Road Trip across Vibrant Gujarat - Temples, Wildlife, Beaches & the Rann


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Looks they have made 100% permits available online now. Checked this at Gir website which says "100% of Permits are available for online Booking for only Gir Jungle Trail." Also called some hotels in Gir which confirmed the same.
All please take note of the same. Also any help to book offline safaris if possible would be much appreciated. (most resorts confirmed they couldn't help here)


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Thanks a lot Sachin, your write up helped me in planning Gujarat trip I did last week (Dec 24th - 31st). My route was Pune - Vadodara - Gir - Somnath - Porbandar - Narara - Jamnagar - Kutch - Vadodara - Pune. Came to know about Narara only through your bog and we all loved it, awesome place.

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Day 1 – Mumbai to Vadodara – NH8 – 402 Kms

The plan was to get up at 0400 and be on the road by 0530. I think we managed pretty well by waking up at 0430 and hitting the road by 0600. I had filled my USB pen drives with some 30GB of music or 2500+ songs including latest Hindi, old Hindi, Pop, Rock, English all-time great love songs etc. It is important to have enough music when you are on the road for 2 weeks.

All pen drives were tested a week in advance to confirm that they were working when connected to the USB port in my car. This holiday was about the journey and not the destinations. So we would not run around and try and cover all the tourist places in each destination.

0600 – Started from home.

0625 – Dahisar checknaka on NH8. Crossed Mumbai. Paid toll of INR 35.

Son comfortably slept in the back seat. We were glad to have carried a pillow and comforter. He woke up after 3 hours all refreshed.

0700 – Stuck for 10 mins in traffic at toll naka in Virar. Paid toll of INR 64

0750 – Charoti toll Naka. Paid toll of INR 58. Distance of 99Kms travelled so far.

0810 – Tank full. Diesel worth INR 1000 filled. Took a bio break and stretched legs.

Road conditions excellent on NH8

0840 – Entered Gujarat state

0845 – Touched Vapi. Total distance covered 151Kms

0855 – Bagwada toll plaza. Paid toll of INR 64.

0935 – Boriach toll plaza. Paid toll of INR 56.

1000 – First pit stop for breakfast. Stopped at a HP petrol pump about 9 Kms post Navsari. There was a restaurant named Sugar and Spice. Had a hearty breakfast and got refreshed.

1035 – Hit the road again. Road conditions were excellent throughout. There was some traffic and had to overtake trucks regularly. Mostly from the left side as many did not give way.

1100 – Toll plaza at Surat. Paid toll of INR 70.

1215 – Toll plaza at Bharuch. Paid toll of INR 85.

1240 – Reached Vadodara. Had a tough time finding Hotel Fern Residency using navigation as I accidentally switched it off and it would not find the route again for some reason.

1320 – Finally after going around in circles and asking a few people, accidentally found the Hotel and checked in.

NH8 was excellent. There are diversions in some places but the road is smooth.
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My son after a nice 3 hour nap in the back of the car.
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First pit stop for breakfast after crossing Navsari
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Total Toll paid from Mumbai to Vadodara on NH8 - INR 432

- All road pictures are taken with phone cameras and while moving, so maybe hazy.
Thanks sachin i am also planning same from pune and ur guideline is very imp for me
Thankyou very much and pls keep writing ur Journey .