Woods at Sasan: A Lion Safari, A Village Wedding And Much More Makes This The Ideal Family Vacation

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Aavo Padharo, the words of welcome in Gujarati echo the warmth and hospitality that is a quintessential trait of the state and its people. Temples, coastal towns, historic ruins, dinosaur fossils and wild animals make Gujarat a perfect family vacation destination.

Gujarat is also the abode of the king of the jungle! It is the only state in India where you can find the Asiatic lion. The roar of the distant lion, the sweet sounds of birds hidden in the forest canopy and the lazy crocodiles floating in the marshy waters make for an exciting experience. Taking a safari through this jungle is a guaranteed thrill, even without the added excitement of spotting a lion.

Woods at Sasan is a luxurious resort located on the edge of the Gir Forest. The beautiful property aims at presenting a tailor-made experience for wildlife lovers, starting from accommodation and food to the activities offered. Inspired by the soul of Gujarat, this resort ensures that your stay is not just comfortable, but memorable.

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Ideal for

This resort is perfect for families looking for a fun, but relaxing experience. The number of activities offered by the resort will keep you busy, and you can come back to the plush retreat to be pampered later.

About Woods at Sasan

Located on the edge of the Gir Forest, in an eight-acre mango orchard, this eco-friendly resort runs on the belief that the best kind of host is one who learns with their heart, not from books. Recognising the importance of working closely with the local community, Woods at Sasan has built the entire resort teaming up with local artisans and sourcing hand-made designs made with local and sustainable materials.

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Intimate yet humble, Woods at Sasan ensures that your stay with them is a wholesome experience. Built from reclaimed wood, sourced from a dockyard nearby, the stylish studios, boutique pavilions and exclusive villas have all been hand-crafted using minimalistic design and attention to detail where it matters. It is evident in the humble greetings of the staff, who are not trained in hospitality from an institute, but are instead people from local communities surrounding the resort, that being warm and welcoming is simply who they are.

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The entire place thrums with the simple concept of reviving local art and relishing tradition while doing so. Whether it's the cook at Swadeshi, the local Gujarati restaurant, or Mukeshbhai, a woodblock maker, or Nathabhai, a master potter, everyone around the property is from the area, an expert in their fields and your personal guide to understanding the cultural diversity of the region.

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There are three distinct types of accommodations provided here – the Woods Studio, the Woods Pavilion and the Woods Villa.

The Woods Studio

Sustainably-crafted and especially designed to ensure that you connect with nature without any barriers the woods studio has rough stone walls, a lightweight roof and terrace deck. Spread across the green bamboo and wild grass of the resort, the compact design gives you the option of either connecting with nature or enjoying intimacy in the private space.

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Photo of Woods at Sasan: A Lion Safari, A Village Wedding And Much More Makes This The Ideal Family Vacation by Aakanksha Magan

The Woods Pavilion

Nestled in the mango trees of the farm, these villas are truly unique as they help you re-connect with nature without you putting in any effort. The glass exteriors provide excellent views of the surrounding yellow bamboo plants and lemongrass bushes while the open-to-sky rain shower makes you feel like you are having a shower in the wild open! The adjoining private garden gives you a chance of relaxing in the shade of mango trees, relishing the intimacy of your spacious cocoon.

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Photo of Woods at Sasan: A Lion Safari, A Village Wedding And Much More Makes This The Ideal Family Vacation by Aakanksha Magan

The Woods Villa

The Woods Villa redefines what a luxurious stay is. Imagine your kids splashing around in the private pool under a dusky sky while you lounge by the pool with some delicious drinks and appetisers, served hot and fresh by your personal butler, as your partner enjoys a relaxing massage in the spacious room. This and much more is at your disposal while you stay at the villa. Three bedrooms, a large private garden with a very traditional swing, private pool, grand living room, private indoor and outdoor dining space, rain-showers, bathtub with skylight and a personal bar are some of the modern amenities you need for a rejuvenating stay at the villa.

