Had a wondrous trip of Sasan Gir in the first week of December.We stayed in a beautifully built Maneland JungleLodge for 4 days which it seems is recently renovated. Hotel's Architecture is marvelous and each room is provided with TV,AC and hot water. Everything is maintained very meticulously.The food quality is decent and the hotel staff was very cordial.To add to this,unexpectedly we enjoyed the effortless birding in Hotel premises itself.There was this Ficus tree and a “Ber” tree where we could spot at least 15 different species of Birds.Brahminy Mynas,Treepie,Barbets , Plum-headed Parakeets,Koels,Robins,Babblers,Tickel's Blue Flycatcher……. Throughout the day flocks of Red-vented Bulbuls and parakeets would sit on these trees to eat Ficus and “ber” fruits and we would listen to their chirping. It was a paradise.Even the squirrels posed for video.We could rest on the "Charpai" (चारपाई) reading leisurely and shades of trees in the hotel premises allowed us to enjoy the swings during noon time too. We recommend very strongly this Jungle lodge to nature lovers and bird-watchers who enjoy serene surroundings.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Maneland Jungle Lodge is designed to match the asthetics of the area & stylized using local material & construction techniques. The lodge nestling in small hills offers a perfect blend of the wild, exciting & even romantic experience of the forest.Gir - a proud heritage possessed by the present generation, is not merely a heaven of wildlife. It symbolizes history , that has witnessed the vicissitudes of nature, the travails of wildlife development, the gradual recognition given to this nature's bestowal, and consequent emergence of conservation ideology. Despite the onslaught of biotic disturbances and climatic hostilities, Gir - with its virginal identity, stands as a testimony of nature's intrinsic self reviving power. Gir promises to unfold before you the unexplored vistas of wilderness and the splendour of wildlife, which is tranquil yet vibrant, serene yet colourful, silent yet communicative, distracting and yet captivating. It took a royal decline to an offer of a lion hunt and then nearly a whole of a hundred years to pull the Asiatic Lion back from the brink of near extinction. Now that the species seems finally secure, the management is faced with another paradox. Unaware of the awe they continue to inspire and retaliatory risks they face, the lion tends to follow it's wild instincts and venture out of man-made boundaries and reach upto the waves of the Arabian sea. The Asian Lion is amongst the rarest animals in the world and its best to visit him in summer, where the trees are bare, the grass has withered and he's down at the watering holes to quench his thirst. As you roam the sanctuary you'ed encounter the straight probing gaze of a Nilgai, the flighty stare of a Chital and if you're lucky the stralthy menance of the Leapord or the gentle call of a Lioness to her cubs. Only if man would make an attempt to understand that! Perhaps, you would! ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Maneland Jungle Hotel Sasan Gir National Park