Package: 03 nights and 04 days at Gir National Park
Accommodation: Gir Birding Lodge
Transport: Sedan or similar
Tour Code: 238
Best Season: December to March
Located in the Indian state of Gujarat, Gir National Park has the distinction of being the only place in the world where you can find the majestic Asiatic Lions. There are a total of 400 Lions and 300 Leopards in the park, making it one of the largest big cat concentrations in the country. On our tour to this magical land, we’ll spend our time unraveling the mysteries of its lesser touched parts.
My favourite time to visit Gir
Some may say safari trips are best done in the summer, but for me, October and November are beautiful times to be in Gir National Park. This is the time when the park has just reopened from the monsoon break, and the dry arid landscape has been replaced by green grasses and lush vegetation. Not only does this make a beautiful background for wildlife photographs, but it is also a staple for the herbivores of Gir, such as Spotted Deer, Sambar, and Nilgai, and young fawns are seen with their parents.
This abundance of food travels throughout the food chain. The lush grass means more herbivores, which in turn means more and better sightings of the carnivores of Gir. Lions and leopards are also at their peak activity at this time, and the vegetation makes for some beautiful sightings and photographs.
But it’s not just the bigger residents of the reserve that revel in the greenery. Indian Paradise Flycatchers, Black-naped Monarchs, Indian Pittas, and more, are best sighted at this time. These birds have feasted the entire monsoon on a bounty of insects, and since the winter migrants have not arrived yet, they enjoy a brief peak period of minimum competition.
However, if you wish to enjoy this time of the year as much as the forest denizens, then do plan your Gir visit as soon as possible. A gap during the monsoon means visitors are itching to visit Gir again, and safari permits are, as always, a finite number. I suggest you book soon to avoid the disappointment of missing out on a memorable safari.
Day 01: Rajkot to Sasan Gir
Meal: Lunch and Dinner
Pickup from Rajkot airport and drop at a hotel at Sasan Gir. Arrival at the Gir Birding Lodge. Check-in, in the evening, you can watch and photograph the bird species near the resort premises. Dinner and overnight stay.
Note: Gir Birding Lodge is right next to the national park. It enjoys the advantage of having many species of animals on its premises and surrounding area. You will hear jungle and animal sounds day and night.
Day 02: Sasan Gir
Meal: Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner
Early morning go for a wildlife safari. After returning, go with our guide for a short birding walk. In the afternoon, go for another wildlife safari at Gir National Park.
Sasan Gir is the only abode of Asiatic Lions and is excellent for birdwatching. Dinner and overnight stay.
Day 03: Sasan Gir
Meal: Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner
Morning and evening wildlife safaris at Gir National Park.
Day 04: Departure
Morning at leisure or go for a nature walk.
After breakfast, check out from the hotel and drop at Rajkot airport. Tour Ends.
- Lion & Leopard Tracking
- Bird Watching
- Farm Fresh Indian Meals
- Wildlife Photography
- Nature Walk
- A True Wildlife Lodge
- 03-night accommodation on double sharing at Sasan Gir
- Meals as per itinerary
- 04 Wildlife Safaris in Gir National park
- Transport from & to Rajkot airport
- All taxes
Services Not Included
- Optional tours/excursions, personal and incidental expenses
- Tips, laundry, phone calls, alcohol, entrance fee, guide, camera fee, etc.
- International and domestic airfare, visa, and insurance.
- Anything not mentioned in the inclusion