Gir National Park is the only remaining home for the Asiatic Lions that are almost a definition to this park in Gujarat, which has a lot more to offer.
Gir provides you with the unique experience of visiting a place which almost singularly plays a crucial and defining role in the preservation and sustaining of a certain species. The preservation of these lions was initiated by the Nawab of Junagadh when these were just about to enter the phase of extinction due to hunting. Official count said that there were 411 lions in 2010. Also, there are roughly different 2375 species of fauna here with 38 species of mammals, over 300 species of birds, 37 species of reptiles and over 2000 species of insects.
Other important wildlife forms found here are leopard, chausingha, spotted deer, hyena, sambar deer and chinkara.
Many resorts, hotels and lodges here. Most of the resorts are good and have many facilities.
Gir is one of the biggest habitats for the lions and leopards. A great place for the wildlife safari.
Does not have its own airport, railway station, and bus station so difficult to reach.
Perfect place for wildlife lovers and photographers.
Staring from Rs. 13,849
Tranquil Gujarat - Jyotirlinga Yatra & Sasan Gir
Staring from Rs. 13,900
Day 1 - Arrive at Keshod airport or Junagadh railway station. Transfer to resort in the Gir National park. Check-in at the hotel. Spend the rest of the day at the resort. Day 2 - Leave for wildlife excursion in the National park. Enjoy the wildlife safari. In the evening enjoy the bird watching. Back to the resort. Dinner at the resort. Overnight stay at the resort with a bonfire and other cultural programmes.
The Gir National Park is one of the oldest wildlife sanctuaries in India, home to the majestic Asiatic lions along with a wide variety of flora and fauna - including over 600 species of plants, 300 bird and 39 mammal species. The Gir jungle trail takes you into the heart of the over 1000 sq km of lush deciduous forests, allowing you to marvel at its rich biodiversity. Apart from the lions, Gir is also famous for other species like leopards, red-headed vultures and the Indian python.
The Devalia Safari Park is also known as the Gir Interpretation Zone and was established to reduce the excess of tourists at the Gir National Park. It is an eco-tourism zone, known as ?Gir in a nutshell?, which houses all the wildlife and habitats of Gir within its boundaries. Prominent species that can be spotted here include - Blue Bull, Asiatic Lion, Leopard, Sambhar and Peafowl. The Savana habitat is also a popular attraction here. A tour of Devalia is cheaper, quicker and allows tourists to view the animals in their natural habitat.
The dry deciduous forests of Gir are believed to house over 500 species of flora. Teak trees cover over half the area. Other prominent species include jamun, babul, the flame of the forest etc. Casuarinas and Prosopis were planted along the coastal borders of Gir for under the afforestation program. The Gir forest has great significance both for scientific research recreational purpose.
The Gir region has seven major rivers, and 4 reservoirs at 4 dams - one each on the Hiran, Machhundri, Raval and Shingoda rivers. The biggest reservoir is the Kamleshwar Dam, which is called as the lifeline of Gir. Droughts and water scarcity are a major challenge in the region, especially during peak summers.
Apart from the famous Gir jungle trail at the national park, Gir has many other attractions to offer to tourists. The Kamleshwar dam, which is the largest dam in Gir, is one such attraction, and it is often referred to as the ?lifeline of Gir?. It is built over the Hiran river. The beautiful Tulsi Shyam temple located within the national park is also a must-visit. The crocodile breeding farm, located near the Sasan Gir reserve, is also a popular tourist destination.
Gir is synonyms to the royal Asiatic lions that draws in the wildlife enthusiasts from all around the globe. The national park is the last abode of the endangered species of Asiatic lions that are the pride of India. With the population of about 500 lions and 400 leopards in its premises, Gir is one of the biggest habitats of the wild cats and also a haven for the wildlife lovers. Wildlife Safaris in the deep woods of Gir not only offers the great vistas of the wildlife, but the perennial and seasonal water bodies add an extra perk to the experience of wildlife expedition. Kamleshwar Dam located within the premises of national park is a home to reptiles and crocodiles which are also a major attraction of Gir. Apart from the leopards and lions, the national park also houses the various variety of species such as Deer, Sambhar, Cheetal, antelopes, blue bull, jackal, hyena and hare among the other species of fauna.
Gir has a number of resorts and lodges that serve food across various cuisines. These ensure that you won't run out of options for food while on your trip through adventure and excitement. Since it's a part of Gujarat, you might find local and elaborate Gujarati cuisine being served here. Typically vegetarian, Gujarati Thali would consist of Roti, Dal or Kadhi, Rice and Vegetable Curries. Gujarat is a dry state, so you wouldn't find any alcohol here.
- Follow the guide's instructions. Carry sunglasses, caps and water. Atleast at 2 to 3 days stay is reccommended.
By Kumar Kislay
I'm a bird watching enthusiast. Is Gir a good option for me that way?