Gujarat vacations, Asiatic Lions, Blackbuck & Wild Asses

“A tailor made wildlife watching and safari around Gujaratís greatest national parks and wilderness wonders.”

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Gujarat wildlife safaris | Velavadar | Velavadar National Park | Gir National Park | Little Rann of Kutch | Indian Wild Ass Sanctuary

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Departure information

This trip can be tailormade throughout the year and can be adapted to suit your requirements. The best time to travel is October to June
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Traveling with a local operator

This vacation is operated by a company based in the vacation destination and they will be able to provide expert local knowledge. They will be able to tailor make your vacation to suit your requirements not only concerning the dates of travel but also typically the standard of accommodation, and thus price. It is rare for local operators to be able to help with the booking of your flights.

Responsible tourism

As the pioneers of responsible tourism, we screen every trip so you can travel knowing your vacation will help support conservation and local people.

Environment
This particular trip is a unique in its own way as the destinations being covered in this tour are all in remote areas where the real source of income is from tourism industry. We are using only heritage, palaces & the jungle lodges owned by the local community. These old heritage buildings have now converted into hotels, so tourism helps conserve the architecture helps the locals in getting good jobs. All the accommodation which we are using have local staff.

All our accommodations are eco friendly and have used the local material & handicrafts. Our accommodations are equipped with energy saving lights, solar hot water systems & ground water recharge system. We will be using through out local guides who are now trained in their field and will certainly make a difference in this trip. We use only local transport throughout in this trip. The drivers and guides are very well paid and helps a lot in the upliftment of the local economy.

When we are on safari guests are advised to bring back waste to their accommodation. We stick to the trails and advise not to harm the local flora & fauna. All the guests are briefed before entering the park not to get down from their respective vehicles. Smoking is strictly banned while on safari. We are supporting an NGO called Jagriti who supports and helps the poor orphan children in giving them shelter and education. An amount of £5 per person will go this institution.
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5 Reviews of Gujarat vacations, Asiatic Lions, Blackbuck & Wild Asses

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Reviewed on 25 Jan 2018 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your vacation?


All the wildlife and the wonderful lodges I stayed at: 13 Asiatic lions, 7 leopards, a striped hyena, 2 jungle cats, blackbuck, wild asses, and many species of birds. The Blackbuck Lodge and Bera Safari Lodge were amazing places to stay. The Gir Birding Lodge was incredibly accommodating and hospitable.

2. What tips would you give other travelers booking this vacation?


Take good binoculars and a good camera (if you want decent pictures). If doing early morning safaris, especially in Bera and Little Rann of Kutch, take a warm hat and mittens and a warm coat. I froze some mornings.

3. Did you feel that your vacation benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?


I believe that most of the places I stayed hired locals, and the National Parks definitely had local guides and drivers.

4. Finally, how would you rate your vacation overall?


I had a very good time and everything went smoothly. My driver was excellent and the car in great condition. However, the trip was much too expensive. I met people staying at the same or more expensive places and doing exactly the same thing as I was who were paying much less than I, so that did not make me happy. We compared itineraries and they were even staying longer in India and visiting more places and parks, and still paying less, so I feel that I was taken advantage of even though I did have a great time.

Reviewed on 01 May 2017 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your vacation?


It would be impossible to identify a single highlight- there were so many! Seeing so many leopards, the Asiatic lions, the nesting hornbills, saving a Blackbuck fawn from a pariah dog, the simply superb staff, some truly amazing dishes we tried and people we encountered- simply too much and many to mention.

2. What tips would you give other travelers booking this vacation?


Take a travel plug, try to get lots of small denomination rupee notes, plenty of insect repellent, budget for high camera fees especially in Velavadar (where it is USD20 per camera per visit, NOT per day!). Incognito incense sticks were very reassuring and watch out for IndiGo air crew for overcharging inflight purchases!

3. Did you feel that your vacation benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?


Yes definitely

4. Finally, how would you rate your vacation overall?


SUPERB! One of our best ever! The structure of our vacation could not have been more diverse and better constructed.

Reviewed on 01 Jun 2015 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your vacation?


Being in amongst the crazy traffic and not having to drive...seeing wild leopard
in Gir...seeing a bridal party in all their finery...seeing the contrast between
wealthy and subsistence living

2. What tips would you give other travelers booking this vacation?


Cut down on the distances and only visit 2 parks reasonably close together. India
is a big place and traveling takes time

3. Did you feel that your vacation benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?


Yes, lodges employed locals for staff and also provisions

4. Finally, how would you rate your vacation overall?


Very good. The arrangements with the control of the operator were well managed, and the whole experience was so unlike anything we have done before

Reviewed on 27 May 2014 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your vacation?


To enter through the gate of the Taj Mahal at dawn with only 8/10 people in front of you. What an amazing place!

2. What tips would you give other travelers booking this vacation?


Carefully consider the long distances. We did not realise that the roads in India were in such a bad state that it takes 6 hours to
travel a distance of 250km.
Although rural India is special it does become a bit boring when having to do it for many, many hours.

We would advise against going from Agra all the way to Jim Corbett NP. It is almost 10 hours in the car.

3. Did you feel that your vacation benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?


All people involved were local people, but I do not think there are many non-local people in the tourism industry in India. Not so sure
about reducing environmental impact: travel by car. Focus of our vacation was on culture rather than nature. So the conservation
aspect was limited.

4. Finally, how would you rate your vacation overall?


We really enjoyed the vacation. Most of the guides were very good, if not excellent. All the drivers were well trained: no use of mobile
phones while driving and very pleasant companions.

The food was good, especially in the hotel/guesthouse we stayed in near JC National Park.

Reviewed on 17 Dec 2012 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your vacation?


Where to start! The lions, the leopard and her cub, the jungle cat kitten, or the magical sighting of wolves. The insight into Gujarati culture was also unforgettable and we were grateful to our driver, Mr Khuman Singh, for not only finding us so much wildlife but also introducing us to local people from all walks of life.

2. What tips would you give other travelers booking this vacation?


There is a charge of 500 rupees per camera per game drive (540 rupees in Velavadar). This is payable in cash at the park gate, so be sure to bring enough money.

3. Did you feel that your vacation benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?


Definitely, through providing sustainable rural employment. This was my fifth visit to the tropics and felt the most authentic and least 'touristy'.

4. Finally, how would you rate your vacation overall?


Outstanding. I certainly hope to use this company again in the future.

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