Iconic Treasures

Iconic Treasures

Join our expert naturalist on this fascinating two week adventure across North-Western India, in search of some of India’s most iconic wildlife and birds.

The Royal Bengal Tiger is among the most powerful and charismatic predators, while the Asiatic Lion has undeservedly lived in the shadows of his striped Indian cousin. The Leopard has been most adept in learning to co-exist with humans, and nowhere is this better illustrated than at the magical rocky landscape of Jawai.

The saline marshlands of Little Rann of Kutch are home to the endangered Wild Ass and a host of bird species, while Velavadar’s grasslands are playgrounds for the endemic Blackbucks and Nilgais, and a large roosting site for Marsh Harriers.

Interspersed between spectacular wildlife and birding opportunities are visits to exceptional cultural and historical sites en-route, giving you a rounded perspective of Western India’s treasures.

16 DAYS
FROM £3995
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WHAT'S INCLUDED
  • Activities and excursions as specified
  • Entrance fees/tickets for the above
  • In-destination transfers & transport
  • Accommodation & Meals as specified
  • English speaking guides
  • 24/7 support while you travel

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Day 1: Arrive Ahmedabad

Upon arrival at Ahmedabad airport in the morning, you’ll be met by your naturalist and driver and transfer to your hotel.

Later, enjoy a half day guided tour of Ahmedabad (Stepwell and Museum).

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Day 2: Ahmedabad – Gir National Park

After breakfast, drive to Sasan Gir (240 kms /5-6 hrs). Arrive Sasan Gir in the afternoon and check into the lodge.

Afternoon, embark upon the first safari of your trip in the Gir National Park.

Breakfast, Dinner
Day 3: Gir National Park

Explore Gir on morning and afternoon safaris to maximize our chances of wildlife viewing and birding.

Best known for the last remaining population of Asiatic Lions, Gir is also one of the finest reserves to see Leopards. Some of the birds found here include the Indian Jungle Nightjar, Mottled Wood Owl, Rock Bush Quail, White-bellied Minivet, Painted Sandgrouse, Black Ibis, Rufous-fronted Prinia & Crested Hawk Eagle.

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 4: Gir National Park – Velavadar National Park

After an early breakfast drive to Velavadar (5 hr).

Arrive at Velavadar and check into the lodge. After lunch enjoy a safari to the Blackbuck National Park , which is famous for the elegant Black Buck antelopes. We will have good opportunities to photograph Black Bucks sparring. Other mammals encountered here are jungle cat, jackal, and Indian fox, Indian wolf and striped hyena. The park is a roosting site of harriers; up to 2000 harriers have been recorded here together at dusk.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 5: Velavadar National Park
Enjoy morning & afternoon jeep safaris to Blackbuck National Park in search of a range of small mammals and rich birdlife here, in addition to the magnificent sight of blackbucks leaping, sparring and roaming across the grasslands.
Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Day 6: Velavadar National Park - Little Rann of Kutch

Early morning with a packed breakfast, drive to Bajana (Little Rann of Kutch – 5 hrs drive approx.). There will be opportunities for birding en-route. Arrive Little Rann of Kutch and check in to the lodge.

In the evening relax or enjoy a birding walk around the lodge or search for Nocturnal birds and animals after dusk.

Breakfast, Dinner
Day 7: Little Rann of Kutch

A full day to explore the Little Rann of Kutch.

Morning and evening safaris to spot the endangered Wild Ass and some of the other mammals like Desert Fox & Indian Wolf. The star birds here are the wintering Mcqueen’s Bustard, Sykes Nightjar, Greater Hoopoe Lark, Indian Courser, White tailed & Sociable Plovers, Great White & Dalmatian Pelicans, Demoiselle Cranes and raptors like the Pallid & Montaqu’s Harrier, Peregrine Falcon, Imperial, Tawny & Greater Spotted Eagles.

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Day 8: Little Rann of Kutch - Mount Abu

This morning, enjoy one final safari at the Little Rann of Kutch in search of the iconic species here.

Later, depart for Mount Abu (125 kms / 3 hrs). Arrive Mount Abu and check in to the hotel.

Visit the spectacular Delwara Jain Temples, with their intricate marble carvings.

Spending the afternoon around the open scrub and fields on the top of Mount Abu will hopefully bring us into contact with another rare Indian subcontinent endemic – Green Avadavat. Mount Abu is one of the few known localities for the species and we have an excellent chance of finding a small flock feeding quietly at the base of nearby bushes. White-capped and Crested Buntings are also possible here and any time spent in the forest lower down could include Indian Scimitar Babbler.

Breakfast, Dinner
Day 09: Mount Abu - Jawai

Morning birding at Mount Abu for species that we may have missed out on earlier. Later, drive to Jawai (100 kms/2 hrs).

