The new luxury safari experience in India is ready to welcome visitors inside its nature bound paradise
November 23, 2021: This past week, the luxurious and comfortable village-styled lodge, Aramness Gir, welcomed its first guests. Situated on the fringe of Sasan Gir National Park in Gujarat, India, the luxury experience is a first of its kind, intersecting high art, taste and culture with dreamy natural landscapes.
Stretching an area of 18 square kilometres, the lodge is setting a benchmark for a new Indian safari experience with 18 kothis (courtyard homes) and the best of Gujarati design.
Surrounded by a natural paradise in a region with the last remaining Asiatic lions in the world, the boutique lodge is also prioritizing protecting the endangered species that have for centuries coexisted with the semi-nomadic tribe Maldhari.
With preserved forest and meadow gardens encompassing the property, Aramness Gir promises to offer guests the merging of environmental habitats while paying homage to the historic use of its land as farming grounds for nomadic communities.
The lodge, a collaborative effort between Fox Browne Creative and Nicholas Plewman Architects, takes its design inspiration from Haripur, a local village, whose influence is seen in the lodge’s courtyard homes and cobbled streets.
Inside interiors feature relevant cultural designs sourced and made in Gujarat, with the handcraftsmanship of large sandstones, steel screens and wall art all custom made to deliver premium guest stays.
As the first guests arrived at ARAMNESS GIR, Mr. Jimmy Patel, owner and founder of Aramness Gir said, “Our entire team has a passion for wilderness and each of us are dedicated to conservation. Our love for Gujarat is reflected in the walls of the kothis at Aramness Gir, creating a world class experience entrenched in local culture and designed with authenticity and luxury in equal measure, providing a wildlife experience that is reflective of world class African safaris right here in India. We are a haven for the luxury traveller, who seek meaning from their adventures.”
Setting a benchmark for a new Indian safari experience, guests staying at the lodge have several choices on how to spend their day — from game drives into nature parks to view Asiatic lions, jungle walks in the teak forest or sampling of delicious Gujarati food, to relaxing in the space — it is an experience not to be missed.
- By Sarah Micho