Gir National Park Travel Guide
Gir National Park is the pride of not just Gujarat, but entire India. It is home to the mighty Asiatic Lions. Apart from lions the park is famous for its richly diverse flora and fauna. 300 species of birds, 37 species of reptiles, more than 2000 species of insects, and 400 species of plants make Gir so diverse. The entry to the park is through Sasan village. Gir National Park is best explored in a guided safari tour. For all those who love to watch animals in their natural habitat, want to feel a rich jungle experience, or if you’re interested in wildlife photography, then Gir National Park is the perfect place for you. Nestled in the lush landscapes, the protected forests of Gir are away from the chaos of the concrete world and you can unwind in the serenity of nature.
Peaceful Shikara, Dal lake, Nishat park., Shalimar, Shalimar Mughal Garden
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It is the King Lion’s Majestic Home
Gir Forest National Park and Wildlife Sanctuary, is a protected forest area near Talala Gir in Gujarat, India. This national park & sanctuary is considered to be one of the most important protected natural areas in Asia as it is a revival zone which protect several rare animals, in particularly the Asiatic Lions. This national park is also known as Sasan-Gir, because the entry to this park is via Sasan village. Indian princely states in 19th century, used to invite British colonists for hunting expeditions and the end of the century only a handful of Asiatic lions were left in Indai and all of them here in Gir. This area was under the reign of Nawab of Junagarh's, as his personal hunting zone. Nawab of Junagarh & the British Government in India initiated the protection of the animals here. In present day, this is the only zone in Asia, where Asiatic lions are present and is the most important protected areas. Gir ecosystem has diverse flora and fauna and is protected and maintained by the government forest department, wildlife activists and NGOs.
Gir Forest National Park was established in 1965, with a total area of 1,412 Sq. km, of which 258 Sq. km is a completely protected national park and 1,153 Sq. km is retained as wildlife sanctuary. This zone is a part of Kathiawar-Gir dry deciduous forests eco-region and there are seven perennial rivers here, namely Hiran, Godavari, Shingoda, Shetrunji, Machhundri, Datardi, and Raval, which support life.
The Gir forest is blessed with more than 400 plant species including teak, jamun, babul and flame of the forest, zizyphus, tendu and dhak. Other plants here are karanj, umlo, amli, sirus, kalam, charal and banyan. Most trees here have broad leaves which provide cool shade and moisture to the jungle. This forest forms an important biological research for scientific, educational, aesthetic and recreational values. Fauna here includes about 38 species of mammals, 300 species of birds, 37 species of reptiles and more than 2,000 species of insects. Asiatic lion, Indian leopard, Indian cobra, jungle cat, striped hyena, Golden jackal, Indian and Ruddy mongoose, honey badger, desert cats, rusty-spotted cats, chital, nilgai, sambar, four-horned antelope, chinkara and wild boar are spotted here. One can also spot porcupine, hare, reptiles, mugger crocodile, tortoise and monitor lizard etc. More than 300 species of avifauna population are residents here. 6 recorded species of vultures, crested serpent eagle, endangered Bonelli's eagle, crested hawk-eagle, brown fish owl, Indian eagle-owl, rock bush-quail, Indian peafowl, brown-capped pygmy woodpecker, black-headed oriole, crested trees and Indian pitta etc., are seen here.
The entry to this sanctuary is through Sasan village. The wild life sanctuary is bet explore by a safari. Guided jeep safari are available but needs to be book earlier and rules & regulations of the sanctuary have to be strictly followed.