Duration : 18 Nights / 19 Days
Destination Covered : Ahmedabad - Balasinor - Chhota Udepur – Saputara - Vadodara - Lothal – Velavadar - Sasan Gir – Jamnagar - Nakhatrana – Dhordo - Dasada – Nalsarovar - Ahmedabad
DAY 01 : AHMEDABAD - BALASINORE (All Meals)
Upon arrival at Ahmedabad, you are picked up and proceed to Balasinor. Check-in at your pre-booked hotel. After freshen up, depart for Raiyoli Dinosaur Fossil Excavation Site. Later Balasinor Town Walk Through The Market Place - A prehistoric 65 million years old Dinosaur excavation site considered to be one of the third largest sites in the world, this place is a unique experience. Fossilized bones and eggs were found. This place was a hatchery as well as a graveyard - a one of its kind site. Ravioli is being developed as a Jurassic Park having an interpretation center. Return to Resort for night halt in Balasinor.
DAY 02 : BALASINORE - CHOTA UDEPUR (Breakfast)
Early morning after breakfast, depart for Chhota Udepur via Champaner; the transition between Hindu and Muslim culture and architecture in the late 15th to early 16th century is documented in the park, particularly the early Islamic and pre-Mughal city that has remained without any change. It was inscribed by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site in 2004. After Champaner, check in to the hotel, and after freshen up, visit the tribal area with local forests, mountains, and rivers. The main tribes include the Rath was Bhils, Kolis, and Naiks. The Rath was a martial race and the Major tribe in the area. Feel the culture of local tribes, The main occupation of these tribes is farming, while the Rath created an art form called the Pithora paintings, which they paint using special vegetable dyes and examples of it are evident in different villages. Their pottery work is unique to this area and worth seeing. There are colorful HAATS (Tribal fairs) held every day in villages. These villages are the marketing days for the tribals. In the evening, visit Kusum Vilas palace and Prem Bhavan palace in Chhota Udaipur, return to the hotel for a night halt in Chhota Udepur.
DAY 03 : CHOTA UDEPUR (Breakfast)
Early morning after breakfast, depart for Chhota Udepur via Ratan Mahal Sloth Bear Sanctuary Spread out over 56 sq km, Ratan mahal-on the Gujarat-Madhya Pradesh border-is the only exclusive sloth bear sanctuary in Gujarat. And sloth bears are just part of the attraction: nature fulfills herself in many other ways; the River Panam crisscrosses beautiful small hamlets on the foothills of this sanctuary covered with lush green and thick woods full of natural goodness. Some of the animals found are sloth bears, panthers, large-size monkeys, jackals, antelopes, and hyenas, besides numerous jungle cats, foxes, honey badgers, hare, porcupines, and reptiles. Over 120 different varieties of birds can be spotted. Depart for Chhota Udepur and Night halt in Hotel.
DAY 04 : CHOTA UDEPUR – SAPUTARA (Breakfast)
Early morning after breakfast, depart for Saputara, Check in to the hotel. After freshen up, and visit GANDHI SHIKHAR, Saputara Tribal Museum, Honey Bee center, and in the evening free time for boating in Lake and Boating Club. Return to hotel for night halt in Saputara.
DAY 05 : SAPUTARA - DANG – SAPUTARA (Breakfast)
Early morning after breakfast depart for Dang, Engage in any of these routine activities: Milking cattle, Breaking shell of the paddy by traditional way, making floor using chalk (a pair of cylindrical stone), Dung Flooring, Bamboo artwork, Chopping wood, etc. See the tools of traditional hunting (the tribes have stopped hunting now since they have started realizing the importance of showcasing wildlife in natural habitat as a tool for generating income. Participate in the preparation of authentic organic dinner with tribes (learn insights of making food traditionally). Return to Saputara and Night halt in Saputara.
DAY 06 : SAPUTARA – DANG – VADODARA (Breakfast)
Early morning after breakfast, depart for Baroda via Dang. We will walk to Forest Trek – Tribes will showcase forest resources used for their living, Plant a Tree or Water on the plantation done for conserving the forest and get a chance to see the wildlife in the natural habitat. Realize the importance of Sustainable living by going through the living habits of tribes – Use of Fish Tank (to avoid mosquitoes), The Organic way of Preserving Grains, Organic Farming Techniques, Conditions in Wedding, etc. In the noon depart for Baroda (288km driving), Night halt in Vadodara.
