Gir National Park and Wildlife Sanctuary, also known as Sasan Gir is famous for forest and wildlife sanctuary in the Gujarat State of India. It is located 43 km (27 mi) north-east of Somnath, 65 km (40 mi) south-east of Junagadh.
Besides Africa, Gir National Park in Gujarat is the only place in the world where you can spot lions roaming free in the wild. Gir is the only natural habitat of world popular Asiatic Lions.
There are 106 male, 201 female and 213 sub-adult lions in the wilderness of these four districts.
How to reach Gir National Park?
- The nearest airport to Gir National Park is Keshod, located at a distance of nearly 70 km.
- Diu Airport is also close to the Gir National Park. From here you can hire that are present just outside the airport which will take you to Sasan Gir. Sasan Gir is nearly 110 km airport of Diu and takes approximately 2 hours to cover this distance.
- The other airport is at Rajkot, situated at a distance of almost 160 km.
By train: The railway station in Junagadh receives trains from different cities like Ahmedabad and Rajkot and other major cities. Then, from here it takes approximately one and a half hour to reach Sasan Gir National Park.
By road: The Gir National Park is well-connected to some of the major cities of Gujarat by a good road. Various state bus transport services and private bus services are available to the national park from various parts of the state. Cab and taxi services are also available.
Jeep Safari in Gir National Park:
Jeep Safari booking is done online on Gir National Park’s official website.
The price for jeep safari is Rs.5300 that includes 6 adults and 1 child in a single jeep. Similarly, price for a foreigner is Rs.138000 per jeep.
The price includes Jeep & Driver Charges, Permit Charges, Guide Charges, One Camera Charges, Online Payment Gateway Charges, Pickup & Drop facility from any of the Resorts / Hotels in GIR and Our Service Charges.
Note: The Gir forest is closed for visitors from 16th June to 15th Oct every year & The Devaliya Safari park (Gir Interpretation Zone) is open throughout the year. The Devalia Safari Park closed on every Wednesday
Gir Safari Timings: 6:45 am -9:45 am | 8:30 am-11:30 am | 3 pm – 6 pm
Devalia Safari Park: Gir, Gujarat
Devalia Safari Park is a fenced Gir Interpretation Zone, where lions can be spotted more easily. There is no jeep available here, only bus safari that takes around 35 minutes. This is cheaper than Gir Safari and costs Rs 190 per person. You can book your tickets online as well as from the local counters there.
Devalia Safari Timings: 8 am – 11 am | 3 pm – 5 pm
Where to stay in Gir National Park?
You can easily find a hotel or a lodge or a resort in Gir near the national park. Some major hotels and resorts near Gir are Gir Jungle Lodge, Saavaj Resort in Gir, Vanvaso Resort, Anil Farm House, Maneland Jungle Lodge, Amidhara Resort, Fern Gir Forest Resort, Sukhsagar Gir Resort, Gir Lion’s Paw Resort, Gir Birding Lodge, The Gateway Hotel Hotel Umang in Gir.
Undoubtedly, Gir is a must-visit for wildlife lovers. Gir forest not only is a habitat for the Asiatic Lions but also is a home for thousands of other elusive wild animals like the uncommon Asiatic wild ass, hyenas, Gir foxes, and hard-to-find birds like the pygmy woodpecker, brown fish owl, and blackbuck, etc.
Other Attractions Near Gir National Park:
Distance-wise, Somnath to Gir is 67.4 km. Somnath is famous for its Somnath Mahadev Temple.
Junagadh to Gir is 76.2 km. Junagadh is famous for its historical monuments and forts.
FAQs About Gir National Park:
1. What is the price of Gir lion safari?
A jeep for Gir Lion Safari costs Rs5300, which includes 6 adults and 1 child. The cost of a jeep for a foreigner is Rs.13800.
2. What are the timings for the lion safari?
You can choose timings between 6:45 am -9:45 am or 8:30 am-11:30 am or 3 pm – 6 pm.
3. What is the best time for Gir Lion Safari?
Asiatic Lions are best spotted either early morning or late evening.
4. What is the ticket price for Devalia Safari Park?
The ticket price for Devalia Safari Park is Rs.190 per person.
5. How long it is Somnath to Gir?
Distance-wise, Somnath to Gir is 67.4 km.
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