Also known as Sasan-Gir, Gir National Park is the only natural habitat of the Asiatic Lions in India. Gir was once the hunting ground for the Britishers during their reign in India. At that time hunting these great numbers of tigers and lions accompanied by several Rajas and Maharajas of the region, it was considered a matter of great pride. Established in 1965, it is located 43 km (27 mi) north-east of Somnath and 65 km (40 mi) south-east of Junagadh.
The Gir ecosystem with its vast range of flora and fauna is protected as a result of the efforts of the government forest department, wildlife activists, and NGOs. It is now considered the jewel of Gujarat's ecological resources. It is home to various animal species like the Asiatic lion, Indian leopard, jungle cat, striped hyena, golden jackal, Bengal fox, Indian gray mongoose, Ruddy mongoose, honey badger, mugger crocodile, Indian cobra, tortoise, monitor lizard, chital, nilgai, sambar, four-horned antelope, chinkara and wild boar.
Gir National Park is closed from 16th June to 15th October every year. The best time to visit it is between December and March.
Explore & Experience in Gir National Park–
- Jungle Safaris
- Souvenir shopping inside the park
- Bird Watching
- Crocodile Breeding Center