GIR: Only Jungle For Lion Safari In India

 

Gir National Park is the one of the best national park in India.The only home of the Asiatic lions, the very popular Gir National Park is placed 66 km away from Junagarh district. Established at 1965. Many come to Gir because, outside of Africa, it is the only place with wild lions. But to truly experience Gir and the lions, you must explore their natural habitat, with everything from tiny wild birds, not easily seen, Other than the charismatic Asiatic lion, the park also has a substantial population of leopards, vast herds of deer, langurs, snakes, hyenas, small jungle cats, and crocodiles. Here you can experience one of the best Indian wildlife safari. Driving around, you are uncommonly aware you are in someone else’s territory. You stay in your vehicle because you are in the home of lions, leopards, hyenas, crocodiles;

FACTS ABOUT ASIATIC LION 

  • Until the early 19th century, Asiatic lions roamed an immense area of South and Southwest Asia, as far east as Greece and as far west as modern Bangladesh.
  • The Asiatic lion is over two and a half meters long, weighs 115 to 200 kg, and can run short distances at 65 km/h to chase down the sambar, chital, nilgai, and chinkara that are its preferred prey.  However, when not hungry, it will never attack an animal; The lions prefer open scrub and deciduous forest areas, and are very bold, not shy around humans.
  • The Asiatic lion (panthera leo persica) is similar in most respects to its African cousins. The most prominent differences are a fold of skin that runs along its belly and a reduced mane in males.  In the early 1900s,Nawab Muhammad Rasul Khanji Babi, the ruler at the time, noticed the lions had all but disappeared; he counted only 12 in the entire forest. Fearing their extinction, he declared the Gir a protected area.
  • In May 2015, the Gujarat government released its latest lion census figures, which said Gir’s Asiatic lion population had grown around 27%, from 411 in 2010 to 523 in 2015.
  • Asiatic lions, found only in Gujarat, have been classified as an endangered species.

 

 

Gir National Park

Gir National Park in Gujarat is the only place in the world where you can spot lions roaming free in the wild. There are 106 male, 201 female and 213 sub-adult lions in the wilderness in this forest. as a large population of marsh crocodile, which is among the 40 species of reptiles and amphibians recorded in the sanctuary It is one of the most popular Lion safari in India.

The park checklist has over 250 species of birds. Rare species such as Lesser Florican and the Sarus Crane are recorded in the grasslands along the periphery of the sanctuary.

Gir is the home of the Maldharis, a term used for the many Hindu and Muslim pastoral groups of the area. The Maldhars live in traditional settlements called nesses and tend Jafrabadi buffalos, Gir cows and other livestock. Some of them also have camels, sheep and goats. Among the best-known pastoral groups of Gir is the Sorathi Rabari.

TIMING

Morning- 6am-9am, 9am- 12pm

Evening- 3pm-6pm

 

The Devalia Safari Park

Devalia Safari Park also known as Gir Interpretation Zone – Devalia. Gir Interpretation Zone is basically a fenced- off compound that acts as the home to good cross-section of Gir wildlife. Here, the chances of spotting lions are pretty good and tourists can get around 35- 40 minutes to look for wildlife from a bus.

Gir Interpretation Zone is apt for shorter visits. Though lions can be spotted here, but it is not the same as watching them in the wild. However, it also raises a good level of excitement when seen the roaming around. Few important information pertaining to Gir Interpretation Zone are:

  • There are separate entry fee for Indians and foreign nationals.
  • There are animals like Asiatic lions, Leopards, Blue Bull, Sambhar, Chital, Jackal, Black buck, Wild Boar etc.
  • The presence of Savana habitat and other flora is also another attraction of the area.
  • Many rare birds including Peafowl and vultures are common in the Devalia.
  • It is advisable to take official guides.
  • Smoking and disturbing the wildlife is strictly prohibited.
  • Flash and intrusive photography is not allowed here.

TIMING

Monday to Sunday 8AM to 11AM & 3PM to 5PM, Closed on Wednesday

KEY NOTE

  • Must have permission from Sinh Sadan Forest.
  • On jeep safari, you can spot the Lions in their natural habitat, when they are on the prowl.
  • Jeeps and Guides are made available by the forest department.
  • There are no Canter Safari or Elephant Safari unlike to the other National Park.

 2N/3D Tour Packeges  CHARGES

Approximately Rs. 10,735/PERSON

NEAREST RAIL STATION

Rajkot and Junagadh

NEAREST AIRPORT

Ahmedabad.

Approx Flight Charges (One way)

  • Delhi to Ahmedabad- 2,107
  • Mumbai to Ahmedabad- 1,401
  • Chennai to Ahmedabad-3,967
  • Kolkata to Ahmedabad-  4,643

DISTANCE FROM NEAREST CITY

Ahmedabad to Sasan-408 kms

Rajkot to Sasan-160kms

Junagadh to Sasan- 60 kms

Author: Anindita Ghosh

Daughter. Women. Loves to travel. A passionate blogger by heart. Travel Enthusiasts. Passionate about singing. Can lough on a simple jokes but easily gets hurt in simple way.

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