The Aravalli Range is home to some of the species like Jungle Bush Quail, Painted Francolin, Grey Junglefowl, Red Spurfowl, Alexandrine and Plum-headed Parakeets, White-naped Woodpecker, White-spotted Fantail, Tawny-bellied Babbler, Jungle Prinia, Sulphur-bellied Warbler, Indian Yellow Tit and Crested. Arrive Jawai area and check in at your Camp.

Embark upon an evening jeep safari in-search of Leopards and birding.

Breakfast, Dinner
Day 10: Jawai

Morning jeep safari and birding in Jawai.

There are good chances of seeing Leopard, Striped Hyena, Desert & Jungle Cat, critically endangered Indian Vulture, Laggar and Red-necked Falcon, Rock Bush Quail, Sirkeer Malkoha and Painted Sandgrouse.

This afternoon, visit local tribal villages by open jeep to gain insight into the simple rural life and unique local traditions of peaceful co-existence with wild animals that has led to a thriving Leopard population here without conflict with humans.

At night, go on a jeep safari in search of nocturnal animals & birds.

Breakfast, Dinner
Day 11: Jawai -Pushkar
After an early breakfast drive to Pushkar (06 hrs). Arrive Pushkar and enjoy your lunch (on direct payment) and short guided tour of Pushkar. Enjoy the spectacle of the evening Aarti (prayers) at Pushkar Lake.
Breakfast, Dinner
Day 12: Pushkar – Ajmer – Ranthambhore National Park

After breakfast, check out & drive to Ajmer (1 hours). Guided tour of Ajmer’s historic sites (the holy Ajmer Dargah, Adhai-Din Ka Jhonpra, Akbar’s Fort & Museum).

You’ll board the express air-conditioned train from Ajmer to Sawai Madhopur. Dayodaya Express (1530 hrs / 1935 hrs), 01st class air-conditioned train. Upon arrival in Sawai Madhopur, you’ll be met and transferred to your resort in Ranthambhore.

Breakfast, Dinner
Days 13 & 14: Ranthambhore National Park

Look for Tigers in perhaps the most famous National Park in India, a favourite of tiger lovers and photographers.

Morning & afternoon jeep safaris in Ranthambhore National Park should result in good sightings.

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 15: Ranthambhore National Park – Delhi

Enjoy a relaxed morning at the resort.

After breakfast, visit the World Heritage site of the Ranthambhore Fort. You’ll be driven up to the entrance and then climb/walk up the fort’s stairways. Inside the fort are the old palace and remnants of several buildings, and the famous Ganesh temple which is still very popular with the locals. There is a healthy population of Hanuman Langurs here, offering great photo opportunities.

Back from the Fort and after an early lunch drive to Delhi (05 hours) marks the end of the tour. Check into your hotel close to the international airport.

Breakfast, Dinner
Day 16: Departure
After breakfast, you’ll be transferred to the airport to catch your return flights.
Breakfast, Dinner
Day 1: Arrive Ahmedabad

Upon arrival at Ahmedabad airport in the morning, you’ll be met by your naturalist and driver and transfer to your hotel.

Later, enjoy a half day guided tour of Ahmedabad (Stepwell and Museum).

None
Day 2: Ahmedabad – Gir National Park

After breakfast, drive to Sasan Gir (240 kms /5-6 hrs). Arrive Sasan Gir in the afternoon and check into the lodge.

Afternoon, embark upon the first safari of your trip in the Gir National Park.

Breakfast, Dinner
Day 3: Gir National Park

Explore Gir on morning and afternoon safaris to maximize our chances of wildlife viewing and birding.

Best known for the last remaining population of Asiatic Lions, Gir is also one of the finest reserves to see Leopards. Some of the birds found here include the Indian Jungle Nightjar, Mottled Wood Owl, Rock Bush Quail, White-bellied Minivet, Painted Sandgrouse, Black Ibis, Rufous-fronted Prinia & Crested Hawk Eagle.

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 4: Gir National Park – Velavadar National Park

After an early breakfast drive to Velavadar (5 hr).

Arrive at Velavadar and check into the lodge. After lunch enjoy a safari to the Blackbuck National Park , which is famous for the elegant Black Buck antelopes. We will have good opportunities to photograph Black Bucks sparring. Other mammals encountered here are jungle cat, jackal, and Indian fox, Indian wolf and striped hyena. The park is a roosting site of harriers; up to 2000 harriers have been recorded here together at dusk.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 5: Velavadar National Park
Enjoy morning & afternoon jeep safaris to Blackbuck National Park in search of a range of small mammals and rich birdlife here, in addition to the magnificent sight of blackbucks leaping, sparring and roaming across the grasslands.
Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Day 6: Velavadar National Park - Little Rann of Kutch

Early morning with a packed breakfast, drive to Bajana (Little Rann of Kutch – 5 hrs drive approx.). There will be opportunities for birding en-route. Arrive Little Rann of Kutch and check in to the lodge.

