Gir National Park
Gir National Park - Famous for Asiatic lions
The only remaining habitat of the Asiatic lion located in Gujarat
The Gir National Park, also called as the Sasan Gir National Park, is located in Sasan, Gujarat, India. It was established in the year 1965 and covers a total area of 1412 sq. km.
Gir National Park is believed to be a home for about more than 300 Asiatic lions, whom one can see at dawn or dusk when they are on the move. Apart from the Asiatic lions, it also gives shelter to a variety of other mammals including leopards, sambhar, nilgai, chinkara, the four-horned antelope, wild boar, black bucks, small Indian Mongoose, Indian fox, jackal and crocodiles.
One can also see a variety of birds at the Gir National Park including the paradise flycatcher, black headed cuckoo shrike, pied woodpecker, Bonelli's eagle, creste serpent eagle, sand grouse, bush quail and grey partridge. Apart from mammals and birds, more than 400 species of plants can be found at Gir National Park. Visit to an important part of the Gir protected area, known as the Gir Interpretation Zone, guarantees a lion sighting.
Best Time to visit Gir National Park
The best season to visit Gir National Park is from December to March. The park remains closed during the monsoons i.e. from June to October.
Park Timings - 8:00 AM to 11:00 AM and 3:00 PM to 5:00 PM
Safari Timings - 6:30 AM to 9:30 AM and 3:00 PM to 5:00 PM
How to reach Gir National Park
The nearest airports from Gir are Keshod (90 kms away), Diu (110 kms away) and Rajkot (160 kms away). The nearest railway stations are at Sasan and Veraval.
To see other famous wildlife sanctuaries and national parks, check out: Famous National Parks in India.