Gir National Parks
ABOUT GIR NATIONAL PARK
The Gir national park and Gir wildlife santuary is situated in the Junagadh
district of the Indian state of Gujarat.Extended over an area of 1412
sq kms,the Gir national park covers a core area of 258 sq kms.The gir
national park is famous for its minimun number of preserved Asiatic lions.There
are about 300 species of Asiatic lions in the park. Established in 1965,
the park was the only conservative place for the endangered Asiatic lions.
It is said that in 1913, the number of lion population had fallen to 20
animals but due to the effort and labour of the Nawabs of Junagadh, who
took effective conservative measures to save this threatened wild beast,the
number has now raised up to 300 lions.
The topography of Gir National Park includes rugged landscape with deep
ravines, steep rocky hils, and rivers. The vegetation is of mixed Deciduous
type with Dry Teak, Jamun,Flame of Forest, Acacia and Banyan trees. The
trees are evergreen and bear broad leaves that gives cool shade.
Gir national park is also famous for its three uncommon and unusual reserves-
the Nalsarovar Lake Santuary; the Rann of Kutch and Flamingo islands(residence
of the flamingoes).This makes the area the most visited tourists destination.
MAJOR WILDLIFE ATTRACTION OF GIR NATIONAL PARK
The gir national park endorses 350 species of birds, 32 species of mammales,
24 species of reptiles and more than 2000 species of insects. Apart from
lions, the other inhabitants of gir national park are Leopards, Wild Ass,Chital,
Sambar, Blue Bull,Chausingha, Chinkara, Wild Boar, Four-horned Antelope
and Nilgai.The park has rish diversity of birds among which the most common
are the Paradise Flycatcher,Black-headed Cuckoo,Grey Drongo,Pied Woodpeckar,Coppersmith,
Indian Roller,Crested Swift,Fish Owl,Shaheen Falcon, Crested Serpent Eagle,
Painted Sandgrouse,Rock Bush QuaiL and Grey Patridge.
HOW TO REACH GIR NATIONAL PARK
The nearest airport from Gir National Park is Keshod which is
just 90 kms form the specific destination. Visitors can catch daily flights
from Mumbai to Keshod.
The nearest railhead from Gir are Seasan(100 kms) and Vevaral(45
Regular state transport buses are available from Diu, Ahemdabad,
Rajgot and Junagardh to reach Gir National Park.