2 Weeks program Birds and Mammals Gujarat with Mount Abu (Rajasthan)

January 2016 and February 2016

Group size:- 8 persons + 1 leader of CEDO.

Pick up at Ahemdabad Airport and drop to Bhuj Airport.

Arrival at Ahemdabad Airport and drop at Bhuj Airport, all Journey from Places to places by good Innova/Tempo traveler.

Day 1, Day 2 and Day 3 : Ahemdabad Airport pick up – depending on flight timings night at Hotel in Ahemdabad/drive to Little Rann 3 Nights at Little Rann of Kutch, MacQueen’s Bustard. Greater Hoopoe Lark, Saras Crane, Short-eared Owl, Wild Ass, Desert Fox, Indian Fox, Sykes’s Nightjar, Sociable Plover, Merlin, Peregrine Falcon, Demoiselle Crane, Dalmatian Pelican, Lesser Flamingo….

Day 4 : Mount Abu (drive 5 hrs drive from Little Rann –Green Munia (Avadavat), Scally-breasted Munia, Indian Scimitar Babbler, Ashy Prinia, Indian Yellow Tit, White-capped Bunting, Crested Bunting, Brown headed Barbet.

Day 5 : Drive to Jamnagar – (7 hour drive) by 2 Innova /tempo traveler Reach Jamnagar and rest.

Day 6 : full day birding – Crab Plover, Black-necked Stork, Dalmarian Pelican, Pied Avocet, Oystercatchers, Great Crested Grebe.

Day 7 : Drive to Gir National Park and Lion Sanctuary (4 and a half hour) Reach by Lunch time and have evening safari . Asiatic Lion, Sambhur, Leopard, Spotted Deer, Mottled Wood Owl, Indian Nightjar, Painted Sandgrouse, Great Tit, Oriental White-eye.

Day 8 and Day 9 : at Gir Natioanl Park and Lion Sanctuary.

Day 10 : Drive to Velavadar national Park – reach by Lunch time, Stay at Bhavnagar – Evening safari at Velavadar Natioanl Park – Black Buck, Indian Wolf, Stripped Hyena, Jungle Cat, Wild Boar, Singing Bush Lark, Harrier’s Roost.

Day 11 : 2 safaris at Velavadar national Park.

Day 12 : drive to Great Rann of Kutch CEDO – Moti Virani reach there by 4 pm Relax , if time permits, light birding in near by thorn forest.

Day 13 and 14 : Stay at CEDO – Birding in Kutch – Grey Hypocolius, White-naped Tit, Indian Bustard, Sykes’s Nightjar, Indian Nightjar, Sykes’s lark, Marshall’s Iora, Red-tailed Wheatear, Asian Desert Warbler, Indian Courser, Pained Sandgrouse, Cream colored Courser, White-bellied Minivet, Indian Eagle Owl. Rufous fronted Prinia, Stoliczka’s Bush-chat, Sirkeer Malkhoa, Striolated Bunting, Grey-necked Bunting, Brown-rock chat. Coastal birding – Heuglin;’s Gull. Slender-billed Gull, Pallas’s Gull, Brown-headed Gull, Black-headed Gull, Crab Plover, Terek Sandpiper, Bartailed Godwit, Demoiselle Cranes, Caspian Gull, Lesser Crested Tern, Caspian Tern, Great Thick-knee and many species of waders. Golden Jackal. 3 species of Bats, 3 species of smaller rodents. Night at CEDO. Dinner and rest – the birding and mammal watching is concluded.

Day 15 : Drop to Bhuj Airport in the morning to take a flight back to Mumbai (Bombay) there are 3 flights from Bhuj to Mumbai every day from Bhuj Airport.

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8 days program - Birding and Mammal watching Great Rann of Kutch and Little Rann of Kutch

December and January 2015-2016

Groups size 5-7 persons (plus one dedicated tour leader from CEDO)

Pick up at Ahemdabad Airport and drop to Bhuj Airport, Reach Ahemdabad by flight from UK or your home town
Pick up from Ahemdabad Airport – depending on flight arrival time – stay night at Ahemdabad or drive to Little Rann (2 and a half hours drive) and stay at Little Rann of Kutch.

Day 1, Day 2 and Day 3 : Little Rann of Kutch – Stay at a Good place (twin share/single room supplement)
Total 5 safaris – species expected – Wild Ass, Desert Fox, Greater Hoope Lark, MacQueen’s Bustard, Short-eared Owl, Saras Crane, Demoiselle Crane, Common Cranes, Merlin, Peregrine Falcon, Imperial Eagle. Stepep Eagle, Indian Fox, Sand Lark, Plum-headed Parakeet, Yellow-footed Green Pigeon.

