Do you know that Gir National Park is the only place in the world where you can spot Asiatic lions in the wild? Yes, located in Gujarat, this destination holds a pride of place in the list of the best national parks and wildlife sanctuaries in the world, for being home to many rare species.
Not only variety of flora and fauna, Gir also provides a panoramic view of the lush grassland and incredible landscape. Visit Gir with your family for an exciting holiday that you will never forget!
Due to declining population of lions, the National Park that was once the hunting grounds of the Nawabs of, was later converted into a protected area – a wildlife reserve, in 1965.
Apart from Asiatic lions, Gir National Park is also well-known for its population of sloth bear, wild boar, Indian leopard, striped hyena, spotted deer, the world’s only four horned antelope – chowsingha, and porcupine. You can also visit the Kamleshwar Dam Reservoir in the sanctuary, which is home to a large population of marsh crocodiles.
Gir National Park is also the perfect destination to spot a variety of birds and several endangered species such as Bonelli’s eagle, sarus crane, and white-backed and long-billed vultures. For an incredible encounter with the Asiatic lions while they are relaxing in their habitat, book a jeep safari in advance and enjoy the 3-hour long adventurous ride amidst the wild.
When at Gir National Park, don’t forget to visit the nearby destinations like Kankai Mata Temple, Gir Interpretation Zone, Devalia, and Jamjir Waterfall.
Please note: The Gir National Park is open to tourists from 16th October to 15th June every year.
How to reach: Keshod Airport is the closest airport located at a distance of 70 km. You can also fly to Diu Airport, about 110 km away, which is well connected to all major Indian cities. There are frequent trains and buses from all major cities and towns to Gir.