the south west of the Saurashtra peninsula, the
is a haven to about 300 Asiatic lions.
The 1,412,13 sq. km. Park has a rugged
terrain and the steep rocky hillsides are covered in mixed deciduous forests.
There are teak, bear, flame of the forest and banyan trees. Streams run through
the deep ravines.
The lion, a
smaller more compact version of their African cousins, are best viewed at dawn or
dusk when they are on the move. Gir has also nearly 210 leopards and numerous
chital, nilgai, chinkara, the four horned antelope and wild boar. Marsh crocodiles
are often seen along its rivers.
The forest is rich in bird life and the paradise
flycatcher, pied woodpecker, Bonelliís eagle, crested serpent eagle, painted
sandgrouse, bush quail and grey partridge are among the variety that is found
unusual reserves, the Nalsarovar Lake and Sanctuary, where large numbers of
water-birds can be seen; the bare saline flats of the Rann of
the home of the Indian wild ass and the spectacular Flamingo Island where nesting
colonies of flamingoes are to be seen, make Gujarat an exciting place for wildlife
Best time to visit
December-mid June (closed
during monsoon till mid October)