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
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