The last wild Asiatic lions of GirFormerly the hunting reserve of the Nawabs of Junagadh, Gir Forest is the largest compact tract of dry deciduous forest in Gujarat and the only abode of the Asiatic Lion in the world.
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It is an area that manages to retain the last population of Asiatic lions at Gir, which offers a wealth of additional exciting wildlife besides; the last population of the Indian wild ass still race across the salt flats of the Rann of Kutch – the flat salt marshes with its high mounds or islands – the bets – that shelter an extraordinary array of wildlife and the wetlands that offer some of the greatest avian spectacles in the world.
And not to forget the Marine National Park designed to protect wondrous species like the whale shark whilst on your luxury India holiday. It is relatively easy to get around, allowing one to combine a lovely private tented beach resort with the colourful shepherd cultures and their textile riches around Bhuj, and then to the wildlife areas of Gir and the Little Rann with Ahmedabad, which serves as a base from which to visit the world’s finest textile museum – The Calico Museum, with an afternoon spent at Gandhiji’s ashram on the Sabarmati, and an exploration of the heritage areas of the old walled city of Ahmedabad.
Western India has more than enough to keep you occupied and entertained for several visits as a stand-alone region, or it may be combined with a trip to Central India, Goa or a holiday in Rajasthan.
By Marcela Kunova - 20th April 2017
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