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Every Thing To Know About Lions

The lion (panthera leo) is one of Africa’s most well known animals. But they not only live in Africa, but in Asia, and once there was even a lion native to the Americas and Europe, though the American and European lions are now extinct..

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Gir Forest National Park

Gir Forest National Park and Wildlife Sanctuary (also known as Sasan Gir) is a forest and Wildlife Sanctuary in Gujarat, India.

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Sinh Sadan Forest Guest House(Hotel)

Sinh Sadan-Gir Forest About Sinh Sadan Guest House, Sasan Gir Sinh Sadan is the Forest Department Guest House. It is located very near to the Sasan Railway Station.

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Dwarkadhish Temple - Dwarka

The holy town of Dwarka in Gujarat has a history that dates back centuries. Situated on the banks of river Gomti, the city is famed for being the capital of Lord Krishna.

Beauty Of Gir Forest

Beauty Of Gir Forest

The Sasangir General Park land, popularly proverbial as the Gir National Stadium is one of the most famous wildlife destinations in Bharat. It is institution to the parting few Asiatic Lions in the experience.

7-Month-Old Lion Cub Dies In Amreli Village

A seven-month-old male lion cub was found dead near Karmadadi beat in Dalakhania forest range in Dhari (Gir East) division of Amreli on Monday night.

Deputy conservator of forests (Gir East) Anshuman Sharma said panel postmortem suggests the cub died due to infighting. However, forest officials are surprised as this was the same cub that was injured twice earlier. This time the cub was seriously injured and succumbed.

"Earlier, when the cub was around 4-month-old, we rescued it with serious injuries and its skull was completely exposed of the body. Our doctors worked hard to save the cub, which made a lucky recovery, and we released it into the wild. A few days later, the same cub was injured, so we rescued it and gave it further treatment and released it with the same group.

We observed the animal constantly to monitor its movements. We wanted to know why the same cub was being injured repeatedly. However, on Monday, a farmer informed us about a lion carcass and we found that it was the same cub," Sharma said.

Forest officials said there is a group of two lioness and two cubs in the area. There is also a group of male lions there.

"We suspect the males may have killed the cub. But we are still baffled as to why only one cub was injured repeatedly when there was also another one with the two lionesses," a forest official said.

News Source:- http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com

Gir National Park to Remain Closed for Tourists in Monsoons

Gir National Park, the only home to Asiatic lions, will remain closed for tourists in monsoons on account of the breeding season of the wild cats.

The sanctuary in Junagadh district would remain closed for the breeding season, from today onwards for four months, said Sandeep Kumar, Deputy Conservator of Forest Wildlife division at Sasan.

Also, this is the best mating season for leopards and peacocks and the period is crucial for conservation of the endangered animals, he said.

"Since we supervise the conservation efforts, we want to prevent any disturbance in the conservation activities, which could be caused by tourists. So we close the sanctuary," he said.

Kumar said that the Park is also a natural habitat for sambar, spotted deer, blue bull, black buck, wild boar, jackal, hyena, langurs, porcupine, bear,crocodiles and over 250 species of birds.

Another reason behind the closure is that the forest staff have to monitor the movement of wild animals during rains and in case of heavy rains in the area, they have to chalk out a rescue plan and shift them to safer places, he said.

How to Reach Diu By Air,Rail and Road..

Diu is very popular for its picturesque natural beauty. Passengers who embark on their tour of Diu get captivated by the scenic beauty of the place. Diu is surrounded by walls on the north side and the Arabian Sea on three sides makes it look even more beautiful. Diu is famous for its fishing industry and also for the Palmyra, coconut, and tamarisk trees hoka. If you are wondering how to get to Diu, do not worry because it is an easy task.

Reach Diu is as simple as doing something ordinary!



How to reach Diu by Air :- Diu has an airport which is located in Nagoa. From there, Jet Airways has daily flights to and from Mumbai.

 How to reach Diu by Rail:- The nearest railway station is located at Veraval. One can access Diu by reaching Veraval which in turn is connected to Rajkot, Ahmedabad and the other important cities of western India. Tour to Diu by rail would be fun since the tourist will come across the rural parts of India and will have a good opportunity to witness the beauty of these regions. It is advisable for the tourists to travel to Diu from October to March since the weather is the most pleasant one during this period.

