Trip to Sasan Gir on 08th Dec 2008

#1 Nov 20th, 2008, 21:00
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I am planning for a trip to Sasan Gir along with my wife from 8th Dec 2008. Since I will be in Vadodara till 7th Dec, I will be taking a car from Vadodara to Sasan Gir. I would like to know if it is a feasible option to travel from Vadodara to Sasan Gir by car and how long is the drive?

I would also like to see some nearby places to Sasan Gir like Somnath etc. and board a train for Mumbai from Rajkot on 12 Dec 08.

I was also told about a forest near Junagad which I can cover as well during this trip. Since I am a photographer I would like to make this trip more exciting.

It would be great if someone can help me out in planning this itienerary.

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#2 Nov 22nd, 2008, 15:30
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I did a similar trip by public transport, but too long ago to be of any help, sorry.

What I can say is not to be disappointed if you don't get to see the lions in Sasan Gir. I was there around the same time of year, don't know if it's typical. Did see peacocks and spotted deer, but very little wildlife overall.

Sounds like you're mainly interested in nature photography, but I found Junagadh to be a very photogenic town. There's a small and very baroque-ish mausoleum that simply took my breath away.
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hi ashish!

i read your post...well travel from vadodara to sasan gir will be too long and exhausting for sure. just a suggestion, if possible try to take a train from vadodara (veraval jabalpur express)which will take you directly to junagadh. this train starts early at around 5:30 from vadodara and reaches to junagadh at around 3:30 in the afternoon. junagadh is a lovely place to explore and if you are at junagadh dont miss out the fort. from junagadh you could hire a taxi which can take you to other places like sasan gir and somnath. sasan is just 60 kms from junagadh. i have been thrice to sasan gir and all the three times i was able to sight more than one lion or lioness. in sasan gir go in the national park dont go where they guarantee you to show lion. i dont know how many days you are planning to stay at sasan gir, but its a beautiful forest. this year in feb. we had gone to sasan gir and were lucky to spot 2 young lions. its illegal to get down from the gypsy but the forest guides allowed us to get down from the gypsy and we ventured into the forest on foot. it was once in a lifetime experience. there were 5 gypsy all of them were foreigners so the guides allowed us to go in the forest as they get good tip from foreigners on sighting of lions. but its a risky business. if you get a chance try to take the route which has hiren dam, its a wonderful place and you are allowed to get down there.....do reply me back here in case of any query and happy lion sighing!!
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dont go to devalia interpretation zone...its a waste of money and time...and there is a crocodile farm at sasan gir where you can spare some time to look at crocodile babies.
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Ashish, This is the right time to visit Sasan Gir.

If money is not a problem for you then you can hier a texi from Vadodara and go to Sasan Gir.

I would suggest you to to hier from Vadodara because you also have onwards journey for Somnath/Rajkot.

I would suggest you to visit Sasan Gir from Tulshishyam. You will definitely get chance to view lions here. There is a famous temple here and pople from tulshishyam saying on every purnima (Full Moon) lions are coming to mandir (Temple).

Few years back we stayed near Tulshishyam and we saw 2 Lions and 3 Lioness. There is lake near Tulshishyam which is more famous for a award winning photograph (thnx to Ismile Patel, who took National Geography award winning photo, 14 member lion family at a time). Other reason to use this root is you can go to Div. from Div you can go to Somnath and from Somnath you can goto Rajkot easily.

I would also suggest you to ask forest officers to allow you to stay in forest guest house.

I know one Transport Guy in Baroda Satish Dave (09824398082), who know this root and will guide you for your journey.

Your probable rout would be Vadodara-Khabhat-Botad-Amereli-Tulshishyam-Div-Somnath-Rajkot.

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Trip to Sasan Gir

Hi Ashish..

I was at Sasan Gir in the last week of November'08 and enjoyed the jeep safaris through the jungle a lot..!! Well..I had not planned too for accommodations etc in advance.. I found Sinh sadan run by Forest department a nice facility, but could not get accommodation there.. they offer non a/c room at 500 Rs..quite reasonable and in nice green surroundings..!! But..I too didn't have to regret.. I could locate a nice farm house accommodation in the village Bhalchhel (2 KMs from Sasangir).. Parmar Farm house..(There is a sign board "Lion's Pow resorts" on the right side of the road..turn right on the kachcha road from there and drive around 750 mtr to find the gate of Parmar farms at your right).. The farm house owner Vallabh bhai(mobile-94269 64219) is a nice person and offered good hospitality..they only offer kathiawadi home-made delicacies prepared from farm fresh vegetables grown at their own farm.. there is mango orchard, wheat farm in this property.. they have ground floor & first floor constructed building for guests with 8 rooms..!! Its not peak season now..so I could get room at first floor with good view of surroundings at Rs 1000 per day..(room at groundfloor offered at Rs 800).. all non a/c rooms only..!!

