Cultural & Cave Tour of Maharashtra
Mumbai – Nashik – Aurangabad – Pune - Goa
This tour will provide the experience to explore the exotic wildlife of West region of India. The two main highlights for this itinerary are visit to the Little Rann of Kutch, the only place where you can spot the Asiatic wild ass and the second place is Gir National Park, popular for its tiger population. Gujarat is perfect mix of natural and fabricated wonders. The tour also includes bird watching at Nalsarovar Bird Sanctuary.
Arrive at Mumbai international airport, meet – great with our office representative & transfer to your pre booked hotel. Our representative will hand over you your travel documents and brief you about your entire tour program. Overnight stay at hotel.
The Taj Mahal Palace, Mumbai: The Taj Mahal Palace opened in Mumbai, then Bombay, in 1903, giving birth to the country's first harbor landmark. The recently trademarked flagship hotel overlooks the majestic Gateway of India. Each of the rooms, 285 rooms & suites are a striking blend of nostalgic elegance, rich history and modern facilities. For those who would like to experience fine dining in style, we host 9 of the city's most acclaimed restaurants and bars, renowned for delectable cuisines from India, Europe, the Middle East and the Orient. Relish authentic Indian cuisine at Masala Kraft; world famous Japanese dishes at Wasabi by Morimoto; exquisite Eastern Mediterranean food at Souk and Chinese at Golden Dragon. Dine all day at Shamiana and choose from the exotic range of sumptuous desserts at La Patisserie. Unwind with a refreshing meal at Aquarius, the poolside restaurant; and visit the stylish Harbour Bar. Signature experiences such as the afternoon tea at Sea Lounge and private dining at the Chef's Studio make your stay with us truly memorable.
Morning after breakfast transfer to airport. Arrive at Bhuj – meet & greet and Travel to Nakhatrana. Overnight stay at hotel
Infinity Resorts, Rann of Kutch: Infinity Resorts Rann of Kutch is located in the village of Nani Aral, close to the dormant volcano called Dhinodar. Situated within a quaint Kutchi farm, its tented accommodation and ethnic-looking boongas provide guests with the timeless appeal of luxury, style and adventure. At Infinity Resorts Rann of Kutch, guests are treated to a traditional welcome with a mocktail drink and welcome briefing. All the staff at our Kutch resorts are well trained and will provide the best personal service to our guests, starting from their time of arrival to their departure.
Early morning proceed for Narayan Sarovar. Narayan Sarovar is home to a wide array of wildlife, including many species (15 of which are considered threatened) of mammals, reptiles, and birds. The principle species here is the chinkara, an Indian gazelle. In this harsh landscape, only animals well-adapted to the desert climate can thrive, with extreme heat, high winds, and frequent storms. For this reason, many species can be seen here that are not easy to find elsewhere. Most of Narayan Sarovar is desert thorn forest and scrub forest, with some seasonal wetlands and dry savannah-type vegetation as well. Gorad and babul are the prevailing plant species; gorad in the east and babul in the west. Also found among the 252 species of flowering plants in the sanctuary are hermo, ber, pilu, thor, gugal, salai, ingorio, kerdo, carissa, and the invasive "gando baawal" (prosopsis juliflora), though less so than in other nearby areas.
The endangered chinkara is the only gazelle in the world with horns on both males and females. Of the roughly 7000 chinkaras known to exist, 80% of them live in Kutch, and since their primary habitat is the scrub and thorn forests so common here. October to March is the time to visit. Overnight stay at hotel.
Morning visit Indian Bustard Sanctuary. The Kutch Bustard Sanctuary is one of the great wonders of wildlife in Gujarat. Kutch Bustard Sanctuary is located in proximity to Naliya which is under the district of Kutch. In Rainy season to the end of winters is the best time to enjoy this wondrous sanctuary. The most ideal way to enjoy this retreat is, taking a walk around the natures cradle while befriending various species of the Bustard family. Look around for the Black and Gray Francolin, the Spotted and Indian Sangrouse, Quails, Larks, Shrikes, Coursers and Plovers. And if you are lucky, you might catch fluttering glimpses of rare species of Stolicska's Bushchat and White-naped Tit. If you keep walking northwards towards the coastal area of Jakhau during winters, you might get greeted by large flocks of flamingos, Herons, Egrets, Sandpipers and other birds dwelling in the salt-reservoirs and the creek. A climb up the watchtower and vigilance will surprise you with flocks of Indian Gazelle and wolfs spotting the entire landscape, while a drive around the sanctuary will acquaint you to the friendly nilgais. Overnight stay at hotel.
Morning visit local sightseeing of Bhuj. Later driver to Jamnagar. Overnight stay at hotel.
