Gir Forest National Park

Lion, Gir Forest National Park
Lion, Gir Forest National Park
The Gir Forest National Park located in Gujarat state of India, is the last and only home of the Asiatic Lions in all of Asia. It is the only place outside African continent to see Lions in their natural habitals. Gir Forest National Park was established in 1965 for the protection and conservation of the decreasing population of Asiatic Lions. Gir Forest National Park and Wildlife Sanctuary covers over 1412 km² of land that includes 258 km² of fully protected area and the rest of 1153 km² for the sanctuary.

The main attraction of Gir Forest National Park is the Asiatic Lion. Indian leopards, sloth bears, Indian cobras, jungle cats, striped hyenas, golden jackals and Indian mongoose are some of the carnivores found in Gir Forest. The herbivores found in Gir are chital, nilgai, sambar, four-horned Antelope, chinkara and wild boar. Many bird species also find the ecosystem of Gir Forest favorable for their habitat. Vultures, crested Hawk-eagle, brown fish owl, pygmy woodpecker, black-headed oriole and Indian Pitta are some of the birds found in Gir.

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Location of The Park : In southwest region. of the Saurashtra peninsula, Gujarat. Nearest airport is Keshad, SOkm (30miles) from the park. It is also accessible by rail from Sasan Gir (1 km, .or half a mile, from the park)on the Western Railway).

Gir National Park Climate : Summer temperatures are hot and humid (43"C; 109"F);winter nights are freezing 40C, or 390F at night; 24"C, or 75"F, during the day).
Striped Hyena, Gir Forest
Striped Hyena, Gir Forest


When to go?: The park is closed from monsaan (June to September) till mid-Octaber. A pleasant time tovisit is December to May (although" May is hot, wildlife viewing is good).

How to Reach : Nearest tawn, Veraval, is 42km (26 miles) away. At a distance .of 6Skm (40 mile~), Junagadh is well-connected with Delhi and Bambay by train and bus.Buses and jeeps Jar hire at the! Gujarat Taurism Office at Diwan Chawk in Junagadh.

Facilities at Park : GSTDC.run Lian Safari Ladge at Sasan Gir village has can~ teen facilities .and dining haIL The
Four-horned Antelope, Gir Forest
Four-horned Antelope, Gir Forest
deluxe Gir Ladge run by Taj Group .of Hatels is very camfortable. Guides necessary hi the park; hired at entry gate. Visitars can take petrol vehicles (diesel not p,ermitted) on prescribed rotes aniy.

Wildlife in Gir National Park : The .only retreat in India .of the Asiatic Lion. Also present, Panther, Striped Hyena, many deer, species, Indian Wild Boar and Marsh Cracodile.
Booking for Gir National Park : For infarmation and accommodation contact: Ttte Deputy Canservatar .of Forests, Wildlife Divisian, Sasan Gir, Gujarat-362135.


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