Gir National Park

CategoryGarden

Languages KnownGujarati, Hindi

AddressGir National Park, Sasan Gir, Gir Somnath, Gujarat

pincode362135

DistrictGir Somnath

About Gir National Park

Transportation

Junagadh is perhaps the best approach to the park. The railway station in Junagadh receives trains from different cities like Ahmedabad and Rajkot and other major cities. Then, from here it takes approximately one and half hour to reach Gir National Park.

BY ROAD : : Gir National Park is 60 km from Junagadh, the most common base for making a visit, and 360 kms away from Ahmadabad. The main centre is at Sasan Gir, and has a forest guest house maintained by the park, just opposite the railway station.

BY RAIL : One can travel by rail to Junagadh from Ahmadabad or Rajkot and then take a 65 km road trip on bus or taxi to Sasan Gir .

BY AIR : The nearest airport is located at Diu at the distance of 92kms from the reserve area and Rajkot will be next convenient airport to Gir located at the distance of 160 kms. From Mumbai, the tourists can catch the daily flights to these two destinations towards Gir.

History

Animals:The entire forest area of the Gir National Park is dry and deciduous which provides best habitat for Asiatic Lions. As per the new statics of 2015, the entire Saurashtra Region is inhabited by 523 Lions and more than 300 Leopards. Apart from these two animals the park is a home to two different species of Deer. The Sambar is counted largest Indian Deer. The Gir forest is also known for the Chowsingha – the world’s only four horned antelope. The Jackal, striped Hyena and India Fox are some of the smaller carnivores found in Gir Forest.

Birds: The exotic flora of Gir National Park gives shelter to more than 200 species of birds and moreover the sanctuary has been declared an important bird area by the Indian Bird Conservation Network. Gir is also habitat of raptors like critically endangered white-backed and long-billed vultures.

Reptiles: Gir is blessed with more than 40 species of reptiles and amphibians. Kamleshwar – a large reservoir in the sanctuary is the best spot where Marsh Crocodile can be seen in large numbers. Park has even many species of snake including King Kobra, the Russell’s viper, Saw-scaled viper and the Krait.

Gir Interpretation Zone, Devaliya: Devaliya Safari Park is enclosed area of the Sanctuary that offers a good opportunity for visitors to experience a rustic beauty and wilderness of the area. The safari tour is conducted in a mini bus that takes visitors to another cross section of the Gir. Travelers can watch here a good variety of wildlife in just 20 to 30 minutes tour including Asiatic Lion.

Flora: Most of the area is rugged hills, with high ridges and densely forested valleys, wide grassland plateaus, and isolated hilltops. Around half of the forested area of the park is teak forest, with other trees such as khair, dhavdo, timru, amla, and many others. The other half is non-teak forest, with samai, simal, khakhro and asundro jambu, umro, amli, vad and kalam; mostly broadleaf and evergreen trees. The river Hiran is the only one to flow year-round; the rest are seasonal. There are also areas of the park with open scrub and savannah-type grassland.

Famous for

Besides Africa, Gir National Park in Gujarat is the only place in the world where you can spot lions roaming free in the wild. The real discovery channel of India is situated approximately 65 Kms South East of Junagarh District. The Government notified the large geographical extent of Sasan Gir as wildlife sanctuary on 18th September, 1965 in order to conserve the Asiatic Lion. It covers total area of 1412 square kilometers of which 258 Km forms the core area of the National Park. Indiscriminate hunting by the people of Junagarh led to their decrease in population drastically, while they were completely wiped out from the other parts of Asia. It was the kind effort of Nawabs of Junagarh who protected the queen royalty in his own private hunting grounds. Later in due course of time Department of Forest Officials came forward to protect the world’s most threatened species. From a population of approximately 20 lions in 1913, they have risen to a comfortable 523 according to 2015 census. There are 106 male, 201 female and 213 sub-adult lions in the wilderness of these four districts.

Attractions in Sasan Gir

Kamleshwar Dam : this is the most requisite dam in the area being built over the Hiran River. Located inside the vicinity of Gir National Park, the Kamleshwar Dam actually serves as a lifeline of the reserve area where the tourists can find great varieties of marsh crocodiles.

Tulsi Shyam Temple : this is a famous temple in the area dedicated to Lord Krishna. People make a sure shot visit to this temple where major hot springs near to the temple are the other major attraction.

Crocodile Breeding Farm : The Crocodile Breeding farm near the Sasan Gir Reserve is an appealing place to learn about the breeding of the crocodiles.

Best time to Visit

The Sanctuary is open for tourism from 16th October to 15th June every year.
The best time to visit the park is from December through June and the park is closed during the monsoon seasons.

Best time to Go

Daily game drives in Open 4WD safari vehicles
06:30 AM to 08:30 AM, 08:30 AM to 10:30 AM and 03:00 PM to 05:30 PM.
Park opening time to visit at its best season- 15th Oct till 15th June
Visiting Hours – 8:00 AM – 11:00 AM – 3:00 PM – 5:00 PM

Distance of nearest cities

  • Somnath
    to
    Ahmedabad
    406km
  • Somnath
    to
    Ambaji
    585km
  • Somnath
    to
    Amreli
    164km
  • Somnath
    to
    Bharuch
    546km
  • Somnath
    to
    Bhavnagar
    277km
  • Somnath
    to
    Bhuj
    399km
  • Somnath
    to
    Dahod
    580km
  • Somnath
    to
    Dwarka
    230km
  • Somnath
    to
    Gandhinagar
    434km
  • Somnath
    to
    Himmatnagar
    485km
  • Somnath
    to
    Jamnagar
    269km
  • Somnath
    to
    Junagadh
    79km
  • Somnath
    to
    Mehsana
    480km
  • Somnath
    to
    Morbi
    489km
  • Somnath
    to
    Palanpur
    552km
  • Somnath
    to
    Porbandar
    129km
  • Somnath
    to
    Saputara
    784km
  • Somnath
    to
    Surat
    642km
  • Somnath
    to
    Valsad
    709km

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Public Transport to Go

Nearest bus stand is Dhari and thier inquiry no. is, 02797225040

Nearest Railway Station is Amreli and Indian Railway Inquiry no. is, 139

Nearest Airport is Rajkot and thier inquiry no. is, 02812451849

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