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12 Things you should know before visiting Gir National Park

12 Things you should know before visiting Gir National Park
Gir National Park Today is the only place in the world outside Africa where a lion can be seen in its natural habitat,


  1. The Gir Lion is a majestic animal, averaging 2.75 metres in length
  2. A rich variety of flora and fauna makes Gujarat home to 40 species of mammals and 425 species of birds- an absolute treat for nature lovers in india.
  3. Gir forest is one of the oldest protected areas in india.
  4. The sambar is the largest Indian deer which stands about 150 cm at the shoulder, The largest indian antelope, Nilgai or blue Bull, also resides in Gir.
  5. A good variety of wildlife can be seen here in a 20 to 30 minute tour of the area in jungle safari in a gypsy
  6. Gir houses a variety of more than 250 birds and has been declared as an important Bird area by the Indian bird conservation network(IBCN).
  7. This is a good area for grassland birds like larks and warblers, and the hunting ground of harriers and other Raptors.
  8. The Kamleshwar Dam are also good sites for birdwatchers. Darter, Painted Stork, Wooly- necked stork can also be seen.
  9. Gir has about 40 species of reptiles and amphibians. The marsh Crocodile can be seen in large numbers at Kamleshwar.
  10. The monitor lizard is often seen and there are many species of snake including venomous ones like the indian Cobra.
  11. The Crocodile hatchery at sason is also interesting. The star Tortoise and freshwater turtles could also be seen in the sanctuary.
  12. How to reach here: By road- Gir national park is 60 km from junagadh and 360km from ahmedabad, By Rail- One can travel to junagadh from Ahmedabad or Rajkot,  By Air- The nearest airport is Rajkot.

Where to stay- The Gir jungle Lodge, Hotel Anil Farmhouse, The lion Safari Camp, The fern Gir forest resort and the amidhra resorts.

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