7 Seasons Resort and Spa, Jamnagar: The 7 Seasons, blessed with the majestic environment & thrill of nature is here to welcome you with all of charm & courteous hospitality. Spread across 9 acres of lush green land with state of the art elegant design, the resort is a perfect weekend gateway near Jamnagar. To let guests discover unparalleled facilities to relax and rejuvenate amidst the country side. The 7 Seasons Resort is a family friendly hotel, which people of all ages are welcome to enjoy.
Early morning proceed for Marine National Park - Gujarat has the distinction of creating the country's first Marine National Park spread over an area of nearly 458 sq.kms. in the Gulf of Kutch, 30 km. from Jamnagar. Here corals create fantasies in stone and are the master builders of the Park. Their limestone fortresses – those found near the Pirotan Islands and the rich moist deciduous forests like those found in the dense forests of the Danes. One of the most threatened birds, the great Indian bustard finds a refuge in certain pockets of protected areas. The world's only four-horned antelope, the chowsingha is found here in healthy numbers. One of the largest herds of blackjacks grace the grasslands of Velavadar and till recently Gujarat was the place where flamingos nested in huge numbers. Dugong, a marine mammal which resembles a seal, along with the rare Borolo species have found home in the protected areas of the Marine National Park. Here you will find plants that look like animals and animals that look like plants. Turtles, shrimp, sponge, eels, sea urchin lurk among the corals and huge schools of fish create a brilliance of colors that are unknown, unseen and unimaginable to us. Overnight stay at hotel
Khijadia Bird Sanctuary is a unique wetland area with sea water on one side and fresh water on one side. This area which is about 12 km from Jamnagar (Gujarat), was declared as a Sanctuary on 6th November 1982. Before independence, a check dam had been built for storing the waters of the Ruparen river just near the sea, so gradually over the years with fresh water of the rain and river on one side and salt water of the sea on the other side, a unique area came up where both varieties of vegetation came up, gradually, birds and animals also started flocking and roosting here. The area of this Sanctuary is 605 Hectares. Some of the notable birds found here are Black Ibis, Black-winged Kite, Brahminy Kite, Pheasant-tailed Jacana, Great Thick-knee, Common Greenshank, Grey Francolin, Imperial Eagle, Indian Pond Heron, Little Tern, Black-tailed Godwit, Comb Duck, Common Crane, Common Teal, Dunlin, Garganey, Marsh Harrier, Northern Pintail, Shoveler, Eurasian Wigeon, Pale Harrier, Demoiselle Crane, Sanderling and Darters. The other wild life found here are Blue Bulls, Jackal, Wolf, Jungle Cat, Mongoose, Rabbits, Cobra, etc. Overnight stay at hotel.
Morning after breakfast proceed for Porbandar. Check into hotel. Rest of the leisure time. Overnight stay at hotel.
The Gateway Hotel Gir Forest, Gir: The Gateway Hotel Gir Forest is one of the best Leisure hotels in the area, located just opposite the Hiran River at the fringe of the dense Gir Forest. Whether you're on a honeymoon, family vacation or a business trip, the surrounding Gir Forest lends an atmosphere of calm and serenity to your days. Spacious rooms equipped with modern amenities and a dedicated staff on stand-by ensure your stay with us is truly comfortable.
Early morning proceed for visit Porbandar Bird Sanctuary – It is located amid the city of Porbandar flaunting the co-existence of man and nature. Spread over an area of 1 square kilometer this unique water dwelling, surrounded by trees and plants was affirmed as a sanctuary in the year 1988. Varied species of birds in all shapes and sizes fly in every year enlivening the area with varied colors; patterns and making this zone a home and their nesting ground. Water birds are often seen splashing in the freshwater lake while the sky touching flights of certain birds bedecks the firmament. Flamingos, Grebes, Pelicans, Ducks and geese, Avocets, Coots, Cormorants, Herons, Egrets, Bittern, Storks, Ibis, Spoonbill, Cranes, Whistling Teals, Gulls, Terns, Jacanas, Ruff, Red shanks, Indian roller and many other varieties of winged creatures are seen in this area. Later drive to Gir. Overnight stay at hotel.
