The Gateway Hotel Gir Forest

The Gateway Hotel Gir Forest is set at the edge of a dense wilderness inhabited by the planet’s last remaining Asiatic lions. Once royal hunting grounds, this dry, deciduous woodland is now a protected national park, home to a few hundred of these rare great cats, along with the chowsingha, the world’s only four-horned antelope. Other interesting creatures sighted at Gir include the mugger crocodile and pythons.

Things to do from The Gateway Hotel Gir Forest include Jeep safaris in the national park in search of lion prides and other species. Bird-watching is also possible, with around 300 bird species having been recorded here. Other points of interest in this region include temples and lakes.

Accommodation at The Gateway Hotel Gir Forest is offered in beautifully appointed rooms and suites, with views over the neighbouring forest. Awaken to the sound of birdsong, before enjoying breakfast in the airy restaurant, which plates up local and international meals all through the day. Recreational onsite facilities include a day spa and fitness centre with a swimming pool.

Location

How to get to The Gateway Hotel Gir Forest

The Gateway Hotel Gir Forest is approximately 2 hours and 40 minutes (100km) by road from the town of Diu, gateway to the Gujarat region.  

Activities at The Gateway Hotel Gir Forest

  • Jeep safaris
  • Bird-watching
  • Local excursions to temples and lakes

*Some activities are available at extra cost.

The Gateway Hotel Gir Forest Highlights

  • A smart, modern hotel located at the edge of Gir Forest National Park
  • With rooms overlooking the river and protected woodland
  • The perfect base for Jeep safaris in search of the rare Asiatic lion
  • Opportunities to see the chowsingha and mugger crocodile
  • Exceptional bird-watching in and around the reserve

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Why India Wildlife Reserves Safaris & Tours: India’s wildlife reserves are a haven for many remarkable and endangered creatures like tiger, rhino, leopard and sloth bear. A wildlife safari combines beautifully with India’s cultural highlights.

When to Go:
Bandhavgarh National Park:
Feb – May is the best time for gameviewing; the park is closed from early Jul to end Oct.
Corbett National Park: The best time for tiger viewing is the dry months of Apr – mid Jun, when wildlife come out in search of water. The best birdwatching is between Dec – Feb.
Ranthambhore National Park: The best time to go is in winter (Dec – Feb) and Mar/Apr. The park is closed during the monsoon; it reopens on 1 Oct.
Kanha National Park: Best time to visit is Mar – Jun. Park closed during monsoon from beginning Jul – Oct. Also closed midday to give respite to wildlife.
Kaziranga National Park: Best visited from mid-November to early April. The low-lying grasslands are flooded during the monsoon. During the floods, the animals migrate to higher, drier ground.
Periyar and Nagarhole National Parks: The best time to go is in the cool dry months (Oct- Feb) and during the hotter months of Mar/Apr for elephant viewing. The park is open during the monsoon period (June – Sep); but it is not the best season for spotting game.

Combine With: Safaris to India’s wildlife reserves are usually part of a general sightseeing itinerary which include India’s many cultural and historic attractions. They can also be combined with the wildlife parks of neighouring Nepal, Bhutan or Sri Lanka.

Getting There: The national parks of northern India can be accessed from major cities such as Delhi, Jaipur and Guwahati (Kaziranga). In South India, Periyar and Nagarhole/Kabini can be reached from Kochi, usually as part of an overland itinerary.

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