DAY 07 : VADODARA - LOTHAL – VELAVADAR (All Meals)
Early morning after breakfast, depart for Velavadar, via Lothal - it is one of the most important sites of the Harappan or Indus Valley Civilisation excavated in India. The site and the museum offering an insight into the town planning, industries, and trade of Lothal when it was at its peak from 2400-1600 BC. The museum is open daily from 10 AM to 5 PM except for Fridays. After Lothal sightseeing, departs for Velavadar, check in to the hotel. After freshen-up, and after dinner night halt in Velavadar.
DAY 08 : VELAVADAR - GIR FOREST (All Meals)
Early morning after breakfast, visit Velavadar National Park for blackbuck safari, which has India’s largest population of Blackbuck, the elegant Indian antelope. One of the fastest mammals in the world, the Blackbuck is capable of achieving high speeds when leaping over the plains of Velavadar. India’s largest antelope, the Nilgai or Blue Bull, is easily seen in this national park. We can hope to see the endangered Indian Grey Wolf, the nocturnal Striped Hyena, Indian Fox, Golden Jackal, Jungle Cat, and many small mammals like the hare, gerbil, field mice, mongoose, and hedgehog. After the safari, depart for Sasan Gir (235km Driving), Check in to the hotel, freshen up, and night halt in Gir.
DAY 09 : GIR FOREST (All Meals)
Early morning after breakfast, depart for Lion Safari in Gir National Park. Wildlife Sanctuary is famous for Asiatic Lions and comprises 1412 sq km of deciduous forest interspersed with evergreen flora, acacia, scrub jungle, grasslands, and rocky hills. Fed by perennial and seasonal rivers and streams, the sanctuary has large water bodies like the Kamleshwar Dam that are good for crocodiles and birds. In the evening, return to the Resort. Free time for bird watching in Resort. Night halt in Gir.
DAY 10 : SASAN GIR – JAMNAGAR (Breakfast)
Early morning after breakfast, depart for Jamnagar, Check into the hotel and refresh after lunch by 3: 30 in the noon, depart for the Khijadiya bird sanctuary where you can find storks, ducks, and many migratory birds till sunset, return to hotel and night halt in Jamnagar.
DAY 11 : JAMNAGAR (Breakfast)
Early morning after breakfast, visit salt pan areas and the port area where we can find greater or lesser flamingos. At 10:30 Hrs, the high tide is scheduled. So after an early lunch starts at 13:00 Hrs, reach Narara by 2:30 PM. Start the coral walk on the beach. We may see the Stingray, crabs, octopus, Puffers' Sea anemones, dolphins if you are lucky.
DAY 12 : JAMNAGAR – NAKHATRANA (Breakfast)
Early morning after breakfast depart for Nakhatrana, Reach nakshatra by lunchtime take rest and afternoon we will depart for Nakhatrana wildlife sanctuary in Kutch. The rare ecosystem with a mix of deserts, beaches, hills, and grassland has a lot of variety to offer. You can find striped hyenas, desert foxes, porcupines, Indian civet, Indian pangolin, a variety of reptiles, venomous and nonvenomous reptiles, and monitor lizard and star tortoise. Chinkaras can also be found here return to Resort and night halt in Nakhatrana.
DAY 13 : NAKHATRANA (Breakfast)
Early morning at 5: 30 AM before breakfast, visit Nalia for Varieties of unique birds like the Great Indian bustard is found in this region. Look around for the Black and Gray Francolin, the Spotted and Indian Sandgrouse, Quails, Larks, Shrikes, Coursers, and Plovers. You can also see flocks of Indian Gazelle and wolfs spotting the entire landscape, while a drive around the sanctuary will acquaint you with the friendly nilgais. After an extensive flash of various mammals and reptiles, return to the resort by 10 AM, take breakfast, and rest for the day. Night halt in Nakhatrana.
