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.