Asiatic Lion Safari

Asiatic Lion Safari is an amazing opportunity to spot the last of the Asiatic lions in the forest of Gir. The Asiatic lions’ territory once stretched from Turkey all the way to Central India. Now, only 600 of these magnificent beasts survive in the forests of Western Gujarat in India.


January 12, 2019
January 11, 2020
Gujarat, India
Group Size:
12
Duration:
9 Days
US $3,800 p.p. / £2,835 p.p.

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Asiatic Lion Safari

The forest of Gir is the last remaining home of the Asiatic lions. Once ruling the terrain from Turkey to Central India, these magnificent beasts were driven to the verge of extinction by hunters. Now, the small population in Gir is recovering with some phenomenal conservation work. Come witness these magnificent lions in their natural habitat.

Compared to the African lion, the Asiatic lion has a larger tail tuft and smaller manes. The most striking morphological character of the Asiatic lion is a longitudinal fold of skin running along its belly. Asiatic lions live in prides. Mean pride size, measured by the number of adult females, tends to be smaller than for those in Africa lions, apart perhaps from those in Western and Central Africa. Most Gir prides contain just two adult females, with the largest having five. Coalitions of males defend home ranges containing one or more groups of females; but, unlike African lions, Gir males generally associate with their pride females only when mating or on a large kill. A lesser degree of sociability in the Gir lions may be a function of the smaller prey available to them: the most commonly taken species (45% of known kills), the Chital or spotted deer, weighs only around 50 kg (110 lb).

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Voygr’s Expert Guides

Behzad J. Larry
Behzad is a professional photographer and an expert on India and Central Asia. Over the past decade, he has traveled the length and breadth of India and his photographs are featured in prominent travel magazines on the subcontinent. Behzad has traveled to Gir several times and on this tour he will teach you tricks that will get you better at taking wildlife photos and act as your expedition leader. View his website here.

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Wildlife in the Park

The Gir forest and surrounding landscapes are home to sympatric carnivores of the Asiatic lion, including the Indian leopard, striped hyena, jungle cat, Asiatic wildcat and rusty-spotted cat. The golden jackal scavenges on carcasses of large herbivores and preys on chital fawn and Indian hares.

Besides these carnivores, the park is home to chital (spotted deer), sambhar, wild boar, langur, nilgai, chowsingha (four horned antelope), and chinkara (black bucks). There are also over 250 species of birds including the painted sandgrouse, paradise flycatcher, black-naped monarch, Eurasian thick-knee, long-billed vulture, red-headed vulture, and several birds of prey such as Bonnelli’s eagle, steppe eagle, osprey, peregrine falcon, laggar falcon, and the white-eyed buzzard. Marsh crocodiles, monitor lizards, pythons, cobras, and a variety of other reptiles are also seen.

The historical lion range used to encompass the Asiatic cheetah, tiger, Indian wolf, and brown and sloth bears. In the Trans-Caucasus, they preyed on Asiatic wild ass.

Quick Itinerary

 

Day 1.  Arrive in Delhi, India Free day. Overnight in Delhi. Stay at the Imperial Hotel, one of Asia’s finest heritage hotels. (B)
Day 2. Explore Delhi Explore Delhi and get a tour of the old city, the Red Fort, the Jama Masjid, and the Qutb Minar. (B)
Day 3.  Fly to Rajkot Land in Rajkot and Transfer to the Taj Gateway Hotel with stops enroute to visit Junagadh.  (B + D)
Day 4. Gir Here’s where the fun begins! Morning and afternoon private safaris in Gir National Park. (B, L, D)
Day 5. Gir Morning and afternoon private safaris in Gir National Park. (B, L, D)
Day 6. Gir Morning and afternoon private safaris in Gir National Park. (B, L, D)
Day 7. Mumbai Drive to Rajkot and then fly to Mumbai. Stay at the heritage Taj Mahal Hotel.(B)
Day 8. Mumbai Sightseeing tour of Mumbai. Visit the Victoria Terminus, and the old Art Deco part of Colonial Mumbai. (B)
Day 9. Depart Fly out to your home (B).

B = Breakfast. L = Lunch. D = Dinner.

What’s Included in the Tour

  • Behzad J. Larry, photographer, adventurer, and historian, as your expedition leader.
  • Accommodation in the 5 Star world-famous Imperial hotel in Delhi, with breakfast, on twin-sharing. (Single extra.)
  • Accommodation in the Taj Gateway in Gir with breakfast, lunch & dinner, on twin-sharing. (Single extra.)
  • Accommodation at the historic Taj Mahal hotel in Mumbai with breakfast, on twin-sharing.
  • All road journeys via Toyota Innovas or Tempos.
  • Domestic round-trip flights between Delhi, Rajkot, and Mumbai.
  • Pre-trip advice and briefing

What’s NOT Included

  • International flights
  • Visa for India
  • Travel insurance
  • Personal expenses such as alcoholic drinks, beverages, gifts, calls, laundry, hot showers, snacks, battery charging etc.
  • Gratuities

Single accommodations starts at $880 extra per person depending on hotels.

