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Refurbished Gateway Hotel Gir Forest opens

The Gateway Hotel Gir Forest, located just outside the popular Gir National Park has re-opened its doors for guests. Set in an idyllic setting, the property is perfect for a relaxing holiday. Farhat Jamal, Senior Vice President -Operations(West India) & Africa, Taj Hotels Resorts & Palaces said, “We are pleased to welcome guests once again. It is the ideal time of the year to watch the majestic Asiatic lion and wildlife or indulge in a cultural expedition to interesting historical places like Junagadh and Gondal.” The Gateway Hotel Gir Forest, is a nature lover’s getaway. With its rich surroundings of dry deciduous and tropical thorn forests, the hotel faces the Hiran River to offer a picturesque and serene setting, away from the bustle of the city.  Home to the Asiatic lion, the Sasan Gir Forest is one of the only two natural habitats of this subspecies around the world. The latest census recorded the lion count in Gir at 411.  The leopard, jungle cat, rusty spotted cat, cheetal, sambhar, four-horned antelope, wild boar and hare are also easy to spot here, along with over 200 species of avifauna. Also integral to the experience will be the jungle safaris, the hotel will provide in an open Gypsy. For those who prefer a cultural expedition instead, the hotel is also close to various temples such as the Somnath, Banej and Kankai Temple, and historical destinations such as Junagadh, Gondal and Rajkot.

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Now, V Resorts Black for luxury stays

V Resorts has launched a distinct V Resorts Black collection, which includes properties that are ingeniously designed to blend with the environment, the buildings aesthetically sculpted to fit the natural contours of the hills or plains. Some resorts are built using reclaimed wood and stone from old dilapidated British Era barracks, while others are built around the forest areas to accommodate the existing foliage. Each experience is curated to delight the guests – from bush dinners by lanterns in the wildlife reserves, to breakfasts served on private decks overlooking a quiet stream. The guests are escorted through their journey by a private butler, dedicated to serve them during the course of their stay. The local chefs prepare food inspired by traditional cuisines – Jungli Maas or a Rathathani Ker Sangri, Grilled Rainbow trout in Manali, Bhang ki chutney / Aloo ka gutka in Uttarakhand, Lobsters Kohlapuri in Maharasthra and many more. Each meal can be experienced under the stars, or while picnicking amidst vineyards, pine forests and the like. Entrenched within the concept of local experiences the Black collection of resorts also houses beautifully crafted local products made by the village artisans – hand knit woolens from Umang – an all women’s initiative, beauty products from SOS Organics and homemade jams, herbs and other delectable’s from V Resorts very own Old Forest.  

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