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Sasan Gir Forest, India

Lions and Leopards of West India


Key Highlights of this Itinerary

Asiatic Lion, Gir National Park, Gujarat,India 1

Gir National Park

Visit Gir National Park, the only place in the world to see Asiatic lions.

Wildlife, Velavadar, Gujarat, India 2

Velavadar savannah

Photograph blackbuck and nilgai against the savannah landscapes of Velavadar.

Green Bee Eater Bird, India 3

Khichan Bird Sanctuary

Witness the largest gathering of demoiselle cranes on the planet at Khichan.

Modhva beach located near Mandvi, Kutch 4

The Little Rann of Kutch

See the leopards of Bera and flamingos and wild ass in the Little Rann of Kutch.

Why we like it

Exceptional guides are the first essential component of a successful wildlife holiday and in Kartikeya Singh, Steppes Travel is confident we have found just that. With over 300 days filming under his belt with the BBC, and over a decade of field research specific to Gujarat, monitoring the ecology of both Gir National Park and Little Rann of Kutch, Kartikeya is a confirmed expert for this tour.

This group tour can be arranged on a tailor made basis, contact us for more information

Explore our suggested itinerary

  • Day 1
  • Day 2
    Mumbai - Diu - Gir National Park
  • Days 3-4
    Gir National Park
  • Day 5
    Gir National Park - Velavadar
  • Day 6
  • Day 7
    Velavadar - Dasada
  • Day 8
  • Day 9
    Dasada - Bera
  • Days 10-11
  • Day 12
    Bera - Phalodi
  • Day 13
    Phalodi - Jodhpur
  • Day 14
    Jodhpur - Mumbai
Lion in Sasan Gir Forest
Sasan Gir Forest, India

Gir National Park

Many come to Gir because, outside of Africa, it is the only place with wild lions. Established in 1965 the national park has a lion breeding programme which has been a success with near on 600 lions recorded. The national park is teak wood dry forest and dominated by grasslands, and lions will roam freely early mornings and evenings.

Wildlife, Velavadar, Gujarat, India
Gujarat, India

Velavadar National Park

Velavadar is famous for its elegant black buck and a host of other wildlife species. The unique grassland ecosystem of Velavadar National Park is vital in supporting herds of antelopes and in conserving other important local species such as wolves, foxes, jackals, wild boars, hares and the very rare and endemic lesser florican (a bustard). The florican used to be widespread but its range has contracted and numbers have plummeted in recent decades. Today, the largest population survives here in Velavadar. The local avian cast is diverse including larks and sand grouse, but it is towards dusk that Velavadar takes on another significant role as the roosting site for harriers. Raptors that have been out hunting during the day return here to sleep in safety, these are mainly Montagu’s and pallid harriers and sometimes their numbers exceed 2,000 birds making this the largest known harrier roost in the world.

Modhva beach located near Mandvi, Kutch

Little Rann of Kutch

The word ‘rann’ means ‘salty desert’ and while travelling through the Little Rann of Kutch, a salty desert is all you see. A jeep safari is the best way to explore this enormous expanse. Visit the ‘bets’, islands on the ancient seabed that now form higher ground covered with grass and scrub. These ‘bets’ support a variety of wildlife including the gudkhur (Asiatic wild ass) which is not found anywhere else, nilgai or blue bull (India’s largest antelope), chinkara (Indian gazelle), jungle and desert cats, blackbuck (Indian antelope) and a large variety of birds including cranes and flamingos.

Leopard, Kanha National Park, India
Leopard, India


Until recently Bera was an unknown part of Rajasthan, gaining recent popularity due to its amazing leopards sightings. The backdrop of the Aravalli Range with its scrub land vegetation and small hillocks with caves, provide the perfect setting for leopards. The Rabaris live amongst the leopards and leopards often frequent local temples.

