Tour Itineraries

INDIAN WILDLIFE TOUR with Sandwich Bird Tours April 2018

INDIAN WILDLIFE TOUR with Sandwich Bird Tours April 2018

Destinations: Delhi, Velavadar, Gir National Park, Little Rann of Kutch and Bandhavgarh National Park
Possible extensions to Taj Mahal and Assam.

International Flight Required:
Day 01: Arrive Delhi in the evening (leave UK Sat March 31, evening flight)
Day 15: Departure from Delhi in the morning (Sunday April 15 on morning flight. UK same day)
If there is a Taj Mahal extension we leave UK on Friday March 30, arrive 31, do Taj Mahal and return to Delhi on April 1 to meet rest of group
MAIN TOUR
Domestic flights:
April 2 Day 01: Delhi to Ahmedabad
April 9 Day 08: Ahmedabad to Jabalpur
April 14 Day 14: Jabalpur to Delhi
Passport Details: Required
Full Name
Gender
Date of Birth
Nationality
Passport Number
Passport Expiry Date
Rooming list: Required
Jeep sharing: Required

Possible Taj Extension March 31-April 1
Day 01: Arrive Delhi
Day 02: Delhi - Ahmedabad flight. Drive to Velavadar
Day 03: Velavadar
Day 04: Gir National Park
Day 05: Gir National Park
Day 06: Gir - Little Rann of Kutch
Day 07: Little Rann of Kutch
Day 08: LRK - Ahmedabad - Flight to Jabalpur - Bandhavgarh
Day 09: Bandhavgarh National Park
Day 10: Bandhavgarh National Park (Park close pm)
Day 11: Bandhavgarh National Park
Day 12: Bandhavgarh National Park
Day 13 Bandhavgargh National Park
Day 14: Bandhavgarh - Jabalpur - Fly back to Delhi or Kolkata for those doing extension
Day 15: Delhi – Departure

Possible 6 day extension to Kaziranga NP for Indian One-horned Rhino, wild Elephants, Hoolock Gibbon, possible Tiger etc.

PS: Bandhavgarh National Park is closed on every Wednesday afternoon

Highlights

  • One of the most popular Mammals photography tours
  • Good success rate with Tiger & Lion
  • Farm fresh Indian meals
  • Quaint lodges and camps
  • A large variety of other mammals
  • Glimpses of the beautiful landscape, architecture and lifestyle of central & West India

 

Description

India is the only country in the world that can claim both Lion and Tiger among its native fauna. While many tours take you to see tigers, this wildlife tour of Gujarat, central India and North East India is unique in its focus on Asiatic Lions in the Gir Forest & Tigers in Bandhavgarh.
The beautiful Blackbuck in the Velavadar Reserve and endangered Asiatic Wild Ass at Dasada Sanctuary Rhino in Kaziranga are the other three main highlights of this trip.

We’ll arrive in Delhi. This trip starts as we fly from Delhi to Ahmedabad and drive from the airport directly to Velavadar.
With the drive made as comfortable as possible by the well-trained driver. You can spend the day photographing the surrounding countryside. Those interested in combining culture with natural history can visit the magnificent Jain temple complex atop Shatrunjaya Hill. As with all touristy areas, you will find a few souvenir shops selling exquisite handicrafts too.
On the safari at Velavadar along with graceful Blackbucks, you may be lucky to spot a Wolf or Hyena though they are rarely seen in the daylight. Jackal, Jungle Cat and Black-Naped Hare are more easily seen and Indian Fox are usually spotted on the periphery.

From here, we'll travel to Gir National Park. At Gir, we stay at Gir Birding Lodge, a quaint lodge set amongst a mango orchard.
With individual cottages sharing its boundary with the Gir National Park, you can enjoy the calls of the wild all through the night as you look forward to the safari next morning. Be prepared to be greeted with different species of birds right outside your door in the morning as you sit out in the veranda enjoying your cup of tea.

The next two days are spent with morning and afternoon drives in the Gir National Park and Wildlife Sanctuary.
The Asiatic Lions are usually inactive during the heat of the day, but if we are lucky, we can hope to see them out hunting their prey during our visit. With a rugged terrain of low hills and tracts of deciduous forest interspersed with areas of grassland, the national park supports a great diversity of mammals like Chital or Spotted Deer, Sambar, Blue Bull Antelope, Chinkara Gazelle, Chousingha (the world's only four-horned antelope), Wild Boar etc. With such an abundance of prey, Gir also has a thriving Leopard population and Striped Hyenas who try to scavenge any leftovers from the lion’s meals. A number of attractive birds can usually be seen on the trail too.

