February 20, 2019

Gir National Park, Gujarat, India Wildlife Tour India

Gir National Park - Abode of Asiatic Lion, Gujarat, India

Fast Facts:
Location: Sasan Gir, Junagarh District, Gujarat
Best Time to Visit: November to March
Coverage Area: 1412 sq km
Nearest Town: Veraval 42 km
Main Attractions: Asiatic Lion, Leopard, Indian Fox,  Black Bucks, the four-horned Antelope, Wild Boar, Nilgai, Chinkara, Sambhar, Grey Musk Shrew,   Indian Flying Foe, Indian Hare, Pale Hedgehog, Small Indian Mongoose, Small Indian Civet, Indian Pangolin, Indian Porcupine, Ratel, &  Jackal

Gir National Park - Abode of Asiatic Lion:

Gir National Park is situated about 65 km south-east of Junagarh district in the state of Gujarat in Western India, the Gir National Park was established on 18th September 1965, as a Forest Reserve, fundamentally to moderate the Asiatic lion-named one of the World's most undermined species. Gir National Park is home to the last 300 Asiatic Lions ( Panthera leo persica ) left on the planet. Once this majestic animal was found all over Asia Minor, Arabia, Persia and India. But the royal families’ insatiable desire to kill and to ‘decorate’ the walls of their palaces with stuffed ‘trophies’ led to a near wipeout of the species from the jungles. Presently Gir National Park is the main residual spot on the planet, where one is probably going to see the Asiatic Lion. The asylum covers an absolute zone of 1,412 sq. km of which 258 sq.km at the center structures the National park. Grants are required to enter this piece of the haven. The Asiatic lion once had a wide range in a regular area running from NW India through Persia to Arabia. Be that as it may, sadly chased as the desired trophy thing amid the British Raj period, it is currently just found in the Gir woodland of Gujarat. The starvation of 1899 so demolished the Asiatic lion populace that Lord Curzon dropped his shoot at Gir, where he was remaining as the visitor of Nawab Junagadh. Curzon influenced the Nawab to ensure the rest of the lions. In 1965, the India Government pronounced this spot as a National park. Inside the haven, there are various human settlements of cows herders called Maldharis. There are also places of Hindu worship and pilgrimage and sulphur springs at Tulsi Shyam and Kankai Mata. At the edge of the recreation center there are great populaces of Indian Gazelle, secured by the religious estimation of the nearby individuals

Gir National Park, Gujarat, India Wildlife Tour India

Gir National Park, Gujarat, India Wildlife Tour India

Gir National Park Flora:

The terrain in Gir National Park is rugged with low hills and the vegetation is mixed deciduous forests, like Teak, Acacia, Jamun, Tendu and Dhak. Dotting the landscape are large patches of grasslands. The zone along the principal waterways and floods of the recreation center gloats of an unmistakable stretch of vegetation. The species found there include Jambu, Karanj, Umro, Vad, Kalam, Charal, Sirus and Amli trees. The trees on the slopes are scanty and hinder. The Gir forest is dry for most of the year with scrub trees, like babul & few flowering trees. The waterfront fringes of 
Gir Wildlife Park were planted with Prosopis and Casuarinas as a component of the afforestation plan did there.

Fauna in Gir National Park:

Gir National Park in Gujarat fills in as the main home the Asiatic lions in the entire world. It is the main spot where you can locate the lofty creatures in their characteristic natural surroundings. The best time to locate an Asiatic Lion is daybreak or sunset when they are openly wandering in the wilderness. Gir Wildlife Park of Gujarat is likewise very famous for lodging a huge populace of panthers, which is by and by evaluated to be around 210.
Aside from these very famous species, natural life of Gir National Park incorporates the most widely recognized creature that can be located in the haven, the Chital or Spotted Deer. Other principle wild attractions are Nilgai, Sambhar,  Chinkara, Black Bucks, the four-horned Antelope, Indian Flying Foe, Wild Boar,  Gray Musk Shrew, Pale Hedgehog,  Indian Hare, Small Indian Mongoose, Indian Pangolin, Indian Porcupine, Small Indian Civet,  Ratel, Indian Fox, and Jackal. The three littler wildcats - the Jungle Cat, Desert Cat and the Rusty Spotted Cat likewise possess the timberland, a reality which demonstrates that the woods isn't simply implied for the security of Lions, however the whole feline family.

