Endangered Indian Mammals
Duration: 28 Nights & 29 Days
Destinations: Gir National Park, Little Rann of Kutch, Velavadar, Kanha National Park, Bandhavgarh National Park, Kaziranga National Park, Corbett National Park & Dudhwa National Park
Best Time: November to April
Tour Code: CPS-ENDMAM2829
Day 01: Little Rann of Kutch
You are picked up at your hotel and transffered to the airport to connect to the morning flight to Ahmedabad. At the Ahmedabad airport you are met and transferred to the Little Rann of Kutch. Afternoon drive into the dry plains of Rann to see the onagers (Asiatic Wild Ass). Overnight at the Rann Riders.
Day 02: Little Rann of Kutch
Go for a safari in open 4WD jeeps inside the Rann. The sanctuary is known for its herds of the handsome chestnut brown Asiatic wild ass, which is the last of Indias wild horse family. the rann also supports a thriving population of indian gazelle, blue bull, wolf, Indian fox, jackal, jungle cat and hare. Also known for its birds especially the houbara bustard. Overnight in Rann Riders Resort.
Day 03: Gir National Park
Drive to Gir National Park (6 hr.) in the morning. Afternoon safari into the park for lion tracking and animal viewing. Overnight stay in Gir Birding Lodge.
Day 04 & 05: Gir National Park
Morning and afternoon safaris in the park. These safaris are in open 4WD jeeps. Gir Wildlife Sanctuary is the last abode of the Asiatic lion and is also known for its leopard population. Other mammals of Gir are sambar (Indias largest deer), chital (spotted deer), chousingha (the worlds only four-horned antelope), nilgai (bluebull antelope), chinkara (Indian gazelle), wild boar, langur, jackal, jungle cat, rusty-spotted cat, striped hyena and black-naped hare.
Overnight at Gir Birding Lodge.
Day 06: Bhavnagar
Morning safari in the park. After lunch, leave for the Bhavnagar (5 hr.). Overnight stay in Narayani Heritage Hotel.
Day 07: Velavadar
Spend the day in the Velavadar Blackbuck Sanctuary. Perhaps, the only tropical grassland in India to be given the status of a national park. The principal attraction of the park is the massive population of blackbuck, Indian wolf and Hyena and the roosting harriers that come every eveing n the thousands. Rteurn to Bhavnagar in the evening. Overnight in Hotel Narayani Heritage.
Day 08: Mumbai
Take the morning flight to Mumbai. Arrive in Mumbai and you are assisted to your Airport hotel for overnight.
Day 09: Kanha National Park
Take the early morning flight to Nagpur. You are met at Nagpur and transferred to the Kanha National Park 3 hrs away. Check in to the wildlife lodge.
Day 10 & 11: Kanha National Park
Morning & afternoon safari into the park for tiger-tracking and animal viewing in open 4WD jeeps. Kanha National Park is a dense sal forest, interspersed with extensive meadows and trees and clumps of wild bamboo. This is where you can spot the tiger in all his magnificence or feast your eyes on the rare Barasingha Deer amidst extensive grasslands. This area known as Kipling Country is where the jungle book of Rudyard Kipling was conceived. Overnight stay.
Day 13: Bandhavgarh National Park
Drive to Bandhavgarh, a drive of 6 hrs, through the interiors of Central India. Arrive Bandhavgarh and check in to your resort, the Monsoon Forest.
Day 14 & 15: Bandhavgarh National Park
Morning & afternoon safari into the park for tiger-tracking and animal viewing in open 4wd jeeps. This park has a large biodiversity. The density of the tiger population at Bandhavgarh is one of the highest known in India. The park has a large breeding population of Leopards, and various species of deer. Maharaja Martand Singh of Rewa captured the first white tiger in this region in 1951. Overnight in Monsoon Forest.
Day 16: Overnight train
After a morning safari in the park, enjoy a leisurely lunch and leave for the station to catch the tran to Delhi. Overnight in AC Sleeper tran.
Day 17: Kaziranga National Park
Arrive in Delhi and you are met at the Station and transferred to the Airport to connect flight to Guwahati. Arrive Guwahati and transfer to Kaziranga 4 hrs away. Overnight in Wild Grass Resort.
Day 18, 19 & 20: Kaziranga National Park
Safaris in open 4wd jeeps into the grasslands of the park. Kaziranga is a vast expanse of tall elephant grass, marshland, and dense tropical moist broadleaf forests, crisscrossed by four major rivers, including the Brahmaputra, and the park includes numerous small bodies of water. Kaziranga boasts of a good density of tigers among protected areas in the world and was declared a Tiger Reserve in 2006. The park is home to large breeding populations of elephants, wild water buffalo, Rhino and swamp deer. Overnight in Wild Grass Resort.
