Friday, May 22, 2009

No takers for Gir Sanctuary?

22-05-2009
No takers for Gir Sanctuary?
DNA EPaper
http://www.dnaindia.com/report.asp?newsid=1257798

Tourist inflow to the Gir National Park in Gujarat, the world's only natural habitat for the rare majestic Asiatic lions, has dipped due to the intense heat.

This year several factors have affected the number of tourists and wildlife enthusiasts from visiting the sanctuary. Apart from the rise in mercury, global recession and the Indian Premier League cricket tournament have distracted visitors to this place.

Consequently, allied services such as hotels, travel agents and taxi operators have been adversely hit.

"Sometimes we take one or two trips to the Park, but now it is even once in three days sometimes as business is bad," said Rafiq, a taxi driver.

Did you know?

Established in 1965, the Gir Forest National Park is one of the most important protected areas in

1 comment:

janthespursfan said...

So true. I visited Gir National Park in March (march end), and found that it wasn't as crowded as other places, like Ranthambore etc.
One way it was good, less crowd!
Don't know what is the reason for the lack of visitors... maybe it isn't as promoted as the other Tiger reserves?
But I must say it was a Wonderful trip.. had the opportunity to see the KING from very close range.

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