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Itinerary

Full Itinerary

Asiatic Lion Safari

Asiatic Lion Safari Day 1
Arrive in Delhi
We’ll pick you up at the airport and drive you to your home for the day, Delhi’s famous Imperial Hotel. The Imperial, opened in 1936, is one of the world’s iconic hotels and is steeped in history. It’s architecture is a blend of Victorian, old-Colonial, and Art Deco styles. Relax and enjoy your day in Delhi. Breakfast included. Overnight at the Imperial Hotel.

Asiatic Lion Safari Day 2
Delhi
Explore the stunning Humayun’s Tomb, one of the finest examples of Mughal architecture in India, followed by a tour of the old city of Delhi and the Jama Masjid mosque. Pause for lunch at Cafe Lota at the National Crafts Museum before heading off to explore the 12th century ruins at the Qutb Minar Complex, the world’s tallest brick minaret. Overnight at the Imperial Hotel. Breakfast included.

Asiatic Lion Safari Day 3
Fly to Gir
Fly to the small town of Rajkot and then drive to Sasan Gir via Junagadh. Explore the old town of Junagadh before continuing to Sasan Gir. The erstwhile maharajas of Junagadh lay claim to the region of Sasan Gir, which was their private hunting preserve, and the reason for the survival of the Asiatic lion in this region. Overnight at the Taj Gateway. Breakfast + Dinner.

Asiatic Lion Safari Day 4, 5, 6
Safari in Gir
Enjoy safaris twice a day and explore the jungles of Gir in your private 4×4 vehicles. Each vehicle will have just 2 passengers to ensure lots of space and ability to maneuver for photos. Overnight at the Taj Gateway. Breakfast + Lunch + Dinner

Asiatic Lion Safari Day 7
Mumbai
Drive back to Rajkot and then catch a flight to Mumbai. Spend the day relaxing at the historic 5 star Taj Mahal Hotel. Breakfast.

Asiatic Lion Safari Day 8
Mumbai
Explore Mumbai with one of your excellent tour guides and get a sense of the cities past and present. Visit the stunning Victoria Terminus, one of the finest examples of British Indo-Saracenic architecture and visit the art deco buildings in the fort part of old Mumbai. Overnight at the Taj Mahal Hotel. Breakfast.

Asiatic Lion Safari Day 9
Fly out of India.

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Accommodations

Accommodations

The Imperial Hotel, New Delhi
The Imperial is one of the world’s finest five star hotels. It is steeped in rich history and located in central Delhi. The Imperial houses one of the world’s largest collections of Colonial lithographic art including many original Daniel’s. The Spa at the Imperial is rated highly and will make for a wonderful and relaxing retreat at the end of your adventure.

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The Taj Gateway, Gir
A comfortable property, it is one of the best hotels in the area, located just opposite the Hiran River at the fringe of the dense Gir Forest.

 

 

 

 

The Taj Mahal Palace Hotel, Mumbai

The Taj Mahal Palace opened in Mumbai, then Bombay, in 1903, giving birth to the country’s first harbour landmark. The flagship hotel of Taj Hotels, Resorts and Palaces overlooks the majestic Gateway of India.This legendary luxury hotel has played host to kings, dignitaries and eminent personalities from across the globe, and is acknowledged as a world leader in hospitality. Each of the rooms 550 rooms & suites between the palace and tower wing is a striking blend of nostalgic elegance, rich history and modern facilities.

 

 

 

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Packing

So what should you pack on a Tiger Tour?

For your packing list for a Asiatic lion safari we generally recommend breathable cotton fabrics in natural shades such as khaki, beige, and green. You should avoid flashy and dark colors, wear closed comfortable footwear, have a cap or hat for the sun, sunglasses, and sunscreen. Since the safaris are usually scheduled for the winter, bring a jacket and sweater along. Avoid strong perfumes and scents. You will receive a detailed packing list in your informational packet when you book.

Spotting Equipment

  • Binoculars.
  • Camera. If you’re shooting with a DSLR, we recommend at least a 400mm lens with a TC.
  • Plenty of extra batteries, since the cold saps their power.

Personal Equipment

  • Water resistant duffel bag
  • headlamp
  • Water bottle
  • pocket knife or multitool
  • sunglasses
  • personal medications
  • stuff sacks
  • sunscreen
  • lip balm

 

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