Drive to Gir (5-hours driving time) calling in on the way at Junagadh to see the imposing Uparkot Fort, Buddhist cave - sites, 3rd century BC Ashoka rock edicts, the palace museum filled with Nawabi treasures, the flamboyant royal mausoleum complexes. Arrive lunch - time at Gir Birding Lodge and depart after your meal for a safari in the Gir National Park & Wildlife Sanctuary. This deciduous forest is the last abode of the Asiatic lion and also has a thriving panther (leopard) population. It also has a large population of chital or spotted deer, sambhar, blue bull antelope, chinkara gazelle, chousingha (the world's only four - horned antelope), wild boar and other wildlife. A number of attractive birds can be seen on the game - drive trail.
Dinner and overnight at Gir Birding Lodge.
Morning and evening drives in the Gir forests to look for the two big cats and to watch other wildlife. Between the drives, visit Somnath to see the shore temple (one of the 12 holy abodes of Shiva), Sun Temple, Ahilya Temple and other monuments. Dinner and overnight at Gir Birding Lodge.
Morning drive in the Gir for wildlife viewing and birding. Drive back to Sayla. Dinner and overnight stay in Old Bell Heritage Bungalow.
Morning village visit and birdwatching in Mansarovar Lake just 5 minutes away from the bungalow. OR visit the Indus Valley site at Lothal enroute to Ahmedabad. Drive back to Ahmedabad for return flight/train. You can add an excursion to Nalsarovar, Diu beach, Velavadar National Park, Palitana temples & Little Rann of Kutch to this itinerary at an extra cost.