HOW TO ROOT:
Rooting Gionee P3 is very easy. Just you need to install an APK and it will do the job.
Kindly read my post on rooting Your Gionee P3 and other Gionee devices.
After completing the rooting you can now proceed to CWM recovery installation.
What is CWM ?
CWM is an acronym that stands for ClockWorkMod recovery. Its a modified version of the original/stock recovery that comes with your Android device.
Benefits of CWM includes :
Full nandroid backup of your phone current rom structure.
Installation of custom roms.
Installation of root required zip files
And so on….
INSTALL CUSTOM RECOVERY:
Its pretty easy to instal cwm recovery on Gionee P3,you should read my post on How to install cwm on MTK Devices
Here is a link for custom recovery. It is working fine and you can use it to take NAND backup before cooking custom ROMs
Download CWM recovery for Gionee P3