Day 4 : After breakfast drive to Mount Abu (5 hours) stay at Mt.Abu, Green Avadavat, Indian Scimitar babbler, Brown-headed Barbet, Scally breasted Munia, Whaite-capped Bunting, Crested Bunting, Hanuman Langurs, Ruddy Mongoose etc. 4 th Night at Mount Abu

Day 5 : Morning birding at Mount Abu, Green Munia site again, Ashy Prinia, Whiskered Bulbuls, Indian Yellow Tit. After birding drive to CEDO Moti Virani (8 hrs) reach by 8 Pm 5 th Night at CEDO, Dinner and rest .
CEDO –Birding Home stay (Great Rann of Kutch) at Moti Virani village (8 hours drive) from Mount Abu Dinner at at CEDO

Day 6, Day 7 and Day 8 : Stay at CEDO (3 nights), 3 full day birding at CEDO Great Rann and Kutch main-land and coastal area, Tropical thorn forest, Banni grasslands and Naliya grasslands.
Expected birds and mammals – Grey Hypocolius, White-naped Tit, Marshall’;s Iora, Painted Sandgrouse, Chestnut-bellied Sandgrouse, Sykes’s Nightjar, Indian Nightjar, Sykes’s Lark, Rufous froned Prinia, Sykes’s Warbler, Asian Desert Warbler, Stoliczka’s Bush-chat, Indian Bustard, Indian Courser, Cream colored Courser, Sociable Plover, Red-tailed Wheatear, White-bellied Minivet, Indian Eagle Owl, Sirkeer Malkhoa, Striolated Bunting, Grey-necked Bunting, Brown-rock chat. Coastal birding – Heuglin;’s Gull. Slender-billed Gull, Pallas’s Gull, Brown-headed Gull, Black-headed Gull, Crab Plover, Terek Sandpiper, Bartailed Godwit, Demoiselle Cranes, Caspian Gull, Lesser Crested Tern, Caspian Tern, Great Thick-knee and many species of waders.
8 th Night at CEDO, Dinner and rest.

Day 9 : Drop to Bhuj Airport in the morning to take a flight back to your home. There are three flights from Bhuj to Mumbai.

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22 Days Program –Rajasthan and Gujarat

Lion, Tiger, Leopard, Stripped Hyena, Indian Wolf, Desert Fox, Desert Cat, Indian Fox, Jungle Cat, Wild Ass, Lesser Mammals (Desert Jirds, Indian Jerbil, Indian Field Mice, Golden Bush Rat, Lesser Bandicoot, Hedge Hogs, Mongoose, Insectivorous Bats, Fruit bats etc).

Birds : Grey Hypocolius, White-naped Tit, Indian Bustard, Trumpeter Finch, Sociable Plover, MaxCQueen’s Bustard, Greater Hoopoe Lark, Indian Eagle Owl, Short-eared Owl, Pallid Scops Owl, Marshall’s Iora, Sykes’s Nightjar, Sykes’s Lark, Steppe grey Shrike, Stoliczka’s Bush-chat, Singing Bush Lark, Rufous fronted Prinia, Rock Bush Quail, Jungle Bush Quail, Sirkeer Malkhoa, Green Avadavat, White-bellied Minivet, Red-tailed Wheatear, Striolated Bunting, Grey necked Bunting, Asian Desert Warbler, Graceful Prinia, Desert Lark, Black-crowned Sparrow Lark, Indian Scimittar Babbler, White-capped Bunting, Laggar Falcon, Indian Yellow Tit, Long-billed Pipit, Indian Courser, Cream colored Courser, Painted Sandgrouse, Demioselle Cranes, Common Cranes, Dalmatian Pelican, Lesser Flamingo, Crab Plover, , Indian Skimmer, Black-bellied Tern, Greater Thick-knee, Indian Thick-knee, Coastal birding, Desert birding, Tropical thorn forest specialties etc.

Places to be visited : Great Rann of Kutch for Grey Hypocolius, White-naped Tit, Sykes’s Nightjar, Sykes’s Lark, Marshall’s Iora etc (3 nights), Little Rann of Kutch for Greater Hoope Lark, Wild Ass, MacQueen’s Bustard(2 nights), Velavadar national Park for Singing Bush Lark, Wolf, Stripped Hyena, (2 nights). Gir National Park for Lions, Mottled Wood owl, (3 nights), Mount Abu for Green Avadavat, Indian Scimitar Babblar (2 nights), Siana for Leopards, Rock Bush quails. (2 nights), Desert National Park (3 nights Ranthambhore national Park for Tigers, Painted Spur fowl, Brown fish owl 3 nights) , Chambal 2 nights for Indian Skimmers and Black-bellied Terns) .

Drop at Delhi Air port or Hotel on 23 rd day

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Passage Migration of birds and Landscape Photography trip to Kutch four nights five 5 days.

Stay at CEDO-Birding Home stay – 4 Nights and 5 days to watch the passage migration of birds species – Red-backed Shrike, Spotted Flycatcher, Blue-cheeked Bee-eater, Eurasian Roller, Rufous scrub Robin, Indian White-throat, Eurasian Cuckoo, Eurasian Nightjar etc. Watch the resident birds in their best plumage. Walk in the beautiful tropical thorn forest, Lush green Banni grasslands, river beds, rock formations and other landscape photography.

