Every year, many of the wildlife enthusiasts visit Gir National Park located to the south-eastern part of Junagadh in the Indian state, Gujarat. This wildlife reserve was established in the year 1965, and is the only place in the world where Asiatic Lions can be found in their natural habitat. It has a total area of about 1,412 square kilometers that comprises of a fully protected region and the sanctuary.
A wide range of flora and fauna has been conserved brilliantly in this region owing to commendable efforts of the forest department, NGOs, and wildlife activists. In order to protect the ecosystem of Gir from tourism-related activities and to educate visitors about the importance of conservation, an Interpretation Zone has been developed at a place within the sanctuary, called Devalia. Tourists staying in the Gir National Park resorts would also have the chance to visit several interesting attractions located close to the wildlife sanctuary during their vacation. Among them is Mohabbat Maqbara, located in the Junagadh district of Gujarat.
Also known as the Mausoleum of Bahaduddinbhai Hasainbhai
This monument has a majestic architecture and is one of Junagadh’s most important landmarks. Built in the nineteenth century, it an exquisite blend of Islamic, Hindu, and European styles of architectures. It was built by Sheikh Bahauddin during the period between 1891 and 1896. The monument sits peacefully in a busy area of Junagadh city, and appears truly remarkable with its dedicated carved columns, stone carvings, domes, cornices and arches. Minarets in the complex are adorned with spiral staircases and large silver doors.
The Mohabbat Maqbara also has Jama Masjid adjacent to it, which is another great monument worth exploring for tourists. Junagadh city is connected to all the major towns of Gujarat, and has excellent transportation facilities for both tourists and locals. Trains to various destinations halt at the Junagadh Railway Station, which makes it highly convenient for people travelling by train in visiting the city and its famous attractions. Junagadh city is located at a distance of about 54 kilometres from Gir forest and national park.
While planning a holiday in Gir
It is absolutely necessary for tourists to book a room or suite in any of the popular resorts in the region. A resort close to Gir Wildlife Sanctuary not only offers comfortable stays for their guests, but also makes it easier for them to visit all the interesting destinations nearby. Such resorts are well-equipped with various amenities and have an immensely pleasant ambience created in their suites or rooms. LCD televisions with satellite connections, tea-coffee maker, and an excellent room service are some of the facilities provided in them.
During their stays, tourists can enjoy a refreshing dip in the swimming pool, rejuvenate their tired bodies with a massage, and enjoy the outdoor environment in a landscaped garden. Mouth-watering varieties of local as well as other popular cuisines can be relished in multi-cuisine restaurants that some of these resorts have. Sightseeing tours arranged by the staff would be of great help in exploring all the well-known tourist attractions.