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.
Route No. 3 in Sariska is open for safaris during the monsoon this time. If you want to book safaris, you can get in touch with Ajay (M: 9784173355) who is a guide there. There is no online booking currently, he can also help you get the bookings done offline. Ajay is a great guide, extremely alert and vigilant, good spotter, has good birding knowledge and puts in a lot of effort for the big cats too. There have been fairly good sightings over the past few days, especially considering it's the monsoon. If you plan to visit, keep in mind that the weekends are slightly busy.
Perched atop, the peacock was constantly giving out alarm calls, so we thought there could be chances of a tiger resting in the tall grasses. We waited for quite some time and the calls persisted. There was no tiger movement, at least while we were there. But the scene that presented itself was not one to be missed!