Gir National Park

The Only Home Of The Asiatic Lion

About Park

Gir National Park, also known as Sasan Gir, is the only haven for more than 600 Asiatic lions; it is a forest, national park, and wildlife sanctuary near Talala Gir in Gujarat, India. It was established in 1965 in Nawab of Junagarh private hunting area, with a total area of 1,412 sq km, of which 258 sq km is fully protected as a national park and 1,153 sq km, a wildlife sanctuary. Seven perennial rivers are flowing through the park with four dams that have created four reservoirs. These water sources are some of the best places to catch views of wildlife. The seven rivers are Datardi, Godavari, Hiran, Machhundri, Raval, Shetrunji, and Singoda. Hiran, Machhundri, Raval, and Singoda are the four rivers that have dams. Although there are only 38 species of mammals, the collective wildlife accounts for over 2,300 species. Insects account for the majority, with 300 species of birds and 37 species of reptiles. The Asiatic lion, Indian leopard, jungle cat, hyena, Desert cat, honey badger, and mongoose make up the park's predators. The Asiatic lion is slightly smaller than its African cousin; nevertheless, a large male lion of the Gir is quite a sight to behold. The best way to observe the big cats is, of course, in their natural surroundings, at dawn and dusk, when they are on the prowl.

Gir National Park is the only place in the world where one can see the Asiatic Lion in its natural habitat. Much of the Asiatic Lion's time is spent snoozing where the shade is deepest, while the lionesses do the stalking, hunting, and cub raising. But, when a kill is made, he is the first to come and claim his share.

 

 

 

Types of Safaries

  • Jeep Safari

Places to Visit

Uperkot Fort

An Architectural Marvel

Nalsarovar Lake

A Paradise of Birds

Somnath Temple

The place where the first of the twelve Holy Jyotirlingas emerged

Visitor Tips

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Carry binoculars, a camera, and a bird book to identify birds to make your trip more fruitful.

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Wear comfortable walking shoes. Do check your shoes every time before wearing them to avoid scorpions and other creatures.

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Carry proper woolens in winters and an effective sunscreen in summers.

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Remember to Carry Hats/Caps and personal medicines (if any).

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Wear muted forest colors like earthy greens or beiges and avoid perfumes and deodorants.

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The Safari might be delayed or postponed due to weather conditions. 

Frequently Asked Questions

Gir National Park is the major shelter for Asiatic Lions in the world. It is located in the state of Gujarat and stretches in an area of 1,412 sq km. The summers here are hot and humid while winters are pleasant. During the monsoon season, the park remains closed. 

Climatically the best time to visit Gir National Park is from December to March. But April and May are ideal for wildlife sightings.

 

There are enough commuting options available for the tourists to reach Gir National Park. 

Nearest Airport: Keshod and Rajkot Airport

Nearest Railway Station: Junagadh and Veraval Railway Station

Road: Gir National Park is connected to most of the prominent cities. There are state as well as private bus transport services available along with taxi service. One can also drive their way to reach the park.

 

Local Shopping in Gir: Gujarat is famous for its handicrafts and garments. Whilst visiting Gir, one can buy conventional goods and handmade items. Patolas silk sarees(the pride of Gujarat), and Bandhan is along with Ghagra Cholis are quite famous here. Many handmade items such as wall hangings, cradle clothes etc can also be purchased from here.

Enjoy Tribal Festivals: Maldharis and Siddis are the popular tribal communities in Gujarat. These people organise festivals every year that are open for tourists as well such as Dang Darbar and Chitra Vichitra. It's a good takeaway to learn about the culture and traditions of these people. 

Visit Crocodile Breeding Centre: Crocodiles are beautiful beasts and have a unique significance in the ecosystem. Though they might seem scary, they can surely be compliant depending on how they are being taken care of. One can indulge in the experience of breeding crocodiles and learn why their conservation is crucial for the environment.

 

 

*Information Last Modified On: 22-Jul-2021

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