Summer vacations are probably the happiest time in a child's life. It also gives an opportunity to visit new places. Travelling is a fun, enjoyable and amazing experience.

This summer I, along with my family, went to Gir National Park in Gujarat, the home of Asiatic lions. There we saw spotted deer, langurs, porcupines and other animals. An official at the ticket office told us that there are about 300 lions and leopards in Gir, making it one of the major big cat concentrations in India. He also told me that there are other animals such as Sambar and chital, blue bull or the nilgai, chousingha, world's only four-horned antelope, chinkara or the Indian gazelle and wild boar thrive in Gir. Jackal, striped hyena, jungle cat, rusty-spotted cat are also common.

Gir has a large population of marsh crocodile, which is among the 40 species of reptiles and amphibians recorded in the sanctuary. After having a chat with the official, we moved ahead. Inside the forest, I saw monkeys and leopards. But unfortunately, we were not able to see a single lion! Still I enjoyed the trip. Gir is surely the jewel of Gujarat's ecological resources.

V. Hari Krishnan, X, ONGC Public School, Puducherry