Includes / Excludes

Important Information

Activity Level
Moderate Activity
Single Supplement

Travelling on your own? Our group tours are perfect for solo travellers, as travelling as part of an organised group in faraway places provides security and peace of mind. We handle all of the arrangements for you and there will be a local tour guide on hand throughout to provide advice and help if needed, as well as the expertise of a Tour expert.


To allow flexibility, our group tours do not include international flights as standard. We can arrange international flights on your behalf and the above is an indication of the cost, based on return flights departing from London. All international flights from the UK are ATOL protected.

What is included

  • Accommodation on double or twin sharing at hotels mentioned in the itinerary
  • Air-conditioned transfers between all cities
  • All meals- breakfast,lunch and dinner
  • Gratuities for local guides, drivers and porters
  • National Park Entry Fees to include one still camera per person
  • Return airport transfers included on suggested British Airways arrival and departure only
  • Services of the tour leader from arrival in India until the final day in Mumbai

What is excluded

  • Additional airport transfer fee if arriving independently of the British Airways suggested flights
  • Any alcohol or soft beverages not mentioned in inclusions
  • Any private arrangements and extensions
  • India Tourist Visa Fee
  • Travel Insurance


Below you can see some of the wonderful places we recommend you stay on your journey.

The Gateway Hotel Gir Forest £££££

  • India
  • Safari and Wildlife Lodge

By the edge of the Gir Forest and Hiran River in the far western state of Gujarat, this modern four-star property offers an outdoor pool, spa treatments and a fitness centre, an open-air library lounge and is the best available place to stay in Gir at the moment. Sasan Gir National Park is open from mid-October until mid-June. Jeep safaris are offered to visitors to explore the park in the early morning and afternoon to track lions in their natural habitat. Watching the lions from open-roof jeeps is a wonderful experience. The park is not only home to the Asiatic Lion but to the Asiatic Ass and other interesting flora and fauna.

Why a Steppes expert-led group tour

1.Experience Matters

We have been running insightful and groundbreaking group tours since our inception in 1989. We have worked with institutions such as the British Museum and Victoria & Albert Museum and run wildlife tours in conjunction with conservation agencies such as Fauna & Flora International, Wildlife Conservation Society, the Orangutan Foundation, Dian Fossey Gorilla Fund and the Jane Goodall Institute.

2.Size Matters

Our average group size is typically eight to ten people, smaller than other group tours typically offered – a factor which many of our clients appreciate. Travelling as part of a smaller group provides a more intimate, personalised and relaxed atmosphere.

4.It’s about who you know

We have developed an enviable pool of expertise from which to choose our tour experts, who we carefully select based on their knowledge, companionship and personality. Often, these experts can use their influence to facilitate private access to sites not typically open to the public.

3.Like-Minded People

Steppes Travellers are like-minded people – interesting, interested and curious. Our group tours aim to create an easy and informal atmosphere – we have a lot of fun on our tours and many friendships have been formed.

5.Value for money

Our tours are well-priced to ensure you get real value for money. We include gratuities on the majority of our tours and do not pass on currency surcharges. We strive to look after single travellers as well as we can, keeping single supplements to a minimum.

6.Peace of Mind

When you travel on one of our group tours, you will be looked after by our local agents and your tour expert with the back-up of our 24-hour emergency number and duty manager. All our holidays are fully bonded and protected – our ATOL number is ATOL 6495.

Our future tour dates

For further information about any of these tours please call 01285 601 784

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Tour ExpertMax Group SizeStatus
29/11/1914 Days £5,995 ex. flightsKartikeya Singh12 LIMITED Reserve your place

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Our travel experts have a wealth of first-hand knowledge, so if you have any questions about this escorted tour get in touch. They would love to help.

01285 601 784

We look forward to you joining us on this tour.

Why Choose Steppes?

Our knowledge and expertise sets us apart. So too our curiosity. A curiosity of the world and of you, and your passions. It is this that drives us to create a journey that is really bespoke to you.

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