Inhale the damp morning air, listen to the call of the chital (spotted deer) and the Tickell’s blue flycatcher and immerse yourself in the diversity of Gujarat’s wild inhabitants.
Our founder Jimmy Patel was instilled with a life-long passion for encounters such as these from a young age and this has formed the basis for our famously holistic approach to wildlife engagement and conservation.
Our wildlife experience at Aramness is a departure from the often crowded and fast-paced one that has become the norm in India. It’s our mission to further protect India’s wildlife and celebrate the diversity of its wilderness and its culture. We do this by entrenching respect and sensitivity in our guides which in turn encourages the same in our guests. Our responsible ownership programme is designed to make an authentic contribution to the region and enlighten visitors to Gujarat.
The most coveted sighting for cat lovers is without doubt the Asiatic lion. Brought back from the brink of extinction in the 1970s, their numbers have climbed well into the hundreds. A sighting of one or more of these majestic beasts is something that will surely take your breath away, but learning about the challenges they face and the efforts that we and our community are making to sustain them is what we wish to impart on you - our guests.
Their survival is thanks in part to their cohabitation with the people of the Maldhari tribe, the semi nomadic herders who live within the park and very much with the lions. During your stay with us, you’ll have the opportunity to visit one of these tribes and learn about the impact they’ve made on the survival of the Asiatic lions.
Over and above these rare and regal lions, the Gir Forest is alive with an incredible diversity of creatures big and small and our guides are just as equipped engaging guests with them. Experience over 35 species of mammals including striped hyena, four-horned antelope and leopard, over 30 species of reptiles and 300 species of birds such as the endangered Lesser Florican as well as a host of migratory birds.
“This is the domain of the Asiatic lion,” Amitabh Bachchan articulates in that rumbling voice of his in the celebrated Gujarat tourism campaign. “Breathe in their presence, breathe in these stark and pristine forests, breathe in a bit of Gujarat,” he ends, capturing the magic of the ancient Gir Forest and its precious inhabitants. While we can’t offer Amitabh as your guide, we can promise you a wildlife experience as exceptional and spellbinding as he describes.