The only area in Asia where Asiatic Lion occurs. It was at some time private hunting area of Nawab of Junagadh. After the British Viceroy’s put light on the declining number of lions, the sanctuary was established. The tickets should be booked online which gives you e-permit, the vehicle and guide are assigned once you reach Sinh Sadan and charges have to be paid there.
**For safari google Sinh Sadan, google map shows two Gir National Park, we went to the wrong one but any how made it to Sinh Sadan on time.
We got Gate no. 2, there is maximum probability of lions seeing but as we penetrated into Jungle we saw only few deers and pigeons. The safari is run in the buffer area not like other sanctuary where they operate at core area. The lions at Gir have gps chip but no efforts were made to co-ordinate so the visitors can have sight of lion. Its on your luck if the lion comes out to buffer area, you may see it. Have been to many safaris but this was the most un-organised, I felt like the jungle back at my home was better than coming all way far to see hardly any animals.
The thing that made so forget out dis-appointment was the yummy aloo ka paratha, just outside on the gate of Sinh Sadan with adrak ke chai. The food keeps the spirit high in Gujarat, no disappointment at all.
We returned to Somanth, its only an hour journey from Sasan Gir, and went direct to Somnath beach, then to bhalka teerth and temple where arrow strung Lord Krishna. It was a tiring day, we returned to hotel ordered our food at room and took a nap before going back to Somnath darshan. The beauty of temple drags you, we also saw pictures gallery of ruined temple.
Phase II of Gujarat is done, now we head to beach vacation to Diu.
Somnath and Dwarka: Lords Inn- Good service and food, every near to temple. The rooms in Somnath are huge and has pool and garden attached.
Travel: Booked the cab via car on rentals, our driver was the local guy and took us to all the places of interest. You can contact him directly to get better quote than the site Dharmesh 9825474444
Food: Aloo paratha at sinh sadan was delicious