Set on the banks of Hiran River and surrounded by jungles, Gir Serai is a 29-room nature retreat designed for intimate safari vacations in the home of the magnificent Asiatic Lion. Gir Serai offers escape from urban chaos. Spacious, well-equipped rooms and suites open out to lush views of the garden and swimming pool. The pace of life is unhurried. Guests wake up to calls of birds. Families get a chance to bond over chess, basketball, badminton and other outdoor/indoor activities. Serious birders can spend hours absorbed in the wildlife library at the charming Tea Lounge which offers breathtaking river views. Occasionally, a low-pitched roar reverberates around the hotel, signalling a call to adventure from the king of the jungle. Gir Serai is the only hotel in the park with two private vehicles and experienced local drivers to ensure authentic, open-jeep safari experiences. Besides lions, Gir Forest National Park (also known as Sasan Gir) protects 2,300 species of wildlife, including another apex predator - the Indian Leopard, the Golden Jackal, Chousingha (the world’s only four horned antelope), crocodiles, chinkara and over 300 species of birds.
The Gir Serai experience is rooted in local culture. Gum Tree – the multi-cuisine restaurant - serves the famed and fiery Kathiyawadi Cuisine, along with a choice of Indian and select global delicacies. Twice a month, guests are treated to an action-packed Mashira Nritya performance by the tribal Siddi community. The hotel concierge arranges excursions for guests to interact with Gir’s pastoral nomads – maldharis – in a rustic setting. Day tours to Junagadh - a former princely city with historic monuments - and the famous Somnath temple, are further opportunities to explore this fascinating region.
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