For those more culturally inclined, a local village visit or a visit to a house of a tribal family to get a glimpse of rural tribal life can also be arranged. Right with buffaloes tied outside their modest homes, small living areas with joint families staying together, seeing how they live can be quite a wonderful experience.
From Gir, we'll travel to Little Rann of Kutch. Reach Dasada fresh enough to take the evening safari in the bleak salt marshy areas of Little Rann of Kutch. Though a bleak landscape, it is rich in biodiversity and is an ecologically important area for wildlife and many local and migratory water birds.
Dasada is a desert wildlife sanctuary, known for the last abode of the Asiatic wild Ass in the Indian peninsula. During the exciting safari, you must watch out for other endangered wildlife like the Wolf, Indian and Desert Fox, Indian Gazelle, McQueen’s Bustard, etc. which can be spotted there too. Another treat in store is the sunset at Bajana Lake, where Flamingos, Pelicans, Demoiselle and Common Cranes, and other water birds gather in numbers beyond comprehension. The sight of these birds in the sunset light will be an unforgettable memory for sure.

Back from the thrilling safari, you will enjoy your meal and overnight stay at Rann Riders or Royal Desert Safari Camp. We have specially chosen these imaginatively designed safari resorts with structures built from local materials to resemble a local village featuring long wicker beds, work table, dressing area and a tiled bath with hot-and-cold water. This will surely give you a feel of traditional Indian hospitality and comfort.

From Dasada, we'll travel to Ahmedabad airport for your onward journey to Jabalpur via Mumbai. We'll reach Jabalpur in the late afternoon and will travel to Bandhavgarh National Park.

A great National Park to sight the revered but endangered Tigers among other mammals and birds. A beautiful drive from Jabalpur with lovely views of rural Madhya Pradesh, you get to see a glimpse of typical central Indian flora, vistas, architecture and way of living. It is a perfect start to the adventure ahead. Serenity will seep into you as you check into Monsoon Forest, a unique eco-lodge with luxury tents and cottages and indigenous central Indian mud house styled architecture.
With beautiful grasslands, views of the forest and the Bandhavgarh Fort in the distance, it’s an ideal base to explore the magic of tiger spotting. Be prepared to have a fabulous stay as they go out of their way to make your stay most memorable. Special romantic dinners and traditional massages are worth indulging at this resort.

Bandhavgarh is uniquely famous as a forest offering best tiger sightings. The density of the tiger population at Bandhavgarh is one of the highest known in India. It offers more than 22 species of mammals and 250 species of birds. You can see the Leopard, Spotted Deer, Sambar, Barking Deer, Blue Bull, Indian Gazelle, Hyena, Jackal, Wild boar, Sloth Bear, Common Langurs, Rhesus Monkey etc.
For those interested, a local village-visit or a trip with our trained local guides to the ancient temple ruins at the 2000-year-old Bandhavgarh fort is also a great option.

After spending 05 nights in Bandhavgarh, we'll transfer you to Jabalpur airport to connect domestic flight back to Delhi and will spend one night in Delhi.
Next morning you will be transferred to Delhi airport to connect flight back to home with best trip memories.

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INDIAN WILDLIFE TOUR with Sandwich Bird Tours April 2018

ITINERARY.

Day 01: Arrive Delhi
Meals: Dinner in Delhi

Arrive Delhi in the morning. You will be met and transferred to Hotel Star Grand Villa for dinner and overnight stay.

Day 02: Delhi - Ahmedabad - Velavadar
Meals: Breakfast in Delhi, Lunch Dinner in Narayani Heritage

Morning transfer to Delhi airport to connect flight to Ahmedabad. Arrive Ahmedabad and transfer to Bhavnagar. Afternoon nature walk in Bhavnagar (if time permits). Overnight stay at Hotel Narayani Heritage.

Day 03: Velavadar
Meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner in Narayani Heritage

Morning and afternoon jeep safaris to Velavadar National Park. Overnight stay at Hotel Narayani Heritage in Bhavnagar.

Day 04: Velavadar - Gir National Park
Meals: Breakfast in Velavadar, lunch and dinner in Gir

Morning drive to Gir National Park. Afternoon jeep safari in Gir. Overnight stay at Gir Birding Lodge.

Day 05: Gir National Park
Meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner in Gir

Morning and afternoon Jeep safaris to Gir National Park. Overnight stay at Gir Birding Lodge.

Day 06: Gir - Little Rann of Kutch
Meals: Breakfast in Gir, lunch and dinner in Kutch

Morning drive to Little Rann of Kutch. Arrive Rann Riders for lunch. Afternoon jeep safari. Overnight stay at Rann Riders.

Day 07: Little Rann of Kutch
Meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner in Kutch

Morning and afternoon jeep safaris. Overnight stay at Rann Riders.

Day 08: Little Rann of Kutch - Ahmedabad – Jabalpur - Bandhavgarh
Meals: Breakfast in Rann Riders (lunch on own at the airport) & dinner in Bandhavgarh

Early morning transfer to Ahmedabad airport to connect flight to Nagpur via Mumbai 1010 hrs (check-in time for this flight will be at 0810 hrs). Arrive Jabalpur airport in afternoon / evening. Transfer to Bandhavgarh National Park. Arrive Monsoon Forest in the evening. Dinner and overnight stay.