The first day, I visited Kankeshwari temple in the forest..around 3 hours drive in open gypsy through jungle.. quite rough route..!! Next day morning..went for jungle safari on route 2 in open gypsy again entering at 6 AM sharp when the gates open..could locate only one lioness, many saaber & cheetal deer, neel gaay etc..!! In the afternoon..went for foot safari in the jungle near farm house with Vallabh bhai and enjoyed a beautiful sunset fro hill overlooking the jungle..we were expecting, bt culd not trace in lion during this foot safari too..!! But, overall..it was enjoyeable experience..!! All the best for your trip..!! Yeah.. I could not visit tulsishyam..Pls do post your feedback about this place if you happen to visit it during your trip..!!
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Originally Posted by banjaara View Post Hi Ashish..

I was at Sasan Gir in the last week of November'08 and enjoyed the jeep safaris through the jungle a lot..!! Well..I had not planned too for accommodations etc in advance.. I found Sinh sadan run by Forest department a nice facility, but could not get accommodation there.. they offer non a/c room at 500 Rs..quite reasonable and in nice green surroundings..!! But..I too didn't have to regret.. I could locate a nice farm house accommodation in the village Bhalchhel (2 KMs from Sasangir).. Parmar Farm house..(There is a sign board "Lion's Pow resorts" on the right side of the road..turn right on the kachcha road from there and drive around 750 mtr to find the gate of Parmar farms at your right).. The farm house owner Vallabh bhai(mobile-94269 64219) is a nice person and offered good hospitality..they only offer kathiawadi home-made delicacies prepared from farm fresh vegetables grown at their own farm.. there is mango orchard, wheat farm in this property.. they have ground floor & first floor constructed building for guests with 8 rooms..!! Its not peak season now..so I could get room at first floor with good view of surroundings at Rs 1000 per day..(room at groundfloor offered at Rs 800).. all non a/c rooms only..!!

The first day, I visited Kankeshwari temple in the forest..around 3 hours drive in open gypsy through jungle.. quite rough route..!! Next day morning..went for jungle safari on route 2 in open gypsy again entering at 6 AM sharp when the gates open..could locate only one lioness, many saaber & cheetal deer, neel gaay etc..!! In the afternoon..went for foot safari in the jungle near farm house with Vallabh bhai and enjoyed a beautiful sunset fro hill overlooking the jungle..we were expecting, bt culd not trace in lion during this foot safari too..!! But, overall..it was enjoyeable experience..!! All the best for your trip..!! Yeah.. I could not visit tulsishyam..Pls do post your feedback about this place if you happen to visit it during your trip..!!
Hi,

We are planning to go to sasangir this march. We would be reaching gir in night from ahmeabad and would take the next day early morning safari.
Could u tell me whether any advance booking is required for the jeep safari (like ranthambhore) or can we get a jeep in the morning itself (or night before)
Also are there any designated safari timings or routes (again like ranthambhore) or are we free to enter at any time/route during the day.

Thanks in advance!!
Alan
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Hi Allan..

To the best of my knowledge, there is no such advance booking for the jeep safaris..They allow some fixed number of vehicles on each day for morning safaris and similarly for afternoon safaris (45 vehicles if I remember correctly).. the bookings are on the spot..so if u wish to enter early, u need to show up at the booking window early..although, as u are reaching previous evening..you can fix the jeep on the same day.. the drivers do this favour for booking their vehicle for the safari in advance..favour means standing in the queue and booking..they only need your personal details..name, age etc..I did it that way..charge for jeep is fixed (700 Rs. per trip with driver).. the guide charges are Rs. 50..Morning safari bookings start at around 5 AM..Afternoon 3 PM..but morning safaris with first entry have best chances to spot Lions..!!
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Oh yes.. I forgot to mention..Yes, there are specific routes (8 in total..actually 4 routes with entry/exit points reversed).. You can even enter with your own petrol vehicle taking only guide and paying the jungle entry fees.. 400 Rs jungle permit also are to be paid for jeep safari..When we reached at 10 AM at sasan gir, the permits were still being issued for jeep safaris, probably the quota was 45 vehicles was not uswed till then.. You have to contact at Sinh Sadan, where the booking office is.. you will get jeeps for safari, guides and permits..everything in this same place..!!
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Originally Posted by banjaara View Post Oh yes.. I forgot to mention..Yes, there are specific routes (8 in total..actually 4 routes with entry/exit points reversed).. You can even enter with your own petrol vehicle taking only guide and paying the jungle entry fees.. 400 Rs jungle permit also are to be paid for jeep safari..When we reached at 10 AM at sasan gir, the permits were still being issued for jeep safaris, probably the quota was 45 vehicles was not uswed till then.. You have to contact at Sinh Sadan, where the booking office is.. you will get jeeps for safari, guides and permits..everything in this same place..!!
Thanks a lot banjaara,

