The last natural habitat of the Asiatic Lions, Gir National Park in Gujarat makes for an interesting visit. Apart from the Lions, the park is also home to 300 species of birds.
The Gir wildlife sanctuary and national park, collectively referred to as the Gir Protected Area is located in the Saurashtra peninsula of Gujarat in western India.
Flora: Vegetation in Gir can be looked at in four ways. The first is the Teak forest and nearly half of the protected area has this kind of a habitat. The main tree species that occupy this habitat are Khair, Sadad, Timru, Babul, Amla, Moledi, Dhavdo, Kadayo and Bahedo. The non-Teak forests, which comprise the remaining forest consists of tree species like the Khair,Dhavdo, Sadad, Timru, Amla, Moledi, Kadayo, Salai, Simal, Khakhro, Ber and Asundro. A distinct belt of vegetation is found along the main rivers and streams. Species like the Jambu, Karanj,Umro, Vad, Kalam, Charal, Sirus and Amli are found here. These trees are mostly broad leaved and evergreen, giving the area a cool shade and the moisture content. Finally, Prosopis and Casuarina have been planted in the coastal border as part of the aforestation plan.
Location: Junagadh District and Amreli District Gujarat, India.
Nearest Railway Station: Junagadh Amreli.
Nearest Airport: Keshod (IXK)
Best Time to Visit
Wildlife enthusiasts can visit Gir park throughout the year, but the best period to visit the Gir Sanctuary is between the months of November and June.
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