My Travel Experiences

April 22, 2018

Dwarka-Somnath-Sasan Gir Safari – Part 3

Filed under: Girnar, Safari, Sasan Gir Safari — Tags: , — Prashant Ghotikar @ 6:30 pm

Gir Safari – 1st April 2018

We were hoping we will not be April fooled by Gir Lions !!…lets see..

Wake up by 3.30am…..ready by 4am….Sitaram Taxi came right time…the owner (I forgot his name) was right time…in fact he came for us rather than sending driver….while reaching to Gir Safari…he provided lot of information about Girnar & this whole place….very informative….reached Gir Safari at 4.45am…parked car at the parking area….had tea and bought few eatables at one of the shop outside Gir Safari…..while reaching…he said request officials to provide route as 2 or 6….the probability of seeing Lions is highest….the assignment will start at 5am..slowly people started reaching at Gir safari office….I was waiting at the queue…in fact, was first in the queue…when allocation started…I requested to please provide me route 2 or 6…..the official checked all member’s Aadhar card…and provided me route no 2…..let’s see….the fees to pay was RS:2100/ – for Gpysy and RS: 200/- for camera…they assign Driver and Guide….the Guide helped us to pay for Rs:2300/…..he asked to wait at the waiting area….I went to parking area and took family members at the waiting area….Raghav had some acidity issues…omitted 2-3 times due to acidity…

All Jeep started by 6-6.10am….we were among few last ones…as our Gypsy came late…started from Gate 2….the guide gave us few info about territory, animals etc. while entering the Jungle…we could clearly see pug marks of Lions and different animals….he said Lions may have went out side from here….it was foggy day….not very visible at that time as well…after 10-15 mins…lucky we…..we spotted Lioness !!….and one more Lioness & one cub….Grand !!!…..Majestic !!…..we had jackpot in first trip…..as I came to know that people books 2-3 trips just in case one cannot see Lions in one trip…..then we moved ahead…and able to see few animals…Deer, NilGai, Moneys, etc…route no 2 is about 42km in distance and its connected to route no 6. While going to route no 6….we shared the place were we spotted Lioness……to other Jeeps…so that they can see as well….we reached at Gir Sagari office at about 8.45-9 am…..has memorable trip !…bought souvenirs from souvenir shop @ office premise….and started return trip to hotel….reached hotel about 10am…asked Pallavi to get parcel of Breakfast, as we will start to have freshen up one by one…..did checkout at 11.30am….took auto for Rs: 150/- to reach Veraval station….boarded Veraval-Bandra train…which was stationed at platform no.3……had good journey to reach Borivali the next day @ 5am…..

Few points to note:

-Distance from Somnath to Gir is about 45km.

-There are 9 routes in Gir Safari…one need to do online reservation 2-3 months in advance…cost is Rs: 250/- per person.

-Probability of seeing Lions is highest in morning slot i.e. 6 to 9 am

-Get your head covered….as whole route has very very fine red dust of red soil….all your hair will become red due to dust

-Get shawl, sweater or jacket, as will need in first 1 hrs….if you are visiting in morning time…as its somewhat cold in morning only….

 

 

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