Gir Birding Lodge
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An oasis of serenity amidst beautiful orchard, forests and its glorious wild beings.
A perfect base to explore the lion haven of India.
Gir Birding Lodge is spread over 17 acres of orchard and generously canopied trees. It is a perfect base to explore the magnificent forest and its wildlife, the Maldhari areas and the villages around it. While nature walks and safaris fill your senses, our Yoga, wellness programs & spa will nourish your mind, body and soul.
Surrounded by forest, Gir Birding Lodge is the national park. With the density of lions in the wild Gir is the only reserve to view this magnificent cat.
The lodge has six cottages and fourteen room, all with attached toilets, featuring western toilet fittings, hot and cold showers. Comfortably furnished, the rooms and cottages are surrounded by groves of the famous Kesar Mango of the Gir hills and other vegetation ensuring that a good number of birds come into the property itself.
Indian a la carte and set-menu meals are served in the dining room that have a view of the orchard from large windows.
Geared-up for birders and nature lovers, the lodge has knowledgeable resident naturalists to take guests for birding walks, hide photography, herpetology excursions. The lodge has a natural history library and also makes arrangements for wildlife-watching drives in the sanctuary.
- Know where you are headed
- The lodge is oriented to cater to wildlife lovers, bird watchers, nature photographers, researchers and meditators. This place is ideal for those who are looking for a great wildlife & natural history experience, a quiet relaxed peaceful getaway or you wish to meditate and enjoy the benfits of Yoga.
- We would be very happy to entertain general tourists but we have limitations when it comes to luxurious rooms, natty dining hall, 100% power backup through diesel generators, a large choice of food menu. Kindly read on.
- Our rooms are all very well equipped and are large in size. All items have been carefully chosen and used in the rooms such as mattresses, duvets, clean linen, pillows, mats etc. These are not luxurious but give you the comforts of any standard hotel. All rooms and cottages are air-conditioned. Hot air blower heaters are provided in winter on request. Please let us know if there is anything else you require such as hot water bags, extra blankets or pillows. Your towels are changed on a daily basis, but if you feel they do not need replacing please leave them hanging on your towel rack. We try and use as little water and soap as possible.
- The toilets are equipped with hot & cold running water & showers. We also use Solar generated hot water in the rooms. All toilet amenities such as fresh towels, soaps etc. are provided of standard quality. To get hot water from your tap/shower, please turn the tap to the left and leave the water running for a short while (preferably in the bucket, for re-use). When the hot water starts, adjust it to suit your temperature.
- In the event of electricity failure the fans and lights will run on inverter power. The air-conditioning may not work then. The chances of power cuts are very low. The power supply is 220V. The plug size is Standard English. As our focus is on developing a nature-centric experience at the lodge, we do not have electricity generators which cause sound and atmospheric pollution.
- We do not have intercom facility in the rooms. There isn’t any room service in the lodge. Should you require anything urgently you may call the hotel staff from your mobile phone. The numbers can be given to you upon your arrival. The rooms, cottages and the dining room aren’t very far apart.
- If you are not going for a safaris, our in-house naturalist will be happy to take you bird watching and on a nature trail to showcase the various elements of nature that Gir has to offer. There are set timings when the walks are conducting every morning and evening.
- Please pre-book your safaris either with us or directly on http://girlion.in/. The safaris are in great demand. Only 50% of the safari quota is available to book online and the other 50% is sold over the counter. To avail safaris directly in Gir one need to cue up early in the morning outside the park to secure the ticket which can be unnerving. Once your tickets are booked you may book the 4WD vehicle with us. In effect you will pay for the safari ticket, the 4WD vehicle and the fee for the guide who will be assigned to accompany you from the forest department.
- It can sometimes be quite chilly outdoors at night in winter, so do dress warmly.
- The smaller mammals, wild animals & birds occasionally do enter and pass through the lodge. Guests are requested not to walk alone at night, Members of our staff will be happy to accompany guest back to their cottages. Please do not walk barefoot anywhere, not even inside your cottages. If there are unwanted guests in your cottages (spiders, insects, geckos, etc.) please alert our staff who will remove them. Macaques and Langurs visit the lodge too. Please ensure that you keep eatables away from them.
- If there are wild animals in the surroundings, the village dogs may bark at night causing disturbed sleep.
- We do not have an in-house laundry. We send it out to a nearby facility in the village hence we are unable take responsibility for them. If you would like your clothes laundered, please place the items in the bag and they will be laundered within 24 hours. Please note that laundry charges are extra.
- We advise you to be careful with your valuables. If there is something you would like to keep safe, our manager will be happy to assist you.
- Gir does not have a bank to change foreign currency. The nearest ATM is in Sasan, 2 km from the lodge. Please contact our manager for any assistance.
- Talala is the closet town that has a hospital. If you have any medical conditions that we need to be aware of, please inform our manager. We do not have doctors on call.
- If you’d like to leave a tip for our staff at the end of your stay, please do not tip any of our staff individually. There are many unseen hands who work hard to make your stay comfortable, and we strive to divide tips between the entire staff. Please leave tips in the Tip Box.
- Check - out time is 11 am and Check-in time is 01 pm.
- We do not have the facility to charge credit cards at the lodge. We recommend that you carry enough spare cash to pay for hotel taxes and any extra expenses that you may incur.
- The lodge is oriented to cater to wildlife lovers, bird watchers, nature photographers, researchers and meditators. This place is ideal for those who are looking for a great wildlife experience, a quiet relaxed peaceful getaway or you wish to meditate and enjoy the benfits of Yoga.
- We serve home-cooked Indian food, with spice and chilly levels kept moderate. If you still find the food too hot for your taste do let our chef know. Please inform us if you have any special dietary requirements. Breakfast is served between 8 and 11 am, depending on the timing of morning safari. Lunch is usually a vegetarian meal served between 1 and 2.30 pm, just before the afternoon safari. Dinner is served from 7.30 pm. All beverages are chargeable. If you require a packed meal at your departure please let us know in advance.
- We are happy to set up free cookery lessons. If guests are interested in knowing how a particular dish they liked is made, we can arrange for them to learn from our cooks. Our staff will be happy to learn something from you, if you would like to teach them.
- Outdoor Dining : As the name suggests, this dining area gives you the feeling of eating out in the wilderness. You can chose to have a private intimate meal. A favourite dinner spot is our candle lit terrace - a special place for a tranquil dinner and stargazing. You will have to do a prior booking for this special venue.
- We serve filtered RO (Reverse Osmosis) processed water that is safe to drink. Please let us know if you prefer bottled water at all times which are charged for.
- An internet connection is available for guests in our office area. It might be erratic at times.
- 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.
- Situated in the Kothi, our library has a collection of books, wildlife and tribal photographs. Wildlife movies are screened here in the evenings.