Wildlife Travel India
Wildlife Travel India
Wildlife Travel India
Wildlife Travel India
Wildlife Travel India

Gir National Park

An Introduction to Gir National ParkGir National Park

The Gir National Park is located in the Junagadh district of Gujarat. It is famous for being the last existing natural home of the Asiatic lion.The National park was established on 18th September,1965, to conserve the Asiatic lion in the Junagadh district of Gujarat.The total area under Gir national park is about 2,450 hectares. although it has a healthy population of other animal species too. The Gir forest covers an area of 1150 square kilometers with 300 square kilometers forming the core area of the national park.The Gir lions were brought under protection by the Nawab of Junagadh, who banned all hunting in the area. After independence, in 1965, the Indian government declared the area a national park. The lion population- which had sunk to an alarming two dozen in the early 20th century- has slowly climbed over the years since, and now numbers about 300. The Gir National Park and Lion Sanctuary is collectively known as the Gir Protected Area.

The park receives a good annual rainfall averaging 1000mm. The temperatures at the park vary to extremes, as they do with most of the country too. In winters, the temperatures go down to as low as 6 degrees centigrade, while soaring up to a scorching 46 degrees in the summers. The park is open to visitors from November to May but the best time for visiting the park, taking comfort and wildlife viewing into consideration, is December to March. The park offers many excellent drives through scenic areas. For the more impatient and less adventurous, the park authorities organize "lion shows" in the Dewaliya area, which are a sure-shot way of seeing the magnificent big cats. These "spectacles" for the public are hopefully soon going to be axed, as is proposed by the more thoughtful of the governing bodies, and a safari park instead is to replace them with an area of around 1000 acres being set aside with a higher population density of lions to enhance sighting chances.

Now Gir National Park is the only habitat of the Asiatic lion,The Asiatic lion is slightly smaller than its African cousin, nevertheless, a large male lion of the Gir is quite a sight to behold. The best way to observe the big cats is, of course, in their natural surroundings, at dawn and dusk, when they are on the prowl. The Forest Department does arrange lion shows every Sunday, where the spectators can watch prides of lions on the hunt.There are guided trips available, to watch these magnificent animals from a very close range.

Other Attraction :

No doubt that Asiatic lion are the main attarction of Gir National Park but other animals like
The chinkara, wild boar, striped hyena, jackal, common langur, porcupine, hare, black buck, are also can be found in this sanctuary.

Bird Watching :

There are over 200 bird species including the peafowl, grey partridge, Bonelli's eagle, crested serpent eagle, jungle bush quail, painted sandgrouse, common green pigeon and several species of doves . The Gir is also home to the marsh crocodile, which can be sighted easily in its rivers, particularly in the lake of the Kamaleshwar dam. There is also a crocodile breeding farm at Sasan.

Best Time to Visit :

Between December and March is the best time to Visit the Gir National Park. Park is closed from June to October.

Travel Information :

The Nearest town to the Gir National Park is Veraval at a distance of 42km.The Nearest Railway station is at a distance of 1 km that is in Sasan itself, Nearest airport to the Gir National park is at Keshod at a distance of 86 Km.

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