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Gir National Park

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Trip back in time and rediscover the multi-hued facets of India. You will simply fall in love with what awaits you !

Trip back in time and rediscover the multi-hued facets of India. You will simply fall in love with what awaits you !

Trip back in time and rediscover the multi-hued facets of India. You will simply fall in love with what awaits you !
Location : Gir(65 km from Junagadh), Gujarat

About Gir National Park
Asiatic Lion Pair Sasan Gir Gujarat IndiaLying in the Gujarat peninsula in the south-western India, the Gir National Park is home to 300 Asiatic Lions. The park is located in the rugged hills in the district of Junagadh in Gujarat. The forest sprawls over an area of 1150 sq km. The core area of the forest is spread over 300 sq km. It was earlier the royal hunting grounds of the Nawabs of Junagadh. On account of its fabulous number of Asiatic Lions, the Gir forest has acquired an important place both in and outside the country. It was only in the year 1975 that Gir was officially declared a national park. During winters the park is open from 6:00 hrs to 10:00 hrs and 15:00 hours to 17:00 hours. Summer timings are from 6:00 hrs to 9:30 hrs and 15:30 hrs to 18:00 hrs. Entry fee for adults is Rs. 30.00 per head and for children it is Rs. 10. For foreigners the entry fee is US $5.

Climate & Best Time To Visit
The Gir National Park faces extremes of temperature. Summers are very hot and winters are too cold. Temperature during the summers touches a maximum of 46 degrees centigrade while in winters in goes down to a minimum of 6 degrees. The annual rainfall of the park records 1000mm. The park is open for visitors from November to May. Though the best time to visit the park is from December to March.

Wildlife Attractions
» Flora :The varied vegetation at the Gir National Park is no less attraction. About half of the protected area is covered with Teak Forests, the main tree species being Khai, Sadad, Timru, Babul, Amla, Moledi, Dhavdo, Kadayo and Bahedo. Moving along the main rivers and streams one will come to witness a distinct type of vegetation. The flora here includes Jambu, Karanj, Umro, Vad, Kalam, Charal, Sirus and Amli. The coastal border has vegetation of Prosopis and Casuarina trees.

» Fauna - The Gir National Park has been endowed with a rich variety of fauna. Spotted deer is the most commonly observed animal of the park. Other inmates of the park include black bucks, four-horned antelopes, wild boar, Indian hare, pale hedgehog, grey musk shrew, small Indian mongoose, Indian pangolin, Indian porcupine, Indian fox, Indian flying foe and small Indian Civet. The jungle cat, desert cat and the rusty spotted cat are the other attractions of the forest. The reptiles include venomous and non-venomous snakes. The venomous includes Indian Cobra, Common Crait, Saw Scaled Viper and Rusell's Viper. The Indian Rock Python falls into the non-venomous group of snakes.

Gir National Park» Avi-fauna - On an estimate, there are about 300 bird species inhabiting the Gir forests. The diversity of birds is also one of the characteristic feature of the national park. The Paradise Fly Catcher, Bush Quail, Black Headed Cuckoo Shrike, Pied Woodpecker, Bonelli's Eagle, Creset Serpent Eagle, Grey Partridge and Painted Sandgrouse are among the numerous bird species of the forest.

Attractions Close To The Park
Attractions close to the park include Deva Ganga, Riley's, Bawal Chowk, Kankai, Chodardi, Tulsishyam, Kamleshwar Dam and Kamleshwar Lake.

Reaching Gir National Park
» Air - Keshod (90 km) is the closest airport from the Gir National Park. There are daily flightsfrom Mumbai to Kishod.

» Rail - There is a meter gauge rail line of 395 km from Ahmedabad. Sasan Gir(1 km) is also a railway station.

» Road - State Transport buses are available from Junagadh and Veraval. Junagadh is at a distance of 60 km from the park.

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