Gir Wildlife Sanctuary Gujarat
Factfile Gir Sanctuary
About Gir National Park
Location : Gir, 42 kms away from Junagadh, Gujarat.
Area : 1412.13 sq. km
Major Attractions : Leopards, Asiatic Lions, Chowsingha,
Sambar Deer, Chital Spotted Deer etc.
Best Time to Visit : November to June
Timings : 8-11 am and 3-5 pm.
Ever since we are kids, we always fascinate about visiting a big forest and
hope to see the real wild animals there. Well this might come true while
visiting the famous Gir forest. Located in the south-western part of Gujarat,
Gir wildlife sanctuary is one of the most popular and most visited travel attraction of
the state. Gir park was declared a wildlife sanctuary in the year 1965
and is the last shelter of Lions outside the African regions.
Gir forest Gujarat was initially a beginning point for the conservation
of the Asiatic lions (whose work started under the Nawab of Junagadh).
As in 1913, the population of lions in this region was just 20 but today,
with the continuous efforts of wildlife lovers, it has increased to around 300.
Flora of Gir Forest
The forest with Teak, Acacia and Banyan trees give a thick cover that
act as a shelter for the animals and many species of plants. Along
the main rivers and streams of the park you will get to see a distinct
green vegetation belt. Common trees found in the park include Karanj,
Jambu, Umro, Kalam, Charal, Vad, Amli and Siru. With their broad leaves,
these trees provide the park area a cool shade and extra moisture.
Fauna of Gir Wildlife Sanctuary
Famous for its Asiatic lion population and India's largest leopard population.
Gir wildlife sanctuary is a heaven for wildlife lovers. Here you can see animals
like Sambar, Spotted Deer, Chowsingha (Four-horned Antelope), Chinkara, Nilgai,
Wild Boar, Gazelle, Langur, Jackal, Hares and Hyena, reptiles like Marsh Crocodiles,
Monitor Lizards, Pythons and a wide variety of snakes.
Gir National Park Safari
No trip to a national park can be complete without experiencing a jeep
safari, elephant safari (a great way to enjoy the wild world of Gir).
And if you want to spot Lion in Gir wildlife sanctaury Gujarat, Jeep Safari is the
best way. Watching the lions from open-roof jeep is altogether a wonderful
experience. During your Jeep Safari tour, you can also click some pictures
of the lions and other animals. Best time to spot the lions are at the dusk
and dawn. Jeeps and guides are made available by the Gujarat
Accommodation At Gir National Park
Plenty of accommodations are available at Sasan, located near the entrance
of wildlife sanctuary. You can stay at Sinh Sadan Guest House which is run by
the Gujarat tourism authorities. Maneland Jungle Lodge and Lion Safari Lodge
are other rest houses which provide good accommodation at a cheap price.
How to Reach Gir Wildlife Sanctuary
Nearest airport is located at Keshod, which is only 86 kms away. You can catch daily flights from Mumbai to Keshod.
Sasan (1 km) is the nearest railway station which is connected by metre gauge line with Ahmedabad (395 kms).
Good network of roads connect Gir Wildlife Sanctuary with Ahmedabad via Rajkot, Junagadh and Mendarda. Between November and June, State Transport Buses run to and from Junagadh and Veraval to Gir.