India has an extremely rich and varied wildlife. On this remarkable wildlife tour you focus on the three big cats: you search for tigers in Ranthambore National Park, leopards in the remote areas of southern Rajasthan and Asiatic lions in the Gir National Park in Gujarat. Add to this, the Rann of Kutch, famous for the Indian Wild Ass, and you'll understand why this Indian wildlife tour is bound to be a roaring success!
Day 1 - Delhi
Arrive in Delhi where you are met and transferred to your hotel.
Day 2 - Sawai Madhopur
Drive to Sawai Madhopur, your base for visits to Ranthambore National Park. In the afternoon you visit the magnificent old Ranthambore Fort, now populated only by monkeys.
Day 3 - Sawai Madhopur
Today you take a morning and afternoon game drive and try to spot tigers and other wild animals.
Day 4 - Deogarh
Drive to Deogarh to stay for two nights in the beautifully renovated 17th century palace.
Day 5 - Deogarh
One of the not-to-be-missed activities at Deogarh is the `Rural Ramble'. This exciting excursion takes you to surrounding countryside in one of the vintage trucks owned by the family. The lakes around Deogarh attract a number of birds and it offers some wonderful bird watching possibilities.
Day 6 - Siana
Journey to the picturesque Aravalli hills of south west Rajasthan, bordering the great Thar desert. The terrain here is a unique mixture of hills, sand dunes and picturesque ravines. The area is untouched by tourism and offers a good insight into a traditional way of life.
Day 7 - Siana
From your garden cottage you visit small Bhil villages and Rabari pastoral settlements as well as taking an evening drive to look for leopards.
Day 8 - Dasada
Over the border into Gujarat lies the Little Rann of Kutch, a vast expanse of flat, barren land. You stay in a rustic camp on the edge of these salty plains.
Day 9 - Dasada
Today you take jeep rides in search for the indigenous Indian Wild Ass. The plains also provide a haven for the endangered Indian wolf, desert cats, hyenas and birds of prey.
Day 10 - Gondal
Drive to Gondal, a picturesque town with plenty of gracious architecture, wide tree lined roads and European lampposts. Here you can enjoy a taste of the royal lifestyle in the Orchard Palace, now a heritage hotel.
Day 11 - Sasangir
You continue to Sasangir, the last remaining sanctuary of the Asiatic lion.
Day 12 - Sasangir
You take morning and afternoon jeep safaris - the lions are not shy once you find them! Other wildlife includes leopards, hyenas, wild boar and rare birds.
Day 13 - Velavadar
Drive to Velavadar where you stay in a fabulours wildlife resort surrounded by wild country all around. For birdwatchers, this national park is home to specialties like saras crane and Stolickza's bushchat. Between November and February, Velavadar is the largest roosting site for harriers.
Day 14 - Velavadar
Velavadar National Park is a grassland tract rich in wildlife including India's largest herds of blackbuck (Indian antelope), the endangered Indian wolf and striped hyena, and smaller mammals like jackal, jungle cat, Indian fox and hare. You explore the park by jeep.
Day 15 - Mumbai
Transfer to Bhavnagar airport to board the afternoon flight to Mumbai to connect with your onward travel.