Gir Forest National Park
Gir Forest National Park
Gir Forest National Park
Gir Forest National Park

Gir Forest National Park

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Gir National Park is an imperative confined area in Asia and is the habitat of the pure Asiatic Lions. The next most important animal of the locality is the Leapord. The park is situated in the south west of Gujarat, India. To be particular, it is 65 km south east of Junagadh and 60 km south west of Amreli. The Asiatic lion were in handsome number in natural territory which had their presence from NW India through Persia to Arabia. But unfortunately hunted as a popular trophy item during the British Raj times, it is limited only to the Gir forest of Gujarat.

 

The deprivation of 1899 decimated the Asiatic lion population so much that Lord Curzon negated his shoot at Gir, where he was staying as the guest of Nawab Junagadh. Curzon influenced the Nawab to protect the left over lions. In 1965, it was declared as National Park by Indian Government. The land is unsteady with deep ravines, sharp rocky hills and masses of rivers. The vegetation, mainly nearby the main rivers and streams is mixed deciduous, Dhak trees, Tendu , Jamun, Acacia and with Teak, interspersed with big patches of grasslands and offers the visitor with long enjoyable drives, through the wide forest cover. These trees are majorly broad leaved and evergreen, giving the region a cool shade and wetness content. The Gir forest is dry for long duration of the year with scrub trees, like babul and some blossoming trees.

 

The Gir Forest is categorized under Very Dry Teak Forest. It has 507 altered species of plant in the region. The count of 2,375 discrete fauna species of Gir has about 38 type of mammals, about 300 kind of birds, 37 class of reptiles and more than 2,000 group of insects. The major herbivores of Gir are Chital, Chinkara, Sambar, Nilgai (or Bluebull), Four-horned Antelope, and Wild boar. Blackbucks from the nearby area are occasionally seen in the sanctuary.

Location Junagadh District and Amreli District Gujarat, Ind
Nearest Rail Head Junagadh Amreli
Nearest Airport Keshod
Area 1,412 Sq. Km
Vegetation Tropical dry deciduous, thorn scrublands, semi-evergreen riverine flora
Established 1965
Major Wildlife Attractions Asiatic Lion, Indian Leopard, Sloth bear, chousingha, nilgai
Best Time to visit November to May

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3 Days Gir Forest Lion Safari

Duration: 3 Days & 2 Nights

Starting from: INR 18,500 Onward

A 3 Days Lion Safari in Gir Forest National Park which is the sole home of the pure Asiatic Lions (Panthera leo persica) and is considered to be one of the most important protected areas in Asia due to its supported species. The forest area of Gir and its lions were declared as "protected" in the early 1900s by the then Nawab of the princely state of Junagadh. This initiative assisted in the conservation of the lions whose population had plumm...

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4 Days Gir Forest Lion Safari

Duration: 4 Days & 3 Nights

Starting from: INR 23,550 Onward

A 4 Days Lion Safari in Gir Forest National Park which is the sole home of the pure Asiatic Lions (Panthera leo persica) and is considered to be one of the most important protected areas in Asia due to its supported species. The forest area of Gir and its lions were declared as "protected" in the early 1900s by the then Nawab of the princely state of Junagadh. This initiative assisted in the conservation of the lions whose population had plumm...

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