Little Rann of Kutch
The Sanctuary is the habitat to about 93 species of invertebrates, including 25 species of zooplanktons, 1 species of annelid, 4 crustaceans, 24 insects, 12 molluscs and 27 spiders. Totally 4 species of amphibians (frogs and toads) and 29 species of reptiles (2 species of turtles, 14 species of lizards, 12 snakes and 1 crocodile) occur.
Species: McQueen’s bustard, hoopoe lark, sociable plover, red-necked falcon, rosy starling, 3 sp of pelican, 3 sp of kingfisher, crested and Syke’s lark, oriental, bimaculated & greater short-toed lark, singing and Indian bushlarks, ashy-crowned and black-crowned sparrow larks. Southern grey, long-tailed, rufous-tailed and bay-back shrike, common woodshrike, warblers chestnut-bellied, spotted sandgrouse, Indian courser (cream-coloured visits occasionally), quails, yellow-legged, barred buttonquails, grey francolin, wryneck, brown-rock chat, pied bushchat, rufous-tailed scrub robin, blue-headed rock thrush, black redstart and buntings etc. A large number of wetland birds such as great and lesser flamingo, three sp. of cranes, other waterfowl.
Village visits to see tribal culture of Rabaris.
Stay: Rann Riders. Nights: 2-3 nights
Bhuj visit gives the opportunity to cover-up Lala Bustard Sanctuary – Jakhau Mangove swamps, Pingleshwar sea coast and tropical thorn forest of Chaduva reserved forest Species: One can expect white-browed bushchat, Indian Courser, Heuglin’s and slenderbilled Gull, a number of waders, white-naped tit, Marshall’s Iora, white-bellied minivet, grey hypocolius.
Village visit, cultural sites and textiles.
Stay: JP Resort, Nakhtarana. Nights: 3-4 nights.
Jamnagar is the coastal area along the Gulf of Kutch, one of the finest birding stretches along the Indian coastline.
Species: You are likely to see crab-plover, Kentish plover, oystercatcher, ruddy turnstone, broad-billed sandpiper, sanderling, dunlin, curlew sandpiper, black-headed gull, Pallas’ gull, temmincks stint, lesser-crested tern, gull-billed tern, common tern, little tern, black-bellied tern, whiskered tern, whiskered tern, darters, western reef egret and other birds could be seen on this route.
Village visit, cultural sites and handicraft.
Stay: Hotel President; Hotel Express. Nights: 2-3 nights
Gir National Park
A tapestry of dry deciduous forests, acacia scrub and grassland, fed by rivers and reservoirs, Gir is the last abode of the Asiatic lion and has a thriving population of leopard, sambar, spotted deer, blue bull antelope and wild boar. Gir is also one of the major habitats of chousingha (the world’s only four-horned antelope) and chinkara (Indian gazelle) that are hard to spot in the teak forests along the game drive trails.
Species: changeable hawk & crested serpent eagle, Bonneli’s eagle, Peregrine & laggar falcon, shikra, painted sandgrouse, quails, black-hooded and golden oriole, marshall’s and common iora, 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, 3 sp of kingfisher, ashy and white-bellied drongo, rufous treepie, large cuckoo shrike, small & white-bellied minivet, red-vented and white-eared bulbul, tawny-bellied, yellow-eyed, jungle and large grey babblers, grey-breasted, ashy, rufous-fronted, plain, jungle and graceful prinias, zitting cisticola, clamorous reed-warbler, booted warbler, greenish warbler, lesser and Hume’s warbler, orphean warbler and blyth’s reed warbler, treeswift are among the many birds that could be seen here.
Village visit to explore Maldhari’s and Siddhi’s culture.
Stay: Gir Birding Lodge. Nights: 3-4 nights.
VelavadarKnown for its large blackbuck antelope population, Velavadar is also one of the few places where the wolf is proliferating in India.
Species: Sirkeer malkoha, painted francolin, chestnut-bellied and spotted sandgrouse, rufous-tailed, crested and Sykes’ larks, red-rumped swallows, desert and variable wheatears and other birds are seen and many raptors visit specially short-toed snake eagle, imperial, steppe, tawny, greater and lesser spotted eagles, Laggar falcon, common kestrel, red-necked falcon, peregrine falcon, white-eyed and long-legged buzzard, black-shouldered kite, occasional northern goshawk. Rarities include the Stoilczka’s bushchat & Indian bustard. In the evening, witness a massive roost of montagu, pallid and marsh harrier.
One can visit Palitana Jain Temples.
Stay: Hotel Naraini Heritage; Forest Rest House. Nights: 1-2 nights.
Recommended duration of the above trip 10-12 days
This can be combined with Rajasthan
One can fly in and out of Ahmedabad / Mumbai / Delhi