GIR BIRDING LODGE
A Wildlife Lodge with natural history in its heart, Gir Birding Lodge redefines the idea wildlife-based tourism in Gujarat. It is also a spiritual retreat for Meditators & Yoga practitioners. Situated in Gir, which has the only surviving population of Asiatic Lions in the wild, Gir Birding Lodge is adjacent the Lion Reserve.
Accommodation
We have 6 cottages and 14 rooms. The rooms are on ground floor and first floor. You can enjoy all the advantages and excitement staying in the forest, along with all the modern amenities & comforts. Every unit is air-conditioned and has a generous living space inside, with large windows and a modern en suite bathroom. The wide verandas are an oasis where you can unwind and enjoy the sights and sounds of the forest. The verandahs offer panoramic views of the orchard and are ideal for birdwatchers.
SAFARI SHOP
The in house safari shop has a selection of craft from across India, wildlife art and photographs are also on sale, for those with a deep interest in art we can organize a private sitting with artists & artisans from the area.
KITCHEN & DINING
Surrounded by mango trees, this setting a unique dining experience. We serve Indian meals which are largely buffet style but we also cater for a la carte orders if told in advance. Catering to most palates, we try to offer a variety of homemade vegetarian and non-vegetarian dishes in our buffets. Nutritionally balanced wholesome meals, fresh fruit juices and smoothies will help our guests detox their mind, body and soul. Guests may choose to have a packed safari picnic. Meals may also be served in the orchard. A favorite dinner spot is our orchard - a special place for a tranquil dinner and stargazing. We encourage our guests to get an impromptu cooking lesson or exchange recipes with our cooks.
Excursions
Jeep Safaris: Drives to explore parts of the reserve that are often remote and tucked away in magic corners of the park, our experienced naturalist will introduce you to the rich bio diversity of the park. From the majestic Lion to the shy funnel web spiders, you will be rewarded with an insight into fine details of the natural world. We plan our Safaris keeping in mind interests of the guests and balance that with an opportunity to visit different Zones of the Reserve. Designed for uninterrupted viewing, the 4x4 jeeps effortlessly maneuver through the grasslands, dirt tracks and hilly terrain as our expert naturalist points out the various species of birds and animals. Through their local network and experience, our trained local guides are usually very well informed, thereby increasing the chances of sightings of rare species.

Village Visit: Experience life in the village. Get an insight into the problems they face with regards to - man animal conflict. Meet the Maldharis and Siddhi tribals. Dine at a local village home. Experiencing a day in the life of a village women doing their everyday chores or attend a reforestation project.

Birding & Picnics: Gir forest and its surrounding areas are well represented in terms of rich avifauna. It has a variety of habitats-woodlands, grasslands, high hills, cliffs and ponds, catering to the needs of different bird species both resident and migratory. Around 350 avifaunal species are found here. This includes birds of prey, vultures, grebes, cormorants, ducks, kingfishers, herons, egrets, storks, hornbills, barbets, woodpeckers, flycatchers and many others. Sarus cranes visit the reserve for breeding during monsoon and may be seen up to November.

• We organize a special birding picnic with our birding guides. Watch bird species as you enjoy a lovely picnic hamper arranged by us.

Dinner Experiences – After the village visit, return to the lodge for refreshments. For your evening dinner you can chose from any of the following options

• Private dinner at the house of a local villager.
• Private dinner in the open grasslands.

Weather

Gujarat has extreme climactic fluctuations. Winter months of December, January and February, morning game drives and late evenings are lightly cold. The sun is warm, days are crisp, warm and sunny. As we move into April summer is beginning to set in and the shade is welcome. As water holes dry up by April, wildlife is concentrated in smaller areas of the park and Lion sighting gets better but with that the heat is extreme, afternoon temperatures can touch 46°C. The jungle is looking beautiful after the monsoons, green flushes of new leaf on the bamboo and thick undercover, misty mornings and crisp sunlight make the forest breathtakingly beautiful.

Clothing

There is no official dress code however, when out game viewing, we suggest muted clothing and colors that would blend with nature. October to mid-November: Light fleece and a sweater or shawl November to end February: Warm Fleece, warm sweater, a light jacket, are a must, gloves and a warm cap are always welcome comforters. March to May: Shorts or light trousers and ideally cotton-clothing.

Getting There :

Flights are available to Rajkot, Bhavnagar & Diu from Mumbai. Ahmedabad is a major hub connected with important cities of India. It is also an International Airport.

Travel Time

• Rajkot – Gir National Park: 3½ hour drive
• Bhavnagar – Gir National Park: 5 hour drive
• Diu – Gir National Park: 3 hour drive
• Ahmedabad – Gir National Park: 7 hour drive
• Train Connectivity (www.indianrail.gov.in) (Ahmedabad, Rajkot, Junagadh are well connected with Delhi & Mumbai bound trains)
• Travel time from Junagadh - Gir National Park: 1½ hour drive Transport can be arranged at an additional cost

By Rail - You can check fare and book class 2A (air-conditioned) or SL on www.indianrail.gov.in . If you would like us to book your tickets, we would do it for you for a nominal service charge in addition to the cost of the ticket.

Resort Address :

Gir Birding Lodge
Sasan
District Junagadh
Gujarat – 362135

For Reservations Contact

Tel/Fax- +91-11-22720677 / 76 / 75, 011-47603625

Email - sales@mountaintrail.com, mountaintrailholidays@gmail.com

website - www.mountaintrail.com

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