“Ness Nivasi Charan Kanya,” This traditional Gujarati poem from the region brings to life the mighty roar of the lion, its reverberation all round, the fear it evokes and the courage shown by a young girl protecting a calf from a hungry lion. The poem, though written in the early 20th century, still strikes a chord and gives one a sense of what has defined the life of generations of people living in and around the Gir jungle.
This unique Introduction to Wildlife is a Woods Wildlife Expedition that has been expertly designed for you. The Gir Forest, is the last home of the Asiatic lion and on this journey we invite you to scout for the big two of the park, Lions and Leopards as well as tracking for the lesser-known mammals and discovering its birdlife.
Curated by our resident naturalist, this 3N/4D tour not only takes you on two safaris so that you have the opportunity to see this last stronghold of this unique subspecies but also includes eco trails and a bike ride (or nature walk) so that you may gain the feel of forest dweller by learning about their lives and culture in this harsh but beautiful region.
Woods Sasan, in the state of Gujarat is a sustainably crafted property that is designed as per the biophilic principles of design. To put simply, a biophilic design puts nature in the centre to create refreshing spaces that look and feel natural to a larger extent. Woods Sasan is built around an eight-acre mango orchard with more than two hundred trees. The spaces of Woods Sasan allow passage of natural light and present unfettered views of Gir forest.
While the air in the resort has 33% less carbon dioxide than the city air, the resort’s soil is organic and free from any chemical fertilizers. Woods Sasan follows a destination first approach under which it intends to bring out the flavour of Gujarat by employing local staff and using locally sourced materials in design, décor and architecture. By following a destination first approach, Woods Sasan helps in enabling the growth of the local economy to a considerable degree. All the rooms here offer lush forest or garden views and come with a private outdoor terrace and floor to ceiling windows.
The resort has minimized its carbon footprint architecturally through intelligent design practices such as using natural lime plaster and bamboo-based products. Its design intervention has reduced one’s exposure to scorching afternoon heat resulting in energy savings by 26%. The resort has also minimised plastic use by 90%. Its wellness space SOM has relaxing rooms that smell of calming oils and spices. At SOM, one can indulge in a variety of massages, body wraps or practice yoga asanas, pranayama – and Yoga Nidra. Woods Sasan has an edible garden that is replete with herbs. A lot of oils and powders used at SOM are made using herbs grown at this garden; thereby integrating the ancient medicinal philosophy of Vanausadhi: medicines of the forest, in the treatments offered at SOM.
Dotted among springy bamboo groves and thickets of trees, the Stays at Woods at Sasan blur the divide between inside and outside. Floor-to-ceiling glass windows and doors offer an unparalleled view, while interiors of unpolished stone, lime plasters and hand-tooled wood are enhanced by terrracotta, toran or traditional bead-work and hand-woven macramé wall-hangings. Hand-dyed khadi linen and elegant furniture custom-made from reclaimed wood, offer a stay that is luxurious yet understated.
Our 38 Stays across four categories, are handcrafted with local materials and merge Effortlessly into the surrounding greenery. Each Stay offers privacy, luxury and a marvelous view of the gardens or the forest.
1) Woods Studios
2) Woods Studios with Terrace
3) Woods Pavilions
4) The Woods Villa