Gir Lion Sanctuary:

Gir is one of India’s oldest sanctuaries, and is synonymous with the majestic Asiatic lion (Panthera leo persica). The only place in India to see this animal, this park can take legitimate pride in saving an endangered species, which was at the threshold of extinction in the start of the twenty-first century, by providing it a more secured habitat. The Gir ecosystem falls in Biogeography Zone-4 (the semi-arid) and Biogeography Province 4-B. Gujarat Rajwara is the last remaining abode of the Asiatic Lion, Panthera leo persica. The Government of Gujarat has declared an area of 1412.1sq km as Protected Area (PA) which comprises 258.7sq km as National Park and 1153.4sq km as Sanctuary. Besides this 470.5sq km of forest area forms a buffer Zone as reserve, protected and unclassified forest. Thus, a total area of 1882.6sq km makes up the Gir forest.

 

For over 150 years, Asiatic lions have remained confined only to Gir after the Nawab of Junagadh took strong conservation measures to protect them, leading to a growth in the lion population. Even today, thanks to the people who live in this area, Gir is one of the best conservation stories in the world. The number of Asiatic lion has increased to 411 in the area according to census conducted in 2010. As per the new statics of 2015, the entire Saurashtra Region is inhabited by 523 Lions and more than 300 Leopards.

The main carnivore’s population of the park includes:

Asiatic Lion

Leopard

Sambhar Deer

Spotted deer (Chital)

Four horned Antelope

Jackal

Striped hyena

Indian Fox

Grey mongoose

Other species include wild pigs, hares and rodents typical of the savannah type grasslands and thorn scrubs.

Among birds, the exotic flora of Gir National Park gives shelter to more than 200 species of birds and moreover the sanctuary has been declared an important bird area by the Indian Bird Conservation Network. Gir is also habitat of raptors like critically endangered white-backed and long-billed vultures.

Region                         Sasan, Saurashtra

No of Days                   Ex – Rajkot      03 Days

Grade                          Jungle Safari Easy

Type                            Wildlife Forest Safari’s

Date Itinerary Stay Meals
Day 1 Arrive at Rajkot | Transfer to Gir Resort | Evening Safari Premium Cottages L,D
Day 2 Gir Lion Sanctuary – Morning and Evening Safari Premium Cottages B,L,D
Day 3 Gir Lion Sanctuary- Morning Safari | Transfer to Rajkot | Drop B

Detailed Itinerary:

Day 1: Rajkot – Gir

After reaching Rajkot station, meet our representative and transfer to vehicle for drive to Bandhavgarh (3hr road journey with one halt). Reach by afternoon 12pm & check in to the resort. Lunch will be served and get ready for your first jungle safari in the Dry forest of Gir. The greenery & lush rich biodiversity of the forest will make you feel rejoiced. If you are sharing jeep with our wildlife expert you probably might end up having a good jungle talk and knowledgeable safari. Keep your Binocs, camera & eyes wide open to look out for birds, mammals, etc. around. Return for evening tea with a sit out discussing days sighting and QNA session.

Day 2:    Morning & Evening Safari

With an early wake up call, have a quick tea cup and head out for safari number 2, this time from a different safari track and zone. The forest has different gifts in different corners. We look out for the big cat and also enjoy birding which is an active part in the morning time. There are high chances of sighting big cats early morning as their walking activity is high for hunting & territory marking. Return for breakfast and relax until Lunch. Post lunch enjoy the 3rd safari (we have 3 beautiful chances to spot the big cats and the other elusive animals of the forest – Be patient & vigilant). Return in the evening for tea and discussing sighting. List out number of birds you spotted while in all 3 safaris, don’t miss the colourful feathers. Dinner and day off

Day 3:    Gir – Rajkot

After breakfast check out and drive to Rajkot. Drop at Railway station/Airport. Collect your train tickets from the Tour leader and board train back to Mumbai.

