Gujarat Tour Itinerary(Ahmedabad - Somnath - Gir - Diu - Ahmedabad)

#1 May 12th, 2014, 12:19
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My itinerary is as follows :

10/15/2014 - Reach Ahmedabad from Kolkata

10/16/2014 - City Tours and depart for Veraval by Somnath Express at 10:00 PM

10/17/2014 - Reach Veraval - Visit Somnath Temple (evening arati - light and sound show)- Night Stay at Veraval

10/18/2014 - Veraval -GIR Sassan - Veraval . Both Morning and Evening Safari .

10/19/2014 - Veraval-DIU Tour- Return to Veraval station to catch train(Somnath Express)for Ahmedabad

10/20/2014 - Stay in Ahmedabad

10/21/2014 Return to Kolkata

Question
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1. Is it possible to complete DIU tour and Catch Train from Veraval to Ahmedabad . The Somnath express time for departure in veraval is 7:35PM.

2. Will GIR forest be open for Tourist on October 18th . I want to do Morning and evening safari . Is it required to do both safari . Or morning safari is sufficient. If 1 safari tour is sufficient what other tour can I take for that day.

3. How are somnath Trust hotels.

4. Can anyone please give me an idea what to see in somnath.

5. Do I need to make any modification to my itinerary
#2 Jun 17th, 2014, 19:16
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Hi,

1) Veraval to Diu is almost 2 hours drive one way. So it depends on how early you are staring and how you transport. Using public transportation, it would really difficult to cover all places in Diu and get back to Veraval by 6:30, atleast need to keep 1 hour margin and reach that early to railway station.
Placces to see in Diu are Diu fort, Naida Caves, Water sport activities on Nagoa/Ghoghla beach and beach itself, Gangeshwar temple, St Paul's Church and few more things. If you have limited time I will suggest to go to Diu fort, Nagoa/Ghoghla beach and Naida caves atleast. This places will take 6-8 hours based on your interest. But it seems very difficult from my point of view to start from veraval in morning and reach veraval back by 7 in evening covering everything in Diu.

2) Gir would be open on october 18. Safaris would start from 15th or 16th october onwards. You can use this web-site for online safari bookings : http://girlion.in/
I suggest to book safaris in advance, as just after opening it gets good rush.

As it is said, it is impossible to say how many safaris are sufficient. It is wildlife, and there are no guarantees of sighting. There is also one more place called Devaliya park in Sasan, which is large fenced area where you can do safari in forest dept bus, and sighting of lions is almost guaranteed. I think that can also be booked online on the same web-site.

3) There are lots of Hotels in Somnath and as I have heard, somnath trust hotels are good, but I have never stayed there.

4) as you have mentioned somnath temple, light and sound show. There are lots of different temples in Somnath, you can inquire once you are there.

5) From Sasan gir, why do you want to go back to Veraval. Go to Diu directly and do over-night stay @ Diu. Then you can roam around Diu smoothly and also you will get enough time in Diu.

I suggest to go to the banks of Sabarmati river in Ahmadabad and look at the River front project progress. It is a vision of Mr. Narendra Modi and now pretty good chunk of project is finished and work is already in progress at good pace.

Good luck with your trip and have a great time ahead.
#3 Jun 18th, 2014, 22:24
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