Initially, we were little far from their sight as the Forest Rangers generally don't allow visitors to go close to Lions. But we requested our guide for a close look of Lions to which he discussed with Rangers and they agreed and allowed us to go pretty close to Lions. Our Driver quickly halted the Jeep near to them and we hastily captured some amazing snaps.
We spent another couple of minutes there and then it was a successful end of our Safari too so we soon drove to exit.
The Magnificence of Lions, Tranquility of the forest, Agility of Deer and Warble of various birds was worth for this safari.
Some Useful Additional Information –
How to Reach Gir National Park-
Diu airport is closest to the Gir National Park (nearly 85 kms). From here you can either take a bus or hire a taxi which takes approximately 2 hours to cover this distance.
Ahmedabad which is nearly 410 kms is another option from where you can get direct buses either to Gir or to Junagadh. You can also hire Taxi from here.
Junagadh (55 kms from Gir) receives trains from different cities and can be a good option to reach Gir by Train.
Places to Visit Nearby-
Since visiting Gir National Park doesn't take more than one day, You can club few amazing nearby places in your itinerary to make the trip more memorable. The two best nearby places are-
Somnath (coastal town nearly 50 kms) is a significant pilgrimage and tourist spot of Gujarat. It is home to first among the twelve Jyotirlinga shrines of Shiva. It's also the holy place where Lord Krishna and his elder brother Baldev left the earth for the heavenly abode.
Diu, the popular coastal town of Daman and Diu union territory is particularly famous for its serene beaches and beautiful Portuguese architecture. Fairly connected to Indian state Gujarat, this island is perfect getaway for those looking to spend pleasant holidays on pristine beaches basking in sun and enjoying water-sports.
Tips to Remember-
Don't get confused with Devalia Safari Park (or Gir Interpretation Zone), which is a fenced area established to avoid straining Gir Forest from tourists and to provide whole wildlife (like Asiatic lions, Leopards, Blue Bull, Sambhar, Chital, Jackal, Black buck, Wild Boar etc. and rare birds including Peafowl and vultures) at single place in their natural habitat within a short period of time at cheaper rates.
The Devalia Safari park is open throughout the year except on Wednesdays. On the other hand, The Gir National Park is open from Mid - October onwards till mid June.
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