Gir Forest In Gujarat: Home Of The Asiatic Lion

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A wildlife tourism trip is always exciting and adventurous. I have covered various Tiger resevres in my previous journeys and an encounter with tiger has always been thrilling but this time I had planned a different jungle safari and intended to cover the Asiatic Lions at Gir Gujarat, the only place in the world to see the Asiatic lions in the wild.

Gir is located in the southwest portion of Gujarat and can be reached by road or air. (The nearest airport is Jamnagar / Ahmedabad.) The nearest city is Veraval in south and Junagarh in North. But in all cases to reach the wildlife you have to take the car route and SH (state highway) is the only available option.

  Gir forest is spread over 1000 sq km and has various animals in it. Mainly it is the home of Asiatic lions a breed different from the African lions. You can also spot deers, wild buffallows, peacock, barrasingha, monkeys etc.

The Asiatic Lion at Gir Forest, Gujarat, India
The Asiatic Lion at Gir Forest, Gujarat

The forest department allows two daily safaris, one in the morning and other in the evening. It is difficult to spot the lion and for that reason you should always keep a margin for your second or third round. In our case we were quite lucky to spot the wild cats entire family at two different locations. The encounter with the wild cats were amazing when the cats were moving with their cubs.

The Asiatic Lioness at Gir Forest, Gujarat, India
The Asiatic Lioness

The Asiatic Lions are really amazing creatures, sometimes I doubt why they are called the king. Then a second thought and realize why they are King of the Jungle. Humorously they have lot many servants working for them. Actually they live in a family where the major work is done by the lioness and the lion does not like to work. To be frank I was amazed when I saw the forest Guard moving with the lion family like they are their pet cats and was so near to them pushing them with sticks. It was amazing, it seem that he was the shepherd and the wild cats were it sheep.

Forest Guard with Lions Family at Gir Gujarat
Forest Guard with Lions Family at Gir Gujarat

Well overall an amazing experience in the Gir Forest and an equally amazing experience was the Tribal dance which we had attended later in the night at our hotel. They are the tribe people who perform there dances and customs to promote tourism. Well done by the tribe, I shall happily say.

The Tribal Dance
The Tribal Dance

Creating fear among visitors to make the performance interesting
Creating fear among visitors to make the performance interesting

Broken Coconut shell with mere Head
Broken Coconut shell with mere Head

My son Savi with one of the performer
My son Savi with one of the performer

The dance was really very amazing and interesting, there performance was terrific specially the breaking of the coconut shell by there head. It will always be a memorable performance for me to remember. Not to be missed while at Gir Gujarat. If your hotel is not arranging one, you can ask local guide for organizing such event for you.

It made my trip really memorable. Will rate Gir 4 out of 5. Must Go Place.

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HotelSavi

Vijay is a Hotelier cum Traveler who has traveled all over India.... The passion towards travel has made him to travel twice to thrice in year. He loves his country the most and that is why he has completed almost entire North, South and West. He is also looking for Central and Easter part nowadays. Well he has started touring other countries now a days. His recent encounter is thailand.

He is ready to help those who plan to visit India but remember he is neither an agent nor tour operator though he can get you arrange your tour and he is almost available round the clock. 

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