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DAY 01: ARRIVAL IN AHMEDABAD

The distance from Ahmedabad to Gir National Park is 347 KM and the drive takes approximately 9 hours or thereabouts. So, we make it a point to have breakfast at the hotel and leave early. Gir National Park and Wildlife Sanctuary is also called Sasan Gir and it is located in Southern Gujarat, just 70 KM from the temple town of Somnath. The Park is closed between June and October, and the best months to visit are from December to March. The hottest months of April and May prove to be the best for animal sighting and photography.

We reach Gir around late afternoon and head straight to the resort to complete the check-in formalities. After this we proceed to our respective rooms to freshen up and rest a bit. We spend the evening amidst nature, unwinding and relaxing.

DAY 02: AHMEDABAD TO GIR NATIONAL PARK

INCLUSIONS

  • 04 Night’s Accommodation at hotels mentioned below or similar category of alternate hotels.  
  • Meal plans as mentioned above. 
  • All currently applicable taxes. 
  • All transfers, city tours and transport services by air-conditioned All India Tourist permit Vehicle as per the above itinerary. 
  • Road taxes, parking fee, fuel charges, interstate taxes.  

EXCLUSIONS

  • Monument Entrance Fee.
  • Services of English-speaking local / accompanying guide.  
  • Game-driver at Sasangir National Park or any other National Park.
  • Any personal expenses like tipping, laundry, telephone/fax calls, alcoholic beverages, camera/video camera fee at monuments, medical expenses, airport departure tax etc. 
  • Any other services not mentioned in the inclusions. 
  • International/domestic airfare or train fare. 
  • Any expenses cased by reasons beyond our control such as roadblocks, accidents, & any medical evacuations. Any train delays, or re-scheduling etc. Any visa fees, insurance fees, etc. Any tips to hotel staff, local guides, drivers etc. Any meals apart from the ones mentioned above.
  • Any expenses apart from the ones given above,  

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EXPLORING GUJARAT - GIR FOREST SPECIAL

4 Nights / 5 Days (Land Only)

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Gujarat is known the world over as the cultural hub of India. Not only does it celebrate the festival of Navratri with great fervour and merriment, but it also hosts one of the most popular festivals in the world, Rann Utsav. One aspect of Gujarat, which is not known to many, is that it is a place of great biodiversity. From being the only place in Asia that is home to the Asiatic Lions as well as the Indian Wild Ass, it is also a favoured destination to watch Flamingos.

Cities of Gujarat are a treat for all those who travel for culture, history, architecture and art & craft. Destinations like Ahmedabad and Vadodara offer a multitude of experiences that offer a deep understanding of the history of the region. From old forts, palaces and stepwells to mosques, temples and museums, one can spend days exploring these cities.

EXPLORING GUJARAT - GIR FOREST SPECIAL

In our Gir Forest special package to Gujarat, we cover the state over a period of five days. Starting in the most popular city of Ahmedabad we move South to Gir Forest, the home to the Asiatic Lions and further towards the coast to explore the world famous Somnath Temple.

Ahmedabad is not only the largest city in Gujarat but is also the first Indian city to be listed as the UNSECO World Heritage Site. Its Walled City, also known as the Historic City of Ahmedabad, houses the ancient Bhadra Fort, Teen Darwaza and Manek Chowk among other places. Spending time in this area is like travelling back in time, as the place offers an old world feel like nowhere else.

Gir Forest is the only place in Asia with an impressive population of the Asiatic Lion. It’s a place of great significance and is one of the most protected areas in Asia. As we spend a day exploring Gir, we might come face to face with these wild creatures.

DAY 03: EXPLORING GIR NATIONAL PARK  (Remains closed from 15th June to 15th Oct every year)

On day three of our Gir Forest special holiday tour to Gujarat, we head out to the core forest area for a safari. This is our chance to witness the majestic Asiatic Lions in their only natural habitat in all of Asia. Due to its biodiversity, Gir is among one of the most protected areas in the continent. Other than the Asiatic Lion, Gir is also home to a wide variety of flora and fauna. Animals like Indian Leopard, Striped Hyena, Indian Gray Mongoose, Chital, Sambhar, Nilgai and Wild Boar can be found here.

The forest hasan orientation centre, a souvenir shop, an amphitheatre and a birding point. The orientation centre aims to educate and inform travellers about the natural history of the forest and its inhabitants. It provides valuable statistics about the flora and fauna of the region, along with a special focus on the behaviours and characteristics of various species.

Safaris in the forest last for three hours, and ones in the Interactive Zone in Devalia are for an hour each. We take a morning safari and hope to come face to face with the majestic beings of the forest.

After spending an eventful day chasing the creatures of the wild, we spend the night at our accommodation in Gir.

DAY 04: GIR TO SOMNATH TEMPLE

Located just 70 KM from Gir National Park is the town of Somnath, which is known worldwide for the Somnath Temple, one of the 12 Jyotirlingas in India. We have our breakfast at Gir and then head out to explore the city of Somnath.

Somnath Temple, located on the western coast of Gujarat, has been in existence since ancient times and believed to be the first among the 12 Jyotirlingas. The date or time period of the original construction of the temple is not known, but the second construction took place around 649 AD by the Yadava Kings. The centuries that followed witnessed a great amount of destructions and re-constructions, with the current structure having been builtin the 1950s and 60s. The style of architecture found here is reflective of the Chaulukyastyle of architecture.

We spend the day exploring the temple and other points of interest before leaving for the hotel for an overnight stay.

DAY 05: SOMNATH TO AHMEDABAD AND DEPARTURE

We start the day early and leave for Ahmedabad. Once in the city we head straight to the airport for our journey back home.

Our Gujarat vacation begins with arrival at Ahmedabad Airport, where after a brief meet and greet we head to our hotel in the city. We complete the check-in formalities, freshen up and then leave to explore the city of Ahmedabad. It is the largest and the most popular city in Gujarat, home to a host of cultural and architectural gems.

We first set out to visit Bhadra Fort, located within the Walled City or the Historic City of Ahmedabad. It is the old part of the city that was founded by Ahmad Shah I in 1411 and was designated a UNSECO World Heritage City in 2017. Bhadra Fort was named so due to its proximity to the famed Bhadrakali Temple. With its minars and gates, the fort is an architectural masterpiece. On the eastern side of the fort lies the historic Teen Darwaza, which served as an entrance to the royal square.

GETTING TO KNOW GUJARAT

TOUR INCLUDES

DETAILED ITINERARY

Validity: till 31st March 2020

HOTEL

Ahmedabad : Le Grande Residency ( Executive room ) 1 N
Sasangir : Daksh Resort ( Deluxe Room ) 2N
Somnath : Lords Inn ( Deluxe Room ) 1N
Transportation cost based on AC Dzire / Etios car

Bhadra Fort Tower in Ahmedabad

Asiatic Lions in the Gir National Park