Home of the Asiatic Lion
Sasan Gir National Park is also known as the Gir Forest National Park and Wildlife Sanctuary. It is a prominent bio-reserve based in Gujarat that houses the endangered Asiatic lion. The sprawling premises of the park extend over 1,400 square kilometers and house animals including reptiles and various bird species. The park is packed with tourists for most months of the year who travel to view the lion population in addition to the indigenous fauna resident in Gir.
Fauna Sightings in Gir National Park
The majestic Asiatic lion can only be found at Gir, which is why the park sees a high level of tourist traffic. Travelers can also sight majestic leopards, slinking foxes, the Indian wild boar and packs of hyenas inside the park. Common sightings also include peacocks, spotted deer, moorhens and monkeys. Apart from this, people can catch sight over 300 varieties of avifauna in the sanctuary. These include the resident crested serpent eagle, pygmy woodpecker and even the elusive black-headed oriole making it an intriguing visit.
Tourism in Gir
The crocodile rearing centre in Gir is an intriguing attraction for nature lovers who like to explore the place where the reptiles are bred, soon to be released in their natural habitats. The nearby Kamleshwar Lake is a beautiful artificial water body that houses a number of crocodiles. Since the sanctuary is only open to public from November to May each year, travelers can visit in those months and undertake jeep safaris to comfortably tour the park.