| GIR NATIONAL PARK & SANCTUARY
Located in the south west of the Saurashtra peninsula, the Gir National Park is a haven to about 300 Asiatic lions. The 1,412.13 sq Km. Park has a rugged terrain and the steep rocky hillsides are covered in mixed deciduous forests. There are teak, ber, flame of the forest and banyan trees. Streams run through the deep ravines.
The lions, a smaller more compact version of their African cousins are best viewed at dawn or dusk when they are on the move. Gir has also nearly 210 leopards and numerous chital, nilgai, chinkara, the four horned antelope and wild boar. Marsh crocodiles are often seen along its rivers. The forest is rich in bird life and the paradise flycatcher, black headed cuckoo shrike, pied woodpecker , Bonelli's eagle, crested serpant eagle, painted sandgrouse, bush quail and grey partridge are among the variety that is found here.
Three unusual reserves, the Nalsarovar Lake and Sanctuary, where large numbers of water-birds can be seen; the bare saline flats of Rann of Kutch; incredibly the home of the Indian wild ass and the spectacular Flamingo Island where nesting colonies of flamingoes are to be seen, make Gujarat an exciting place for wildlife enthusiasts.
|General Information :
|Best time to Visit
||: December thru mid June
(Park remains closed during monsoon from June to October)
||: Lion Safari Lodge.
||: Veraval (42 Km)
|How to get there
||:By Rail - Sasan Gir (1 Kilometer)
By Air - Keshod (86 Kilometersm)
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Other Important National Parks and Wildlife Sanctuaries in India:
Bandhavgarh National Park
Bandipur National Park
Bharatpur Keoladeo Ghana National Park
Corbett National Park
Dudhwa National Park
Gir National Park & Sanctuary
Great Himalayan National Park
Kabini River Lodge
Kanha National Park
Kaziranga National Park
Manas Tiger Reserve
Nagarhole National Park
Periyar National Park
Ranthambhore National Park
Sariska National Park
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