This is a fascinating journey through exotic Rajasthan and the western state of Gujarat, exploring the region’s rich cultural heritage and natural abundance. Tigers at Ranthambore, lions at Sasan Gir, birdlife at the Bharatpur and Hingolgarh sanctuaries can be seen together with a kaleidoscope of historic forts, fascinating palaces, vibrant towns and remote villages to make this tour an unforgettable experience.
The tour begins with a visit to the magnificent Taj Mahal and nearby Fatehpur Sikri, the 16th-century Mughal capital, before arriving at Bharatpur Bird Sanctuary, home to hundreds of rare species including egrets, kingfishers and the spectacular migratory Siberian cranes. We continue our journey to famous Ranthambore National Park, one of the best places to see tigers in the wild. A highlight of the trip is a two-night stay in the Pink City - Jaipur, the capital of Rajasthan. Few places in India showcase such a glittering array of sights: imposing Amer Fort, the bejeweled City Palace, Hawa Mahal (Palace of Winds) and the teeming city bazaars.
On reaching Gujarat, our focus moves back to the natural world: we visit the otherworldly salt flats of the Rann of Kutch, famed for its population of Asiatic wild ass, and Sasan Gir National Park, home of the last surviving population of the majestic Asiatic lion. We take safaris into the park in search of the big cats and other wildlife. En route between these two far-flung natural wonders, a stopover in the atmospheric old town of Bhavnagar is included to provide a fascinating glimpse into Gujarati life.
Our Wild West adventure ends with a visit to the nearby Hingolgarh Bird Sanctuary, before a drive takes us to the Gujarati capital, Ahmedabad, followed by an enjoyable train ride south to Mumbai.