The Gir Forest National Park and Wildlife Sanctuary 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 last refuge of the Asiatic Lion is 59 km from the Junagadh via Visavadar. The ruggged, hilly, 1400 sq km sanctuary feels beguilingly uncommercial and encompasses some very beautiful forested land. It was set up to protect lions ans their habitat.
The Gir Wildlife sanctuary has lions as well as there are more than 30 species, including leopards, hyenas, foxes, wild boars, parrots, peacocks, crocodiles , monkeys and deer including the Indian largest antelope (nilgais), graceful chinkara gazelles, chow-singhas and barking deer.
The Gir Forest National Park and Wildlife Sanctuary (also known as Sasan-Gir, is a forest and wildlife sanctuary in Gujarat, India. Established in 1965, with a total area of 1412 km² (about 258 km² for the fully protected area (the national park) and 1153 km² for the Sanctuary), the park is located 65 km to the south-east of Junagadh and 60 km to south west of Amreli.
STD Code : 0285 Gir Orientation Center: Next to the Singh Sadan Forest Lodge Local and Reliable Tour Operator:++91-80034-07457,Path Trekkers
The lions are elusive, but you’d be unlucky now to see at least one on a safari. If you were determines to spot one, allow for a couple of trips. Understandably, the lions retreat into the undergrowth during Indian holiday periods when convoys of jeeps roar through the park.
GIR INTERPRETATION ZONE
Twelve kilometers from the Sasan village at Devalia, within the sanctuary precincts, is the Gir Interpretation Zone. The 4.12 sq km zone is home to a cross section of Gir Wildlife. Chances of seeing lions there are good.
CROCODILE BREEDING CENTRE
The centre is near Sinh Sadan and it is a good place to see crocodiles, from baby to big – there are around 100, bred here to restock the sanctuary.
List of Hotels -
- Hotel Umang
Rent: 450-700 INR
- Amidhara Resort
Rent: 1000 INR
- Gir Lodge
Rent: 60-80 USD
Getting There & Away
STC buses travel regularly between Junagadh and Veraval via Sasan. There are buses to Veraval. You can also get to train service for getting there and away.
Tags: Asiatic Lion, CROCODILE BREEDING CENTRE, GIR INTERPRETATION ZONE, gir national park, Gir Orientation Center, Gir Wildlife Sanctuary, Sasan Gir Wildlife Sanctuary, The Gir Forest National Park and Wildlife Sanctuary, Veraval, wildlife safari
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