This safari takes you in to the heart of the jungle, amidst lush greenery replete with wild animals and birds. The only place in the world where you can admire Asiatic lions roaming and roaring free in their natural habitat, this safari will become the high point of your trip. Lasting between two and four hours in total, the Gir Safari takes you through the rugged terrain of this enchanting deciduous forest, offering you a rare glimpse of Gujarat’s rich and unique wildlife. The latest census reveals that the Gir National Park is home to over 500 lions, 300 leopards, 40 distinct species of reptiles, amphibians, along with hyenas, Indian foxes and Chowsingha- the world’s only four-horned antelope etc. It would be a memorable trip for wildlife enthusiasts and tourists alike.
The Gir National Park is open from mid October to mid June whereas, the Devaliya Safari Park (Gir Interpretation Zone) is open throughout the year, but is closed on all Wednesdays. We’d advice you to plan your trip accordingly and in advance. The Jungle Safari requires prior permission, which can be acquired online. Guide service, Vehicle service and Camera fee information are available locally at reception centre of Sasan Gir.
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Enter the vibrant world of fisher folk and their traditions. Spend some time in the coastal city of Veraval and have a close look at the life of fishermen eke out a living, the traditional way that their forefathers too did, using small boats and trawlers, many of which have been built locally.
Take a train ride through the heart of the Gir Forest, the only place in the world where the world-famous Asiatic lions live in their natural habitat. Hop off at Kesiyaness, just a few stops from Sasan station, and explore the natural wilderness of Gir.
AND SUNSET POINT
Sasan Gir Sanctuary offers a guided photography route. Trudge along the route with your camera and luck to capture life long memories of the beautiful wilderness of Sasan with your lens. Discover some of the most scenic spots in the Sanctuary and witness the spectacular hues of a vivid sunset over the Gir forest.
Experience the hospitality of a traditional Kathiyawadi wedding and be a part of all their traditional rituals such as Fuleku, Mamera, Haldi and Sangeet. Get a first-hand feel of a Hindu marriage ceremony along with a traditional wedding feast, which would make for great dinner table stories for years to some.
Amble through the village of Sasan, stop and chat with the locals, interact with Maldharis – a pastoral tribe, and Siddhis- a community with African origin. Get an insight into their daily lives and experience their culture as a part of this walk.
Discover the serenity of the deciduous forest of Gir with a bicycle ride in and around Woods at Sasan. Ride through the mango orchard, discover quiet village lanes and cycle along the banks of the Hiran river. A trip of tranquillity that offers insights into life and cosmos.
The picturesque island town of Diu, instilled with Portuguese charm, is located some 95 km from Sasan Gir. It was a famed Portuguese colony from 1539 to 1961, the remains of which can be seen in its churches, temples and other historic buildings. The pristine beaches of Diu and their water sports activities are a huge attraction to visitors.
Mt Girnar, the highest point in Gujarat, is one of the most sacred pilgrimage sites of western India. Travel time from Sasan to Mt Girnar is 2.5 hours. With 866 Hindu & Jain temples spread over 5 Summits, each step up is a spiritual journey in itself. Girnar Parikrama Festival is a significant celebratory attraction.
Famously considered to be one of the twelve Jyotirlinga shrines dedicated to Lord Shiva and counted one amongst the four important pilgrimage destinations of Hindus, Somnath is a place not to be missed. Located just 45 km away from Sasan, the Somnath temple boasts of some really intricate and incredible carvings. Historically and architecturally acclaimed, the temple was built sometime between 320 and 500AD and has been destroyed and rebuilt many times over the centuries. The current structure was built in 1950.
Junagadh is a medieval town with many attractions that will keep you busy for a full day. The city is home to Sakkarbaug Zoo, which is home to predatory cats from around the world. One can also see the 2000 year old Ashokan edict also known as the Junagadh Inscription. Mahabat Maqbara and its intricately crafted minarets are a sight to behold whereas, the Darbar Hall Museum will give you a peak into the history of the region and its rulers.
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