How to reach Diu by Road:- Diu is well linked via roads that connect the National Highways of the country. These well maintained roads link Diu to Ahmedabad, Mumbai, Vadodara, Daman, Palitana and other major places of the western part of Indi

Holiday at Diu Beaches

Diu Beaches
The exquisitely beautiful island of Diu with its pristine beaches, golden sands, soft breeze, dense palm groves and lush coconut trees is a major tourist attraction of Western India. People who are fascinated by water and tranquillity can find a perfect place of retreat on any of these beaches. Untouched by commercialization and located in a secluded atmosphere, they are perfect places for loitering, gamboling, swimming, sun-bathing and enjoying various water-sports. These foamy beaches of Diu beckon everyone to let their hair down and have a splash.

The Nagoa Beach
It is the biggest and the most famous beach in Diu. Shaped like a horse-shoe (semi-circle), this beach is located in the Nagoa hamlet of the Bucharwada village and is around twenty minutes drive from Diu. The drive is quite exhilarating, as you drive through coconut groves and experience the cool breeze and the serene atmosphere on the way. Hoka trees surround the beach and various water sports like para-sailing, water-skiing, jet skiing, wind surfing etc are available for the tourists. Swimming here can be real fun.

The Chakratirth Beach
With its open auditorium and availability of changing rooms, the Chakratirth Beach, located to the south-west of Diu, is a hot favourite among the beachgoers and the tourists in Diu. It is located nearby the Diu town. People can indulge in different maritime activities here. The various landscape gardens and the serene atmosphere of this beach invites a lot of tourists every year.

The Ghogla Beach
This is a famous beach in Diu, which changes its name to Ahmedpur Mandvi on crossing the border of Gujarat.  Swimming here is very safe. This golden sand beach is generally famous for the splendid view it provides of the various fishing villages, cathedrals and fortresses of Diu.

The Gomtimata Beach
The Gomtimata beach is located to the west of Diu. With its secluded atmosphere, incessant rolling of waves and white-sands, this beach has a mesmerizing effect on all the tourists. But swimming here is not a safe option, as the tides are very high.

The Jallandhar Beach
Famous for the Jallandhar Shrine which is located on a hillock near the beach, it  is located at a distance of about 1km from the nearby Diu town. Near the shrine, there is also a famous Hindu temple of the Goddess Chandrika. This beach has a religious touch to it and hence is a favorite among the religious tourists.

The Sunset Point
This is a small beach in Diu. This beach is also safe for swimming. Abundant palm trees surround the beach and the constant lapping of the sea-water is soothing to the ears. But women should be careful while sunbathing on this beach, as it is the most preferable beach among the local beachgoers.

Gir Forest is Open for Tourists at 16 October, Gir Forest King(Asiatic Lions) Monsoon vacation is complete.

 Gir national park is Open for Tourists at  16 October,2011,  Sunday, Vanarajonum vacation complete, to begin preparing for the lion show,


નરાજોનું વેકેશન પૂર્ણ, સિંહદર્શન માટે જાતૈયાર

- વનરાજોનું ચાર માસનું વેકેશન ૧૬ મીએ પૂર્ણ

- દિવાળીના તહેવારોમાં સાસણગીરમાં હજારો પર્યટકો સિંહદર્શન માટે ઊમટી પડશે

- આગામી રવિવારે સાસણ જંગલ ખુલ્લું મૂકાશે

- પ્રવાસીઓ દ્વારા હોટેલોમાં બુકિંગનો ધસારો

ગીરનું જંગલ પ્રવાસીઓ માટે ૧પ જૂનથી ચારમાસ માટે બંધ કરવામાં આવેલ હતું. હવે સાવજોનું વેકેશન પુર્ણ થતુ હોય આગામી ૧૬ ઓક્ટોબરને રવિવારથી ગીરજંગલનાં દ્વાર પ્રવાસીઓ માટે ખુલ્લા મુકવા વનવિભાગ સંપૂર્ણ તૈયારીઓ સાથે સજ્જ બન્યુ છે. બીજી તરફ સિંહ દર્શન કરવા વન્યપ્રેમીઓમાં ભારે ઉત્કંઠા હોય સાસણ (ગીર) આસપાસની દરેક હોટલોમાં મોટી સંખ્યામાં ટુરીસ્ટો બુકીગ કરાવી રહ્યા છે.

