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Gir Forest National Park & Wildlife Sanctuary

Gir Forest National and Wildlife Sanctuary was established in 1965 and is located near Talal Gir in Gujrat, covering an area of 1412 sq km of which 258 sq km is protected area of national park. The park is 43 km north-east of Somnath, 65 km south-east of Jnagadh and 60 km south-west of Amreli. The efforts of the government forest department, wildlife activists and NGOs result that the ecosystem of Gir with diverse flora and fauna are protected. The park area was the haunting ground for the Nawab of Junagadh. By facing drastic drop in the population of lion in Gir, Nawab Sir Muhammad Rasul Khanji Babi declared Gir as a "protected" area in 1900.

 

The seven rivers  of the Gir region are :

  • Hiran
  • Shetrunji
  • Datardi
  • Shingoda
  • Machhundri
  • Godavari
  • Raval

The four reservoirs in the are are at the four dams, one on each Hiran, Machhundri, Raval and Shingoda rivers. In the western India the forest is the largest dry Deciduous Forest. Around 400 plant species were recorded in the survey which was held in the year 1955. The count of 2,375 distinct fauna species exist in the Gir forest which includes 38 species of mammals, around 300 species of birds, 37 species of reptiles and more than 2,000 species of insects.

Places to Visit

  • Gir Orientation Centre
  • Gir Interpretation Zone
  • Crocodile Rearing Centre
  • Gir Fun Tour
  • Jeep Safari in Gir
  • Gir Weekend Tour
  • Gir Holiday Tour

Best Time to Visit

  • Best time to visit the Gie Forest National Park is the from months December to April.

Climate

  • Summer temperature ranges from 30°C - 40°C.
  • Winter temperature ranges from 10°C - 22°C.

How to Reach

By Air - Nearest airport is Keshod Airport, Keshod.

By Rail - Nearest railway station is Junagadh Railway Station.

By Road - State Highway 26 is the nearest highway through which tourist can reach the national park.