Ex-Mumbai:       Indians:   Adult: ₹17,500/-*** per head

Ex-Rajkot:       Indians:      Adult: ₹13,900/- per head

Departure dates:  25Oct, 22Nov, 20Dec, 27Dec, 07Feb, 06Mar, 27Mar, 08May, 05Jun

Total seats: 20 each batch

(The above rate is valid until June 2020 for all departure dates mentioned above except Diwali, Christmas/New year vacation)  

Accommodation

HOTELS ENVISAGED:

Location Hotel Names Rating
Sasan Asiatic Lion Lodge 4*

***Note: Above mentioned hotel are subject to change depending on the group size or similar category hotels will be offered.

Charges Include:

  • Return 3AC train fare****
  • Accommodation on twin sharing basis in above mentioned hotel.
  • Transfers by AC Vehicle. (Rajkot – Sasan | Sasan – Rajkot)
  • Meals as per mentioned in the itinerary.
  • Safari charges, forest permits, guide charges.
  • Safari gypsy on 6 Sharing
  • Guide for Safari
  • Entry fees to the park
  • Entrance charges of the safari vehicle
  • Wildlife documentaries at hotel
  • 3 Core Zone Safaris
  • Expertise and service charges
  • Wildlife naturalist with group
  • GST @ 5%

Charges Exclude:

  • Additional / personal use of vehicle.
  • Extended stay due to weather conditions or any situation not in human control.
  • Any personal expenses, room service and special orders, mineral waters, non-alcoholic beverages, tips, phone calls, laundry etc.
  • Any extra excursions or sightseeing apart from the above specified itinerary.
  • Cost incidental to any change in the itinerary due to bad weather, ill health, roadblocks and/or any factors beyond control.
  • Camera fees.
  • Anything Specifically NOT mentioned in includes.

Payment policy:

PAYMENT SCHEDULE (Per person)
  Adult
At the time of booking 50%
21 days before Departure 75%
14 days before departure 100%
  • The Tern Travellers reserves the right to cancel and forfeit the paid amount in case of payment schedule not followed.

Cancellation Policy:

Cancellation period Cancellation Charges on Cost
More than 30 days 25%
30 to 21 days 50%
21 to 07 days 80%
Less than 07 days or No show 100%

Things to Carry:

  • A Hat
  • Sunglasses with UV protection
  • A dust protection mask
  • Personal Bottle (To avoid plastic use – 1LtrsX2)
  • Small backpack for safaris (10Ltrs)
  • Bird books
  • Sun screen
  • Only dull coloured clothes (Green, brown, Beige, Camouflage)
  • Camera (At owners risk) with proper equipment for photography (As per need)
  • Fleece/Jacket (temperatures drop in the forest to below 10 degree Celsius
  • Binoculars
  • Energy bars for safaris

Important Note:

  • Wildlife safaris are a matter of luck and opportunity. No guarantee of any sighting is made. Neither of our associates will quote that, although we try our best to spot and show you as much as nature allows us to.
  • Never enter the forest with an intention of spotting a single species, it will only disappoint you. The forest is a gift packet with a lot to surprise with. Listen to our naturalist for more wonderful experience.
  • Our safaris are not target species specific (Unless specified)
  • We explore everything we find uncommon and need to be explained.
  • Any demand for spotting a single species in any jeep will not be entertained by the guide or the tour leader as there are other travellers who would want to see the birds etc.
  • Respect & honour everything that is in the forest and it has to offer you.
  • Enjoy being in the forest and you will feel much happier away from the concrete chaos.
  • Respect the local, tribes, guards, guides, drivers, officers and all animals.
  • Front seat of the Gypsy is always reserved for the Guide or Guard.
  • No extra room will be made for photographers, respecting other travellers. (For photographers it is recommended to opt for higher options)
  • No littering in the forest strictly. (what goes comes back the same way)
  • Camera fees & guide tips to be paid separately & directly.
  • Kindly follow the instructions given by the tour leader and the guide for your own safety.

Departure dates:  25Oct, 22Nov, 20Dec, 27Dec, 07Feb, 06Mar, 27Mar, 08May, 05Jun

Total seats: 20 each batch

(The above rate is valid until June 2020 for all departure dates mentioned above except Diwali, Christmas/New year vacation)  

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