Enjoy Morning & evening safari at Gir National Park. Sasan Gir Lion sanctuary is home of some 300 Asiatic Lions. Sasan Gir is only place in world outside African continent where lion can be seen in its natural habitat. Gir Widllife Sanctaury is the last refuge of Asiatic lions in India and the lion population residing in the park is a little over 300. The whole coverage area of Gir Sanctuary is about 560-square-mile (1,450-sq-kms). Gir is not just about Lions, the second most commonly found predator in the Gir is Leopard. Infact, Gir national park is also home to one of the largest Leopard populations in any park in India, and especially in the hotter season they can sometimes be seen at night close to the lodges. ther animal residents of the Gir national park are Sambar Deer, Chital Spotted Deer, Nilgai Antelope, Chowsingha Four-Horned Antelope, Chinkara Gazelle, Wild Boar, Langur Monkey, Jackal, and Hyena and numerous birds like Paradise Flycatcher, Bonneli's Eagle, Crested Serpent Eagle, Woodpeckers Flamingo etc. bout 10, 000 years ago lions spanned vast sections of the globe, but as the human population started to increase, trees were cut and forests were cleared to make more land for people to live in. Now lions only in small fractions in some parts of the world. And Asiatic lions, a subspecies that split from African lions perhaps 100,000 years ago, are only found in the Gir wildlife Sanctaury. Overnight stay at hotel
Again Morning safari at Gir National Safari. After driver to Bhavnagar. Overnight stay at hotel
Blackbuck Lodge, Bhavnagar: The Blackbuck Lodge is one of the most amazing wildlife resorts of Western India. Sitting comfortably amid the Savannah, the superbly appointed cottages of The Blackbuck Lodge offer an opportunity to luxuriate in the wilderness.
Lodged in a luxurious room with wide-ranging modern conveniences, gaze out of the deck at the changing colors of the grasslands and the wealth of wildlife. The elegant Indian antelope, called Blackbuck, venture close to the cottages, while globally-threatened birds can be seen in the bushes. For more wildlife experiences, the lodge provides safaris in customized jeeps with experienced drivers and guides/spotters. Book a Bush Dinner which is a romantic experience with a beautiful setting enhanced by scores of lanterns, a bonfire and an open barbecue under the star-lit skies.
Morning proceed for Velavadar. Velavadar National Park, also known as Velavadar Black Buck Sanctuary is situated in the Bhal region of Saurashtra is a unique grassland ecosystem that has attracted fame for the successful conservation of the blackbuck, the wolf and the lesser florican. Velavadar's history dates back to the pre independence period when the place was a part of the princely state of Bhavnagar and the park used as a grazing ground for the Maharaja's cattle. After independence, the population of blackbuck started to decrease and came down to a meagre 200 in 1966. It was then that the area of 8.9 sq. km was converted into a sanctuary. In 1972, the area was increased to around 34 sq. km and was accorded the status of a national park under the Wildlife Protection Act. A unique feature of the park is that it is the only tropical grassland in India to be given the status of a national park. The park is home to over 187 species of birds including residents and migratory birds such as Harrier, Partridge, Pelican, Duck, Crane, Stork, Eagle, Sand Grouse, Lark and Lesser Florican. Overnight stay at hotel
Again Morning Safati at visit Velavadar National Park. Continue drive to Dasada (Little Rann of Kutch) . The Little Rann of Kutc8h Wildlife sanctuary can be from Dasada, 93 kms from Ahmedabad. This is one of the largest wildlife sanctuaries in India, spanning some 4950 sq ft in area, and comprising a range habitat from saline desert plains, arid grasslands, rocky and thorn scrub to lakes and marshes. Checkinn at Rannriders, Dasada & rest of the day at leisure. Overnight stay at hotel
Rann Riders, Dasada: Rann Riders 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. The resort offers jeep, horse and camel safaris in the Little Rann of Kutch, habitat of Asiatic Wild Ass and a birdwatching paradise.
Enjoy morning safari at Little Rann Of Kutch viewing rarest wild asses. Wild ass sanctuary The sanctuary is well known for its group of the stale joke brown Asiatic (Wild ass), which does not live elsewhere in Indian lowlands. We can see with Little Rann of Kutch blackbuck (Indian antelope), nilgai or blue bull (India's largest antelope) and the graceful chinkara (Indian gazelle) are other mammals. The main carnivores of the Little Rann of Kutch are the endangered Indian wolf, desert fox, Indian fox, jackals, desert and jungle cats, and a few hyenas; also we can see during the visits flamingoes, pelicans, ducks, cranes and storks. Overnight stay at hotel
