What's on your mind?

Gir National Park

The last bastion of the Asiatic lions and one of the best places to sight the elusive leopards, Sasan Gir National Park in Gujrat is a unique wildlife sanctuary dominated by short and gnarled teak trees, thorn bushes, grassland and rocky hills.

The Gir National Park is located about 65km to the south-east of Junagadh City, on the Kathiawar peninsula of Gujarat. Gir is a beautiful, but harsh wilderness that reminds one of Africa.

Once the lions habitat in India stretched from Uttar Pradesh and Punjab in the north, across to Bihar in the east and even to the Narmada valley; however, hunting and habitat destruction almost completely wiped out the lions. The intervention of the Nawab of Junagadh in early 1870 assisted in the conservation of the lions, whose population had plummeted to only 15 at that time. Subsequently the Gir National Park was established in 1965 with an area of 1412km2 to protect the lions. Today it boasts of more than 400 of the royal animal.

The topography of Gir is dominated by deciduous forest, interspersed with semi-evergreen and evergreen flora, acacia, scrub jungle, grasslands and rocky hills. Seven rivers pass through Gir: the Hiran, Saraswati, Datardi, Shingoda, Machhundri, Ghodavadi and Raval. The water from these rivers is the key to the survival of the lions; it also feeds the large water bodies that are home of crocodiles and a large number of birds.

Asiatic lions are smaller in size than the African lions and have shorter manes. Sighting lions is best early in the morning, when they are out on patrol or hunt. Due to the nature of the habitat Gir is also a great place to spot the elusive leopards.

Maldharis of Gir
Maldharis are synonymous with Gir. They are a unique clan of graziers who live within the forest close to the lions and are acknowledged as the best source of knowledge of the Gir lions.  Their relationship with the lions is unique, as both respect each other and do not harm each-other.

Siddis of Gir
Siddis are a community of African origin, who initially came to India as slaves around 12th century. Subsequently, they settled in the subcontinent during the 12th – 19th century. In Gir, there are villages of the Siddis, who have preserved some African traditions such as the Goma music and dance form, which is believed to be derived from the Ngoma drumming and dance forms of East Africa.

Fauna
According to official census figures, Gir has about 400 lions and 300 leopards, making it one of the major feline concentrations in India. Sambar and spotted deer (chital), blue bull (nilgai), chousingha (the world's only four-horned antelope), chinkara (Indian gazelle) and wild boar thrive in Gir. Other mammals in the park include Jackal, striped hyena, jungle cat, rusty-spotted cat, Langur, porcupine, and black-naped Indian hare.

Gir has a large population of marsh crocodiles or muggers, which are among the 40 species of reptiles and amphibians recorded in the sanctuary.

Avi Fauna
More than 200 species of birds are found in Gir; these include Ospreys, Perigrine Falcons, Fish Owls, Crested Serpent Eagles, Bonelli's Eagles, Goshawks and Pale and Montagu's Harriers. Water birds include Redshanks, Jacanas, Plovers, Marsh Sandpipers, Ruddy Shelduck, Spotbills, Shovellers, Nakta, Little Grebes, Lesser Whistling Teal, Ibis and Painted Storks Wrynecks, Nightjars, Pygmy Woodpeckers, Indian Pittas, Shrikes, Drongos, Barbets, Indian Rollers, Grey Partridge, Jungle Bush Quail, Painted Sandgrouse, Green Pigeons, Paradise Flycatchers, Bush Larks, Bee Eaters, Minivets and Warblers.

Nearby places Train stations Airports
RAJKOT 179 Km 03H 21m
Junagadh Junction 73 Km 01H 44m
Rajkot Junction 177 Km 03H 17m
Nearby major cities
Name Distance Duration
68 Km 01H 33m
164 Km 03H 04m
68 Km 01H 33m
Somnath holds vital religious significance for Hindus; it is home to one of the 12 Jyotirlingas and is also believed that lord Krishna took his last journey from here. The mention of Somnath can be found in ancient texts like Skandpuran, Shreemad Bhagavat, Rigveda and Shivpuran indicates it as one of the oldest and most sacred pilgrimages in India.
164 Km 03H 04m
339 Km 05H 56m
Ahmedabad is the largest city in the state of Gujarat. The bustling metropolis is a fusion of old world charm and emerging modernity. It has a rich history of Muslim heritage.
Seasons
Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Best Seasons
Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Weather
Season Min. Temp. Max. Temp.
Summer 25 °C 43 °C
Winter 10 °C 25 °C
Apart from summer and winter, Gir has a tropical monsoon climate. It becomes very hot during the summer, with noon temperature reaching 43 °C , and humid during the monsoon in June.
Hide

Write to us

Send

Seasons Flavour

Commanding magnificent view of the surrounding Himalayan peaks of Nanda Devi, Trishul, Ketu and Kamet , on the edge of the Nanada Devi national park, Auli is fast emerging as an important ski resort in India.