Day 09, 10, 11,12 & 13: Bandhavgarh National Park
Meals: Breakfast, lunch & dinner in Bandhavgarh

Morning and afternoon jeep safaris to Bandhavgarh National Park for tiger tracking and birding. Overnight stay at Monsoon Forest (www.monsoonforest.in)

PS: Bandhavgarh National Park will remain closed for safaris on every Wednesday afternoon.

Day 14: Bandhavgarh – Jabalpur – Delhi
Meals: Breakfast, packed lunch from Monsoon Forest, dinner in Delhi

Morning at leisure. After late breakfast, drive to Jabalpur airport (3.5 to 4 hours) to connect flight to Delhi at 1420 hrs. Arrive Delhi at 1540 hrs. You will be meet and transferred to Hotel Star Grand Villa. Dinner and overnight stay in Hotel Star Grand Villa.

Day 15: Delhi – Departure

April 14 Day 14
Meals: Breakfast

1. People who are doing extension tour will drive to Jabalpur to connect flight to Guwahati via Kolkata (where we’ll spend a night in transit hotel as there is no direct flight available for this sector).

After reaching Guwahati, we’ll drive to Kaziranga National Park where we’ll spend 04 nights.

Kaziranga in the language of the Karbi tribe means ‘where the mountain goat drinks water. It was an inaccessible swampy land covered with tall elephant grass and bheels (water bodies). Declared a national park, it is now spread over 480 sq km with the great Brahmaputra River as it northern boundary and the Karbi Hills fringing the southern. Kaziranga National Park is famous for its 2,400-strong population of Indian One-horned Rhinoceros, wild Water Buffalo and wild Elephants. It also supports localized and endangered grassland species such as Swamp Partridge, Bengal Florican, Greater Adjutant Stork, Pallas’s and Grey-headed Fishing Eagle and Spot-billed Pelican.

Kaziranga is divided into three ranges. The popular central range is the best to spot Rhinos, Water Buffaloes and Elephants playing in the water. The eastern range offers some of the most exciting and varied wildlife watching. It is in this less-visited region of the park that we have the best chance of spotting the elusive Tiger. Turtles and Otters are frequently seen on the river here. At Sohola bheel we should be able to see Greater Adjutant Stork, Pallas’s and Grey-headed Fishing Eagle and a great variety of waterfowl.

After exciting wildlife viewing and nature watch in the park during the day, in the evenings we will try our best to arrange an enjoyable presentation of a traditional tribal or most popular Bihu folk dance. Sitting for dinner by the log fire under the bamboo grove, it will almost seem magical.
We will also take you to an Assamese tribal village visit for a glimpse into their unique culture. You will get a firsthand experience of their popular specialized occupation-silk worm rearing.

Leaving behind the magic of Kaziranga, we fly you to Delhi where we’ll spend last night of the tour before taking flight back to home.

ITINERARY (Extension Tour)

14 April: Bandhavgargh- Jabalpur - Kolkata
Meals: Breakfast, packed lunch from Monsoon Forest, dinner in Kolkata

15 April: Kolkata - Guwahati - Kaziranga
Meals: Breakfast in Kolkata, lunch in Guwahati and dinner in Kaziranga

Morning transfer to Kolkata airport to connect late morning flight to Guwahati. Arrive Guwahati at noon. Lunch will be served in a restaurant. Drive to Kaziranga National Park. Arrive Kaziranga in the evening. Overnight stay in Wild Grass Resort.

16,17,18 April: Kaziranga National Park
Meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinne
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Morning and afternoon jeep safaris to the national Park for wildlife photography. Overnight stay at Wild Grass
One morning will be spent going to the Hoolock Gibbon Sanctuary for Gibbon and three other species of monkey

19 April: Kaziranga - Guwahati - Delhi
Meals: Breakfast and packed lunch from Kaziranga, dinner in Delhi

Morning at leisure. After late breakfast, transfer to Guwahati airport to connect afternoon flight back to Delhi. Arrive Delhi in the evening. You will be met and transferred to Hotel Shanti Palace for dinner and overnight stay.

20 April: Delhi - Departure
Meals: Breakfast

After breakfast, transfer to Delhi airport to connect flight back to home. Tour ends.

Main Tour cost (per person): £2550 depending exchange rates. single £450
Assam extension cost (per person): £890 depending on number of guests and exchange rates
Single room supplement: £180

A pre-tour two day Taj Mahal extension can be arranged.
Cost depends on number of guests

Services includes only:

  • Accommodation on twin sharing basis-Meals as per the itinerary
  • Flight tickets of Jabalpur – Kolkata
  • Flight tickets of Kolkata – Guwahati
  • All jeep safaris in Kaziranga with park entrance fee
  • Flight ticket of Guwahati - Delhi
  • All surface transfers by air-conditioned vehicle
  • One Asian Adventures guide for Kaziranga
  • All taxes

Services does not include:

  • Optional tours, Tips, laundry, alcohol, bottled water, elephant ride, camera fee
  • International air fare, visa, insurance.

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