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Bhavnagar

Nilambagh Palace hotelNilambagh Palace hotel, Bhavnagar

The Nilambagh Palace Heritage Hotel at Bhavnagar is the embodiment of the intermingling of the traditional and modern. Built in 1859 AD, it was meant to be the residence of the crown prince of the ruling dynasty, but it was built not in the traditional architectural style of Gujarat but in the neo-colonial style, designed by a German architect.

 

Nilambagh Palace hotel, BhavnagarThe hotel has 18 luxurious spacious, air-conditioned and well-appointed  rooms for a. All rooms are equipped with TV, music, refrigerator and direct-dial telephone. The hotel provides fitness centre, beauty parlour, shopping arcade, billiards, tennis, badminton and table tennis.

The dining room provides Indian, Chinese and Continental cuisine.

Sasan Gir

Camps of India Lion Safari Camp

Gujerat Gir Camp  Gujarat Gir Camp Ac tent  Gujerat Gir Camp breakfast

The Lion Safari Camp is a new luxury jungle safari camp, located in a private Mango Orchard overlooking the Hiran River. The The accommodation consists of 10 Luxury Air conditioned Tents. The tents have large bedrooms with well-appointed ensuite bathrooms with bathtub, shower and hot/cold running water. The public areas of camp consist of an open-air river-facing restaurant.

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Little Runn of Kutch

 

Rann Riders resort, Dasanda

Surrounded by wetlands, Rann Riders is an eco-friendly resort imaginatively designed using local materials to recreate the appearance of a village. Accommodations are in cottages, resembling the kooba houses of the Bajania community of Dasada and the bhunga houses of the Rabaris of Kutch, decorated with mirrors, mud-plaster work and embroideries.


Kooba huts Dasanda

 

Each of the cottages has an a/c twin-bedroom, with a comfortable cane bed, a dry dressing area and a tiled bathroom with western-style toilet fittings and hot-and-cold showers.

Interior of CottageRann Riders offer Continental and Indian cuisine that can be served on the buffet table, preplated or camp-style around a fire. Tandoori food is a specialty of the resort. On prior intimation, we serve Gujarati meals, regional specialties of the Maliks of Dasada, and seafood. For vegetarians, the Flamingo Restaurant has an extensive Indian, Chinese and Continental ala carte menu.

Eethnic LoungeWith its small lake and extensive fields, Rann Riders offers good birding at the resort itself. Grey and pond herons, egrets, pied and white-breasted kingfishers, spotbill, nakta (comb duck), saras cranes and other birds can be seen at the waterfront. The bushes are also rich in birds and shikra hawks have been seen perched on the trees at the resort. The resort is also a roosting spot for rosy pastor (rose-coloured starling). The trees also provide suitable nesting areas for ibises, egrets and pond herons to breed.

The resort provides their own fleet of jeeps for safaris in the Little Rann of Kutch. Camel treks in the desert salt plains can be arranged on prior notice.

 

Camp Zainabad

Kooba hut at Camp Zainabad           Insde a HutClose to the small town of Zainabad, camp Zainabad is another family run resort providing comfortable stay and guided trips to the Little Rann. Operated by Desert Coursers, this camp is also a collection of comfortable traditional thatch roofed mud huts– impeccable, furnished with beds and linen, attached bath and toilets with running water, electricity and all essential amenities. . Hot meals are served in the buffet style with barbecues Desert Coursers provide their own fleet of jeeps for safaris in the Little Rann of Kutch. Camel treks in the desert salt plains can be arranged on prior notice.

Kutch

Birding areas  are 75 to 100 kms from Bhuj. We recommend three different types of accommodation as your base for your  birding forays:-

  • For those who like high standards at affordable prices there are luxurious rooms in a  Spanish hacienda – The Casurina Grove. 75 Kms from the airport near Nakhatrana

  • Rooms in a farm house close to Casurina Grove, are located amidst a fruit orchard , also 75 Kms from the airport near Nakhatrana, are suitable for the budget birder.

  • Standard Non Air conditioned rooms in KERC guest house at Tera, are suitable for a birding base in North West Kutch , and for birders who want to stay longer at economical prices.

Apart from acting as a base for birders, the management at these lodges also organize wildlife, cultural, local arts and crafts, tribal and archaeological excursions to nearby villages, parks and places of interest. 

Casurina Grove Resort:

Casurina GroveCasurina R Guest roomThis “boutique” resort is located 75 Kms fron Bhuj Airport and is suitably placed for birding at Banni Grasslands, Chari Dhund and Fulay. However with some additional traveling all hot spots are within reach

The resort provides just 06 air conditioned twin-bedded rooms with ensuite bathrooms, The service is personalized. The cuisine is delectable with a home cooked flavor. It has a pleasing landscaped garden, tennis court, swimming pool, barbeque area and gymnasium. All in all, it is a wonderful oasis in the heart of the desert.

Orchard Farm AnnexOrchard Farm Annex

This double storied farmhouse is located close to Casurina Resort and has  05 twin bedded rooms suitable for budget travellers. The Orchard boasts of hundreds of trees – chiku, date palm and Desert berries. Meals are available on order 

 

Kutch Ecological Research Centre (KERC) Guest House

KERC TERALocated within the ancient Tera Fort, in the compound of the Khatau Bungalow, this is an atmospheric place. The ambience is medieval – the guest accomodation is comfortably modern. There are 06 twin bedded rooms with attached bath and toilets, which have been built specially for birdlife and wild life enthusiasts and for those who require longer stay for their research projects. Fixed menu meals are available. Guests can also participate in any of our currant on going programmes.  This guest house is suitably placed for birdin at Jakhau, Naliya Done, and other sites in NW Kutch

 

Kumbalgarh

 

The Aodhi Hotel Kumbhalgarh


The Aodhi Hotel KumbhalgarhThe Aodhi Hotel KumbhalgarhKumbhalgarh, is an massive 15th century fort, perched at 1100 meters up on the Aravali Range. It is set amid seven ramparts and surrounded by hundreds of temples. Its walls are 36 kms long, and enclose
many palaces, temples and gardens. The Aodhi Hotel Kumbhalgarh - RoomLocated close to the fort, 84 Kms from the nearest airport at Udhaipur, The Aodhi hotel has a picturesquely setting, not far from this cKumbalgarh Fortitadel.

The hotel replicates a small village on the side of the hill . Every care has been taken to ensure harmony between the buildings and the environment. As a result the buildings blend completely into the landscape. The location is steeped in history and abounding in wildlife. Unspoiled nature harmonizes with modern comforts. An ideal base to explore the wildlife sanctuary and for bird watchers.

 

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Bird photographs by Yashodhan Bhatia,

Ronald Saldino,  Niels Poul Dryer, Ketil Knudsen
Kalypso Adventures & Gurudongma Team
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