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.