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8 Days birding trip - Uttrakhand (Chopta, Mukku Math, Kedarnath Wildlife Sanctuary)

Group size 6 persons plus one Team leader
5 Days 5 Nights Birding at Chopta and Uttrakhand area
Golden Bush Robin, Orange flanked Bush Robin, Wedge Tailed Green Pigeon, Snow Pigeon, Striated Laughing Thrush, Whistler’s Warbler, Black-faced Warbler, Himalayan Monal, Kokalass, Kalij pheasant, Hill Partridge, Rusty-cheeked Scimitarbabbler, Small Niltava, Rufous bellied Niltava, Chestnut-bellied Rockthrush, 2 species of Yuhina, 5 species of Woodpeckers,6 species of Tits, Mammals like Himalayan Pika, Yellow-throated Marten, Himalayan Tahr, Civets etc.
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Rann Utsav Package (Birds, Nature, Historical places, Kalo Dungar, White Rann, Nirona Artisan Village, Mandvi, Matano Madh, Narayan Sarovar, Koteshwar, Lakhpat,

Day 1:

Arrival in Bhuj – Pick up by car (In the morning  1 hr drive to CEDO) Fresh up , Breakfast – A Short trip to Thorn forest and Layari river rock formations.

Lunch at CEDO – 1 To 1.30

Rest.

At 3.15 pm – Visit to Banni Grasslands and Chhari-Dhand, Birdwatching, Introduction to Extinct volcano and the fossils around the Kiro hill.

Birdwatching  in Banni  and at the wetland of Chhari-Dhand Sun set at Chhari-Dhand. Have evening tea while watching Sunset.

Return to CEDO – Dinner by Camp fire at 8.30 to 9.30 pm.

Want to see the local musician performing Aaradhi Bhajans and playing local instruments? At an extra cost of Rs. 500/hour. ( Optional )

Enjoy Wi-Fi services complementary – check mails etc.

Rest.

Day 2:

6 am Tea/Coffee, 6.30 am departure, Full day trip to See the Artisan Village, White Rann (the Great Rann of Kutch) vast stretches of salt flats that gives the feel of North pole. Watch birds on the way, see local artisans performing the age old art and craft, buy souvenirs (if you like), Visit the highest hill Kalo Dungar (Black Hill of Kutch). See the local village, mud and mirror work. Pack breakfast with us. Have lunch at a local mud-resort at Hodko. Sun set at Great Rann.

Return to CEDO, Dinner at CEDO.

Day 3:

Full day trip to Pingleshwar, Mandvi and visit to Vijay Vilas Palace. Pack breakfast, Lunch at Mandvi, evening tea at Gadhsisa. Bird watching at the Modhva Gulf of Kutch. Visit the rough sea and sand dunes of Pingleshwar, See the Vijay Vilas Palace. See the Dhow making (Country ships for Shaikh and Arabs built by the artisans of Mandvi). See the SAAGAR Ship art to know the maritime history of Mandvi and buy souvenirs of ships and ship-craft (small wooden models beautifully crafted by local artisans at affordable cost).

Return to CEDO by 9 pm, Dinner 9.30 to 10 pm.

Rest.

Day 4:

Pack your baggage in the morning.

Morning Tea 6 am, Departure 6.30 for Half day trip to Matano madh , Narayan Sarovar and Lakhpat. Pack breakfast.

See the Historical places, Fort of Lakhpat. The legendry temple of Narayan Sarovar and Koteshwar.

Return to CEDO by 2, Lunch at CEDO by 2-3 afternoon.

Evening tea at 3.30 leave for Bhuj – to visit the Kasab and Khamir two NGO’s famous for the authentic art and Craft of Kutch.

An early dinner (Organic food) at Madhapur

Drop to your hotel? Train, Bus by 9 pm

The tour is concluded

Tour cost:

Rs.35000 for 2 person (Kid age up to 12 years is allowed in the same cost). A dedicated AC car, Driver, All Meals, a Dedicated Naturalist for Birding.

All Meals, Tea, Coffee, Mineral Water included.

NB :

1.Entry for Great Rann is not included.
2.Entry in Vijay Vilas camera fee not included.

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Eight Days - Seven Nights Program (Kutch , Dwarika & Somnath )

Dholavira-Dwarika-Bet, Dwarika-Nageshwar-Somnath-Narayan Sarovar-Koreshwar-Lakhpat-Budha Caves, Koteshwar-Banni, Chhari-Dhand-Nirona (Artisans Village), Hodkho Artisans-Great Rann (Salt Incrusted area) known as White Rann, Hodko Marwada Meghwal Community life style and Handicrafts, Kalo Dungar, India Bridge, Khavda , Layari River rock formations, Birdwatching, Nature Safaris, Mandvi Vijay Vilas Palace, Dhow making, Saagar Art Museum, Aina Mahal, Kasab and Khamir NGO’s visit. Lunch at Old Prince and drop at Bhuj (Airport, Railway station, Bus stop or a Hotel).

By a dedicated AC car, Birding with an Ornithologist, Local cuisine, Folk Music program, Exposure to authentic art and craft demo by local artisans. Introduction to Fossils of Kutch (CEDO’s private fossil collection).  Archaeological sites, Historical places. An exposure to authentic Kutch and Gujarat.

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