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 Gir National Park (Gujarat)

The Gir National Park is a heaven to about 300 Asiatic lions. 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 throuh 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 alongits rivers. The forest is rich in bird lif and the paradise flycatcher, black headed cuckoo shrike, pied woodpecker, Bonelli's eagle, creste serpent eagle, painted sandgrouse, bush quail and grey partridge are among the variety that is found here .

Gir National Park Quick facts

  • Gir National Park Geography and Climate

    Gir has a tropical monsoon climate. It can become very hot during the summer, with noon temperature reaching 43 °C or 109 °F, and humid during the monsoon in june. In winter the temperature drops to about 10 °C or 50 °F. The normal monsoon starts from mid-june and lasts till september, with the annual rainfall ranging between 600 mm and 1000 mm.
    The park and the sanctuary remain open all year but the cool and dry weather between late-november and early-march is the recommended visiting period.

  • Best time to visit Gir National Park

    Best time to visit the park is in the winter, from december to march.

  • Gir National Park Distance(s)

    64 km from Junagadh
    32 km from Verawal

  • How to reach Gir National Park by Road

    It 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.

  • How to reach Gir National Park by Rail

    The nearest rail connection is the meter gauge rail line of 395-kms from Ahemdabad.

  • How to reach Gir National Park by Air

    The nearest airport from Gir is Keshod 90-kms via Veraval. Visitors can easily catch daily flights from Mumbai to Keshod.

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    Gir National Park Tips

  • Gir National Park Travel Tips

     Take official guides along with you on the park trip.
     Wear loose fitting and simple clothes that blend with the park surroundings.
     Carry plenty of water along with you.

  • Not to do at Gir National Park

     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.
     Do not smoke inside the park.
     Do not use flash or intrusive photography.
     Picking of plants and insects is strictly prohibited.
     Camping and picnicking is not allowed within the park.

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