Rann Of Kutch
A desert landscape which serves as a nesting ground for wintering migrants. The perfect retreat for birding enthusiasts!
Activity Level Easy
Accomodation Type Cozy
An unusual marshland spanning an area of approximately 10,000 Sq. Km, Rann of Kutch, a seasonal salt marsh, bedecks the western tip of Gujarat with its charm. ‘’Rann’’ means desert and ‘’Kutch’’ is a district of which this region is a part. Reputed as the largest salt desert in the world, Rann of Kutch is home to wide array of flora & fauna and a sojourn to migratory birds. The Little Rann of Kutch Wildlife Sanctuary spreads over 4950 sq km in area, comprising a range of habitats from saline desert plains, arid grasslands, rocky and thorn scrubs to lakes and marshes. The sanctuary is known for its herds of the Asiatic Wild Ass (one of its kind) along with population of Gazelles, Blue Bulls, Wolves, Indian Foxes, Jackals, Jungle Cats, Hares etc. However it is now a hugely popular bird watching site with a number of birding sights where one can see birds such as Sandgrouse, Partridges, Quails, Larks, Short Toed Eagles, Vultures, Falcons, Flamingos, Pelicans, Ducks, Cranes, Storks etc.
Elusive and exclusive, Velavadar Blackbuck National Park in Bhavnagar has something exciting to offer for everyone. As the name suggest, the park is home to the rare population of Blackbuck, which are hard to find in India. Created in 1976, and nearly doubled in size in 1980, the park now covers 34 square km. Velavadar Blackbuck National Park is home to the largest surviving population of Blackbuck, an ungulate species of antelope native to the Indian subcontinent. Other than Blackbucks, the national park shelters mammals like Nilgai, Jackals, Wolves, Jungle Cats, and much more. Birds are the main attraction of the park, which makes tourists visit worth every effort. Pelicans, Flamingos, White Storks, Cranes, many species of Raptors are seen at Velavdar National Park.
- All Internal Transfers via AC SUVs.
- Stay in Comfortable Hotel for 5 Nights.
- All Meals at Hotel.
- Safari, Guide & Forest Entry Charges.
- GW Mentor.
- Train / Airfare
- Food During Train & Road Travel.
- Bottled Water in Train and Resort.
- Camera Fees.
- Extra Safaris.
- Laundry & Telephone Charges.
- Tips & Gratuities.
- All Applicable Taxes.
- Things Which are Not Mentioned in Inclusions.
Reach Ahmedabad in the morning. Upon arrival leave for Dasada. Dasada is about 100 km from Ahmedabad and is located on the edge of Little Rann of Kutch, which is an extension of the Rann of Kutch onto Saurashtra. Dasada is known for bird watching and the only place in India where Wild Ass can be found. The Asiatic wild Ass or Gudkhur is one of the most endangered species in the world. Check-in at the resort and spend an evening at leisure, overnight at resort.
Day 2 and 3
Full day at this magnificent place. Explore Bird Watching around Dasada on your morning & evening safaris. Just keep your eyes open and your cameras ready, you never know which moment would be your best shot. Lunch, Breakfast, Dinner and overnight at resort.
After morning breakfast, start for Velavdar (Viramgam). The distance is about 190 km. Reach there by lunchtime. Check-in upon arrival & freshen up. After lunch leave for an evening safari. Home to the largest concentration of Black Bucks in the world, Velavdar is also famous for the endangered Indian Wolf, Fox, Jackal, Jungle Cat, Hyena and Wild Boar.
Today we spend the whole day exploring around. Morning and evening safaris at Velavdar. For the bird watchers there are many endangered birds such as Houbara Bustard, Lesser Florican, Common Crane, Sarus Crane, White Stork, White Pelican and much more.
Velavdar - Ahmedabad
Spend the day at Velavdar. After lunch depart for Ahmedabad and then back home.
It is an ethnically designed eco-resort, set among wetlands and agricultural fields. The Resort has imaginatively designed cottages that blend with the rural countryside in which it is situated. Located near Dasada village, it makes the ideal base to explore the culture, weaves and handicrafts of the Surendranagar district. Accommodations is provided in cottages, resembling the Kooba houses of the Bajania community of Dasada and the Bhunga houses of the Rabaris of Kutch, decorated with mirrors, mud-plaster work and embroideries. The Resort offers Continental and Indian cuisine that can be served on the buffet table, preplated or camp-style around a fire. Tandoori food is a specialty of the resort. On prior intimation, Gujarati meals and regional specialties of the Maliks of Dasada are also served. The Resort serves as an Oasis in the desert, the perfect retreat from city life.
- Is there a flight option to this location?
Yes, flights can be opted thus saving one day at the start of the tour and the end; however certain flight timings do not coincide with the train timings; and thus the flight itinerary might make you compromise on the typical itinerary.
Contact our travel consultants to figure out the best possible options.
- What is the usual sharing in vehicles & accommodation?
The accommodations are always on double sharing basis unless otherwise opted for. Single sharing basis attracts an additional nominal fee, while triple sharing allows you to be eligible for a small discount.
Safari vehicles as well as internal transit vehicles (such as SUVs) are usually shared between 6 people, unless indicated otherwise. Specific Photography Mentoring Tours have 4-in-a-vehicle. Exclusive jeeps can be reserved by a group after paying a surcharge.(group size less than 6)
- Is it safe?
Open jeep safaris & even nature trails conducted by us follow the highest safety standards, and we take all necessary precautions involved. We respect the wild animals and their comfort, and keep adequate distance while photographing them. However its worthy of noting, that being cautious goes a long way in preventing any mishaps.
- Can I get Veg/ Jain food?
Apart from the stays in Forest Rest Houses; food menu is usually tailor made according to the group. Veg food is available at all locations, and Jain food can be arranged for if informed at the time of booking.