Gir - December 2011 trip review

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#61 Mar 9th, 2012, 16:49
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it was a pleasure going through your post, thank you.
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Thanks Anar
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Roxy, fantastic trip report and pics! It provides very good logistic info for people who would like to go there.

FI, I (a foreigner) plan to go to Gir, early in Dec 2012 (3rd to 7th), more or less the same period as yours. I note from your report that early Dec is not a peak period. Can I just go there without any bookings (e.g. hotel, permit, jeep+driver) at all?
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jkccheng, if you go back to the start of Roxy's report, you will read that a guide claimed at least 50% of tourists leave without seeing any lions.

When we visited in Feb'12, we saw 31 lions. They were a mix of male, female, and loads of cubs. We also saw 3 leopards

Here is some food for thought, Roxy do you recognise anyone in this movie

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pXvyaoQu8Go&feature=plcp
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hi Roxy/FUGLY,
I have a plan to visit Gir during 27-28th Oct.Should I choose Morning safari or afternoon safari...?Which is the most probabal time to see Lions.I heard there are total 8 separate routes for jungle safari...again which route shall I choose...?If there is any provision for advance booking of safari tickets...?

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@FUGLY #64,

Many thanks; your video is fasinating. Wow! 31 lions in Feb 2012, incredible! What a lucky guy!

I've been to quite of number of game drives not only in India but also elsewhere. I can't agree with you more - a good driver/guide is the key to the success or otherwise or any game drive, luck setting aside.

BTW, how many safaris did you do in Feb 2012?
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@tarakm #65,

Roxy's mentioned earlier about the advance booking system, ie, faxing Sinh Sadan; but I've been unable to find the faxed number concerned. There's also a photo showing the status of current permit booking. There appear to be 3 safaris per day.
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I would'nt bother with the mid time safari. Stick to early am, and pm safaris. Lions are prone to sleeping, so are most active either early or later in the day.

I believe we did 5 or 6 safaris in Gir, all early am & pm.
Tigersincorbett made all our arrangements, and we were totally satified with everything, especially the location of our hotel (Gir birding lodge) and our guides, and that is soooo important. We went on from Sasan Gir to Pench, Kanha, Bandhavgarh, Rajaji, and then Corbett. Tigersincorbett made all of our arrangements as usual, for all parks. The service was superb, and seamless, except for one guide in Bandhavgarh, who was a very last minute replacement for another who fell sick. Our tally for the entire trip was 31 Lions, 16 tigers, 3 leopards, 1 sloth bear, and loads of elephants. Obviously we saw a lot more wildlife, but those mentioned are the head turners, that stop you in your tracks, Indias big 5 if you like.
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Originally Posted by jkccheng View Post Roxy, fantastic trip report and pics! It provides very good logistic info for people who would like to go there.

FI, I (a foreigner) plan to go to Gir, early in Dec 2012 (3rd to 7th), more or less the same period as yours. I note from your report that early Dec is not a peak period. Can I just go there without any bookings (e.g. hotel, permit, jeep+driver) at all?
Thanks jkccheng. Yes. December is not the peak season, so getting a hotel should be quite easy and you can book the safari the same day, only for the morning safari (which i loved the lost) you need to queue up at 5:00 AM at Sinh Sada
. If you are looking for an economic boarding, you could stay at The Rainbow Guest house where we stayed. Its clean and the owners are quite helpful. Contact details are here:

Hotel Rainbow
At Sasan (Gir) ,Talala Road
Dist : Junagadh (Gujarat)
Contact Details : +91 2877 285799/222304
Mobile No : +91 99790 65107
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Originally Posted by FUGLY View Post jkccheng, if you go back to the start of Roxy's report, you will read that a guide claimed at least 50% of tourists leave without seeing any lions.

When we visited in Feb'12, we saw 31 lions. They were a mix of male, female, and loads of cubs. We also saw 3 leopards

Here is some food for thought, Roxy do you recognise anyone in this movie

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pXvyaoQu8Go&feature=plcp
Your guide is everything
Wow....amazing Videos FUGLY!!! Haha...i think I could recognise one or two of them You sure had SOME guide! How many safaris did you do?

It was actually the driver who ferried us from Junagadh Station to Gir who made the remark about 50% of the people being disappointed and not the guide.
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Originally Posted by tarakm View Post hi Roxy/FUGLY,
I have a plan to visit Gir during 27-28th Oct.Should I choose Morning safari or afternoon safari...?Which is the most probabal time to see Lions.I heard there are total 8 separate routes for jungle safari...again which route shall I choose...?If there is any provision for advance booking of safari tickets...?

tarak
@ tarakm: According to the guides and my experience, lions are most active in the morning. They snooze during the afternoons and wake up again in the evenings, so the morning and the evening safari should be good. However, FUGLY should be able to guide you better...he's seen 31 lions!!!!

You may not get to choose the routes, because only a certain number of vehicles are permitted on a particular route, so as to not disturb the animals. You may however request the officials at the booking window and they may allow you to pick one. The guides and drivers know the best routes since they see the animals everyday and lions being territorial do not change their location frequently. Yes, you can book the tickets by calling at Sinh Sadan at: Phone/Fax: +91 02877-285540. We didn't know about advance booking though and booked the safari the day we reached there. So I don't know the details.
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Originally Posted by jkccheng View Post @tarakm #65,

Roxy's mentioned earlier about the advance booking system, ie, faxing Sinh Sadan; but I've been unable to find the faxed number concerned. There's also a photo showing the status of current permit booking. There appear to be 3 safaris per day.
@ jkccheng: Yes. There are three safaris per day. The contact number for Sinh Sadan is Phone/Fax: 02877-285540
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beautiful pics n travelogue....had a great experience....
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@Roxy #69,

Yes, I'm looking for inexpensive accommodation as I'm travelling alone by myself. However, FUGLY has rightly pointed out at the end of #64, viz, "Your guide is everything"; hence, more importantly, I need a reasonably good guide/driver. Do you have any recommendation, please?

BTW, how far away is Rainbow Guest House from Sinh Sadan where one has to queue up for the permits? I note that some hotels or guest houses (e.g. Hotel Annapurna) apply for permits for their clients at the same cost as Sinh Sadan. I don't have a car whilst at Gir. Like you, I will arrive from Junagadh on Dec 2 by bus/shared taxi.

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@shriapal : Thank you

@jkcheng: Rainbow Guest House is about 15-20 mins drive from Sinh Sadan. They can arrange pick up and drops for you from Sinh Sadan. I do not know if they do permits though, so maybe for convenience sake, you may want to pick some other hotels who do that. FUGLY would be able to help you with the guide better. We just went with whoever was assigned, it being our first trip there.
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