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It was only our 2nd safari in Gir and we came across a rather big pride of lions. This sub-adult was among the bolder & older of the cubs with a mane that was starting to gain prominence. It took strides towards us and settled down very close to our jeep, tucking itself nicely on the bark of a tree. Was the closest i've ever been to lions, they were probably only 4-5 feet away. Personally, was an extremely exciting moment and that's when I managed to take this portrait.
"Don't walk behind me; I may not lead. Don't walk in front of me; I may not follow. Just walk beside me and be my friend. "
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Gir National Park
11 Nov 2017
18 Nov 2017
Ahmedabad, Gujarat, India
This trip plan is for total 8 days, covering most part of Gujarat State including animal and bird sanctuary and a national park.
Day 1: Trip starts from Ahmedabad on 11th November. we'll see attractions around Ahmedabad city for a day.
Day 2: Thol Bird sanctuary, Little Rann of Kutch. Stay in Little Rann of Kutch.
Day 3: Travel to Bhuj and explore the City.
Day 4: Bhuj to Western Most point of India-Narayan Sarovar, to White Desert and back to Bhuj.
Day 5: Bhuj to Dholavira and back to Bhuj
Day 6: Bhuj to Dwarka
Day 7: Dwarka to Porbandar, Gir National Park (evening safari).
Day 8: Gir National Park (Morning Safari, if we havent spotted good enough animals in evening safari) then back to Ahmedabad.
Asiatic lion in its habitat!
Water holes are essential and the forest department puts in lot of effort into ensuring that these remain filled. However, I found these cement-concrete troughs to be particularly off-putting. It looks so disconnected from the otherwise natural surroundings. I wonder if there is any reason for having these cement-concrete water holes, as otherwise i've not seen them in most national parks.