The Gir wildlife sanctuary and national park, collectively referred to as the Gir Protected Area (PA), is located in the Saurashtra peninsula of Gujarat in western India. Gir today is the only place in the world, outside Africa, where the lion can be seen in its natural habitat. The Gir National Park, was established on 18th September, 1965, as a Forest Reserve, primarily to conserve the Asiatic lion. The Asiatic lion is slightly smaller than its African cousin.
The Gir forest with teak, ber, flame of the forest, jamun, a variety of acacia, particularly babul. It is a hilly tract with plenty of rivers, and offers the visitor long pleasant drives, through the thick forest cover.
The Gir National Park is steeped in history and folklore and boasts of its temples like Kankai Mata and Tulsishyam with hot springs. This forest is famous for its cattle herders, the Madharis, whose buffaloes form a substantial part of the lions' meals.
Location : 64 Kms from Junagadh and 32 kms from Verawal, Gujarat
Coverage Area : 1412 sq km, 259 sq km is National Park and 1153 sq km is sanctuary
Main Attraction : Asiatic lion, leopard, chital
Best Time To Visit : December till mid June ( closed during monsoon period )
Accommodation : Rest House available at Sasan, the headquarters of the sanctuary.
Transport Information :
Wild Life :
- Nearby Cities : Junagadh, 64 kms and Verawal, 32 kms
Bird Species :
- Wild boar
- Striped hyen
- Common langur
- Black buck
- Marsh crocodile
- Grey partridge
- Bonelli's eagle
- Crested serpent eagle
- Jungle bush quail
- Painted sandgrouse
- Common green pigeon