Starting my drive to Leopards Lair at Bera’

Among the carnivores, I was fascinated by lions, tigers, and leopards. Having lived in Gujarat all my life and having a friend living at Gir, I had seen many lions. When I got married in Odisha and lived with the Khadia and Mankadia tribals inside the core area of the Simlipal Tiger Reserve at Baripada, sighting tigers at Devasthali was a routine affair.

However, I happened to sight a leopard only a few times. Once at Kumaon when I was at Ascot wildlife sanctuary and once at Jalana Doongri near Jaipur. But one glimpse of this magnificent animal had me hooked.

So, when I came to know that one of the world’s most reputed leopard experts was living at Bera which is a four-hour drive from Ahmedabad, I decided to visit his lair aptly named “Leopards Lair”.

There are many resorts at Bera, but the choice is clear! Devi Singhji Ranawat, the owner of “Leopards Lair Resort” and his son Shaileshwar Singh Ranawat. If anyone knows the leopard’s movement around Bera, it is this father-son duo.

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