Gir National Park, Gujarat, India Wildlife Tour India

Gir National Park, Gujarat, India Wildlife Tour India

Gir National Park, Gujarat, India Wildlife Tour India

Gir National Park Reptiles:
In Kamleshwar Dam Site Mash crocodiles are often seen.  Another significant fascination among the reptile populace of Gir National Park are the various non-venomous Snakes, for example, the Indian Rock Python alongside the four venomous assortments of Indian Saw Scaled Viper,  Cobra, Common Krait, Russell's Viper.

Gir National Park  Avifauna in Gir National Park :
Upwards of 300 types of flying creatures can be found occupying the backwoods of the Gir Wildlife Park, arranged in the province of Gujarat. The wide assortment of winged animals offered by the recreation center makes it a paradise for fowl watchers. The most ordinarily discovered species incorporate Bush Quail, Painted Sandgrouse,  Paradise Flycatcher, Crested Serpent Eagle Pied Woodpecker,, Black Headed Cuckoo Shrike, Bonelli's Eagle and Gray Patridge.

Gir National Park  Safaris:
Jeep Safaris are a perfect method to go inside the recreation center, as the uneven landscape of the recreation center can be advantageously secured on a solid vehicle. The recreation center experts grant you to take your very own vehicle inside the recreation center yet just with the expansion of a recreation center guide. Jeeps can likewise be procured from the workplace at Sasan or from the visit administrators. Seats ought to be reserved ahead of time for a ride on the little transport worked by the recreation center organization.

Gir National Park How to reach:
By Air: Keshod (86km) daily flights to/from Mumbai via Porbandar
By Rail: A few hundred metres from the Forest Lodge at Sasan. The nearest rail Station are Sasan Gir and Veraval, while the most convenient railway station is Rajkot
By Road: Available from Junagadh 54 km, Veraval 42 km, Keshod 86 km, Delhi 1140 km, Mumbai 340 km, Rajkot 160 km, Ahmedabad 415 km

Gir National Park Entry fee:
Entry Fee : Rs. 75 (Indians) & 100 (foreigners), Vehicle Entry : Rs. 35 (Indians) & US$ 4 (foreigners), Guide Fee : Rs. 50 (first 4 hrs) & Rs. 20 (every additional hour), Jeep Rate : Rs. 5300/safari (6 persons), 13800/- (foreigners), Still Camera : Rs. 100 (Indians) & US$ 5 (foreigners), Video Camera : Rs. 2500 (Indians) & US$ 200 (foreigners),

 Gir National Park timings are 6am to 09 AM & 3pm to 6pm.

Gir National Park Nearest Hotels:

Asiatic Lion Lodge - Sasan Gir Resort and Hotel (3800/-)
Gir National Park & Sanctuary, Sasan Gir-Bhalchhel-Haripur Road, 
Dist. Junagadh,    Haripur, Gujarat 362150
Phone no: 090990 79965

The Fern Gir Forest Resort (5900/-)
SH 26, Sasan Gir, Gujarat 362135, Phone no: 090990 49264

Gir Birding Lodge (4000/- to 5000/-)
Next to Gate no.2 Bambohod Check Post, Gir National Park, Sasan Gir, 
Gujarat 362135
Phone no: 093122 06571
Web: https://www.girbirdinglodge.com/

Hotel Umang (1000/-)
Near Sinh Sadan, Near Telephone Exchange,, Sasan Gir, Talala Gir, 
Junagadh, Gujarat 362135
Phone no: 099795 53755

Gir Jungle Lodge (2000/- to 4000/-)
Sasan Junagadh Road, Junagadh, Sasan Gir, Gujarat 362135,
 Phone no: 02877 285 601

The Gir Resort (2500/- to 5500/-)
Sasan-Junagadh Highway, Near Hiran River Bridge, Sasan Gir, 
Gujarat 362135, Phone no- 02877 285 688