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About Gir National Park

Gir National Park

Sasan - A Wild Home Of The Asiatic Lions

Gir National Park and wildlife sanctuary is situated in Gujarat, Western India. It was established to protect Asiatic lions along with leopards and antelopes, form the fully protected area of 1,412 km2. Gir National Park consists of a mixed deciduous forest interspersed with semi-evergreen and evergreen trees, scrub jungle, large patches of grasslands and rocky hills. It is the largest dry deciduous forest in Western India.

Its region is the sole home of the Asiatic Lion in the wilderness. As per 2017 census, there are 650 Asiatic lion individuals in the region. In tune with the objectives of Wildlife Conservation, tourism is allowed on a limited and regulated basis near Sasan-Gir. It is home to the highest concentration of top carnivores - lions and leopards, and also has the single largest population of marsh crocodiles in the country.

Climate in Gir varies round the year. The temperature plummets to about 10°C in winter and rises to a scorching 43°C in summer. Besides summer and winter, Gir enjoys a tropical monsoon climate.

Main tourist attractions in The Gir National park are "Gir Jungle Trail" and "Gir Interpretation Zone (Devaliya Safari)". Apart from these, there are other attractions in this beautiful forest like Kankai Mata Temple adventurous Jungle Ride, Crocodile Breeding Centre, Bird Watching and Sasan Gir Museum, etc.

Gir National Park

Gir Jungle Trail

Gir Jungle Trail (also called Jeep Safari / Gir Safari) is the open Jeep ride of 3 hours inside the deep forest.

Forest department issue limited permit for Gir Jungle Trail. From this website, “Gir Jungle Trail Package” can be booked as much as 4 to 5 Months in advance. Bookings are availed on first come first serve basis till Permits are available from Forest department.

"Reporting point for the boarding of safari is “Sinh Sadan” in Sasan Gir Village. Pick up / Drop from your preferred accommodation in Sasan Gir is provided if you opt for it while booking on extra charges."

Forest department has developed 13 routes to explore the Gir forest by the means of jeep safari. Route is assigned to each Jeep randomly by officer on duty.

There are three time slots, each of 3 hrs, for safari. You are accompanied by Driver and Guide approved by The Forest Department during your ride.

Days
All days of Week (except from 16 June to 15 October every year)

Safari Timing (3 Hrs)

6:45 am to 9:45 am 8:30 am to 11:30 am 3:00 pm to 6:00 pm

Reporting Time

6:15 am 8:00 am 2:30 pm

 

On the spot booking of Gir Jungle Trail is not available. So it is mandatory to secure booking in advance in order to avoid last moment disappointment.

Gir Interpretation Zone / Devaliya Safari Park

Gir Interpretation Zone is also known as Devalia Safari Park. It is established by tourism department to reduce overload of tourists to Gir Jungle Trail. This Interpretation Zone comprises of 412 HA chain link fenced area which is regarded as ‘Gir in a nutshell’ covering all habitat types and wildlife of Gir. The basic aim of creating this facility is to provide an opportunity of viewing lions and other animals in their natural habitat within a short period of time at cheaper rates. There are animals like Asiatic lions, Leopards, Blue Bull, Sambhar, Chital, Jackal, Black buck, Wild Boar etc.

Permit for Devaliya safari park is available for booking in advance as well as on the spot. It is recommended to book permit in advance to avoid any inconvenience and disappointment.

Safari Days Monday to Sunday (Except Wednesday)
Jeep Safari - (At interval of every 1 Hour) 07:00 am to 10:00 am 03:00 pm to 05:00 pm
Bus Safari - (At interval of every 30 Min) 07:30 am to 10:30 am 04:00 pm to 04:30 pm

REMAINS CLOSED EVERY WEDNESDAY. If visitor do not report before scheduled reporting time, the permit becomes invalid and fresh permit need to be obtained with fees, if available.

Rate of the package varies depending upon days of the week and nationality.

Forest department reserve the right to cancel the permit under unavoidable circumstances.

Adventurous - Kankai Mata Temple

Kankai is a Hindu's holy place situated in the middle of Gir Forest National Park in Junagadh district of Saurashtra region in the state of Gujarat, India. The Indian mega-epic Mahabharata's famous character Arjuna comes alive here so this place is famous because of him. Once traveling through this forest, Pandavas gets thirsty and Arjuna uses his bow to discover water from the earth. There is a Mahadev temple here called 'Banej'.

The main temple is "Shri Kankeshwari Mataji" also known as "Shri Kankai Mataji". Mataji is principal goddess to many castes in India; Like Vaishya Suthar (Vadhia and Padhiyar), Gurjar Suthar(Panchasara), Bhawsar (bahekar), Uneval Brahmins, Bhadreshwar-Vanza, Borkhetaria-Vanza Vaishya and some other castes. A smaller temple for Bhudarjee Dada, Mataji's brother is erected behind the main temple. This is at a walking distance from the main temple. Shingavada river flows on one side of the temple.

Sometimes visitors can see lions near the temple or near the river as it's an open habitat for lions, second only to Africa.

Every year thousands of devotes and tourist visit this temple. The temple also provides meals for devotees and tourist. Donations to the temple trust are always welcome. Being located in the middle of Gir Sanctuary, as per norms, tourists have to exit the sanctuary before sunset.

Crocodile Breeding Center

The Crocodile breeding Center in Sasan Gir is one unique place where you can see adult and baby crocks, being bred here for restocking the sanctuary. Have your camera ready as the crocodiles are highly elusive when humans approach, therefore click them when they are basking in the sun. Be careful of coming near to water bodies here, as the crocodiles when in water look like floating logs from a distance, so it is always good to keep a safe distance while watching these majestic reptiles.

Bird Watching

Gir National Park & Sanctuary is well represented in terms of rich avi-fauna. The riparian vegetation along streams and marshes is particularly rich as natural habitation of bird life. Apart from this, Gir National Park & Sanctuary has a variety of habitats, woodlands, grasslands, high hills, cliffs and ponds, catering to the needs of different bird species both resident and migratory. Around 350 avifaunal species are found here. This includes birds of prey, vultures, cormorants, ducks, kingfishers, herons, egrets, storks, barbets, woodpeckers, flycatchers and many others.

The overwhelming presence of the omnipotent big cat diverts the attention of the common man from the remarkable bird population that the sanctuary has. However, the birds of Gir National Park & Sanctuary did attract the great ornithologist, Dr. Salim Ali who believed that, had the Asiatic lions not been there, the area would have been one of the most fascinating bird sanctuaries of the country.