A word which is very famous in Gujarat that is “Aao Padharo”, which means welcome in the language of Gujarat because it is here that these words ring truly and the guest is 'God' for us and the people of Gujarat are gregariously friendly, inviting and will entice us to come again and again for visit of any other personal reasons. Gujarat is also famous for the holy place in India as well as the industrial place in world.
In Gujarat state we will discover centuries of history as spanning the geological core of the earth onto a fascinatingly vibrant kind of future. Gujarat is one of the most unique in its geological and topographical landscape.
Gujarat is only state that have the ancient cave paintings to historic murals, natural and manmade caves which is itself a wonder. There are many other things like Art, history, music, culture, all dovetails within each other to form an amazing matrix that is the cultural high spirits of the people of the state.
Gir National Park - As we all know that Gir National Park lies in the state of Gujarat peninsula in South-Western India. This National Park was recognized on 18th September, 1965, as a Forest Reserve. Gir National Park is the only lasting place in the world, where one is likely to see the Asiatic Lion. The sanctuary covers a total area of 1,412 sq. Km of deciduous forest combine with semi-evergreen and evergreen flora, acacia, scrub jungle, grasslands and rocky hills which makes more beautiful pace in the state of Gujarat. The sanctuary has large water bodies like the Kamleshwar Dam that are good for crocodiles and birds. Other animal inhabitants of the Gir national park are Sambar Deer, Chital Spotted Deer, Nilgai Antelope, Chowsingha Four-Horned Antelope, Chinkara Gazelle, Wild Boar, Langur Monkey, Jackal, and Hyena and numerous birds like Paradise Flycatcher, Bonneli's Eagle, Crested Serpent Eagle, Woodpeckers Flamingo etc.
The location of Gir National Park is in southwest region of the Saurashtra peninsula, Gujarat. Nearest airport is Keshad, 50 km (30miles) from the park. It is also accessible by rail from Sasan Gir (1 km, .or half a mile, from the park) on the Western Railway).
Some climate description about the Gir National Park: Summer temperatures are hot and humid (43"C; 109"F); winter nights are freezing 40C, or 390F at night; 24"C, or 75"F, during the day.
Flora and Fauna in Gir National Park
Gir Wildlife Sanctuary has varied deciduous kind of forest having teak, ber, blaze of the jungle, Jamun, a range of acacia principally babul. It is a mountainous area with abundance of rivers and gives the tourists extended enjoyable drives, throughout the deep forest wrap.
Asiatic Lion is the biggest attraction of Gir national park. Leopard is the second major usually spotted marauder of Gir Sanctuary. Infect, Gir Wildlife Sanctuary is known as one of the national parks in India having biggest Leopard inhabitants and particularly in the warm months they can be spotted sometimes near to the lodges in the night.
Other prominent wild animals of the Gir national park include Sambar, Chital, Nilgai, Spotted Deer, Four-Horned Antelope, Wild Boar, Chinkara Gazelle, Langur Monkey, Hyena, Jackal and various birds as Paradise Flycatcher, Crested Serpent Eagle, Bonneli's Eagle and Woodpeckers Flamingo etc.
Major Attractions of Gir National Park
Gir Wildlife Sanctuary is full of history and myths. Gir Sanctuary possesses of few great ancient temples as Kankai Mata and Tulsishyam - it is an auspicious place along with a hot water springs. The jungle is well known for its Madharis - the cattle herders and whose animals as buffaloes make a considerable element of the Asiatic lions' food. Tremendously welcoming, these Madharis are traditional herders and their lifestyle is changing slightly in these years and their legends and customs are quite unique evidence of coexistence of lion with humans.
The best way to do the wildlife sighting in Gir National Park is through the open jeeps around the jungle. The most popular drives in the jungle are Sasan towards Baval Chowk also to Kankai, to Tulsishyam and Chodavdi and to Kamaleshwar dam.
There are 03 remarkable wildlife reserves near to Gir, first is Nalsarovar Lake & Sanctuary - it is known for various water birds, the second is Little Rann of Kutch Wildlife Sanctuary- famous for endangered wild ass and the third is charming Flamingo Island.
How to reach Gir National Park
Air: Diu airport is 112 KMS, Rajkot airport is 164 KMS
Train: Junagadh 42 KMS, Verawal 32 KMS
Road: Ahmedabad 390 KMS, Somnath 40 KMS, Jetpur 90 KMS, Gondal 123 KMS, Jamnagar 151 KMS, Porbandar 187 KMS, Dwarka 225 KMS