Gir National Park- a haven of the Asiatic Lion allows the wild life lovers to sight the magnificent wilds in their natural habitats. The last refuge of the royal beast on Mother Nature - the Gir National Park enjoys the pleasures of being the only habitat that abode, about 300 Asiatic Lions in its vast zone.
in the south west of the Saurashtra peninsula in the state of Gujarat, the
Gir National Park is spread over an area of 1,412.13 sq. km. The park has a
rough and hilly terrain with a cover of mixed deciduous forests of teak,
Acacia, Banyan trees and flame of the forest.
Through out the year the wildlife lovers can make their sojourn to the
wilds, as such the animals are more visible during the months of October to
The majestic lions are best sighted at the time of dawn or dusk when they
are energetic and restless.
Lion the Main Attraction of the Wild
The park was set up in 1965, since then it has become the successful home
to the royal predators- the Lion. There is a tremendous rise in the lion
population from less than 200 in 1980, to an estimated 286 in 1997. Beside
these elusive mammals the next most prevalently found predator is the
Leopard. In fact, Gir National Park is also abode to one of the largest
Leopard populations in the whole country. It is easy to sight these gigantic
beasts at night close to the lodges or near water holes.
Dense jungles of Gir Nation Park also abode the diverse variety of wildlife
species in their natural surroundings. Other animal residents of the Gir
national park are Spotted Deer, Sambar Deer, Chital, Nilgai, Four-Horned
Antelope, Chinkara, Wild Boar, Jackal, and Hyena. Besides its mammal
population the park also enjoys numerous aerial population - Bonneli's
Eagle, Crested Serpent Eagle, Woodpeckers Flamingo etc. One can also easily
spot the marsh crocodile in the waterholes particularly in the lake of the
Kamaleshwar dam. The park also enjoys the crocodile-breeding farm at Sasan.
A permit is required before you board a wildlife safari to explore its
treasures. These permits can be obtained from the Sinh Sadan Forest Lodge
office, there is also a small fees for your still and video cam to shoot
inside the park.
The best way to explore the magnificent wildlife is by driving around the
forest. Some of the best drives from Sasan are to Baval Chowk and Kankai, to
Chodavdi and Tulsishyam and to Kamaleshwar dam. The best time to discover
these elusive mammals are at dawn and dusk, when they are all set to prey.
Wildlife watching inside the park can best executed, by jeep safari inside
Every Sunday, the shows organized by the Forest Department offers an ample
opportunity for its wild life enthusiast to sight these majestic mammals
wandering nonchalantly in to the wild.
Gir Interpretation Zone
Within the premises of Gir, the zone is extended over an area of 4.12sq km.
Located at a distance of 12km from Sasan village at Devalia, the zone has a
numerous variety of the wildlife reserves and if you are not lucky enough to
sight a lion in the Gir Park then definitely you will sight it here.
The nearest airport is Keshod -80km to the park, visitors can easily catch
daily flights from Mumbai to Keshod. Meter taxis and tourist cabs are easily
available for the park from there.
State transport and tourist buses travel between Junagadh and Veraval via
Sasan Gur, 4 time a day. Trains from runs to Veraval -42km twice a day and
to Delwada and Junagadh once a day. The nearest rail connection is the meter
gauge rail line of 395-km from Ahemdabad.