Tucked away in a corner at the western tip of India, the Sasan Gir National Park, declared protected in the 1900s by the then Nawab of the Princely State of Junagadh, hosts around 400 of the only wild Asiatic Lions in the world.
Gir is a lavish mix of deciduous forest and semi-evergreen and evergreen flora, acacia, scrub, grasslands and rocky hills. And in this arena, if the sight of a big male with a windswept mane evokes awe, the resounding roars of a pride asserting its real estate rights underline the importance of having a lion heart.
- Best time to visit:
October to June
- Recommended min. duration:
4 nights/5 days
In the fauna department of Gir, the Asiatic lion is merely the cherry on a very rich cake. For apart from the ‘mane menu’, Gir also offers a chance to savour the sight of many other mammalian and bird species, including the master of reclusion, the leopard.
Other mammalian staples, apart from the ubiquitous chital, sambhar, wild boar and langur, include nilgai, chowsingha, chinkara, jackal and even hyena.
If that already sounds like a full house, the park also boasts of 250 species of birds, including attractive inmates like painted sandgrouse, paradise flycatcher, black-naped monarch, Eurasian thick-knee, long-billed vulture, red-headed vulture, and several raptors including Bonelli’s eagle, steppe eagle, osprey, peregrine falcon, laggar falcon and white-eyed buzzard. Also seen are brown fish owl, Eurasian eagle-owl, mottled wood owl and spotted owlet, and keen eyes can spot nightjars in the late evenings.
Not to be discounted, the reptiles are well-represented by 25 species, including marsh crocodile and monitor lizard, with python, cobra, keelback and vine snake being some of the other reptiles that inhabit the park.
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For whom is this destination suitable?
Anybody with an interest in wildlife and all the myriad marvels of the forests, and is over the age of 18 (unless accompanied by a parent or adult guardian) can go on a personal vacation to this destination.
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