Morning proceed for Balaram. Enroute visit Patan is famous for Patola weaving. Salvi community of people is working with Patola. The queen of textiles is the Patola woven by only few families of Patan. The technique used to weave the patola is the rare double ikkat style which involves dyeing both the wrap threads in the pattern of the final fabrics before setting them on the loom. Patan is also one of the centers for Mushroo, fabrics woven as a combination of silk & cotton with the latter forming the backing. While in Preparing Patola colouring and design pattern are evolved on each thread. Different colour and pattern are matched exactly on horizontal and vertical threads in weaving. The patola was traditionally woven in a sari length of 5 to 9 yards by 45" to 54" width. The range now extends to include tablecloth borders scarves, handkerchiefs. Rani Ki Vav, Patan Step Well – Architecture It was built by the queen Udaymati, the wife of Bhimdev. It is the best example of such architecture for water wells that is peculiar to Gujarat. There are wonderful carved images in the niches of the walls of this multi storied step well. It was one of the largest and the most sumptuous structures of its type. It became silted up and much of it is not visible now, except for some rows of sculptured panels in the circular part of the well. Among its ruins one pillar still stands which is the proof not only of the elegance of its design, but also excellent example of this period. A part only of the west well is extant from which it appears that the wall had been built of brick and faced with stone. Modhera: Built in 1026 ad during the reign of the solanki king bhima -1, modhera Surya mandir marks the peak of revolution in indo-aryan hindu temple form Typology. It is positioned in such a manner that the rising sun rays illuminate the deity in the inner most sanctum sanctorum through the main Entrance at the time of equinox only. With its grandeur, elegance and Clarity it only rivals it contemporaries at konark and khajuraho but Arguably surpasses them in it symbolic overtones and spiritual setting with Placement of the water kund integral to the complex. This temple is Dedicated to the sun god,it stands high on an elevated plinth overlooking a Deep stepped tank,both the interiors and the exteriors have exquisitely Caved set 4. Overnight stay at hotel
Balaram Palace Resort, Balaram: Balaram Palace Resort, once the hunting retreat of the Lohani Nawab of Palanpur, is now a Heritage Classic hotel. It was built between 1922-1936 by the 29th ruler of Palanpur. It is a graceful manifestation of neo-classical and baroque architectural style. Situated amidst the Aravallis in the 542 sq. kms of Balaram Ambaji Reserve Forest at the tip of North Gujarat it borders Rajasthan. The palace is set in 13 acres of terraced upland rising from a hilly stream and surrounded by lush green gardens and designed flower beds. The palace was visited by several dignitaries during the British Raj, including Lord Mountbatten. A stay in the palace takes the tourist into the bygone Nawabi period to experience the real Nawabi ambience and architecture of northern Gujarat. The palatial huge rooms with antiques all around give a sense of royalty. The hunting point existed 3/4th of a century back. Everything around is picturesque and nature is at its best.
Morning proceed for Jessore Sloth Bear Sanctuary is situated in the Banaskantha district, 45 kms. from Palanpur. Declared as Wildlife Sanctuary in May 1978, this 180.66 sq.km. forest tract of Jessore hill and adjoining areas is endowed with several rare and endangered species of flora and fauna. The forests of the sanctuary play an important role in conservation of depleting Aravali ecosystem. This area act as a buffer and separates the desert ecosystem from the dry deciduous type of ecosystem. The tree clad terrain helps in arresting the process of desertification and advancement of Thar Desert. The sanctuary is known more for the endangered Sloth Bear. The other important faunal species are leopards, Rhesus macaque, Indian civet cat, porcupine, fox, striped, hyena, wild boar etc. Overnight stay at hotel
Morning after breakfast proceed for Ahmedabad. Visit Local Market area. Overnight stay at hotel
The House of MG, Ahmedabad: is an iconic heritage hotel in India's first UNESCO World Heritage City of Ahmedabad. Was built by one of the city Fathers and it wonderfully represents the colonial heritage architecture of the early 20th century. Formerly residential homes, they are all beautifully restored with modern amenities while retaining their homelike ambience. With just 47 rooms between them, three restaurants/cafes, a stunning textile gallery, shop for handcrafted gifts and a bookstore with Heritage books as well as a host of other unique features, our properties are like no other in the city. The main property is conveniently located in the centre of the city, close to every corner (including the airport and railway station that are less than twenty minutes away). There is a wide range of eating options a short distance from each property as well.
Early morning drive to visit Nalsarovar Bird Sanctuary. It 50 Kms from Ahmedabad. These migrant birds visit Nalsarovar every year from November to February. During these four months water is plentiful and fish, insects and aquatic plants abound in the lake - an ideal environment for the birds. Nalsarovar at this time is a birdwatcher's delight. he lake - Nalsarovar - and the wetlands around it were declared a bird sanctuary in 1969. Spread over 120 sq.kms, the lake and the extensive reed beds and marshes are an ideal habitat for aquatic plants and animals. The lake attracts a large variety of birds like plovers, sandpipers and stints. Evening after visit transfer to airport. Arrive Mumbai & transfer to hotel. Overnight stay at hotel
Morning after breakfast timely transfer to airport for flight to onward destination.
Mumbai – Nashik – Aurangabad – Pune - Goa
Ahmedabad – Vadodara – Surat – Nashik – Mumbai – Goa
Mumbai – Goa
Mumbai – Nakhatrana - Jamnagar- Gir - Bhavnagar - Dasada - Balaram - Ahmedabad