વનરાજાનું ચાર માસનું વેકેશન પૂર્ણ થઇ રહ્યુ હોય ગીર જંગલમાં મુક્તમને વહિરતા સિંહો સહિતનાં વન્યપ્રાણીઓનાં દર્શન અને ગીરનાં પ્રાકૃતિક સૌંદર્યને માણવા સાસણ જંગલ આગામી ૧૬ ઓક્ટોબરથી પ્રવાસીઓ માટે ખુલ્લુ મુકાશે. આ પૂર્વે વનવિભાગ પણ દરેક પ્રવાસીઓને સિંહદર્શન થઇ શકે તે માટે ચોમાસામાં વરસાદથી ખરાબ થયેલા કાચા રસ્તાઓને સમથળ બનાવવામાં આવ્યા છે. બીજી તરફ દેશ-વિદેશનાં પ્રવાસીઓ અત્યારથી જ સાસણ ભાલછેલ આસપાસની હોટલો રીસોર્ટો અને ખુલ્લા ખેતરોમાં ઉભા કરાયેલા ટેન્ટોમાં મોટી સંખ્યામાં બુકીગો કરાવા લાગ્યા છે. વનવિભાગનું ગેસ્ટહાઉસ ‘સિંહદર્શન’તો અત્યારથી જ હાઉસફુલ થઇ ગયુ છે. અત્રે ઉલ્લેખનીય છે કે, પાછલા વર્ષોથી ગીર જંગલમાં સિંહદર્શન માટે પ્રવાસીઓમાં આકર્ષણ ઉભુ થયુ હોય પ્રવાસીઓની સંખ્યા ગત બે વર્ષમાં બમણાથી વધુ થઇ ગઇ છે. વનવિભાગે પણ પ્રવાસીઓનાં ભારે ધસારાને પહોંચી વળવા આગોતરા આયોજન સાથે તમામ તૈયારીઓ કરી લીધી છે.

જંગલમાં જતી જીપ્સીઓના કલર ‘લીલા’ કરાશે -
ગીર જંગલમાં પ્રવાસીઓને સિંહ દર્શન માટે લઇ જતી જીપ્સીઓમાં લીલો કલર જ રાખવા સાસણ (ગીર) નાં તમામ જીપ્સી ચાલકો સાથે વન વિભાગનાં અધિકારીઓએ મીટિંગ કરી નિર્ણય લેવાયો છે. ડી.સી.એફ. ડૉ. અંશુમને જણાવેલ કે સિંહ સહિતનાં વન્ય પ્રાણીઓ વ્હાઇટ અને બ્લેક કલર જોઇ ભડકતા હોય વન્યપ્રાણીઓ પણ આક્રમક ન બને અને લોકોની સલામતી પણ બની રહે તે હેતુ છે.

દિવાળીના તહેવારોમાં વધુ પરમિટો ઇશ્યુ કરાશે

સિંહ દર્શન માટે રોજની ૯૦ પરમીટો ત્રણ તબક્કામાં વનવિભાગ આપે છે. પરંતુ જ્યારે દિવાળી-નાતાલ જેવા તહેવારોમાં પ્રવાસીઓનો જોરદાર ધસારો રહેતો હોય ૧૫૦ પરમીટો ઇશ્યુ કરશે તેમ સાસણનાં ઇન્ચાર્જ ડી.સી.એફ. ડૉ. અંશુમને જણાવ્યું હતું.

સિંહ સદન ખાતે સવલતો વધારાઇ -

સિંહ સદન ખાતે પરમીટો લેવા આવતા પ્રવાસીઓ માટે નવા વોટરકુલર લગાડવા સાથે ડોકયુમેન્ટ્રી ફીલ્મમાં નવા દ્રશ્યો અને સાસણ વનવિભાગનાં કર્મચારીઓ તરફથી ચલાવતા સ્ટોલ કે જેમાં વન્યપ્રાણીઓમાં ફોટોગ્રાફ્સ, કીચન, કેપ, ટીશર્ટ સહિત વધુ નવી વેરાયટીઓ ઉપલબ્ધ થશે.

ગાઇડોને વિશેષ ટ્રેનિંગ અપાઇ –

વનવિભાગ દ્વારા ગાઇડોને વિશેષ પ્રકારની તાલીમ આપવાનો કેમ્પ યોજાયો હતો. તાલીમ મેળવી ચૂકેલા ગાઇડ ટુરીસ્ટોને સરળ શૈલીમાં ગીરનો પરીચય કરાવશે. જેથી પર્યટકોનો પ્રવાસ યાદગાર બની જશે.

Ambaji Temple - History, List of Festivals And Travel Information

Ambe Mataji
Ambaji is a census town in Banaskantha district in the state of Gujarat, India. Ambaji is an important temple town with millions of devotees visiting the Ambaji temple every year. It is one of the 51 Shakti Peethas.