Day 21: Delhi
You will be transferred to the Guwahati airport to connect flight to Delhi. Arrive in Delhi in the evening. Overnight stay in a hotel.
Day 22: Corbett National Park
Drive from Delhi (6 hours), arriving at Tiger Camp by noon for lunch.
Drive onward to Dhangarhi gate for entry to Dhikala tourism zone in a 4WD. Visit the Interpretation Centre. Jeep safari through the stately dense Sal jungle and the wildlife adventure of Corbett park begins. Jeep safari by the lower jungle track along the Ramganga River accompanied by an expert guide. A great opportunity for viewing wildlife, especially the tiger in its natural habitat. Cross the river at Gethia Rao Bridge for the Kanda Range, where Jim Corbett shot the famous Kanda man-eater. Arrive at the main tourist complex, Dhikala. Lunch and relax a bit in the serene, lingering quietness of the park and capture the panoramic expanse on your camera. Visit one of the best wildlife libraries of India.
You will be given an elephant ride, if available otherwise an afternoon safari on a track along the periphery of the core area. An exciting drive through the unforgettable, sylvan beauty of the Khinanauli range offers wildlife viewing in plenty and a chance sighting of the elusive tiger. Return to the tourist complex. Film show on wildlife. Dinner and overnight stay. Please note that the accommodation in Dhikala is not luxurious.
Day 23: Corbett National Park
If you have not done an elephant ride the previous afternoon, you will be taken on an elephant in the morning (optional and subject to availability) through the open grasslands and dense forests by an unconventional route. Return for breakfast, and then again drive by jeep to the scenic lake area – wait a while for a chance to sight the marsh crocodile basking in the sun. Visit the Jhirnajhali area for viewing the famous gavial – fish eating crocodile. After lunch, drive back to Tiger Camp. The drive is a safari in itself. Arrive at Tiger Camp for early dinner. Overnight stay in comfortable cottages / rooms.
Day 24: Corbett National Park
Morning safari through the open chaurs (grasslands) and mixed forests in Bijrani Range Forest, a safari that would last about 3-4 hours. Return for breakfast. Drive onward to Balluli Bridge for a walk to Riverine Woods (2 km; the wildest lodge!). Cross the river at Balluli Bridge for the Kanda Range, where Jim Corbett shot the famous Kanda man-eater. Arrive at the Riverine Woods. Lunch and relax a bit in the serene, lingering quietness of the jungle and capture the panoramic expanse on your camera. Rest of the day go for long walks, for wildlife tracking and birding with a guide. Bar-be-que dinner and overnight stay in a cottage.
Day 25: Corbett National Park
Walks for wildlife tracking and birding with a guide. The morning is spent experiencing real wilderness of Corbett National Park. You will be transferred to Dudhwa National Park (7 hours) before noon, arriving in the evening. Overnight in a wildlife lodge.
Day 26 & 27: Dudhwa National Park
Two days of safaris will take us to various ranges of Dudhwa and Kishanpur to see the Asian Elephant, Sambar, Swamp Deer, Tiger, Indian Rhinoceros, Hog Deer, Wild Boar, Rhesus Monkey, Hog Deer, Blue Bull, Porcupine, Sloth Bear, 8 species of Turtles, Indian Rock Python, Monitor Lizard, Gharial and Marsh Mugger.
Dudhwa Tiger Reserve is a home to around 450+ bird species. They include Woodpeckers, Shama Osprey, Indian Pitta, Orioles, Fishing eagle, Serpent eagle, Emerald dove, Paradise flycatcher, Pea fowl, Hornbill, Red Jungle Fowl, Bengal Florican, etc. A huge variety of migratory birds are attracted towards the varied and vast water bodies, especially during winter season. Traveling on the elephant back through the tall grass will be an exhilarating experience. You will be provided with a forest breakfast in our jeep and will be allowed to continue the safari after taking your breakfast.
We will return to the lodge to enjoy hot and delicious lunch. In the evening, we will take you to Tharu village, which is very close to the lodge. The locals weave patterns and you can witness their potent skill by exploring their tribal life. You can enjoy a walk along the fields and an evening drink at the lodge followed by dinner. Overnight, you will be staying at the lodge.
Day 28: Dudhwa To Delhi
We will drive back to Delhi today. Tour Ends.
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