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tripsammy Sep 2nd, 2017 23:18

Advice for Sasan Gir
 
Hi everyone, I have been absent for a while but finally planning another Indian trip. Considering a week in Gir as part of the trip with the hope of seeing Lions and maybe Leopard. Can anyone advise me please.
1 Are there forest lodges that one can stay at in the forest like at Corbett?
2 Any suggestions of local guides or contacts to arrange safaris
3 Any suggestions for accommodation....happy to pay for good service!
4 Best way to get there, I guess we will fly from Delhi to ??? and then ???

Any advice gratefully received.

Thanks
Jackie

aarosh Sep 2nd, 2017 23:33

3. Did you check Sinh Sadan?

4. Better would be to fly to Mumbai and take a train from Mumbai Central / Dadar / Borivali to Junagadh.

ViShVa Sep 3rd, 2017 00:09

Great to hear from you again after ages, tripsammy.

Besides the above tips by aarosh, I'd suggest you read this wonderful report by our very own iamsomnath from his trip last January:
Wild Gujarat : a glimpse

and these posts by sindabad (Himadri), from her Gujarat trip last November:
Gir National Park : Devalia Interpretation Centre

Gir National Park Made easy

Look forward to your trip report!

tripsammy Sep 3rd, 2017 00:25

Quote:

Originally Posted by ViShVa (Post 2054793)
Great to hear from you again after ages, tripsammy.

Besides the above tips by aarosh, I'd suggest you read this wonderful report by our very own iamsomnath from his trip last January:
Wild Gujarat : a glimpse

and these posts by sindabad (Himadri), from her Gujarat trip last November:
Gir National Park : Devalia Interpretation Centre

Gir National Park Made easy

Look forward to your trip report!

Thank you, they are both very interesting....I now really want to go there!

tripsammy Sep 3rd, 2017 00:26

Quote:

Originally Posted by aarosh (Post 2054789)
3. Did you check Sinh Sadan?

4. Better would be to fly to Mumbai and take a train from Mumbai Central / Dadar / Borivali to Junagadh.

Am I right that that is the Government run lodge? Is it in the forest or is there any benefit of staying there over the private hotels? I am always prepared to stay in basic places to improve wildlife sightings!!

aarosh Sep 3rd, 2017 00:31

Quote:

Originally Posted by tripsammy (Post 2054795)
Am I right that that is the Government run lodge? Is it in the forest or is there any benefit of staying there over the private hotels? I am always prepared to stay in basic places to improve wildlife sightings!!

It is a Government run facility. It is not in the forest. I think the safaris for Gir start from there.

iamsomnath Sep 3rd, 2017 10:57

Advice for Sasan Gir
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by tripsammy (Post 2054795)
Am I right that that is the Government run lodge? Is it in the forest or is there any benefit of staying there over the private hotels? I am always prepared to stay in basic places to improve wildlife sightings!!

Sinh Sadan is situated outside the National Park. The safaris start from there. Seemed like a nice stay with a huge compound.

shahronakm Sep 3rd, 2017 20:56

Quote:

Originally Posted by tripsammy (Post 2054783)
Hi everyone, I have been absent for a while but finally planning another Indian trip. Considering a week in Gir as part of the trip with the hope of seeing Lions and maybe Leopard. Can anyone advise me please.
1 Are there forest lodges that one can stay at in the forest like at Corbett?
2 Any suggestions of local guides or contacts to arrange safaris
3 Any suggestions for accommodation....happy to pay for good service!
4 Best way to get there, I guess we will fly from Delhi to ??? and then ???

Any advice gratefully received.

Thanks
Jackie

1] No options to stay inside the forest like Corbett. Sinh Sadan is govt run property & is situated outside the park but the safari is operated from here. As far as I know they don't have any advance booking or online booking system. When you land up there if they have empty rooms you will get one. Very unreliable in that part.

2] You can book online permits through http://www.girlion.in/
Need to check whether bookings are permitted from countries other than India. Once you have permits in place, help desk at your hotel will help you in getting the gypsy, driver & guide from Sinh Sadan. This is to avoid repeated visits to Sinh sadan before every safari. All are on rotation basis. Charges are fixed. You can also go directly to Sinh Sadan show your permit & get the allotted gypsy & guide.

3] There are so many places to stay at Sasan Gir. We had stayed at this place 3-4 years back. Good service & big rooms. http://www.sukhsagargirresort.com/

4] You can take a flight from Delhi to Rajkot. From Rajkot Gir is about 3-4 hours drive (approx 150 kms). Diu is about 100 kms from Gir but flights connections from Delhi are not that great.

Hope this helps.

Ronak.

tripsammy Sep 3rd, 2017 22:34

Thanks everyone, I think I will not stay at Sinh Sadan.....I am used to paying a premium as a foreigner in India but I take exception to being charged 150 American Dollars for a basic government lodge per night, Indians pay 3000 rupees! I will look to stay somewhere close. It looks as if permits can be booked by foreigners but need to check what payment they will accept.

As we will be coming from Corbett I am thinking we will fly to Delhi and then to Rajkot and drive to Sasan Gir ( anyone have contact with reliable driver and car?) W will then stay there for 3/4 days, suggestions for time required? I assume like Corbett the longer you stay the better the chances?

We will then drive to Diu island ( is it worth staying there?) and fly from there to Mumbai.

Thanks everyone
Jackie

shahronakm Sep 4th, 2017 00:02

Quote:

Originally Posted by tripsammy (Post 2054906)
Thanks everyone, I think I will not stay at Sinh Sadan.....I am used to paying a premium as a foreigner in India but I take exception to being charged 150 American Dollars for a basic government lodge per night, Indians pay 3000 rupees! I will look to stay somewhere close. It looks as if permits can be booked by foreigners but need to check what payment they will accept.

As we will be coming from Corbett I am thinking we will fly to Delhi and then to Rajkot and drive to Sasan Gir ( anyone have contact with reliable driver and car?) W will then stay there for 3/4 days, suggestions for time required? I assume like Corbett the longer you stay the better the chances?

We will then drive to Diu island ( is it worth staying there?) and fly from there to Mumbai.

Thanks everyone
Jackie

1] A shorter stay at Gir will be good enough for decent sightings of Lions. 3/4 days (6-8 safaris) will be good.

2] Yes Diu is worth staying.

tripsammy Sep 5th, 2017 03:37

Thanks everyone, I must say I am surprised at just how expensive Gir is for foreigners, 150 American dollars a night at Sinh Sadan and 4800 rupees weekday and 6000 weekends just for the pass plus however much they charge foreigners for jeep, guide, camera etc! I am used to the foreigner rates but 6 times the rate is pretty heavy!
Does anyone have any contact for reliable car and driver service for transport from the airport please.
Many thanks

PhilinIndia Oct 24th, 2017 15:56

On point 2 - booking safaris - I am struggling with the online booking system as it seems that only credit/debit cards from Indian banks are accepted. Are you facing the same problem?

Any suggestions for eg tour operators or hotels that could support booking of safaris for internation visitors?

Many thanks!

Phil

tripsammy Oct 25th, 2017 21:41

Quote:

Originally Posted by PhilinIndia (Post 2062412)
On point 2 - booking safaris - I am struggling with the online booking system as it seems that only credit/debit cards from Indian banks are accepted. Are you facing the same problem?

Any suggestions for eg tour operators or hotels that could support booking of safaris for internation visitors?

Many thanks!

Phil

I thought they world accept Mastercard when I looked. I can't book yet as it is only possible 3 months in advance.


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