History

Ambaji - the Origin of the Supreme Cosmic Power of the Universe is one of the 51 ancient Shakti Piths Tirth in India. There are 12 main Shakti Pith Tirth, significant places of pilgrimage for the worship of Shakti, namely, Ma Bhagwati Mahakali Maha Shakti at Ujjain, Ma Kamakshi at Kanchipuram, Mata Bramaramba at Srisailam, Shri Kumarika at Kanyakumari, Mataji Ambaji at Anartgujarat, Mata Mahalaxmidevi at Kolhapur, Devi Lalita at Prayag, Vindhya Vasini at Vindhya, Vishalakshi at Varanasi, Mangalavati at Gaya and Sundari at Bangal & Guhyeshwari in Nepal. The Great Miracle of this Holy Place is that there is no idol or picture in the Nij Mandir the Temple of Shri Arasuri Mata Ambaji, but a simple cave like Gokh in the inner wall, in which A Gold Plated Holy Shakti Visa Shree Yantra having kurma back convex shape and 51 Bij letters therein, connected with that of the original Yantras of Nepal and Ujjain Shakti Piths, is also ritually installed in such a way it can be visible for devotion, but never photographed in past nor can be so done in future. The worship of this Visa Shree Yantra is done only after tying a bandage on the eyes.

Ambaji Temple
The famous mountain of Gabbar is situated on the border of States of Gujarat and Rajasthan, near the flow of the origin of the famous Vedic virgin river Sarasvati, on the hills of Arasur in forest, towards south-west side to ancient hills of Arvalli, at the altitude of about 480 meters, at about 1,600 feet (490 m) high from sea level, having at 8.33 km2 (3.22 sq mi) area as a whole, and it is in fact One of the 51 famous Ancient Pauranik Shakti Piths - The Centre of Cosmic Power of India and it is the original holy place of Mata Ambaji, where the piece of the heart of the dead body of Devi Sati fell at the top of this holy hill of Gabbar as per the legend narrated in the "Tantra Chudamani". The Mountain or Hill of Gabbar has also a small temple fortified from the western side and there are 999 steps to go up to the mountain and reach this holy temple at the top of Gabbar Hill. A Holy Lamp is constantly burning on this hill temple facing exactly in front of Visa Shree Yantra of Nij Mandir of Mata Shri Arasuri Ambica. There are many more beautiful sightseeing Places on Gabbar together with a sunset point, Cave and Swings of Mataji and Trips through a ropeway.

Location and about the Temple

Ambaji mata temple is a major Shakti Peeth of India. It is situated at a distance of approximately 65 kilometres from Palanpur, 45 kilometres from Mount Abu and 20 kilometres from Abu Road,50 kilometer from Kadiyadra near the Gujarat and Rajasthan border.

In the holy temple of "Arasuri Ambaji", there is no image or statue of goddess the holy "Shree Visa Yantra" is worshiped as the main deity. No one can see the Yantra with naked eye. the photography of the Yantra is prohibited.

The original seat of Ambaji mata is on gabbar hilltop in the town. A large number of devotees visit the temple every year specially on Purnima days. A large mela on Bhadarvi poornima (full moon day) is held. Every Year from all over the country people come here walking all over from their native place just to worship MAA AMBE in July. The whole Ambaji is lighted up as the whole nation lights up at the festive time of Diwali.

Gabber Hill Ambaji
Gabber Hill Just 5 km away from Ambaji Temple, The famous mountain of Gabbar is situated on the border of States of Gujarat and Rajasthan, near the flow of the origin of the famous Vedic virgin river SARASWATI, on the hills of Arasur in forest , towards south-west side to ancient hills of Arvalli, at the altitude of about 480 meters, at about 1600 feet high from sea level, having at 8.33 sq km (5 sq. miles area ) area as a whole, and it is in fact One of the Fifty One (51) famous Ancient Pauranik Shakti Piths - Ratnaji M.DesaiThe Centre of Cosmic Power of India and it is the original holy place of Mata Ambaji, where the piece of the heart of the dead body of Devi Sati fell at the top of this holy hill of Gabbar as per the legend narrated in the "Tantra Chudamani".

List Of Festivals Celebration In Ambaji 
 
Bhadarvi Poonam
Chaitri Navratri Festival in Ambaji
Diwali
Navratri
Posh Poonam
Religious Festivals
Travel Information: How To Reach Ambaji Temple

Ambaji is in Danta Taluka of Banaskantha district, near the Gujarat-Rajasthan border. The walk from the bus station to the temple is less than one kilometer, under a roofed walkway.

