Ask someone who has been here......and you wont have to think twice to decide where you want to head next. This Wild Ass Sanctuary is located in the Little Rann of Kutch of the Gujarat State in India. It covers an area of 4954 km². The Sanctuary is named after a sub species of wild ass (Equus hemionus khur), the last population of which it harbours. The Rann is one of the most remarkable and unique landscape of its kind in the entire world. It is a vast expanse of desiccated, unbroken bare surface of dark silt, encrusted with salts which transforms into a spectacular coastal wetland after the rains. And in these wetlands occur one of the most breathtaking variety of avi-fauna that is rivalled by few other spots in India.
The Little Rann of Kutch is also a Wild-life photographers paradise as it offers innumerable opportunities to capture birds and wildlife at close quarters. Last year the photographers literally had a feast photographing the falcons, buzzards, eagles, bustards, wolfs, desert foxes, Wild Ass etc. (Most of the images in this blog are courtesy: Mr.Nirav Bhatt)
Nature India has organized an exclusive Birdwatching trip to this paradise from 6th January to 8th January 2011 (travel days excluded). We shall cover The Little Rann of Kutch including the Indian wild Ass sanctuary, Savada wetland, Bajana wetland, Nava talav, Handiwala wetland ....virtually almost all the hotspots.
Some of the places that we will cover during our trip are as follows:
The sanctuary known for not only Wild Ass but also for numerous wetlands it has around and no. of Waterfowls. ALso the dry unending desert is known for species like Macqueen's Bustard, Short-eared Owl, Sociable Lapwing, Greater Short-toed Larks, Desert Wheatear, Red-tailed Wheatear, Variable Wheatear, Aquilla Eagles, Pallid Harrier, Montagu's Harrier, Merlin, Bimaculated Lark, Laggar Falcon, Imeprial Eagle etc...
Have a look at some of the Trip reports & photoblogs on LRK
Tour Itinerary & Other Details:
Date: 6th Jan'12 morning 6.00 am to 8th Jan'12 eve 7.00 pm (travel days excluded)
Mode of Travel : Safari Jeeps (LRK)
Overnight train travel can be booked from Mumbai..... however since it is a busy sector, the train bookings should be done soon to get the desired train and class .... there are several trains available for Ahmedabad from Mumbai....Nature India can ASSIST in bookings if required.
Rough Tour Itinerary:( Ex.Mumbai)05th Jan'12 (Thursday): Departure from Mumbai to Viramgam 9017 Saurashtra Janata Express. at 18:20 Hrs (from Bandra) or any other train according to your convenience.
Trip charges : Viramgam to Viramgam only
Charges: Rs.8300/- only (Includes A/C stay in Royal Safari Camp on twin sharing basis with attached toilet, Local travel by Safari Jeeps, Viramgam to Viramgam travel, Park entry charges, vegetarian food , Guide charges, Information articles & on board snacks and mineral water)…….
Group Size: Max.14 persons only
Registration: You can register by sending a confirmation mail to firstname.lastname@example.org and by paying a non refundable Advance of Rs.3500/- after our registration confirmation on e-mail…..The remaining amount will be collected on the day of travel.
Kindly register soon as the train bookings are not easily available in Gujarat.
At Royal Safari Camp, Near Bajana wetlands, Surendranagar District in AC rooms on a twin sharing basis. Beautifully constructed by the skilful local artisans, with local red stone, each cottage at the thoughtfully landscaped camp exhibits the magnificent craftsmanship, while offering you all the amenitie, including air-conditioners and luxury bathrooms to make your stay comfortable. A specially created lake along the camp simply adds to the serenity of the whole area.
Mode of Payment: You can either
2) Courier a cheque of Rs.3500/- as advance amount to the following address
Name: Mr. Mandar Khadilkar
1) Once registered, the amount of Rs. 3500/- is strictly non-refunadable
2) Alcohol & Smoking is strictly prohibited on Nature India Tours
Thanks for your patience.
Looking forward for a very rewarding trip with you all !!
Adesh Shivkar & Mandar Khadilkar
Appreciate, Respect and Conserve