Gir National Park
Sprawling over an area of 3,386 sq km, the Gir
National Park is the home to one of the rarest and majestic predators
on earth, the Asiatic Lion. The forest is a wonderful mix of teak,
acacia and banyan trees.
Other than the majestic lions, Gir is also
home to the fastest predator on earth, the spotted leopard. This is just the right sort of place for big game lovers
to see the wild and the powerful in all its glory.
chief attraction of the place is the "lion shows" organized
by the park authorities near the Dewaliya area. It is indeed a spectacle
to see the King of the Jungle in its full glory. The forest is a
protected area and poaching in any form is prohibited altogether.
It is estimated that Gir National Park can support a lion population
of about 300. An all out effort is being made to actually take the
figure to that magic number.
Gir National Park is easily accessible. There is
a railway and bus stop at Sasan. Sasan is about 160 km from Porbander
and 160 km away from Rajkot. Accommodation too is not going to be
a major constraint.
Since the economy of the area is predominantly
based on tourism, there has been a considerable development in boarding
and lodging facilities. The park is open to visitors from November
to May but the best time to visit the place is between December