Gujarat holidays, Asiatic Lions, Blackbuck & Wild Asses
Description of Gujarat holidays, Asiatic Lions, Blackbuck & Wild Asses
This tailor made trip has been crafted by a local company that specialises in Gujarat wildlife, such as the much sought after Asiatic lions, blackbuck and wild asses. The nine day itinerary has been carefully crafted to allow plenty of time in each of the Gujarat national parks. With one full day in Velavadar National Park, famous for its beautiful blackbuck and two days in Gir National Park where the Asiatic lions take centre stage. Gir was given protected status as far back as 1900 when, after being used as a trophy hunting ground for years, the lion population was reduced to almost zero. Since then, hunting lion has been illegal and the legacy of committed conservation still stands here. A night time safari at Gir is a highlight for many of our guests.
At Velavadar NP, game drives will not only bring you in contact with over 1500 blackbuck but also wolves and jackals, although a night time safari is the time to spot the latter. There is rich birdlife, such as the lesser florican, a large bird in the bustard family that thrives in these grassland habitats.
In addition to the national parks, we also include the unique habitats of the Little Rann of Kutch in our itinerary, a saline desert that is famous for being one of the last places on earth where you can see the beautiful Indian wild ass. Other stunning wild mammals to catch sight of include the chinkara, desert fox, jackals, caracals, nilgais and striped hyenas. It is also home to over three hundred bird species, with flamingos and pelicans creating a fine sight as well as many migratory birds arriving in over the Gulf of Kutch. Our visit to the Rann region also allows us to spend time with the tribal groups still living very traditional lifestyles here.
As this is a tailor made trip, we are happy to accommodate your interests and needs, starting the holiday in Delhi or Mumbai, for example, or adding additional days to take in other experiences such as a night time leopard safari.
5 Reviews of Gujarat holidays, Asiatic Lions, Blackbuck & Wild Asses
Reviewed on 25 Jan 2018 by Bonnie ShirleyAll the wildlife and the wonderful lodges I stayed at: 13 Asiatic lions, 7 leopards, a striped hyena, 2 jungle cats, blackbuck, wild asses, and many species of birds... Read full review
Reviewed on 01 May 2017 by Clive FreemantleIt would be impossible to identify a single highlight- there were so many! Seeing so many leopards, the Asiatic lions, the nesting hornbills, saving a Blackbuck fawn from a pariah dog, the simply superb staff, some truly amazing dishes we tried and people we encountered- simply too much and many to mention. Read full review
Reviewed on 01 Jun 2015 by Susan HoldsworthBest bits: Being in amongst the crazy traffic and not having to drive...seeing wild leopard in Gir...seeing a bridal party in all their finery...seeing the contrast between wealthy and subsistence living. Read full review
Reviewed on 27 May 2014 by Evert VersteegWe really enjoyed the holiday....To enter through the gate of the Taj Mahal at dawn with only 8/10 people in front of you. What an amazing place! Read full review
Reviewed on 17 Dec 2012 by Gillian BrandWhere to start! The lions, the leopard and her cub, the jungle cat kitten, or the magical sighting of wolves. The insight into Gujarati culture was also unforgettable and we were grateful to our driver, Mr Khuman Singh, for not only finding us so much wildlife but also introducing us to local people from all walks of life. Read full review
Planet and peopleThis particular trip is a unique in its own way as the destinations being covered in this tour are all in remote areas where the real source of income is from tourism industry. We are using only heritage, palaces & the jungle lodges owned by the local community. These old heritage buildings have now converted into hotels, so tourism helps conserve the architecture helps the locals in getting good jobs. All the accommodation which we are using have local staff.
All our accommodations are eco friendly and have used the local material & handicrafts. Our accommodations are equipped with energy saving lights, solar hot water systems & ground water recharge system. We will be using through out local guides who are now trained in their field and will certainly make a difference in this trip. We use only local transport throughout in this trip. The drivers and guides are very well paid and helps a lot in the upliftment of the local economy.
When we are on safari guests are advised to bring back waste to their accommodation. We stick to the trails and advise not to harm the local flora & fauna. All the guests are briefed before entering the park not to get down from their respective vehicles. Smoking is strictly banned while on safari. We are supporting an NGO called Jagriti who supports and helps the poor orphan children in giving them shelter and education. An amount of £5 per person will go this institution.
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