Showing posts with label Gir. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Gir. Show all posts

Wednesday, 15 May 2013

Travelog: Seven Jyotirlings and other stuff, 14 days

In summer of 2013, we decided to drive to Seven Jyotirlings and back in 15 days. This travelog tries to capture the drive, experience and anything else that I found interesting. It is divided in 15 parts with each devoted to one day. The trip was done mostly in continuation with few day rest in between. The return journey was done after a gap of 11 days.

  1. 06-April-2013 Bangalore to Pune, Part 1/14
  2. 07-April-2013 Pune to Aurangabad, Ghrusneshwar Jyotirling and other local sightseeing, Part 2/14
  3. 08-April-2013 Aurangabad to Nashik with Bhimshankar Jyotirling on the way Part 3/14
  4. 09-April-2013 Nashik to Ahmedabad with Trimbakeshwar Jyotirling on the way Part 4/14
  5. 10-April-2013 Ahmedabad local stay, visit to Gandhi Asram Part 5/14
  6. 11-April-2013 Ahmedabad to Gir National Park Part 6/14
  7. 12-April-2013 Stay in Gir National Park, Safaris Part 7/14
  8. 13-April-2013 Gir to Dwarka via Somnath Jyotirling Part 8/14
  9. 14-April-2013 Visit to Nageshwara Jyotirling, Dwarkadhish Temple, Bhet Dwarka Part 9/14
  10. 15-April-2013 Dwarka to Surat Part 10/14
  11. 16-April-2013 Surat to Ujjain Part 11/14
  12. 17-April-2013 Car repair in Ujjain and Indore
  13. 18-April-2013 Visit to Omkareshwar Jyotirling and Mahakaleshwar Jyotirling Part 12/14
  14. 19-April-2013 to 28-April-2013 return trip postponed
  15. 29-April-2013 Ujjain to Pune Part 13/14
  16. 30-April-2013 Pune to Bangalore Part 14/14
The total journey took 14 days and total of 128 hours of driving time and completed almsot 700 kilometers. The total diesel consumed was approximately 550 litres. The fuel consumption was 12.8 kpl. The total toll amount paid was Rs. 4933/-. Here are the details of the tolls.
In summary, the whole trip was fantastic. We always preferred better road even if we had to travel longer. We found driving on bad road very tiring.

Friday, 3 May 2013

Travelog: Seven Jyotirlings and other stuff, 14 days Part 7/14

This day was reserved for Safari. Gir National Park has three Safari Slots per day. We had chosen to go on two safari. One was 6AM and other was 4PM. Our hotel arranged for safari permits in advance but one still has to go for permit for cameras to Sinh Sadan. Fortunately Sinh Sadan is just next doors from hotel, so it was not much of a hassle.

These safaris cover quite a distance. Here is the first safari route.
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This is the second safari route.

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Here are some of the photos from both the safaris. We got to see two prides of lions and many other animals and birds. It was hot but sightings more than made up for them.

Travelog: Seven Jyotirlings and other stuff, 14 days Part 6/14

With a day's rest, we were raring to go for next stage of our journey. Since we couldn't find a decent place to stay near Somnath, we decided to go stay in Gir National Park for couple of days and then move on to Somnath Temple.
9:15am We got ready, the hotel served Buffet breakfast, so we decided to have the breakfast and leave. We were out of hotel at 9:15am.
Drove towards Ring Road to get on to NH8D & C. I really never understood why most of the National Highways in Gujarat are NH8 with a alphabet as a suffixm, there is 8A, 8B, 8C, 8D, 8E.
9:30am We were on to NH8C, this very quickly turns into NH8A.
10:55am We cross Limbdi.
11:42am We cross Chotila
11:52am We meet NH8B and continue towards Rajkot.
12:15pm We hit Rajkot Byepass and by 12:25pm we completely cross Rajkot city.
1:50pm We hit the town of Jetpur.
2:35pm We cross Junagarh city. From Junagarh we continue on what is called Ivanagar road, but quickly there is a fork in the road and we take the road that doesn't go towards Ivanagar.
The road towards Gir is not really labelled properly but there are milestones that point to Sasan Gir. Anyway if you have reached Junagarh, Google Navigation also points to this road to reach Gir.
This particular highway is very sparse as far as road side eating places and toilets are concerned. They are few and far in between.

3:40pm We reach Gateway Hotel in Gir. This hotel is just next to Sinh Sadan which is the place where one needs to go to get permits etc. Here is my review of the hotel on TripAdvisor.

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