By road: Direct buses are available from many places, including Mount Abu, 45 km away, Palanpur, 65 km away, Ahmedabad, and Idar.

By air: Nearest airport is Ahmedabad

Ring Road Around Gir-Forest to be on Pvt-Public Partnership Model

AHMEDABAD: The state forest department has decided to construct a ring road around the Gir sanctuary on the public-private partnership model. The decision was taken because the state does not want to wait for funds to be sanctioned from the central government.




The Gujarat government has already sent a proposal to the Centre for the ring road around the Gir sanctuary. The road, according to the state government, will divert traffic that now trespasses on the Asiatic lion's kingdom.
The proposed 269 km road will connect villages on the periphery of the Gir National Park and sanctuary covering 1,412 sq km. About six state highways and some minor roads now crisscross the sanctuary. And every day 35 to 40 vehicles travel through the sanctuary.

S K Nanda, principal secretary (forest and environment) said, "We are waiting for the nod from the central government. However, the construction of the ring road will be taken up on the PPP model."
The state has sent a proposal for the long-term conservation of the Asiatic lion. The project cost was Rs 262.36 crore. Of this, 90 per cent of the funding will be provided by the central government while the remaining 10 per cent, Rs 26.19 crore, will be borne by the state.
Officials said a proposal for the Rs 262 crore fund was sent to the planning commission, which has approved the project in principle. An official said that demanding another Rs 600 crore was expecting too much from the Centre. "Hence we decided to fund the ring road on a PPP model. Once the wildlife board of the Union ministry of forest and environment grants approval, the government will issue tenders for the project," he said.



Source: http://articles.timesofindia.indiatimes.com/2011-07-31/ahmedabad/29835222_1_ring-road-gir-sanctuary-gir-national-park

Chamunda Mataji Temple - Chotila Hill


The famous Chamunda Mataji temple is situated at Chotila, a small town near Rajkot in Gujarat State. Chotila is situated exactly in the middle of Ahmedabad and Rajkot, the two main cities of Gujarat State.

 Chamunda Mataji is the Kuldevi (family Goddess) of most of the Hindus staying in Saurashtra region of Gujarat State, located in the north of it.

 History
  Historically, this area is called 'Panchal'.It is the worship place for Mata Chamunda, which is one of the 64 Avatars of Shakti,others being Bahuchar Mata, Kali Mata, Ambaji Mata etc. Chamunda Mataji is the Kuldevi (family Goddess) of many Hindus. Earlier Chotila was princely state of Khachar dynasty. It was having area of 18 km. Chotila is also the birth-place of famous Gujarati poet Zaverchand Meghani.

Thousands of pilgrims come to Chotila every year and perform the darshnas of Chamunda Mataji. The Mataji temple is situated at the top of the Chotila Mountain. Chotila Mountain is around 1250 feet high and is located around 40 miles away from Rajkot, and around 50 miles away from Ahmedabad. One can easily reach Chotila within one and a half hours from Ahmedabad by the national highway passing through the entire State of Gujarat.

As soon as you reach Chotila, you will find a number of shops that sell prasads of Mataji, various types of Gujarati souvenirs like thick bangles with engraving, CDS and DVDS of Chamunda Mataji, and many toys for all ages of children. There are thousands of such shops located at the base of the Chotila hill. You can start your climb from the base after walking some distance. There are stone steps up to the top of the hill. Good tree cover and railings cover the entire walkway providing comfort to all th




Dakor Temple- History, How to Reach There

Dakor is situated in the kheda district of Gujarat State. Earlier Dakor was known as Dankapur, famous for the Danknath temple of Lord Shiva. In 1722 AD Ranchodrajiji temple of Lord Krishna was built and then Dakor became famous pilgrimage place.

Dakor is famous for Ranchorji temple of Lord Krishna. Ranchor is the name given to Lord Krishna when he fled from the battlefield in Mathura while fighting against Jarasandha.

The divinity of Ranchorji is similar to the divinity of Dwarkadish in Dwarka, both being made from black stone. Devotees are allowed to touch the feet of the Deity.

Temple is open from 6 am to 12 noon and then reopens at 4:00 PM till 7:00 PM. Mangala-arati is held every morning at 6:45 am. Ranchorji is dressed and decorated in public. In the morning aartis performed with Mangalabhog, Balbhog, Srinagarbhog, Gwalbhog and Rajbhog. In the afternoon aartis performed with Usthapanbhog, Shyanbhog and Shakhdibhog.

