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The core of my wildlife passion has revolved around tigers. The black panther and the Himalayan Black Bear have enchanted me from time to time and my leopard pictures really come out well. Lions though are in a league of their own,with royal and majestic words cropping up, just at their sheer mention.
So it is not surprising that the Asiatic Lion always intrigued me, and I have wanted to visit Gir for the longest time ever. In my initial exploration I realised that many wildlifers cringe at the name of Gir, with valid reason. And I must say that my own recent experience was not the best. So much so that of the 4 safari permits we had for the sanctuary we preferred to skip one and go to Velavadar for the hyenas and blackbuck.
But then I have been wondering. If serious committed wildlife enthusiasts will not take proactive interest in the sanctuary how will things change. The Lions are amazing, as are the people who are taking care of them. We perhaps owe much more to the species and forest.
Else within no time they will slip into oblivion :(
Gir National Park
12 Dec 2017
18 Dec 2017
New Delhi, Delhi, India
Wildlife and bird photography covering four places- Gir National Park, Nal Sarovar bird sanctuary, Black buck sanctuary and Little Rann of Kutch in a span of 6 nights
cost includes and expenses including meals accommodation travelling safaris etc interested contact 9953935881
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.