Gir National Park, Gujarat
Place : Sasan Gir, Junagarh district, Gujarat
Best season : Mid October-Mid June, November and February is the best time for sighting the lions
Nearest Town : Veraval (42km)
Main attraction : Famed as the only abode of Asiatic lions.
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The Gir National Park can either perfectly be termed as the land of the Asiatic Lions or also being famed as Sasan Gir, is a forest and wildlife sanctuary in Gujarat, India; established in 1965. The park is being consorted with a total area of 1412 kmē (about 258 kmē for the fully protected area (the national park) and 1153 kmē for the Sanctuary).
The Gir National Park is being located 65 km to the south-east of Junagadh and 60 km to south west of Amreli in the Indian state of Gujarat.
Flora & Fauna
Gir is the most prolific areas for variety of avi-faunas in India along with the last habitats of the Asiatic lion and the Indian wild ass. The land features an an array of habitats - the desert salt flats and scrub of the Little Rann of Kutch, the southern coast of the Gulf of Kutch, the deciduous forests of Gir and the grasslands of Velavadar, with a sojourn in the princely town of Gondal where a variety of birds come into the palace grounds and good birding is possible at the private grasslands and lakes of the Maharaja's estates.
Apart from the Asiatic lion, other wild attractions in the sanctuary are Nilgai, Chinkara, Sambhar, Black Bucks, the four horned Antelope, Crocodile, Wild Boar, Indian Flying Foe, Grey Musk Shrew, Indian Hare, Pale Hedgehog, Small Indian Mongoose, Small Indian Civet, Indian Pangolin, Indian Porcupine, Ratel, Indian Fox and Jackal. The three smaller wildcats - the Jungle Cat, Desert Cat and the Rusty Spotted Cat, also inhabit the spaces in the Gir forest. The forest is also loaded with tremendous bird lives, and an estimated of 300 species can be found inhabiting Gir National Park over the years, the most common is the peafowl.
Different routes to access the park:
There are generally 6 routes in the Gir Park - the longest is 31km. Some of the most popular routes for a drive are the Sasan-Kamaleshwar Dam, the Sasan-Kankai, the Sasan-Chodavdi and the Sasan-Tulsishyam routes. These routes are especially adorned with glary glimpses of good amount of lions with the help of trackers and guides. The Gir forestry department provides jeeps and guides on a daily basis for visiting the wild creatures.
Best Time to Visit
Even if Gir National Park is one of the hottest and most visited wildlife reserves within India still the perfect timings to visit this park is during the months of Mid October-Mid June. November and February is the best time for sighting the lions, those who generally goes deep inside to the forest's interior during the summers.
Access to Gir National Park
Air : The nearest airport from Gir is Keshod 90-kms and from Diu 100 kms. From Mumbai there are daily flights to these two destinations towards Gir.
Rail : The nearest rail connection is at Veraval (45 kms) on the main line from Ahmedabad.
Road : Gir is easily accessible by road from Diu, Rajkot and Ahmedabad.
|Tour Name||Lions of Gir Tour|
|Duration||06 nights & 07 days|
|Destinations Covered||Delhi - Ahmedabad - Bhavnagar - Gir - Zainabad - Ahmedabad - Delhi or Mumbai|
|Tour Name||Gir National Park Weekend Package|
|Duration||02 nights & 03 days|
|Destinations Covered||Delhi - Gir National Park - Delhi|
|Tour Name||Gujarat Bird Watching Tour|
|Duration||09 nights & 10 days|
|Destinations Covered||Delhi - Ahemdabad - Dasada - Jamnagar - Gir National Park - Gir - Bhavnagar - Velavadar - Ahemdabad - Delhi|
Gir National Park
Wild Animals in Gir National Park:
The unique ecosystem of Gir herbivores about 38 species of mammals, around 300 species of birds, 37 species of reptiles and more than 2000 species of insects. The main carnivores of the Gir are the Asiatic lion, leopard, jungle cat, hyaena, jackal, mongoose, civet cat, and ratel. Desert cats & rusty spotted cats are very rare. The main herbivores of the Gir are Chital, Nilgai, Sambar, Four horned antelope, Chinkara & Wild boar. In the adjoining Gir forest there is a small population of blackbuck.
The avifauna is represented in plenty by more than 300 species of birds most of which are resident. The Main scavnger bird is the vulture of which about 6 species have been recorded. Some of the typical birds of Gir are Crested serpent eagle, Bonnali's eagle, crested hawk eagle, King vulture, Brown fish Owl, Great Horned Owl, Bush Quail, Pygmy Woodpecker, Black headed Oriole, Crested swift and Indian Pitta. Grey Hornbill is now extinct from the area.
Travel Information about Gir National Park
How to reach Gir National Park
By Air : The nearest airport with connectivity to Delhi is Ahmedabad about 390 km from the lodge and the drive takes about seven to eight hours depending on the number of stops en route.
By Train : There are trains to Rajkot and then the drive of about 164 km takes three to four hours.
Mumbai has direct flights to Diu Airport, about 112 km from the national park, and both flights and trains to Rajkot, 164 km from the Gir National park.
There are trains to Junagadh, 60 km from Gir, or Veraval, 40 km from Gir, and the drive takes about one hour from either. There are also trains and buses to Sasan, near the lodge, from Junagadh / Veraval.
Best Time to visit Gir- Novomber to June
Wildlife Safari Timing
Morning : 0700 to 1100 Hrs
Afternoon : 1500 Hrs to 1700 Hrs