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Gujarat, December 21, 2015: The Gateway Hotel Gir Forest, located at the edge of the world-renowned Gir Forest is now open for guests. The hotel, set in an idyllic environment is perfect for a relaxing holiday.

Mr. 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 the 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. 

About The Gateway Hotels and Resorts:

The Gateway Hotels & Resorts is a full service upscale hospitality brand in the South Asia region and a part of the Taj Group of Hotels. Designed for the modern nomad, Gateway provides consistent, courteous and crisp service for business and leisure travellers seeking contemporary and refreshing experiences. Keeping in mind those looking for comfort, familiarity and flexibility, the hotels & resorts are divided into 8 zones - Enter, Stay, Hangout, Meet, Work, Workout, Unwind and Explore. 24/7 services such as 24/7 breakfast, 24/7 'active studio' and 24/7 laundry are all designed to cater to guests round-the-clock. Gateway provides welcome perfection through an unrivalled network and innovative cuisine offerings like 'active food' - superfoods and low glycemic index foods for the health conscious; regional home-style cuisine; 'eat-in' - refreshed in-room dining menus and 'wake up' - buffet breakfasts with a range of healthy and indulgent options. Flexible, dynamic and warm service, 'in-room yoga' amenities and 'explore' packages all make The Gateway Hotels & Resorts sanctuaries that refresh, refuel and renew.

www.thegatewayhotels.com

About Taj Hotels Resorts & Palaces

Established in 1901, Taj Hotels Resorts and Palaces is one of Asia's largest and finest group of hotels, comprising 98 hotels in 61 locations across the globe, including presence in India, North America, United Kingdom, Africa, Middle East, Malaysia, Sri Lanka, Maldives and Bhutan. From world-renowned landmarks to modern business hotels, idyllic beach resorts to authentic Grand Palaces, each Taj hotel offers an unrivalled fusion of warm Indian hospitality, world-class service and modern luxury.  For over a century, The Taj Mahal Palace, Mumbai, the iconic flagship has set a benchmark for fine living with exquisite refinement, inventiveness and warmth. Taj Hotels Resorts and Palaces is part of the Tata Group, India's premier business house.

www.tajhotels.com

For further information please contact:

Parinita Gawri

Parinita.gawri@tajhotels.com