Gir National Park is the only remaining home for the Asiatic Lions that are almost a definition to this park in Gujarat, which has a lot more to offer.
Gir provides you with the unique experience of visiting a place which almost singularly plays a crucial and defining role in the preservation and sustaining of a certain species. The preservation of these lions was initiated by the Nawab of Junagadh when these were just about to enter the phase of extinction due to hunting. Other than the Asiatic Lions, Gir is a complete trip of adventure and excitement as it is home to a number of other animals and birds. These include antelopes, leopards, sloth bears, jungle cats, rusty spotted cats, hyenas, bush quails, crested eagles and more.
Many resorts, hotels and lodges here. Most of the resorts are good and have many facilities.
Gir is one of the biggest habitats for the lions and leopards. A great place for the wildlife safari.
Does not have its own airport, railway station, and bus station so difficult to reach.
Perfect place for wildlife lovers and photographers.
Gir has a number of resorts and lodges that serve food across various cuisines. These ensure that you won't run out of options for food while on your trip through adventure and excitement. Since it's a part of Gujarat, you might find local and elaborate Gujarati cuisine being served here. Typically vegetarian, Gujarati Thali would consist of Roti, Dal or Kadhi, Rice and Vegetable Curries. Gujarat is a dry state, so you wouldn't find any alcohol here.
Entry fees, per vehicle with up to 6 occupants, are, for Indians- INR 400 (Monday - Friday)., INR 500 (Saturday - Sunday), and INR 600 for holidays. Entry for foreigners USD 40 (must be paid in rupees) For more information, contact the Forest Dept. at Sasan Gir, Tel: 02877 285541.
Day 1 - Arrive at Keshod airport or Junagadh railway station. Transfer to resort in the Gir National park. Check-in at the hotel. Spend the rest of the day at the resort. Day 2 - Leave for wildlife excursion in the National park. Enjoy the wildlife safari. In the evening enjoy the bird watching. Back to the resort. Dinner at the resort. Overnight stay at the resort with a bonfire and other cultural programmes.
Gir is synonyms to the royal Asiatic lions that draws in the wildlife enthusiasts from all around the globe. The national park is the last abode of the endangered species of Asiatic lions that are the pride of India. With the population of about 500 lions and 400 leopards in its premises, Gir is one of the biggest habitats of the wild cats and also a haven for the wildlife lovers. Wildlife Safaris in the deep woods of Gir not only offers the great vistas of the wildlife, but the perennial and seasonal water bodies add an extra perk to the experience of wildlife expedition. Kamleshwar Dam located within the premises of national park is a home to reptiles and crocodiles which are also a major attraction of Gir. Apart from the leopards and lions, the national park also houses the various variety of species such as Deer, Sambhar, Cheetal, antelopes, blue bull, jackal, hyena and hare among the other species of fauna.
Follow the guide's instructions. Carry sunglasses, caps and water. Atleast at 2 to 3 days stay is reccommended.
By Kumar Kislay
I'm a bird watching enthusiast. Is Gir a good option for me that way?