In the evening relax or enjoy a birding walk around the lodge or search for Nocturnal birds and animals after dusk.

Breakfast, Dinner
Day 7: Little Rann of Kutch

A full day to explore the Little Rann of Kutch.

Morning and evening safaris to spot the endangered Wild Ass and some of the other mammals like Desert Fox & Indian Wolf. The star birds here are the wintering Mcqueen’s Bustard, Sykes Nightjar, Greater Hoopoe Lark, Indian Courser, White tailed & Sociable Plovers, Great White & Dalmatian Pelicans, Demoiselle Cranes and raptors like the Pallid & Montaqu’s Harrier, Peregrine Falcon, Imperial, Tawny & Greater Spotted Eagles.

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Day 8: Little Rann of Kutch - Mount Abu

This morning, enjoy one final safari at the Little Rann of Kutch in search of the iconic species here.

Later, depart for Mount Abu (125 kms / 3 hrs). Arrive Mount Abu and check in to the hotel.

Visit the spectacular Delwara Jain Temples, with their intricate marble carvings.

Spending the afternoon around the open scrub and fields on the top of Mount Abu will hopefully bring us into contact with another rare Indian subcontinent endemic – Green Avadavat. Mount Abu is one of the few known localities for the species and we have an excellent chance of finding a small flock feeding quietly at the base of nearby bushes. White-capped and Crested Buntings are also possible here and any time spent in the forest lower down could include Indian Scimitar Babbler.

Breakfast, Dinner
Day 09: Mount Abu - Jawai

Morning birding at Mount Abu for species that we may have missed out on earlier. Later, drive to Jawai (100 kms/2 hrs).

The Aravalli Range is home to some of the species like Jungle Bush Quail, Painted Francolin, Grey Junglefowl, Red Spurfowl, Alexandrine and Plum-headed Parakeets, White-naped Woodpecker, White-spotted Fantail, Tawny-bellied Babbler, Jungle Prinia, Sulphur-bellied Warbler, Indian Yellow Tit and Crested. Arrive Jawai area and check in at your Camp.

Embark upon an evening jeep safari in-search of Leopards and birding.

Breakfast, Dinner
Day 10: Jawai

Morning jeep safari and birding in Jawai.

There are good chances of seeing Leopard, Striped Hyena, Desert & Jungle Cat, critically endangered Indian Vulture, Laggar and Red-necked Falcon, Rock Bush Quail, Sirkeer Malkoha and Painted Sandgrouse.

This afternoon, visit local tribal villages by open jeep to gain insight into the simple rural life and unique local traditions of peaceful co-existence with wild animals that has led to a thriving Leopard population here without conflict with humans.

At night, go on a jeep safari in search of nocturnal animals & birds.

Breakfast, Dinner
Day 11: Jawai -Pushkar
After an early breakfast drive to Pushkar (06 hrs). Arrive Pushkar and enjoy your lunch (on direct payment) and short guided tour of Pushkar. Enjoy the spectacle of the evening Aarti (prayers) at Pushkar Lake.
Breakfast, Dinner
Day 12: Pushkar – Ajmer – Ranthambhore National Park

After breakfast, check out & drive to Ajmer (1 hours). Guided tour of Ajmer’s historic sites (the holy Ajmer Dargah, Adhai-Din Ka Jhonpra, Akbar’s Fort & Museum).

You’ll board the express air-conditioned train from Ajmer to Sawai Madhopur. Dayodaya Express (1530 hrs / 1935 hrs), 01st class air-conditioned train. Upon arrival in Sawai Madhopur, you’ll be met and transferred to your resort in Ranthambhore.

Breakfast, Dinner
Days 13 & 14: Ranthambhore National Park

Look for Tigers in perhaps the most famous National Park in India, a favourite of tiger lovers and photographers.

Morning & afternoon jeep safaris in Ranthambhore National Park should result in good sightings.

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 15: Ranthambhore National Park – Delhi

Enjoy a relaxed morning at the resort.

After breakfast, visit the World Heritage site of the Ranthambhore Fort. You’ll be driven up to the entrance and then climb/walk up the fort’s stairways. Inside the fort are the old palace and remnants of several buildings, and the famous Ganesh temple which is still very popular with the locals. There is a healthy population of Hanuman Langurs here, offering great photo opportunities.

Back from the Fort and after an early lunch drive to Delhi (05 hours) marks the end of the tour. Check into your hotel close to the international airport.

Breakfast, Dinner
Day 16: Departure
After breakfast, you’ll be transferred to the airport to catch your return flights.
Breakfast, Dinner

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Premium: Excellent levels of comfort and hospitality and a wide range of facilities. (£££)

Mid-Range: Good levels of comfort and hospitality, with a reasonable range of facilities. (££)

Simple: Clean and simple, no frills. Often in areas of natural beauty or near wildlife reserves. (£)