highlights and main attractions of sasan gir national park
Established in 1965, primarily to conserve the dwindling population of Asiatic lions, Sasan Gir National Park has been a great success. In 1913 there were just 18 of these wonderful creatures counted here, the last place in the entire world where you can see them in their natural habitat, they are now thriving with numbers at about 350. Arguably India’s biggest cat sanctuary, there is a wide variety of wildlife found here and a historical atmosphere that is sure to draw you in.
Located in the Junagadt District of Gujarat, the park is about 65 kilometres southeast of Junagadh City. Featuring mixed deciduous forest of teak, flame of the forest, ber and a variety of acacia, only about 10% of the park is forest and it does look a little shabby. However, this does represent the original vegetation and provides a suitable environment for the tawny Asiatic lions. The low, undulating hills are dissected by rivers and streams, with deep valleys and rocky elevations.
The rugged landscape is interspersed with extensive clearings, with savannah-like vegetation, like fodder grass.