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Sasan Gir National Park

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The Sasan Gir - the largest tract of dry deciduous forests in the semi-arid western part of India is the last abode of the big and regal predator Asiatic lion (Panthera leo persica), an endangered species. The sanctuary is internationally acclaimed for successfully saving this precious species from the brink of extinction. It was declared as a sanctuary in 1965. Subsequently, an area of 258.71 sq. km. was declared a National Park. During the last century lion population touched an all time low of 20 in 1913. The serious conservation efforts by the then Nawab of Junagadh saved the species from the brink of extinction. The subsequent efforts by the Forest Department have successfully brought the population to the present respectable status of 300+ numbers of this majestic animal.

Gir lies has a topography made up of succession of rugged ridges, isolated hills, plateaus and valleys. Besides, being the last abode of Asiatic lions, Gir forms a unique habitat for ratel, rusty spotted cat, pangolin, ruddy mongoose, civets, paradise flycatcher etc.

The overwhelming presence of Lion diverts the attention of the average visitor away from the remarkable bird population that the sanctuary has. However, the birds of Gir sanctuary did attract the great ornithologist, Dr. Salim Ali who believed that, had the Asiatic lions not been there, the area would have been one of the most fascinating bird sanctuaries of the country. The fact is that the Gir forests support a rich biodiversity comprising 32 species of mammals, 300+ species of birds and 26 species of reptiles and thousands of species of insects.

Kamaleshwar dam : A reservoir amidst lush green hills, harbouring largest population of marsh crocodiles in the country.
Kamaleshwar dam : A reservoir amidst lush green hills, harbouring largest population of marsh crocodiles in the country.

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Sasan Gir has all sorts of staying arrangements available outside the park. Sinh Sadan maintained by forest depart is a good option.

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Forest Department of Gujarat

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