Gir National Park & Gir Wildlife Sanctuary

Gir National Park & Gir Wildlife Sanctuary is one of the main Indian tourist destinations in Gujarat state.

Young male Asiatic lion (Panthera leo persica) in Gir Forest National Park. Photo Source : Creative commons Licensed under CC BY-SA 3.0. Photo by Bernard Gagnon .

Gir National Park & Wildlife Sanctuary is also known as “Sasan-Gir”. “Asiatic Lions” are seen only here in this Wildlife Sanctuary and is the protected forest area right from early 90’s. This Wildlife Sanctuary and National Park is rich in Flora and Fauna. There are around 400 to 500 species of plants inside the Gir Wildlife Sanctuary. There are 2,375 distinct fauna species found in Gir Forest National Park. The last count shows 411 lions, as on 2010. There is a Lion Breeding program inside the Wildlife Sanctuary to increase the endangered Asiatic Lions population. Indian Leopards, Sloth bears, etc, are some of the other wild animals in the Wildlife Sanctuary.

Kamleshwar Dam, along with 3 other dams, fed by 7 rivers, are the lifeline of the this National Park & Wildlife Sanctuary.

To see the Asiatic Lions in action, you may need to take a trip with the help of a Guide. If you are lucky, you may spot the Lion in a single day.

How Do I Go to Gir National Park?

Junagadhr Railway station in the Western Railway Zone of Indian railways is the nearest railway station to this National Park. Junagadhr is connected by frequent trains to Ahmedabad, Rajkot and nearby cities. From Junagadhr, you need to travel around 65 kilometers by road to reach this National Park. Gir National Park & Wildlife Sanctuary is at a distance of around 42 kilometers from Somnath, another nearby town, where the famous Somnath temple is situated.

Where can I Stay When Visiting the Gir National Park?

There is a forest Guest Houses are private hotels available near to the park and adjoining cities.