Every year lakhs of people visit Dakor especially on every full moon day. The main festivals at Dakor are held on the Kartik, Falgun, Chaitra and Ashwin Purnimas In the festivals more than one lakh of people visits the temple.

How to Reach to Dakor :
By Air :
Nearest Airport is in Ahmedabad.
By Rail :
Dakor is on Anand Godhra broad-gauge railway line
By Road :
State Transport and Luxury buses are available from Ahmedabad and Vaodara.

Best Place for Visit In Gir Forest(Sasan)

Major Attraction in Gir Forest.. Must visit it and Enjoy Gir Wild Life sanctuary.....



Flora:
   Vegetation in Gir can be looked at in four ways. The first is the Teak forest and nearly half of the protected area has this kind of a habitat. The main tree species that occupy this habitat are Khair, Sadad, Timru, Babul, Amla, Moledi, Dhavdo, Kadayo and Bahedo. The non-Teak forests, which comprise the remaining forest consists of tree species like the Khair, Dhavdo, Sadad, Timru, Amla, Moledi, Kadayo, Salai, Simal, Khakhro, Ber and Asundro. A distinct belt of vegetation is found along the main rivers and streams. Species like the Jambu, Karanj, Umro, Vad, Kalam, Charal, Sirus and Amli are found here. These trees are mostly broad leaved and evergreen, giving the area a cool shade and the moisture content. Finally, Prosopis and Casuarina have been planted in the coastal border as part of the aforestation plan.

Water reserves:
     The seven major perennial rivers of the Gir region are Hiran, Shetrunji, Datardi, Shingoda, Machhundri, Ghodavari and Raval. The four reservoirs of the area are at four dams, one each on Hiran, Machhundri, Raval and Shingoda rivers, including the biggest reservoir in the area, the Kamleshwar Dam, dubbed 'the lifeline of Gir'.During peak summer, surface water for wild animals is available at about 300 water points. When drought hits the area following a poor rainfall, surface water is not available at a majority of these points, and water scarcity becomes a serious problem (mainly in the eastern part of the sanctuary). Ensuring the availability of water during peak summer is one of the major tasks of the Forest Department staff.

Asiatic Gir Lion:
    Gir Sanctuary is the last and only home of the critically endangered Asiatic Lion. These lions are a smaller more compact version of their African version, and are best viewed at dawn or dusk when they are on the move. The major difference between the two is that the African Lion appears larger than the Indian Lion because of its large and luxuriant mane.

Leopards:
 
Leopard is considered to be one of the most beautiful and graceful animals in the jungle, also the most dangerous one. Popularly known as the Prince of Cats, this animal is the most adaptable from the family of predators, one the reason why it occupies a much larger spread of Gujarat forest cover, and in Gir National Park it has been found in all the varied habitats and vegetation types. The approximate population of 210 Leopards resides within the sanctuary area.

Reptiles:
Not leaving the water predators behind, Mash crocodiles are often seen along the Kamleshwar Dam Site. Another major attraction among the reptile population of Gir National Park are the numerous non-venomous Snakes such as the Indian Rock Python along with the four venomous varieties, which are Indian Cobra, Common Krait, Saw Scaled Viper, Russell's Viper.


Wildlife:
The foremost attraction in the park is the beasts that roam around freely, the most majestic being undoubtedly the lion. It is this majestic beast that attracts the maximum tourists to this park. Of course, you must understand that it would probably take a long time to view lions or lionesses with their cubs, since they don’t emerge too quickly out of their hiding. However, other creatures that inhabit the park and that are equally interesting to look out for are leopards, jungle cat, hyenas, jackals and mongoose.


Birds:

A sure bird-watcher’s paradise, the park has quite a variety of vultures, crested serpent eagle, the endangered bonelli's eagle, crested hawk-eagle and the great horned owl. Occasionally the Indian grey hornbill can also be spotted here.

Nalsarovar Lake and Bird Sanctuary:
This sanctuary comes under the Gir Forest and is home to a large number of birds. It is the largest wetland and bird sanctuary in India.

Crocodile Breeding Farm:
The Crocodile Breeding Farm near Sasan is an interesting place to see, where reptiles are hatched and reared before they are set free into the forest in their natural habitat.


Tulsi Shyam Temple:
A temple dedicated to Lord Krishna is present in the area belonging to the Nalsarovar Bird Sanctuary. Hot springs nearby are also a major attraction. The strong smell of sulphur here makes the area easily recognizable.

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