DAY 14 : NAKHATRANA – DHORDO (All Meals)
Early morning after breakfast, depart for Dhordo, check in to resort freshen up, and after lunch visit the white desert, Banni Region - which amidst the Desert land of infinite dimensions, are suspended. These are the last villages on the India-Pakistan border. Here you will come across master craft people exposing their traditional art, turning out masterpieces every day. Their ornaments, clothes, utensils, everything they use - will make you feel as if you have stepped into a lifestyle museum leaving you spellbound. Khavda - a Small village, One can visit Khatrivas to see artisans printing & selling Ajrakh. The town also has skilled Leather Craftsmen, and some shops are retailing local crafts, including Leather Slippers. In the evening return to resort and night halt in Dhordo.
DAY 15 : DHORDO (All Meals)
Early morning after breakfast, depart for KALO DUNGAR (BLACK HILLS) - Kaladungar, known as the Black Hills, overlooks the spectacular Rann. The view from the top is a sight that one can never forget. One can spot some rare species of white foxes. These beautiful, frisky animals, staying in the wild, respond to the call of the temple priest as he beats a steel plate yelling Langa to suggest that food has been laid out for them. On the way to return, visit some of the more significant villages Niroona (Rogan Art and Bells), Hodko, and Ludiya. Permission is to be taken from the check post to visit this area due to its proximity to Pakistan.
DAY 16 : DHORDO – DASADA (All Meals)
Early morning after breakfast, depart for Dasada via Bhujodi, Just 8 km southeast of Bhuj. Bhujodi is a major textile center of Kutch, with the vast majority of the 1200 inhabitants involved in textile handicraft production. Here you can meet weavers, tie-dye artists, and block printers, most of whom belong to the Vankar community. You can watch them work and depart for Dasada, reach to resort by evening and night halt in Dasada.
DAY 17 : DASADA (All Meals)
Early morning after breakfast, we will depart for a safari in LRK (Little Rann of Kutch), which is well-known as the remaining habitat of the endangered Indian Wild Ass, Nilgai (blue bull), the largest antelope. In India can be seen during the drives. Indian Wolf, Indian and White-footed Desert Foxes, Golden Jackal, Striped Hyena, and Fishing Cat, and smaller mammals like hares, hedgehogs, gerbil, and field mice are seen in the sanctuary. Return to the resort and rest for the whole day. Overnight halt in Dasada.
DAY 18 : DASADA – NALSAROVAR – AHMEDABAD (Breakfast)
In the morning, after early check out of 5:00 AM, depart for Nal Sarovar Bird Sanctuary, which is Mainly inhabited by migratory birds in winter and spring. It is the largest wetland bird sanctuary in Gujarat and one of the largest in India, which attracts over 210 species of birds in the winter and harbors a variety of flora and fauna. Thousands of migratory waterfowl flock to this sanctuary just after the Indian monsoon season. The shallow area and ponds on the outer fringes of the lake attract the wading birds that feed in the shallow waters. This migratory bird population includes Rosy Pelicans, Flamingoes, White Storks, Brahminy Ducks, and Herons. After bird watching, we will depart for Ahmedabad, check-in, and after freshen-up, we shall move out for Sightseeing around the city. We shall first visit Sabarmati Ashram / Gandhi Ashram. This place speaks volumes about Mahatma Gandhi as a leader, a mentor, and as a person as well. Later we shall move towards Adalaj stepwell, not very far from Gandhi Ashram. A Stepwell is a unique feature of dried western India. This particular stepwell is almost 600 yrs old and runs up to 5 stored below the ground. The must-see for architectural lovers. Return to the hotel for a lavish traditional meal at the rooftop restaurant. Overnight halt in Ahmedabad.
DAY 19 : DEPARTURE AHEMDABAD
After breakfast, depart for Ahmedabad airport as per your time of Departure. Further journey with happy memories.
Accommodation in Hotels / Resortson on Single / Double sharing basis.
Meal plan as mentioned in the Itinerary.
One Jeep safari only in Dasada during stay.
Transport by AC ETIOS for 1 to 2 PAX / INNOVA 3 to 6 PAX / TEMPO TRAVELLER 7 to 8 PAX
Daily one mineral water bottle in vehicle
All applicable govt taxes