One more question...how long is the safari duration on rented jeeps...and if we take our car what is the maximum time allowed inside..and the entry charges in such case are fixed or vary by the hours spent inside

Cheers!
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Safari duration will be approximately 2.1/2 hours ( around 40-45 KMs travel on any route).Entry charges are not on hourly basis. You see, Gir jungle is wide spread and if you visit Tulsishyam, Kankeshwari temple etc, you would be in jungle and can spend hours there.
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Recent Experience in Gir Forest

Hi IMs,

I am planing to visiting Gir NP sometime in last week of January, I have yet not made any accommodation.

I am going to driving my own vehicle from Ahmedabad. I would like to know your Recent Experiences in Gir Forest, what are best routs. I heard about drive way route (not national park route) from Tulsishyam which is off-beat and are good chances of sighting Lions.

What are good and economical options available for accommodation?

Are they allowing any jungle walk?

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Originally Posted by banjaara View Post I could locate a nice farm house accommodation in the village Bhalchhel (2 KMs from Sasangir).. Parmar Farm house..(There is a sign board "Lion's Pow resorts" on the right side of the road..turn right on the kachcha road from there and drive around 750 mtr to find the gate of Parmar farms at your right).. The farm house owner Vallabh bhai(mobile-94269 64219) is a nice person and offered good hospitality.
banjaara, I can't thank you enough for the info about Parmar Farm house. We've stayed there last November, and it was the highlight of our tour! The place is so quiet, green and pleasant, Mr Vallabh and all his family is so nice and hospitable, and food was excellent, one of the best of all my five trips to India! They really made us fees like we're at home! Lots of small nice gestures from hosts - like breakfast at the riverside, walk to the forest, bullock-cart ride, hot tasty parathas they gave us to have a meal on our way to Junagadh, when we leave, and all their hospitality make me want to return to this place again.

In addition to the so sweet accomodiation, morning jungle safari to Gir forest was so fresh and fragrant, and we've seen many birds and animals, and even 2 beautiful lioness and one lion (lioness was so cute - they played with each other like our home cats ). Just love this part of Gujarat, people are nice, the nature is wonderful.
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I could locate a nice farm house accommodation in the village Bhalchhel (2 KMs from Sasangir).. Parmar Farm house..
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Originally Posted by wichy View Post banjaara, I can't thank you enough for the info about Parmar Farm house. We've stayed there last November, and it was the highlight of our tour! The place is so quiet, green and pleasant, Mr Vallabh and all his family is so nice and hospitable, and food was excellent, one of the best of all my five trips to India! They really made us fees like we're at home! Lots of small nice gestures from hosts - like breakfast at the riverside, walk to the forest, bullock-cart ride, hot tasty parathas they gave us to have a meal on our way to Junagadh, when we leave, and all their hospitality make me want to return to this place again.

In addition to the so sweet accomodiation, morning jungle safari to Gir forest was so fresh and fragrant, and we've seen many birds and animals, and even 2 beautiful lioness and one lion (lioness was so cute - they played with each other like our home cats ). Just love this part of Gujarat, people are nice, the nature is wonderful.
@wichy:
Your review of Parmer Guest House seals my decision about the place. I am planning to visit Gir towards the 3rd week of this month and was contemplating whether to stay at this place or Sing Sadan Resort before I move towards Diu.
Can you please share the tariff/ prices you paid for this place.
I am planning to be there with my wife and 2 kids (5 yrs and the other one 10 months old)
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Originally Posted by harjeev View Post Can you please share the tariff/ prices you paid for this place.
I am planning to be there with my wife and 2 kids (5 yrs and the other one 10 months old)
I've paid 3000 for triple with private terrace, including all meals (single was 1500 and double - 2250, rooms on the ground floor without terrace is cheaper). It was high season and I booked in advance, If you'll be there off-season or take a risk and will not book - I think you could bargain quite cheaper.

Wish you a good trip and a nice staying in Parmar Farmhouse. For me it was the highlight of my trip

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