Gir National Park
The Gir Forest National Park (also known as Sasan – Gir,) is a forest and wildlife sanctuary near Talala Gir in Gujarat, India. Established in 1965, with a total area of 1,412 sq. kms. It’s the sole home of the Asiatic lions in the wilderness, and its considered to be one of the most important protected areas in Asia due to its biodiversity. The Gir Jungle Trail is a paradise for animal lovers where you can find different types of species besides the famous Asiatic lions. The ecosystem of Gir, with its diverse flora and fauna, is protected as a result of the efforts of the government forest department, wildlife activists and NGOs. Indiscriminate hunting by the people of Junagarh led to their decrease in lion population drastically, while they were completely wiped out from the other parts of Asia. It was the kind effort of Nawabs of Junagarh who protected the queen royalty in his own private hunting grounds. Later in due course of time Department of Forest Officials came forward to protect the world’s most threatened species. Sasan Gir has arranged open jeeps, the only way to exploring the Gir Jungle Trail for wildlife enthusiasts which are operated by professionals. Contact us for Gir Jungle Safari Bookings with JungleTrail.in
The temperatures in the Gir National Park vary to extremes. In winters, the temperatures go down to 6 º C, while soaring up to a scorching 46 º in the summers. The best time to experience Gir Jungle Trail is between the months of November and June.
How to Reach Gir National Park
Junagadh is perhaps the best approach to the park. 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 half hour to reach Sasan Gir National Park.
Nearest Airport is Rajkot which is approx 175 Kms.
Gir Is connected by road to all the major cities. Rajkot is approx. 175 kms. from GIR.
Wildlife at Gir National Park
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 includes about 38 species of mammals, around 300 species of birds, 37 species of reptiles and more than 2,000 species of insects. The Gir Jungle Trail is a paradise for animal lovers where you can find different types of species besides the famous Asiatic lions. The carnivores group mainly comprises the Asiatic lion, Indian leopard, jungle cat, striped hyena, Golden jackal, Indian gray mongoose and Ruddy mongoose, and honey badger. Desert cats and rusty-spotted cats occur but are rarely seen. The main herbivores of Gir are chital, nilgai, sambar, four-horned antelope, chinkara and wild boar. Blackbucks from the surrounding area are sometimes seen in the sanctuary. Among the smaller mammals, porcupine and hare are common, but the pangolin is rare. Sasan Gir is blessed with more than 40 species of reptiles and amphibians. Kamleshwar – a large reservoir in the sanctuary is the best spot where Marsh Crocodile can be seen in large numbers. Park has even many species of snake including King Kobra, the Russell’s viper, Saw-scaled viper and the Krait.
The plentiful avifauna population has more than 300 species of birds, most of which are resident. The scavenger group of birds has 6 recorded species of vultures. Some of the typical species of Gir include crested serpent eagle, endangered Bonelli’s eagle, crested hawk-eagle, brown fish owl, Indian eagle-owl, rock bush-quail, Indian peafowl, brown-capped pygmy woodpecker, black-headed oriole, crested treeswift and Indian pitta.
Let’s plan your Gir Jungle Safari !
At JungleTrail, we customise your packages as per your requirements. Generally, 2 or 3 nights package would be ideal to explore the entire forest and have the best wildlife experiences. There are 2 jungle safaris in a day. One starts early morning and the other in the afternoon. All our JungleTrail packages includes transfers from the nearest railway station or the airport, stay with all meals and jungle safaris as per the plan. Kindly fill in the form on the page with your requirements and we shall get back to you with a complete Itinerary designed for you.