Don’t you all just love waking up early morning to embark on thrilling jeep safaris and exploring unknown terrains and landscapes? The fresh morning air, the milky effect in the air during sunrise, the smell of Mother Nature and the sounds of chirping birds all add up to make a perfect morning.
Gujarat should well be on the top of your list if you are planning a jeep safari this summer. Blessed with a rich biodiversity and a large variety of flora and fauna, the vast terrains of Gujarat are perfect to experience the charms and pleasures of a jeep safari.
Some of the popular destinations where you could enjoy a safari in Gujarat include the Velavadar National Park, Chari Dhand and Indian Wild Ass sanctuary.
But the one safari that attracts travellers from all corners of the world is the Gir Forest National Park Jeep Safari. Famous as the world’s only habitat to the majestic Asiatic Lion, Gir has never failed to leave wildlife lovers jaw-dropped and absolutely thrilled.
Spotting the king of the jungle basking in all its glory in its natural habitat is truly an unforgettable experience. The jeeps and forest guides are provided by the forest department. Also known as Sasan Gir, the Gir National Park and Wildlife Sanctuary was established near Talaja Gir to protect Asiatic lions, leopards and antelopes.
Today, the hilly and forested sanctuary has become the last home of the Asiatic lion. Sprawling over an area of 1,400 sq km, Gir used to be a part of the private hunting grounds of the Nawab of Junagadh. Taking a safari through the jewel of Gujarat’s ecological reserves is an experience that will remain etched in your memory forever. Passing through the thick and undisturbed forests is delightful and chances of spotting lions are high, thanks to the impressive count of big cats here, which stands at 523.
Access to the sanctuary is by safari permit only, which can be booked in advance online. But there’s a lot more that you can look for in the jungle. The jeep safari at Gir will give you a chance to meet other animals too. These include the elusive Indian leopard, jungle cat, striped hyena, golden jackal, Ben - gal fox, Indian grey mongoose, chital, nilgai, sambar, four-horned antelope, chinkara and wild boar. The sanctuary is also home to crocodile, cobra, monitor lizard, and python. Gir’s rich diversity is sure to ensure that you return home with tales of animal sightings.
Another very popular jeep safari that you can take around Gir is the one that takes you through the Devaliya Park, also known as Gir Interpretation Zone. The one hour long safari is also organised by the forest department.
The fenced-off compound at Devaliya provides habitat to a cross-section of the wildlife found at Gir. Chances of spotting leopards during this safari are always bright and you can also see foxes, mongoose, blackbucks and other wild animals.
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