|Have you ever heard
of the roaring loud voice of lion, if not then come to Gir
jungle which is famous for the preservation of lions? In
this forest you can see more than 400 plant species but the
climate of the forest varies from season to, season. Mainly
two seasons places important role in the life of this forest
one is the hot summer where the temperature is 43 °C
or 109 °F. In winters it become cool and r the temperature
drops to about 10 °C or 50 °F. The normal monsoon
starts from mid-June and lasts till September. In an average
every year near around 600 mm and 1000 mm raind falls. However,
because of the irregular monsoon and uneven distribution
of rainfall often the climate varies and Being so much natural
diversities there are good numbers of animals are been preserved
like Asiatic lions, Jungle cats, Indian Leopards, Sloth bears,
Striped Hyenas, Indian Mongoose, Indian Palm Golden Jackal,
ls Civets, and Rattles and apart from these there one can
see desert cats and Rusty-spotted cats and many more. Other
animal residents of the Gir national park are Chinchaga Gazelle,
Wild Boar, Langur Sambar Deer, Chital Spotted Deer, Nilgai
Antelope, Chowsingha Four-Horned Antelope, Monkey, Jackal,
and Hyena and numerous birds like Boneless Eagle, Crested
like Paradise Flycatcher, Serpent Eagle, and Woodpeckers
Flamingo. Moreover the year since 1913 when the Lion population
over here was decreasing drastically, the govt took an initiative
and try to implement the process of increasing the strength
of these animals, so keeping that in mind the forest got
specialized feature to preserve loins. Further, as the forest
is located in the southwest of the peninsular state of Gujarat,
one can easily reach there. The national park covers 1,412su
km areas and is known for its thick greenery. The forest
was established in year 1965 and conserve Asiatic Loins,
and other wild life species and the forest is covered by
lush tress, rugged land and plenty of rivers where one will
surely get pleasant feel. In this lush forest one can see
broad leaves which give cool shade, but the forest remains
dry most of the time.
||42-kms From Junagadh, Gujarat
||Asiatic Lions, Leopards, Chowsingha
In India the Lion population is spread across the states of Rajasthan, Gujarat, Haryana, Punjab, Uttar Pradesh and Madhya Pradesh. But Gir is not just about Lions, the second most commonly found predator in the Gir is Leopard. Infact, Gir national park is also home to one of the largest Leopard populations in any park in India, and especially in the hotter season they can sometimes be seen at night close to the lodges.
Other animal residents of the Gir national park are Sambar Deer, Chital Spotted Deer, Nilgai Antelope, Chowsingha Four-Horned Antelope, Chinkara Gazelle, Wild Boar, Langur Monkey, Jackal, and Hyena and numerous birds like Paradise Flycatcher, Bonneli's Eagle, Crested Serpent Eagle, Woodpeckers Flamingo etc.
Jeep Safari : The best way to observe the big cats is, of course, in their natural surroundings, at dawn and dusk, when they are on the prowl. Wildlife viewing in the Gir’s is best done, by driving via jeep around the forest.
Wildlife enthusiasts can visit Gir park throughout the year, but the best period to visit the Gir Sanctuary is between the months of November and June.
The nearest airport from Gir is Keshod 90-kms via Veraval. Visitors can easily catch daily flights from Mumbai to Keshod.
The nearest rail connection is the meter gauge rail line of 395-kms from Ahemdabad.
Gir is situated at a distance of 400-kms from Ahmedabad via Rajkot, Junagadh and Mendarda. State Transport buses are easily available from Junagadh and Veraval to Gir, between November and June.
» Do not disturb the animals during day time as most of the nocturnal animals sleep during day time.
» Do not try to irritate the animals or make them angry by teasing them.
» Take official guides along with you on the park trip.
» Do not smoke inside the park.
» Do not use flash or intrusive photography.
» Picking of plants and insects is strictly prohibited.
» Wear loose fitting and simple clothes that blend with the park surroundings.
» For the safety of the visitors, walking and hiking within the vicinity of the park is not allowed.
» Camping and picnicking is not allowed within the park.
» Carry plenty of water along with you