
sambar, chital (spotted deer), nilgai, wild boar, chousingha and
chinkara. In the evening have Jeep Safari in the Sasan Gir National
Park for bird
and wildlife watching.
In the morning and afternoon enjoy the jeep safari in
Gir National Park.
Changeable hawk eagle, crested serpent eagle, Bonneli’s eagle,
shaheen peregrene falcon, laggar falcon, shikra, painted sandgrouse,
quails, black-hooded and golden oriels, marshall’s and common iora,
Asian paradise flycatcher, tickell’s blue, red-throated, verditer
and Asian brown flycatchers, yellow-crowned, brown-capped pygmy,
black-rumped flameback woodpeckers, green and blue-cheeked
bee-eaters, coppersmith barbet, common, lesser pied and
white-throated kingfisher, blossom-headed parakeet, hoopoe, black,
ashy and white-bellied drongos, rufous treepie, large cuckoo shrike
are some of the birds that could also be seen here. In the evening
have a nature walk with a birding guide to a riverside spot near Gir
Birding Lodge. A good number of birds especially quails and
passerines, can be seen in the bushes along the trail.
Day 06. Sasan Gir - Sayla (about
In the morning drive to the grasslands of Devaliya to see vultures
and other birds. Later drive to Sayla. In the afternoon visit the
village known for its weavers and beadwork, colorfully-attired
Bharwad shepherds, medieval step wells and numerous monuments or
enjoy the bird watching at the lake and grasslands of Sayla.
Day 07. Sayla - Dasada (about 120 km)
In the morning drive to
Nalsarovar Bird Sanctuary, one of the
largest fresh-water lakes in Gujarat and an outstanding place for
boat-safaris among thousands of birds. After having breakfast drive
to Dasada. In the evening enjoy birding at Nawa Talao where large
flocks of flamingos, demmossile cranes, pelicans and other birds are
seen in large numbers.
Day 08. Dasada
In the morning and afternoon enjoy the safaris in the
Little Rann of
Kutch. An ancient seabed turned by geological forces into saline
desert plains, the Rann has grassy patches that offer good
bird-watching. Crested and Sykes larks, Oriental skylark,
bimaculated lark, greater short-toed lark, singing and Indian
bushlarks, ashy-crowned and black-crowned sparrow-larks,
chestnut-bellied and spotted sandgrouse, Indian courser, quails, are
some of the birds that would be seen here. At the sunset, it is
possible to watch marsh, Montagu and pallid harriers, aquila eagles,
falcons and buzzards heading for their roosting sites. Besides
various birds various animals can also be seen in the Rann which are
the wild ass, nilgai, chinkara, gazelle, white-footed desert, Indian
foxes, the wolf, jungle cat (occasionally also desert cat), pale and
long-eared hedgehogs and hare.
Day 09. Dasada - Ahmedabad (about 90 km) – Udaipur (by
In the morning we visit the traditional houses of Rabaris, a
pastoral group known for beautiful embroidery, colourful Bharwad
shepherds, and other pastoral, nomadic and semi-nomadic communities.
After breakfast depart for
Ahmedabad and pass through lakes and
other birding places. In the afternoon visit the 16th century Sarkhej Mausoleum complex. In the night enjoy the Gujarati Thali
dinner at House of Mangaldas, heritage hotel. In the night transfer
to the railway station to board the train to Udaipur.
Day 10. Udaipur
In the morning arrive at
Udaipur railway station. After
having breakfast we visit Udaipur, also known as the city of
sunrise. We start our sightseeing with the visit of
This Garden of the Maids of Honour is well laid out with extensive
lawns and shady walks. After the visit of Garden of Maids we visit a
Folk art museum. This museum has a rich collection of Folk dresses,
ornaments, puppets, masks, dolls, folk musical instruments and
paintings. After a break we proceed to
City Palace, the biggest
Palace in India, where 4 generations of Maharajas added their
contribution. The museum of the palace includes the beautiful
peacock mosaic and miniature wall paintings of Indian mythology.
Today we also visit the Lake Palace, Bhartiya Lok Kala Museum,
Shilpgram, the Lalit kala Akademi (Academy of Arts). In the
afternoon after having lunch have a Birding walk in dry forest
habitat on the shores of Lake Pichola. Dinner and overnight at the
Day 11. Udaipur - Kumbhalgarh (about 85 km)
Today we drive to
Kumbhalgarh. Kumbhalgarh is one of the finest
examples of defensive fortification in
Rajasthan. The main tourist
attraction of Kumbhalgarh is the Kumbhalgarh Fort. Upon arrival,
drive to the Hotel.
