Villagers in Saurashtra who live near the famous Gir sanctuary in Gujarat found 12 lions walking through their neighbourhood on Tuesday night.
Security cameras placed near local shops caught the pride striding through.
Forest officials said the lions in the Rampara village in the Amreli district, 15 kms from the west zone of the wildlife park, were likely in search of cattle as prey. But the lions left without causing any damage.
The sprawling 1,400-sq km Gir wildlife sanctuary is the only natural habitat for rare Asiatic lions.
Asiatic lions -- different from African lions, with a characteristic skin fold on their bellies and thinner manes on the males -- once roamed most of Asia.