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Sasan Gir (Gujarat)

Sasan Gir is located in Gujrat and basically consists of ‘The Sasan Gir National Park’ and ‘Wildlife Sanctuary’. This place is also famous for its Asiatic Lions. Apart from these, you will enjoy its exclusive culture, unique art, exotic cuisines and outstanding architecture.

The beautiful sight seeing places and shopping centers are worth watching.

The Sasan gir city was constructed in 1965 and covers the total area of 1,412 sq. kms. The Nawab of Junagadh protected this city and the forest area of Gir, in early 1900. This protected land was inhabited by a wide variety of flora and fauna.

Location: 65 kms from Junagadh, about 60 kms from Amreli

Climate: Summer season is hot and dry, while winters are mild cold and pleasant.

Wear dark-coloured cotton clothes preferably to get relief from the heat and humidity of the forest area, during summers. Very light woollens will protect you from the mild cold in winters.

Best time to visit: Mid-October to mid-June

How to reach:

By Air: The nearest Domestic Airport is situated at Keshod

By Train: The nearest Railway Station is situated in the town of Veraval.

By Road: Taxi and Bus services are available all the time

Places of Interest

Sasan Gir National Park

Location: 90 kms from the Keshod Airport, about 65 kms South-East of Junagarh

Timings: Open all days from 6.00 a.m.- 12.00 p.m., 3.00 p.m.- 6.00 p.m.

The Sasan Gir National Park is the most visited tourist attraction of Sasan Gir. This place is famous mainly for its Asiatic Lions and is considered as the most secure assurance zones for these Lions. The eco-framework and differing types of widely varied vegetation in this stop are saved by the consolidated endeavors of NGOs, Government Forest Department and a few untamed life activists. Established in 1965, this park has more than 400 plants and around 2380 fauna species which are divided as 39 of mammals, 38 of reptiles, 302 of birds and 2,000 above of insects. You will be astounded to see the golden jackals, Asiatic lions, striped hyenas, jungle cats, Indian leopards, and many more.

Gir National Park is the major place where you can spot lions meandering aimlessly in nature. There were 20 Lions in 1913, which have now risen to 523, according to the 2015 census.

Somnath Temple

Location: 46 kms from Sasan Gir, 80 kms from Junagarh

Timings: Open all days from 6.00 a.m.- 9.30 p.m.

One of the most ancient and relished Somnath Temple, is a standout amongst the most well-known and antiquated Hindu Religious Sanctuaries of India. Initially, it was known as 'Prabhas Patan' and is one of the 12 essential Hindu places of worship of Lord Shiva. Earlier, it was believed that this temple was the richest temple in India. But, as it was invaded by armies regularly in the 10th and 11th centuries, it lost all its riches. This place was popularly called the ‘Shrine Eternal’. Legend says that although the temple was destroyed by the Islamic Kings, it was rebuilt many times by the Hindu Kings. The temple was rebuilt recentlt in 1947.

Lots of tourists come here to take blessings of Lord Shiva, during the Karthik Purnima.

Junagadh Zoo

Location: 32 kms from Keshod Airport

Timings: Open all days of the week except Wednesday from 9.00 a.m.- 6.30 p.m.

Situated in the Junagadh district, Junagadh Zoo is mainly known for the Asiatic Lions. Built by the Nawab in 1863, the Zoo is the oldest in Gujarat and is also called ‘Sakkarbaug Zoological Garden’. The Nawab built this Zoo to save the Asiatic Lions from getting extinct. The Zoo has 850 animals according to the latest report. There are around 300 Asiatic Lions in the Zoo. The Lions are preserved by the ‘Endangered Species Captive Breeding Program’ started by the Zoo.

Apart from the Lions, you can also see leopards, tigers, elephants, flamingo birds and many other animals and birds. You can also relish rare sculptures, manuscripts, unique miniature paintings and many other artefacts in the Junagadh Zoo Museum inside the Zoo.

Nalsarovar Lake

Location: 130 kms from Vadodara Airport, about 61 kms from Ahmedabad

Timings: Open all days from 6.00 a.m.- 6.00 p.m.

The best place for bird-watching, Nalsarover Lake is a home place for more than 2,000 migratory birds, some of which travel a distance of about 3,500 kms from their nesting areas, to spend the winters. The beautiful lake and the nearby area looks very attractive with various types of birds like woodpeckers, eagles, back-headed cuckoos and many more. In the months from November to February, the lake is full of plenty of fish, aquatic plants, insects and water. So, it is the best place to spend winters for the migratory birds.

You can also visit the astounding small Temple of Lord Krishna on one side of the lake.

Uperkot Fort

Location: 39 kms from Keshod Airport

Timings: Open all days from 7.00 a.m.- 7.00 p.m.

Around 2,300 years old, the Uperkot Fort was constructed in 319 BC by King Chandragupta Maurya. You will be intrigued to see this Fort because of its unique architecture. The 300 feet deep moat around the walls of the Fort was filled with crocodiles and was a terror for the people who wanted to enter the Fort. The magnificent dividers of this fort are 20 m. high. The premises of this fort additionally involve a mosque, which has been made out of crushed Hindu sanctuaries in the place. The adjacent attractions of Uperkot Fort are the Tomb of Nuri Shah, two baolis and a few Buddhist holes.

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