Gir National Park in India's Gujarat state attracts hundreds of visitors to see the Asiatic lion amidst their natural wilderness. Gir forest and the Gir National Park at present is the only place in the world where these wild beasts are found.
Lions are the key stuff of any African or Asian safari, and one roaming freely in its natural habitat is an exciting and rare sight indeed. I myself - Debmalya from Kolkata - never imagined meeting one up close, but the opportunity came suddenly when my friend got shifted to Gujarat for her photography project. We set out on a four day trip to Sasan Gir, and in the days that followed were all action-packed, and the Gir safari was truly mesmerizing.
The Exotic Location
The Next Morning
The morning that followed was the most memorable one. We booked the safari before our visit through Gir Safari Booking online. Our gypsy was all set, and we started for the Sasan gir safari at dawn. Monsoon was about to begin, and the forest was still bare. The lush green of the forest has dulled down a little and taken an arid brown color. It is easier to spot animals within this barren canvas.
We saw Success the Next Day
We were all set on our Jeep Safari in Gir the day that followed. We took a different path today, where a sighting was reported on the previous day evening. But that area, too, failed to fulfill our desire. It was only when we went a little deeper that we spotted a full-grown 300-pound lioness. Both of us were awed into immobility with our cameras ready to frame this once in a lifetime experience.