It was a long weekend and as I waited to board my flight to Ahmedabad at the Delhi Airport, I was looking forward to travel to places which had been on my travel bucket list for way too long. But little did I know that it will be my last trip in what could be a long time because of the lockdown.
We took a overnight train from Ahmedabad to Veraval where we boarded our taxi to the famous Gir forest. It is said that the best time to spot lions in Gir Safari is during the morning slot 6:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. because the lions rest in shade during the day and come out to hunt only during cool hours. Unfortunately, we couldn't book the morning slot and we took the afternoon safari which is from 2:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. During the safari, with our breaths held up, we were hoping to spot the king/queen of the jungle. And we did! Not one, not two but 6 lionesses and 1 lion!!!! It costs you around Rs. 2500 for a jeep that accommodates 6 people. Book the jeep only via the government website or you might end up overpaying.
Tip: Carry a scarf, cap and sunglasses with you during the noon safari to fight the heat. Also, don't carry any polythene bag, eatables in your bag because they might ask you to leave it behind. You can rent thermosteel water bottles at the Safari point.
There is also a crocodile breeding ground near the Safari point but it had only 3 crocodiles and I didn't find it worth the hype.
After spending the day in Gir, we had dinner and left for Diu, the formerly sea port for spice trade with beautiful beaches. On the way, we also discovered a Nigerian colony completely adapted in our culture. We reached Diu by 10 p.m. and rested near the beach listening to nothing but the roaring of waves.