Gir National Park

The sole home of the majestic Asiatic lions, Gir National Park is a forest and wildlife sanctuary near Talala Gir in Gujarat. The Park covers an area of and is mostly covered with a mix of dry deciduous forest and savannah forest. Many perennial and seasonal rivers flow through the park where one can easily spot wild animals gratifying their thirst for water. The park remains a perfect ground for marsh crocodiles, reptiles, and even birds.  Apart from wild cats, one can also spot Jackal, Striped Hyena, Langur, Porcupine and Black-naped Hare here.

Gir National Park Attractions

Animals: The forest cover of Gir National Park is dry and deciduous which is perfect for Asiatic Lions. Over 2,375 distinct fauna species have been recorded here, including the Asiatic lion, Indian leopard, Indian cobra, jungle cat, striped hyena, etc. In 2015, 523 lions were recorded in the park.

Birds: Bird watching is a blissful experience at Gir National Park. Here you can spot more than 200 species of birds. The park is even declared a significant bird area by the Indian Bird Conservation Network. Views of endangered white-backed and long-billed vultures are common yet fascinating here.

Reptiles: Visit here and spot more than 40 species of reptiles. Marsh Crocodile remains extremely popular among travelers as they reside here in large numbers. Apart from this, the park is also home to King Kobra, the Russell’s viper, Saw-scaled viper and the Krait.

Flora: Flora in Gir National Park includes deciduous forest along with semi-evergreen and evergreen trees. This remains the biggest dry deciduous forest in complete West India. Many rivers and streams flow through the park, adding more diversity to the flora found here. Enjoy your safari around the park and spot Jambu, Karanj, Umro, Vad, Kalam, Charal, Sirus and Amli. Gir is also a significant biological research area having lots of scientific, learning, aesthetic and recreational worth.  

Best Time to Visit
The National Park can be visited during any time of the year except months between June and October when it remains closed due to monsoons. The best time to visit here is from November to March when the weather is perfect for safari.

Safari Timings

Monday to Sunday:

Morning - 6 AM to 9 AM and 9 AM to 12PM
Evening - 3 PM to 6 PM

How to Reach:
By Air: The nearest airport to Gir is Keshod Airport at a distance of 38 km.
By Rail: Sasan railway junction is the closest railway station.
By Road: Numerous buses, cars or taxis are available from places like Diu (110 Km), Junagadh (55 Km), Rajkot (160 Km) and Veraval (40 Km) to reach here.


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