One of my 9:30am game drives in Sasan Gir (when it is quite hot), I was lucky enough to find two lions, and not have a ton of other jeeps with me, or any handlers. Believe it or not there are still villages in the park, tribal people who have buffalo that they take to graze (and yes, the lions do eat their buffalo). We passed a herd of buffalo and their shepherds (not sure what the correct word for buffalo tender is) but one of the villagers told my guide and driver that there were lions up ahead in a gully. Sure enough - we found them not too far ahead, two female lions laying a ways back from the road in the dry brush. This is essentially the scene, if you look carefully you can see the two lions:
I was looking through my camera - and I was vaugely aware that the ranger had gotten out of the jeep and disappeared. I assumed this was either to relieve himself or to inform the villager who'd told us about the lions exactly where they were - that was about all I thought of it. And then, to my utter amazement, he entered the frame of my camera, to the right. He was carrying a stick in his hand and he began to chase the lions towards me. I could not have been more shocked - it was certainly NOT what I wanted, but the damage was done. The lions came closer to me and to the road.
Asiatic lioness video
I asked my guide to be SURE to explain to future rangers NOT to do this, ever again, on any of my drives. No chasing lions with sticks when it can be avoided, period! I took several photos of the lions before we had to move on in order to be able to check out of the park on time. This was the only "peaceful" visit I had with Asiatic lions, not that it was unmarred by the above obviously, but it was a solo sighting and once the lions were near me, they relaxed and we had a few moments of peace together.