India wildlife holiday, with the chance to see Asiatic lions in Sasan Gir, Gujurat
7 days from £1650* 3 reviews
The primary objective of this trip was to see Asian lions and Tigers in their natural environment and that was delivered perfectly. Clearly the objective to see the lions forced the inclusion of the Gir Forest reserve but the choice of Kanha and Bandhavgarh to provide the opportunity to see tigers was yours. For me, looking back now, that was an inspired choice for I got to see and spend time in three very different forests and I have treasured memories of each to keep me warm on cold English nights.
The Gir Birding Lodge: We were allocated one of the newer “chalets” overlooking the mango plantation which was fine, all the staff were friendly and courteous to a fault and the food they served up was terrific and varied. As the state is “dry” there is no bar or “common room” to relax in after dinner so the only option was to go back to the room, and as we got to know the in-house naturalist a little better he walked us around the neighbourhood and the fringes of the forest in between game drives which provided a welcome diversion. It is ideally situated for access to the forest though, as the lodge grounds sit alongside one of the forest boundary walls. The night hours were always exciting with lion and leopard calls common place out in the darkness. I would certainly stay there again, though I might pack some “amusement” in my rucksack for the “in-between” hours.
The game viewing was good and I did get some excellent sight of lion which after all was what I came for.
Having spent a week in Gujarat with no alcohol (not available except by permit for tourists at a limited number of outlets) I started dreaming of glasses of cold Kingfisher!
I went to India to see Tiger, Leopard and Asiatic Lion not really expecting to see them all but I did. Not only did I see them but I also had very good views as well. Thank you very much the whole thing worked very well for me.
When I have sorted my photos (over 600 of them) I will send a few samples.
It could feel a bit long, 6 nights in Ranthambore, but considering that we saw our 7 tigers in our first 4 safaris, and during our last 9 safaris didn't see any at all ...In Gir we saw 1 leopard and 18 lions, 8 of which I saw during the last 2 safaris. 3 tigers in Dhikala, so couldn't have been shorter, or better.
A bit of advice? Don't try to include too much and cover too long distances.
Wildlife (tigers, leopard, lions and Corbett); Agra Red Fort and Taj Mahal; Amber Fort position; Rikshaw tour of the Pink City; Mehrangarh Fort; Jain temples in Ranakpur; Kumbhalgar Fort; Udaipur; Mumbai; Calico Museum.
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* Based on 2 persons and not including flights