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People living in Mumbai are always searching for a fascinating tourist spot, which they can visit during their vacation. The neighbouring state, Gujarat, has one such excellent location, called Gir Forest National Park and Wildlife Sanctuary. Earlier, when online maps were not in use, people mostly relied on travel agents for enjoying a vacation in this wildlife reserve. Today, the tourists of Mumbai wondering how to reach Gir can get the appropriate directions through the online maps. Owing to the recent developments in technology, one can get a near accurate distance and time required to reach Gir National Park from any city by using such maps on their laptops or handheld devices.
Established in the year 1965, this wildlife reserve is spread over a vast area of 1,412 square kilometres. What makes it truly special is the fact that it is the only natural habitat of Asiatic Lions in the world. In recent times, population of Asiatic Lions in this region has increased to a great extent as compared to just 15 when this forest area and lions were declared as 'protected' for the first time. The distance from Mumbai to Gir forest is about 774 kilometres by road according to the online maps. It would take 11-14 hours from Mumbai to reach Gir National Park, depending on the traffic conditions.
The airport located at Diu, in India’s union territory of Daman and Diu, offers the required convenience to the air travellers in reaching Gir National Park. Both non-stop and connecting flights reduce the travel time from Mumbai to Gir Forest National Park considerably as compared to the time taken to reach this region by road. It takes close to an hour and five minutes by non-stop flights, and a little more than two hours and thirty-five minutes by connecting flights to reach Diu from Mumbai's airport.