Nestled amidst the wooded slopes, surrounded by green meadows in the Kinnaur District of Himachal Pradesh, lies Baspa Valley also known as Sangla valley.

Binsar is a beautiful hill destination inside a forest reserve and bird sanctuary with magnificent 360 degree view of Kumaon Himalayan peaks.

Far from the maddening crowds is Caukori, an isolated small village in the Kumaon mountains offering panoramic view of snow capped Himalayan peaks painted with magical sunrise and sunsets .

Madikeri - a picturesque hill station of misty mornings and dotted with coffee and exotic spice plantations, lies in the Western Ghats of south-western Karnataka. It is the headquarter of the famous Kodagu or Coorg district of Karntaka state. Flavoured with the aroma of fresh coffee, cardamom, black pepper and Coorg honey, Madikeri offers an enchanting experience.

Dalhousie is one of the most picturesque hill stations, located in the Chamba Valley between the Dhauladhar and Pir Panjal ranges of the Himalayas. Named after a British Governor General, it retains a mix of natural beauty and colonial charm.

Darjeeling, the “Queen of the hills” embodies the romantic nostalgia of “The Raj” or the era of British rule in India. Darjeeling, famous for its lush tea gardens, is blessed with a stunning view of Mount Kanchenjunga, the world's third highest peak.

Dharamsala has an aura about it. The town has lived up to its name, which means “The pilgrims’ rest house”; it is today the sacred seat of the Dalai Lama and his exiled government of Tibet. The backdrop of the Himalayas and the old world charm of the town adds to the magnetic attraction of the unique experience that is Dharamsala.

One of the most scenic hill stations of India. Gulmarg offers excellent powder run skiing opportunities of international standards.

The beautiful hill town of Kausani is a picturesque hill station famous for its scenic splendour and its spectacular 300 km wide panoramic view of the Himalayas.

Lachen 110 km from Gangtok, Lachen is a scenic Himalayan village of migrant Buddhist Bhutia yak herders called Lachenpas. The hospitable Lachenpas greet or bid visitors farewell with the traditional 'khada' scarf. Blankets made from sheep wool or chuktuk, carved woodwork, furniture, signs, symbols and blankets are the handicrafts of Lachen. Chuktuk is the local term used for sheep wool blankets. Since a sizeable population in the area rear sheep and yak, the wool from these animals is used for r

On the banks of the Beas river, surrounded by the majestic Pir Panjal, Parvati, and Bara Bhangal mountain ranges, lies Manali - one of the most popular hill resorts in India. Manali is also the gateway to the exotic Lahaul and Spiti valleys.

Mukteshwar is a quaint and peaceful hill town in Kumaon - Uttarakhand surrounded by thick coniferous forest; it offers 180 degree panoramic views of the mighty Himalayan peaks Neelkanth, Trishul, Nandaghunti, Nanda Devi, Panchchuli. Famous hunter Jim Corbett mentioned Mukteshwar in his 1944 AD classic book ‘The Man Eaters Of Kumaon’.

Stunning green hills of rolling tea plantations surround breathtaking Munnar. The town provides a completely relaxing and therapeutic experience for jaded city dwellers - misty mornings, sweet scented air, whispering breezes and a chance to walk in the clouds.

Mussoorie is a popular hill station in the Garhwal Himalayas. Due to its panoramic views and its proximity to Delhi, Mussoorie has been a favourite weekend destination for visitors from the nearby plains since the time of the Raj.

The beautiful small township of Pelling lies 115 km from the state capital Gangtok. Known for its grand views of Kanchenjunga, the world’s third highest mountain, which rises to 9390m. Pelling is perched at an altitude of 2400m, and is a traveller’s delight due to its strategic location in the eastern Himalayas.

A long time ago Kumaoni queen Padmini was smitten with the scenic vista of this hill town leading to her king Sukhdev naming the area queen’s meadow or Ranikhet. Ranikhet still retains the unspoilt charm and sylvan surrounding that provides panoramic views to the Himalayan peaks.

A beautiful hill city tucked in the lap of Himalayas, Shimla retains much of its old world charm and nostalgic influence of the British Raj when it was the designated “summer capital” of India.

Srinagar, the exotic summer capital of Kashmir is an enigma shrouded in a veil of mystery, a fusion of beauty, culture and history that mesmerises, enthrals and still sows a seed of doubt in the mind of the departing traveller that a single visit is not enough to touch its heart.

Code
Type
Duration
Grade
Max Size
Active
Climate