Would You Like to See Rare Asiatic Lions of Gir National Park? Plan a Tour This Time!

The Sasan-Gir region which is located 65 kilometer towards south-east of Junagarh city in the state of Gujarat, was a complete jungle before 100 years ago. The entire Junagarh area was then frequented by the Indian Rajas – Maharajas and British high officials such as Lord Curzon for hunting purpose only. This region was purely hunting excursion for them. However, later in the year of 1899 high profile men put a permanent stop and strictly prohibited to their lion-hunting tours. It was noted during those period that the number of lions decreased due to severe famine in the region. Post Independence, the government of India completely banned hunting and any kind of poaching activities in the year 1960.

Later in the year of 1965, Sasan Gir was officially declared as a sanctuary and protected area for the Asiatic Lions.  Now it is spread over 412 square kilometers in the Saurashtra region of the Gujarat. And present Gir National Park is one of the noted habitats for the rare Asiatic Lions in the world. Apart from the African Lions, Gir is the place where king of Jungle can be found. That’s the main reason why Gir attracts huge number of wildlife enthusiasts and research scholars from around the planet. Gir hosts more than 30 species of mammals, 600 plus species of plants, and a wide range of birds and insects.

Exploring Gir sanctuary to experience life amidst wilderness is an experienced best enjoyed by Jeep Safari Or Devalia Jeep. Additionally, there are many decent accommodation options available for visitors near the sanctuary.

Jeep Safari Timing in Gir National Park

6:30 AM to 8:30 AM

8:30 AM to 10:30 AM

3:00 PM to 5:30 PM


What else to do in Gir National Park?

Tourists can take delight in a number of activities that can be enjoyed such as:

  • Bird watching
  • Visit to Devaliya Safari Park
  • Visit to Maldharis Tribe
  • Crocodile Breeding
  • Visit to Siddis Tribe

When is the best time to visit Gir National Park?

An ideal time to visit Gir National Park is between December and March. The park remains closed from June 16 to September 15 every year due to rainy season.

Where to Stay?

There are number of wildlife resorts located on the outskirts of Gir National Park. Tourists can choose from a number of two-star, three star, four-star and five-star properties in the Gir region. Gir Jungle Lodge, Anil Farm House, Savaj Resort are some of the best options that offer cool accommodation.

Top Places to See Nearby Sasan Gir National Park

Gir Wildlife Sanctuary is spread over approximately 1,424 square kilometres situated in the state of Gujarat, India. It is an abode of a large number of Asiatic lions. It is famous for Asiatic Lions. In addition, in this wildlife sanctuary numerous species of flora and fauna are found here. In the park 30 species of mammals many species of pests – mumps, 20 species of reptile and birds. The forest of Sasan gir national park was declared wildlife sanctuary in the year of 1969 later its area was expanded around 140.4 sq. Km and established as national park after six years. It has been now expanded around 258.71 square kilometres and the populations of lions has increased around 523 individuals comprising 109 adult males, 201 adult females and 213 cubs.

Here is the list of places to visit in gir:

Somnath MandirSomnath Mandir: Somnath mandir is one of the most popular and oldest temple in india located 46 kilometers away from Sasan-gir. Somnath comes to India’s most emirate temple but in 10th century it was robbed several  times by armies of mahmud of Ghazni and it lost its attraction. Somnath mandir earlier known as ”LORD PATAN” and it is one of the twelve important Hindu shrines of Lord Shiva.

Attractions around the Somnath temple include Somnath Beach, Somnath Museum, Junagadh Gate, Bhalka Tirtha, Jama Masjid, Ahilyabai Temple, Bhadio Pagoda, Gir National Park, Chorwad Beach, My Puri and Port of Veraval.

Nalsarovar Lake: There are three water bodies in Sasan-gir, Nalsarovar one of them. It is home of many birds and migratory birds, which is also known as birdwatchers paradise. There also found one of famous species like pulp puppet, back,back cuckoo, eagle and many others. There is also a temple of “Lord Krishna” near from this lake.