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Photo of Woods at Sasan: A Lion Safari, A Village Wedding And Much More Makes This The Ideal Family Vacation by Aakanksha Magan

Food

Woods at Sasan has two restaurants – Swadesh and Terracota. Swadesh offers cuisine that is a flawless combination of the rich cultural heritage of Gujarat and modern culinary technique and art. It presents food that aims to create a unique dining experience transcending conventional borders. The raw material is sourced mostly from the farms nearby, the table cloth on each table is made from unique woodblocks created especially for Woods at Sasan and even the cooks in the restaurant are mostly experts of Gujarati cuisine who have been living in the surrounding area for ages.

Terracotta, on the other hand, is a multi-cuisine restaurant that offers à la carte and buffet meals. This restaurant gets its name from the decor that is spruced with terracotta pots, lanterns and even wall planters.

Cost

The cost of all rooms includes three meals – breakfast, lunch and dinner.

Woods Studio: Rs. 11,800 for two

Woods Pavilion: Rs. 12,600 for two

Wood Villa: Rs. 15,000

Best time to go

The best time to visit Gir is between November and April. However, the best time to stay in this resort is all year round as it is situated under the shades of mango trees and bamboo.

What to do here and around the property

Som Spa

Restore your vital energy and rejuvenate your soul amidst lush natural surroundings and allowing the healing power of nature help you reconnect with your true essence at Som Spa. The in-house spa here is a unique experience with rooms that are made of glass to accentuate the presence of wilderness even in the most private of spaces. There are a variety of treatments and experiences to choose from, along with an outdoor yoga pavilion and gym.

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Gir Safari

Gir Safari is a memorable journey through the Gir Forest, where you can admire Asiatic lions roaming about in their natural habitat. A safari usually takes about two to four hours and takes you through rugged terrains of the enchanting deciduous forests, and gives you a chance to glimpse the rarely explored wildlife of Gujarat.

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Photo of Woods at Sasan: A Lion Safari, A Village Wedding And Much More Makes This The Ideal Family Vacation by Aakanksha Magan

Photography route and sunset point

The captivating beauty of Sasan offers great opportunities to every photographer. The spectacular hues of vivid sunsets over the expansive Gir Forests will make you want to click pictures endlessly.

Veraval fish market

Renowned for its fisheries and bustling industrialisation, Veraval is home to the Kharwa fisher-folk. Here, you can see the locals relying on traditional methods to catch fish and earn a living. They still use small boats, trawlers and locally-made nets.

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Local wedding

Weddings are special, no matter where in the world you attend them. They are a joyous occasion and the chance of attending one is something you can't miss. And that is exactly what a stay at Woods at Sasan offers. Enjoy a traditional Kathiyawadi wedding and discover customary dances, local cuisine and music, as well as traditional rituals such as Fuleku, Mamera, Haldi and Sangeet.

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Visit the Somnath Temple

Referred to as the ‘Eternal Shrine’, one of the holy Jyotirlingas, this Lord Shiva temple was built sometime between 320 AD - 500 AD. However, it was raided and looted innumerable times and by the time India got its independence, this temple had lost its original glory. What it still retained was the faith of the devotees and pilgrims. The temple was rebuilt and today stands as one of the most visited Shiva temples in the world.

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Visit a Portugese colony

The quaint island town of Diu, imbued with Portuguese charm, is located some 95km from Sasan Gir. A Portuguese colony from 1539 to 1961, its churches, temples and other historic buildings display vernacular architecture which tells the tale of its colonial past. Discover the serenity of its natural beaches and the relaxed atmosphere for which it is famous across India.

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Getting there

The international airport nearest to the Woods at Sasan is Ahmedabad.

By Air: All major cities in India have flights to Ahmedabad. A round-trip air ticket from Delhi to Ahmedabad starts at Rs. 5,800.

By Rail: The nearest railway station is situated in the town of Veraval. This railway station is located along the main line which connects it with the major cities. It is one of the ideal ways to reach the national park.

By Road: You can drive down from Ahmedabad as well. It is around 400km and will take you approximately eight hours to reach. The best route to take is via NH147 and NH47.

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