Thursday, January 9, 2014

Gujarat Diaries - Important Information

Gujarat Diaries so far...

Phew! Finally after a year has passed by, I’ve reached a stage to culminate the Gujarat Diaries that was a splendid two week outing in the dry/wet lands of Gujarat.

It would not have been possible to do this trip of mine without the help that Falguna Shah extended, she gave some critical inputs and importantly patched me up with some good contacts so that I had the best of people with me.

Chirag at Jamnagar and Jugal bhai at Great Rann were excellent hosts and I enjoyed immensely in their company and also got to see a whole lot of new things and was also treated to some delicious mouth-watering Gujarathi food all through my stay.

I traveled by rail, bus, cabs, and auto and on every journey met interesting people and was witness to sheer diversity of life and the way people go about it, got to learn quite a lot of things interacting with many different people.

Velavadar National Park (Blackbuck National Park)
Accommodation: Forest Rest House situated right inside the park.
Contact: 0278 2880342 / 0278 2920222 / 0278 2426425 (ACF, Bhavnagar)

Reach: about 140kms from Ahmadabad, about 50kms from Bhavnagar (nearest railhead)
Alternate: http://theblackbucklodge.com

Note: Need to have only vehicle to move around in the park.
Referred Guide: Ramzan +91 8140810087


(the FRH at Velavadar Blackbuck National Park)


Little Rann of Kutch (LRK)
Accommodation: Bhava Resort & Farm (http://bhavnafarm.com)
Contact: Prashanth (owner) +91 9427216059, +91 9427216069

Reach: about 90kms from Ahmadabad, Viramgam about 35kms is the nearest railhead
Refereed Guide: Pratap bhai +91 9714190990

Alternate: www.littlerann.com at Dhrangadhra, +91 9825548090
www.rannriders.com at Dasada, +91 9925236014
www.theroyalsafaricamp.com at Bajana, +91 2757 293222
www.desertcoursers.net at Zainabad, +91 9426372113, +919427066070



(the interior of a 'Kooba' I stayed at Bhavna Farms)



Jamnagar (birding around Dichda, Marine National Park, Lakhota lake, Narara, Balachadi)
Accommodation: Hotel President (www.hotelpresident.in/)
Referred Birding guide and Planner: Chirag Joshi +91 9274909880


Great Rann of Kutch (GRK)
Accommodation: CEDO (www.cedobirding.com), Moti Virani
Jugal Tiwari +91 9825248135, +91 2835 221284, cedoindia@yahoo.com

Reach: 50kms from Bhuj
Alternate: www.kutchsafaribhuj.com



(Jugal's CEDO camp at Moti Virani)

Please note this information is mainly for those who are interested in wildlife and or bird watching and or wildlife photography in Gujarat.
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