Mahabat Maqbara: Mahabat Tomb is a big tomb of Nawab. It was architectural in the style of Indo-Islamic in 1892. This tomb has been testified as the best structure built in this architectural style among all other such structures in India.

Kankai Mata TempleKankai Mata Temple: Kankai Mata Temple one of the most attractive place and it is 25km away from  Sasan – gir. The thrilling expierence of vast Gir Jungle can be experienced during night with the roaring of majestic Asiatic Lions. As per forest the department norms only fifty devotees are allowed to stay at once during night.

The Kamleshwar DamKamleshwar Dam:  The Kamleshwar Dam – another important water reservoir situated within the boundary of Gir National Park. It was constructed in order to fulfill the water requirement within the park for surviving creatures. It’s pretty good view and sere ambiance attracts the tourists visiting the Gir  Natioanl Park. It was built in the year of 1959 on the Hiran River.  The tour to Kamleshwar Dam is complimented with Gir Safri tour.

How to Book Online Safari in Sasan Gir

The dense and deciduous forest of Sasan Gir is among the oldest wildlife sanctuaries in India and the only reserve forest which is the natural home to the endangered Asiatic Lions in the world. With the proper conservation efforts, the shrinking population of Lions has now reached up to a decent number. The forest of Gir has been synonymous with the King of the forest, the Asiatic Lions, since hundreds of years ago when the forest was the hunting abode of the Royal members of the Junagarh Kingdom.

Being the only wildlife destination in India for the sighting of the majestic King of the Jungle, the Gir forest department provides an opportunity for the wildlife enthusiasts, especially Lion lovers, to get the sight of the forest King and his pride in their natural habitat. The wildlife safari is organized for the tourists by the forest department, which takes tourists deep inside the forest so that they can explore the wildlife in its natural state.

Many different types of the safaris are available in the various such forests and parks in India depending on the ecological diversities of the park. The Gir National Park offers only the Jeep Safari to explore the Gir forest. The safari Jeeps that are registered with the forest department of Gir are allowed to enter into the reserve forest. A maximum of 6 adults and 1 children (below 11 years) are allowed in a Jeep Safari apart from the driver and a naturalist guide. With every Jeep Safari, a forest guide is mandatory as per the rules by the forest department.

The prime concern of every wildlife tourist who visits any National Park is the process of booking the safari. The Gir National Park offers an online booking facility to book your entry permit for the safari. Only a limited number of Jeeps are allowed to go inside the forest in a shift and three shifts are organized in the Sasan Gir. All the entry permits of the Jeep safari can only be booked through the online system. There is no safari booking facility at the Gir reception center so visiting at the Gir reception directly for the safari without any prior online booking will lend you in a big hassle.

For making an online booking in gir, you have to provide the details like Full Name, Age and Sex of each visitor. All the information should be same as printed on the identity cards of each visitor as booking with the incorrect or incomplete ID proof will be considered invalid. You will not be permitted for the safari against such booking permits. Also, your original identity proof will be checked at the entry gate so carry the same ID proofs while going for the safari. For the Indian citizen, any government approved ID card will be accepted such as Voter Card, Aadhar Card, Driving License, etc. For the foreigners, only the Passport will be accepted as the Identity card.

Along with the ID proofs, you also have to provide the date of the visit and the shift of safari to book the permit. You can choose any shift according to your convenience among the three shifts organized daily which are early morning shift (6am-9am), morning shift (9am-12pm) and afternoon shift (3pm-6pm). In order to finalize the booking, you have to pay the full safari amount in advance. Tourists can book Jeep safari online a maximum of 90 days prior to the visit. There is a heavy rush of wildlife tourists during holiday seasons so it is always advisable to make an advance booking for the safari.

For Online Safari Booking: http://www.sasangirnationalpark.in/online-gir-forest-safari-booking.html
For Online Devalia Safari Booking: http://www.sasangirnationalpark.in/online-gir-forest-safari-booking.html