Kumbhalgarh fort was the second
most important fort of the Mewar kingdom after Chittorgarh. Later
explore the upper portion of Kumbhalgarh Sanctuary, birding around
Kumbhalgarh Fort, at its foot, and the fringe of the forest. After
sun set walk around the forest periphery looking for Nighhtjar,
Day 12. Kumbhalgarh
Today we drive to the
Kumbhalgarh Wild Life Sanctuary. Drive along a
rough track, from top of the hill to the bottom fringe birding
across the entire sanctuary till exit on the main highway. Return to
the hotel for overnight.
Day 13. Kumbhalgarh - Phalodi
In the early morning enjoy another bird watching through the
sanctuary. After breakfast drive to Phalodi. On the way visit
Lohawat, a shrine of the Bishnoi community. In the evening visit the
enclosure in Khichan village to see one of the most unusual avian
sights in Asia and feeding station for wintering Demoiselle Cranes.
Day 14. Phalodi - Jaisalmer (about 165 km)
After breakfast drive to
Jaisalmer. Enroute stop for viewing
raptors. In the afternoon arrive at Jaisalmer. In the evening
birding in areas at the outer periphery of Jaisalmer town - Amar
Sagar, Bara Bagh, ridge near royal cenotaphs etc to try out some
desert bird species, as a prelude to our preoccupation the following
day. It can be spectacular to observe sun set here.
Day 15. Jaisalmer - Desert National Park - Jaisalmer (about 40
Today we drive through the sandy terrain and grassland to the
National Park to look for the Indian Bustard, Houbara, Sandgrouse,
Courser(s), Larks, Pippits, Chats, raptors among other species.
Afterwards return for the overnight stay at the hotel at Jaisalmer.
Day 16. Jaisalmer - Jodhpur (about 290 km)
Today we have sightseeing of the medieval city of Jaisalmer and
visit the havellis. Jaisalmer's crenellated golden sandstone walls
and its narrow streets lined with exquisitely carved buildings make
this city unique. Some of the visitors called this city “a living
museum”. We have a walk through the old city and visit the
the Jain temple. Later drive to
Jodhpur. The city was once the
capital of the princely state of Marwar (Land of death). Jodhpur is
the second largest city in Rajasthan. Jodhpur is also known as the
blue city as most of the houses of the old city are painted blue.
Day 17. Jodhpur - Jaipur (by train)
After breakfast we will visit the
Mehrangarh Fort (majestic fort). Mehrangarh Fort is built on a steep hill and is among the best in
India with exquisitely latticed windows in residential apartments
within. We also visit the Jaswant Thada, a royal cenotaph built in
white marble. Later visit the Umed Bhawan Palace museum and bazaar. In the evening board
the train to Jaipur.
Day 18. Jaipur
In the morning arrive at
Jaipur. Upon arrival, transfer to the
hotel. After breakfast we drive to the ancient capital of
laying 11 km away from Jaipur. Amber was the ancient capital of
Kachhawaha dynasty for 6 centuries before it was moved to newly
created Jaipur. We will ascend to the Palace Fortress on the back of
an Elephant. Enroute to Amber we will visit the
Hawa Mahal (Palace
of the Winds), built in 1799 AD, it contains 953 small casements
with each having its own balcony. The windows enabled cool air to
circulate and the ladies to watch processions below without being
seen. In the afternoon we visit the
City Palace which is still the
formal residence of the royal family, built in a blend of the Rajasthani and Mughal architecture. In the museum of the city palace
we visit the private collection of the Jaipur Maharajas. In the
evening we have a walk through the colourful Bazaar of Jaipur and
drive through the new city of Jaipur and visit "Laxmi Narayan Mandir",
a Hindu temple made out of white marble.
Day 19. Jaipur - Delhi (about 270 km)
After having breakfast drive to
Delhi. In Delhi we have rest of
the day at leisure. Rooms are available to get fresh and change before
we depart for the Airport with Indo Vacations representative.
Optional: Further excursion in Delhi can be organised as
per the individual wishes.
Day 20. Flight to Home
flight to home destination.
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Accommodation in double rooms on twin sharing basis with bath and WC
Rooms on the
Ride in Amber.
Jungle Safari in
Desert National Park, Kumbhalgarh and Sasan Gir National Park.
One Gujarati Thali
dinner at Ahmedabad.
Services of qualified local guides (English speaking
or languages of your choice)
at every place of
Transfers and departures on arrival and departure by Indo
All Transfers and Sightseeing throughout the tour by an
air-conditioned Car with
driver. For groups an individual air-conditioned bus (Except
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