Sasangir, Mandvi Beach & Diu
Arrival at Sasangir at 0800 hrs. Breakfast Onboard. Visit Lion Sanctuary Optional sightseeing of Somnath Temple. Departure for Delwada at 1115 hrs. Arrival at Delwada at 1430 hrs. Visit Ahmedpur
Mandvi Beach. Excursion to Diu Fort & St. Paul's Church. Departure for Palitana, Dinner Onboard at 2000 hrs.
It is not only one of the most important wildlife sanctuaries in India, but also the only place in world outside Africa where the lion can be seen in its natural habitat. The Gir lion is a majestic animal, averaging 2.75 metres in length, and with a bigger tail tassel, bushier elbow tufts and more prominent belly-folds than his African cousin, who has a larger mane. He is more shaggy and lighter brown than the African lion. Through both have hunting habits, while the African lion has no aversion to feeding on carrion, the Gir Lion is too dignified to do it. Today the Gir Forest is home to more than 312 lions. It also harbours a variety of other animals and birds, panthers, hyenas, the Indian sambar, spotted deer, blue ball and chinkara. A crocodile farm has also been developed in Gir, which is one of the few remaining forests that comprise divergent habitats.
The Nawab of Junagadh set up a haven for romantic rendezvous at Mandvi, in a grove flanked by lush greenery, cooled by winds from the shores and serenaded by seagulls. The Nawabs and their Begums(wives) are history but their seaside pleasure place, renovated and updated with modern amenities, open to visitors. 12 km from the resort lies a virgin beach. It is safe area for swimming and there is a host of watersport facilities like scooters, skiing, surfing, para-sailing and speedboat trips that are on offer here. The beach is white & firm, ideal for walks and with the seemingly unending sands and shallow water, it is great spot for a family holiday.
Diu, A Sun Sand and Sea Gateway
Across Ahmedpur Mandvi lies the island of Diu, a sensuous blend of sun, sand and deep blue sea. it is one of the country's finest beaches. Another cynosure at Diu is the fort an imposig statement of power & ancient watercraft