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After Africa, perhaps Gir National Park is the only place where one can see a great number of lions roaming freely under the vast skies of this wildlife sanctuary. This place is located at a distance of around 65km south-east of Junagarh district. This wildlife sanctuary covers an area of around 1412 square kilometres. 

If you are a wildlife lover and want to see some attractive Asiatic Lions then Gir National Park in Gujarat is the destination that you must explore. Other than the lions, there are many more rarely found wild animals in the national park which will definitely attract your attention like leopards, deers, ruddy mongoose, etc. Undoubtedly, we can say that Gir is a wildlife hub and is also one of the major tourist destinations situated on the land of Gujarat.

History of Gir National Park

It was during the 19th century that the kings and rulers of India indulged in inviting the British colonists for hunting expeditions in order to maintain good trade, power and political relations with them. However, it was at the end of the 19th century that we got to know the deliberate consequences of participation by Britishers in such hunting expeditions. As a result, by the end of the 19th century only about a dozen Asiatic lions were left. The Gir Forest was considered the hunting grounds of the Nawab of Junagarh. It can be said that it was the British viceroys who were responsible for the drastic fall in the numbers of living lions. But today, this forest area is considered as one of the most important and protected areas in Asia owing to its biodiversity. Gir National Park is also considered as the jewel of Gujarat’s ecological resources. 

Why you Should Visit Gir National Park

There is every reason to visit the Gir National Park, especially by nature-lovers. Apparently, this place has more than 500 species of flora and more than 2,000 species of fauna ranging from Hyenas, Golden Jackal, Asiatic Lion, and Ruddy Mongoose, etc. With this, we can say that the Gir National Park is no less than a heaven for people who love to travel around.   

Top Attractions to Visit Around Gir National Park

Somnath Temple. This incredible historical destination lies very close to Gir National Park. Located at an approximate distance of around 46km, this Hindu temple has been specifically dedicated to Lord Shiva. This temple is also one of the 12 Jyotirlingas. Somnath temple is truly an amazing travel getaway to explore if you are seeking spiritual guidance. Read More

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Darbar Hall Museum. This place is located nearby Diwan Chowk and is an ancient and historic palace exhibiting the belongings of the Nawabs who once had a certain charm swaying in the very streets of this place. It is here that you will be finding an amazing collection of items such as weapons, armors, chandeliers, etc. 

Things to do in and Around Gir National Park

Visit Girnar Mountain. Standing proud and tall at a height of around 1,100 meters, this mountain is located 5km east of the Junagarh district. What’s really interesting is the fact that at the very top of this place you will find many historic temples which were built here during the timeline ranging between 1100-1500. 

Kamleshwar Dam. The Kamleshwar Dam is perhaps one of the most amazing scenic locations to visit with your family and friends. This place has been set up across the Hiran river which also happens to be one of the seven rivers flowing within the sanctuary.

Best Time to Visit Gir National Park

The lion sanctuary is closed between the months of June and October and thus the remaining months can be considered as the best time to visit the reserve. People can also prefer visiting the wildlife park in the months of April and May which may be hot but are considered good for photography and also for safari.

Famous Food and Clothing of Gujarat

There is no doubt in the fact that Gujarat does have the best of everything to offer to anyone who looks forward to knowing the Indian culture. When it comes to food, Gujarat has got some of the greatest cuisines to offer. The Gujarati cuisine majorly consists of dishes like Khandvi, Gujarati Samosa, Undhiyu, Aam Shrikhand, Dhokla, etc. Moving to Gujarati clothing, the womenfolk of this place wear chaniyo, chaniya choli, sarees whereas the traditional dresses of men in Gujarat include chorn, kediyu, dhoti, kurta, etc.  

How to Reach Gir National Park

By Air. The nearest airports from Gir National Park are Keshod airport and Rajkot airport situated at a distance of around 70 and 160 km approximately. These airports have good overall connectivity from major cities like Delhi, Pune, Mumbai, etc. But the best way to reach this place from overseas is by Mumbai International Airport. 

By Road. Traveling by road always seems to be quite appealing as it usually involves traveling with your gang of friends. The roads in Gujarat are in very good condition thus making it a very viable option to travel via road networks especially if you have your own vehicle.   

By Train. Junagadh and Veraval railheads are the nearest railway stations from this sanctuary. Both of these train stations are connected with the major cities of our country such as Delhi, Pune, Bangalore, etc. via direct trains. After deboarding the train, you will need to hire a cab or some other means of transportation to reach your destination. The road journey may take you around one to two hours depending upon factors like traffic and weather conditions. 

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