Friday, May 29, 2009

No takers for Gir Sanctuary?

Thursday, May 21, 2009 17:56 IST

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 Asia.


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