The Wild Cat Experience Gir NP

Gir National Park & Wildlife Sanctuary is a 1412 sq km hilly tract of dry deciduous forests, acacia scrub, evergreen and semi-evergreen flora and grasslands, fed by rivers and streams. Among the many water-bodies in the reserve is the Kamleshwar Dam, known for its large crocodile population. Originally protected by the Nawab of Junagadh, after British viceroys brought to his attention the plight of the lion in Asia, the sanctuary is the jewel of Gujarat’s ecological resources.

Gir has about 411 lions and 300 leopards, making it one of the major big-cat concentrations in India. Sambar and spotted deer (chital), blue bull (nilgai), chousingha (the world’s only four-horned antelope), chinkara (Indian gazelle) and wild boar thrive in Gir. Jackal, striped hyena, jungle cat, rusty-spotted cat, langur, porcupine, black-naped Indian hare are among the other mammals of Gir. Gir has a large population of marsh crocodile or mugger, which is among the 40 species of reptiles and amphibians recorded in the sanctuary.

The park checklist has 250 birds and about 50 other species (including the endangered lesser florican and the saras crane) are recorded in the grasslands along the periphery of the sanctuary. Many species like the painted sandgrouse, grey francolin, quails, Asian paradise flycatcher, black-naped monarch, white-browed fantail, Asian brown flycatcher, grey-headed flycatcher, verditer flycatcher, tickell’s blue flycatcher, greenish warbler, white-eye, coppersmith barbet, common and marshal’s iora, rufous treepie, yellow-footed green pigeon have been spotted around the sanctuary. Long-billed vulture, Indian white-backed vulture, red-headed (king) vulture, Eurasian griffon vulture, changeable hawk-eagle, crested serpent eagle, bonneli’s eagle, greater spotted eagle, lesser spotted eagle, tawny eagle, steppe eagle, imperial eagle, Pallas’s fish eagle, grey-headed fish eagle, osprey, peregrine falcon, laggar falcon, red-headed falcon, oriental honey-buzzard, white-eyed buzzard and other raptors have been seen in the sanctuary. Gir also has brown fish owl, Eurasian eagle owl, spotted owlet. Gir also has about 2000 species of invertebrate and the trails around the sanctuary can be good for butterfly-spotting.

Batch 1: 20th Oct – 23rd Oct 2018

Batch 2: 22nd Nov – 25th Nov 2018

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  • 2N/3D Economy Accommodation @ Gir Forest
  • 1N/2D Economy Local Farm Stay Accommodation (Twin Share)
  • 5 Forest Jeep Safaris with Driver/Guide + Naturalist
  • Local Cuisine Meals (As specified in the itinerary)
  • Private Group Tour Leader & Location Expert
  • Day 1 Travel time: 4 Hours, Meals covered: Evening Tea/Snacks, Dinner, O/n Gir Forest

    Meet & greet @ Rajkot airport, road transfers to Gir forest. Enjoy the local cuisines en route, check in hotel/resort, proceed for afternoon safari, Evening tea with Tour Leader, return to resort, Dinner and retire for the night.

  • Day 2 Meals covered: Breakfast, Lunch, Evening Tea, Dinner, O/n Gir Forest

    Wake up, Morning Safari, Breakfast, Local Sightseeing (Local Museum, Crocodile Park) & then proceed for an Afternoon Safari, Evening Tea with Tour Leader, proceed towards resort, Dinner and retire for the night.

  • Day 3 Meals covered: Breakfast, Lunch, Evening Tea, Dinner, O/n Gir Forest

    Wake up, Morning Safari, Breakfast, Check out and proceed for a local Farm & forest Experience. Lunch enroute, Evening Tea and then proceed for a forest Safari with Tour Leader, proceed towards Stay, Dinner, bonfire and retire for the night.

  • Day 4 Travel time: 4 Hours, Meals covered: Breakfast

    Wake up, Breakfast, Check out and proceed towards Rajkot. Enjoy sights & local cuisines en route. Arrive in Rajkot & drop to airport/Rail Station, Bid Goodbye to your Tour leader, Trip ends with countless memories.

  • 2N/3D Economy Accommodation @ Gir Forest
  • 1N/2D Economy Local Farm Stay Accommodation (Twin Share)
  • 5 Forest Jeep Safaris with Driver/Guide + Naturalist
  • Local Cuisine Meals (As specified in the itinerary)
  • Return transfers From Rajkot (Local transport)
  • Private Group Tour Leader & Location Expert
  • Alcoholic Beverages & Meals unless specified
  • Travel to Rajkot from Home destination (Trains/Flights)
  • Hotel, Driver, Guide Tips and Luxury Taxes
  • Any other item which is not included in the tour inclusions.
  • Full pants/Jeans/Tracks along with Full Sleeve Tees (at least 3-4 pairs)
  • Socks, Sport/Trekking Shoes as per your convenience
  • Camera Gear (Cameras, Tripods, Lenses etc) with full Rain Cover protection.
  • Any medication, insect repellant sprays or tubes that may be required as directed by your physician
  • Any basic food items like biscuits or wafers if required, Pouches for Mobile phones or Wallets or Any other personal requirements which may not have been covered.
  • Rs. 15000 + 5% GST per head
  • The iTravel Group is a branded trademark owned by M/s RAV Travels LLP and all payments will be in favour of the same. We do not have any affiliated agents and M/s RAV Travels LLP will not be responsible for any incorrect payments. 
  • Animal sightseeing is purely based on luck and we do not guarantee the same. However our trackers and guides will try their level best to show you around as much as possible.
  • iTravel Forests is focused on sustainable and Eco tourism and focuses on the entire experience around the Gir Forest which not only hosts the Royal Asiatic Lions but is also home to many other species of Wildlife.
  • The iTravel Tour Leaders are trained on animal behaviours and for the locations, but part of our CSR initiatives we also do interact with the locals to provide a secondary source of income for them. Hence do expect to interact with the local communities during the course of the experience.
  • The farm stay experience is especially curated for the group. The stay will be basic though comfortable and a great experience to live life on the edge. Kindly set your expectations accordingly.
  • All resort rules apply.
  • Any additional locations that need to be covered will be charged extra.
  • Trip photographs are truly for memories and will not be charged extra. These images are purely for publicity and marketing purposes across our social network pages.
  • Resort will be finalised based on availability.
  • 50% Advance payments will be needed to confirm the trip and the balance to be cleared 24-48 hours before departure. Payments to be done in favour of RAV Travels LLP.
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