Gir Forest: The Ideal Place for Birdwatching with Kids
Many know that Gir National Park is an abode of the Asiatic Lion out in the wild. Thousands flock to this park every year for a tryst with this royal beast. However, there’s another surprise deep in the recesses of this park—it’s a haven for birding enthusiasts! In fact, this is one of the top things to do in Gir, if you desire a family vacation among the lovely creatures of the air.
There are over 200 species of birds in the national park. Along with various streams and marshes, the park is endowed with grasslands, woodlands, cliffs, high hills, and ponds, probably the reason why a variety of avian species consider this place their home. Several resident and migratory birds can be spotted here, some of which include Asian paradise flycatcher, black drongo, black shouldered kite, common kingfisher, coppersmith barbet, green bee-eater, Indian robin, pygmy woodpecker, Malabar whistling thrush, black buck, oriental magpie-robin, rufous treepie, rose-ringed parakeet, plum-headed parakeet, and shikra, among others. Now, that’s a list that requires more than one birdwatching tour to cover! This national park even drew the attention of Dr. Salim Ali, a great ornithologist, who stated that in the absence of the Asiatic lions, the complex would have been known as one of the most captivating bird sanctuaries of India. It’s a lovely place for budding photographers to enjoy clicking the various birds.
Coming to think of how this place entices children, it’s important for kids to come out in the wild once in a while and learn beyond the classroom. Looking at pictures of different birds on the pages of encyclopedias and actually spotting them in a national park are two completely different things. Make them carry a small diary to list down—and possibly draw—the various birds that they spot on the tour. This diary could double up as a memorable scrapbook from this particular family holiday, too. The trip is sure to keep your kids amused on the family vacation!
Where to stay
When looking for kid-friendly resorts in Gir, choose Club Mahindra Gir resort, which is located in close proximity to the national park, making sure you don’t spend too much time traveling to and from the park. The resort is fitted with modern and comfortable amenities so that your children are well-rested in between your bird-watching and safari jaunts. The trips to the national park will ensure you come back with a healthy appetite to tuck into the local cuisine served at the resort’s restaurant.
Club Mahindra reviews by happy members highlight the wonderful indoor and outdoor activities that the resort organizes to ensure all members of the family are engaged, making it one of the best resorts Gir resorts for family.
The birds and the bees are calling out; so listen to them and have a memorable trip with Club Mahindra Gir!
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