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Situated about 65km SE of Junagarh district in the state of Gujarat in South West India, the Sasan GirSasan Gir Wildlife National Park, Sanctuary & Lion Reserve, best time to visit, park timings, charges, how to get Sasan Gir, important tips information, Map of Sasan Gir Wildlife National Park National Park was established on 18th September, 1965, as a Forest Reserve, primarily to conserve the Asiatic lion-classified as one of the World's most threatened species. Now Gir National Park is the only remaining place in the world, where one is likely to see the Asiatic Lion. The sanctuary covers a total area of 1,412 sq. km of which 258 sq.km at the core forms the National park. Permits are required to enter this part of the sanctuary.

The land is rugged with deep ravines, steep rocky hills and plenty of rivers. The vegetation, mainly along the main rivers and streams is mixed deciduous, with Teak, Acacia, Jamun, Tendu and Dhak trees, interspersed with large patches of grasslands and offers the visitor long pleasant drives, through the thick forest cover. These trees are mostly broad leaved and evergreen, giving the area a cool shade and moisture content. The Gir forest is dry for most of the year with scrub trees, like babul and few flowering trees. Prosopis and Casuarina have been planted in the coastal border as part of the aforestation plan.

The Asiatic lion once had a wide range in natural territory running from North West India through Persia to Arabia. But unfortunately hunted as a coveted trophy item during the British Raj era, it is now only found in the Gir forest of Gujarat. The famine of 1899 so decimated the Asiatic lion population that Lord Curzon cancelled his shoot at Gir, where he was staying as the guest of Nawab Junagadh. Curzon persuaded the Nawab to protect the remaining lions. In 1965, the India Government declared this place as a National park. The lion population which had sunk to an alarming two dozen in the early 20th century has slowly climbed over the years since, and now numbers about 300.

Within the sanctuary, there are numerous human settlements of cattle herders called Maldharis. There are also places of Hindu worship and pilgrimage and sulphur springs at Tulsi Shyam and Kankai Mata. At the edge of the park there are good populations of Indian Gazelle, protected by the religious sentiment of the local people.

Best Time to Visit

December to March

 

Park Timings

 

Park Timings : 8:00 AM to 11:00 AM 3:00 PM to 5:00 PM

Safari Timings : 6:30 AM to 9:30 AM and 3:00 PM to 5:00 PM

 

Park Charges

 

  Indian Foreigners
Entry Fees Rs. 30.00 USD 5.00
Vehicle Rs. 35.00 USD 4.00
Still Camera Rs. 50.00 USD 5.00
Video Camera Rs. 2500.00 USD 200.00
Guide (4 Hrs.) Rs. 50.00 Rs. 50.00
Jeep Hire (per safari) Rs. 600.00 Rs. 600.00
Safari (plus entry) Rs. 600.00 Rs. 600.00
Lion Safari Camp (plus entry for 6 pax) Rs. 1000.00 Rs. 1000.00
Lion Show Rs. 50.00 USD 5.00

(Rates are subject to change)

 

How to Get There

 

By Air : Nearest airport is Keshod, while it will be ideal to travel by air to Rajkot and take a bus or taxi from here. Another major airport is Ahmedabad, connected to Delhi, Mumbai.

By Rail : The nearest railheads are Sasan Gir and Veraval, while the most convenient railway station is Rajkot connected from Delhi & Mumbai. Another railhead is Junagadh, connected to Ahmedabad.

By Road : State Transport buses are available from Junagadh and Veraval between November and June. To reach the park from Ahmedabad, take the NH8A to Chotila via Bagodra, Limbdi and Sayla, NH8B to Jetpur via Rajkot and Gondal, NH8D to Junagadh via Vadal. From here, take the district road to Sasan Gir via Khadia and Mendarda. Volvo buses run between Ahmedabad and Junagadh (Rs. 200/head). From there a mini bus will take you to Sasan Gir.

Distances from Major Cities
Veraval : 42 km
Keshod : 86 km
Mumbai : 340 km
Rajkot : 160 km
Ahmedabad : 415 km

 

Tips & Important Information

  1. The entry gate of the park is located at Sasan on the south-western border, while entry tickets can be obtained from the reception desk at the Sinh Sadan Guest House.

  2. Do not talk loudly or play music as the noise may scare away the animals.

  3. Do not pollute the surroundings by smoking or throwing polythene bags and other non-biodegradable material.

  4. It is better to get adequate information about the place and take along a guide. Carry all the essentials along including a flash light, prescribed medication and clothes according to the season of your visit.

Resorts & Lodges in Sasan Gir Wildlife Park & Lion Reserve

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