Situated on the fringe of the Sasan Gir National Park, where the last remaining Asiatic lions in the world coexist with the semi-nomadic Maldhari tribe, ARAMNESS GIR, a new style luxe safari lodge, opened its doors towards the end of 2021. Located within the area that skirts the National Park, ARAMNESS GIR sits within a rare undeveloped natural paradise in a protected teak forest.
This forest is home to an abundance of birds and animal species freely roaming between the park area and the lodge. The property is positioned as an offering to the uber-luxe traveller who not only has sophisticated taste but also seeks the finer details in cuisine, wildlife and has a penchant for environment and conservation ARAMNESS GIR is the culmination of the owner and founder, Mr. Jimmy Patel’s vision, “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 kothi’s 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 seeks meaning from their adventures.” ARAMNESS GIR is a collaborative effort between internationally renowned Fox Browne Creative and Nicholas Plewman Architects to create a truly unique and immersive experience. The lodge design takes its inspiration from the characteristic local village, Haripur, with its central cobbled streets fringed with courtyard homes (kothis). Natural forest and meadow gardens have been revived on the property wherever possible and are experienced in and around the kothis and guest areas, merging the natural habitat of the area with the built-up space and paying homage to the original use of the land as farmland.
The design expression of the lodge is reflected by the interiors, which draw on the honesty of materials and culturally relevant design coupled with local craftsmanship. All inventory has been sourced or made in Gujarat; from the pattern on the large sandstone and steel Jali screens (which is a replica of the perforations of the dried leaf of a sal tree) to the striking wall of Kutchi lipan plasterwork with its intricate inlaid mirrors handcrafted by local artisans.