Devalia Safari Park | Wildlife Trip 2016

13th – 14th August 2016

One and a half day, 450+ KM, 3 cars and one of the most adventurous trip. Making life-time memories for all participants.Day well spend at Last Home of Asiatic Lions.
[Note: All photos in this article are taken during this trip only.]

Trip in Nutshell

As unexpected, departing from Jamnagar on-time. This saved approx an hour of our schedule. So using the same at our first photography stop at Junagadh.

Panorama Shot created with photoshop photo-merge and
shot with Nikon D5300 Camera & Nikon 18-140 Lens

When we are going through a heritage city Jungadh how can we forget clicking few images at Bahauddin & Mahabat Maqbara. So, an hour well spend clicking the beautiful architecture in its best foreground grass and cloudy sky.

Followed by travel to Sasan, hotel check-in, Dinner and Photo-Talk for an hour.

14th August 2016, 7:00AM:

Time to leave, entering the check post of Devaliya and having the Tea in the forest was like seeing the Nature at its best.
Beginning the journey from there, suddenly the first wildness comes on its way.

Indian gray mongoose at Devalia Safari Park

Nikon D5300 + Nikon 70-300
SS: 1/400 | f/5.6 | ISO-400

“Indian gray mongoose” – Soon our eldest and most experienced participant Narendrabhai Modha told it’s a sign of Luck. Though mostly all saw the mongoose but none get chanced to click as it was just a moment sighting.

Continuing from there was first birding spotting, “White-eyed buzzard”. Further moving from there, a man coming on bike from opposite side stops near us and say go fast he have heard a lion roaring on road, and so chance of seeing him on road.
The moment all heard those word, excitement was seen in everyone’s eyes. But couldn’t find anything on way.

Participants at Devalia Safari Park Participants photographing few birds at Devalia Safari Park near parking area

Participants photographing few birds at Devalia Safari Park near parking area

Finally reached at Devalia Safari Park (also known as Devaliya Interpretation Zone) after few exciting experience which was seen in every participatants. Our target was to get first bus to get the Lions in its maximum undisturbed mood. So reached almost an hour early, so it was time to wait for the bus service to begin.
Soon the lioness roars from Inside and it was so much clear as she was just few meters away, again everyone’s heart beat bumped. But as there was time to go inside, everyone enjoyed clicking Gray langur (Hanuman langur/Monkey) having fun with their young-ones.

Soon, first trip announced and it was time to go!

Now its time for luck to come up for test, firstly we saw a lion and a lioness and soon again heard that Roar. And then there comes the roaring lioness towards us finding her colleagues.

Asiatic Lioness in her habitat at Devalia Safari Park

Asiatic Lioness in her habitat at Devalia Safari Park
Nikon D5300 + Nikon 70-300 SS: 1/500 | f/7.1 | ISO-250

The moment to see and hear her Roaring was thrilling & an unforgettable experience.

Moving further, someone shouted hey its Jackal there, and then other shouted check he is with Kill. Getting closer to them, it was a full family breakfast time! And spotting total of 24 Jackal enjoying kill and fighting the same with Crows.

Continued with many Black Buck, Spotted Deer, wild boar & Blue-Bull

So, morning session was truly a Lucky-one.
(more images at end of article)

Time to get back to Sasan, followed by our Gathiya and chai (breakfast) and rest. It was time to Dinner, having traditional and specially ordered Gujarati Food (specially ordered as due to off-season during August, they are not pre-prepared)

Time to rest again and discussion and reviews on morning clicks. Now it was time to go, so we checked-out from hotel, soon we heard few birds. It was Oriental white-eye and Great Tit ( & a new Species tick for many)

Moving further after a Tea towards Interpretation Zone, soon beautiful sighting of Shikra. And the spotlight effect from leaves. One more beautiful frame. Click Click…

Reached at Interpretation Zone.
Oh, entire scene changed from morning. Parking was full and waiting for an hour or two was expecting. Still it was a chance for us, getting late is always good as light will favor us with its softness. Again spotting few lions, black-buck, spotted dears and blue-bulls.
This time luck was seeing the Lion with Kill, its said they have hunted at noon. Opportunity and Luck for this time too

So a Big day ends, departure from there towards Jamnagar.
And soon Nature tells it’s not the end keep your eyes open. Spotting Barn Owl, Indian Night-jar and Indian Fox on way was also a beautiful sighting experience.


Species we witnessed


Trip Photos

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6 Comments

  1. Jaynil Parikh May 17, 2018 at 4:48 PM - Reply

    It was my 1st trip with Wild Gujarat and for the 1st time was visiting the Gir during monsoon. Expert’s tips on photography and editing, delicious food and mentor’s knowledge on wildlife were just amazing. I loved this trip so much that I had joined them again in 2017 and looking forward for 2018.

    • Hiren Khambhayta May 17, 2018 at 5:11 PM - Reply

      Thank-you for that Jaynil, but trip in this year is a bit doubtful. Still will try.

  2. Chirag Shah May 16, 2018 at 11:33 AM - Reply

    Dear Wild Gujarat Team, that was a nice experience visiting Devaliya Park. Thanks for your help in shooting and composition guidance. We were also lucky to see lion, lioness and other animals and birds. Food was also good and stay was decent too considering the amount charged. It was like token charge… hope to visit Gir with you soon…

    • Hiren Khambhayta May 16, 2018 at 11:51 AM - Reply

      Thank-you Chiragbhai, yes it was a good experience for all. And Gir is always full of surprises. Didn’t knew you want to join for Gir, its planned this month only but now permits are full. Will update you when next time its planned again.

  3. Jeet Sheth May 16, 2018 at 11:09 AM - Reply

    Food is so good and experts are so humble that they guided us how to shoot properly and make compositions.Thanks Wild gujarat team.

    • Hiren Khambhayta May 16, 2018 at 11:36 AM - Reply

      Thank-you Jeet, yes traditional gujarati food was awesome over there. 🙂

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