About Gir National Park

Sasan Gir National Park is an only abode of the endangered Asiatic Lions for which wildlife enthusiasts love to visit this park in time and again. Located in around 65 kms away from Junagarh, this park has become a hot visiting spot for many nature lovers, wildlife lovers and explorers belonging to various countries of the world. Founded in 1965, the Gir sanctuary is built in 1412 sqkms area in the Saurastra region, today, it has become prime visiting destination of millions of travellers.

Although, this park accommodates numerous wildlife species, yet the Asiatic Lions are the main creature who attracts the maximum visitors to this place. The Asiatic Lions are known as the most endangered species in the world and for this reason, many hunters and researchers from varied corners of the world love touring around Sasan Gir Sanctuary as it is a place where they can see these lions in their natural habitat. As this place features a rich biodiversity, it has gained a consistent ecosystem with 606 plan species, 36 mammals, more than 300 birds’ species and 2000 insects species. A large area of this sanctuary is covered with dry deciduous forest which holds a significant position to keep the whole climate of Gir moderate. With such qualities, Gir has become an integral part of Gujarat tourism today.

Generally, it is seen that passionate tiger lovers love to visit other national parks like Corbett National park and Ranthambore National Park where they can easily spot their preferred wild predator, all the lion enthusiasts love to visit Sasan Gir National Park to have a natural sight of the Lion and that too in its natural habitat.

A General Information About Sasan Gir National Park

  • Total area covered by Sasan Gir National Park – 1413 sqkms.
  • Major attraction of the park – the Asiatic Lions
  • As per 2010 Lion Census: there had been 411 total lion count from which 162 are female lioness, 97 male lions and 152 cubs of lions.
  • Altitudes of the park – varies from 150 to 530 m from the sea level
  • Longitudes: 700 50’ 710 15’ East
  • Latitudes: 200 40’ 210 50` North
  • In summer season, the temperature of this park goes up by 45 degrees c and in winters, the temperature drops down by 10 degree c at night
  • Rainfall in Gir – in the west region of Gir, 100 mm rainfall and in east region of Gir, 650 mm rainfall
  • Ideal time to visit Gir National Park - From November month to January
  • Closed season – From 15th June to September

Ideal Time To Tour In Sasan Gir National Park:

The restricted area of the Sasan Gir National Park remains closed from the mid of June to mid of October each year. This is a time when monsoon arrives here. Subsequently, the time between December month to March is ideal to plan your tour to Gir due to the best climatic conditions. However, From April to May months, the climate becomes too hot, yet referred as an ideal time for all nature lovers and wildlife lovers.

Easy Way To Reach Sasan Gir National Park:

The Sasan Gir National Park is built at 65 kms away from Junagarh and also 40 kms away from Veraval railway station. The park is flawlessly linked to big cities of Gujarat like Ahmedabad via road as well as rail. Though the ideal accessibility route to reach Gir from Ahmedabad is via road as it takes just 7 hours of time to reach. The closest airport to this park is Keshod that is 38 kms and Rajkot from and to which you can easily find flights from Mumbai.

More travelling options to reach Sasan Gir National Park:

  • 340 kms - Ahmedabad to Sasan Gir National Park
  • 351 kms - Mumbai to Sasan Gir National Park
  • 313 kms - Vadodara to Sasan Gir National Park
  • 249 kmsSurat to Sasan Gir National Park
  • 132 kms - Rajkot - Sasan Gir National Park
  • 464 kms - Pune to Sasan Gir National Park
  • 1856 kms - Kolkata – Sasan Gir National Park
  • 1080 kms - Delhi – Sasan Gir National Park

Best Attractions To Visit in SasanGir National Park:

  • Sasan - Gir National Park
  • Girnar Mountain
  • KamleshwarDham
  • Somnath Temple
  • Uperkot Fort
  • Durabar Hall Museum
  • Nalsarovar Lake
  • Junagarh Zoo
  • DurgaMandir
  • MahabatMaqbara

Best Place To Stay In Sasan Gir National Park

There are numerous accommodation options available for vacationers to stay in during their tour in Gir. You can find a variety of accommodation options ranging from budget hotels to luxury resorts to make your tour more satisfying. The Gir forest department also runs two famous lodges in Gir which include the Gir Lodge and the SinhSadan Forest Lodge. In addition to these lodges, there are many privately running lodges available near SasanGir National Park.