Ecotourism Gujarat

Gir National Park & Sanctuary

Asiatic Lions

The Gir Forest National Park and Wildlife Sanctuary (also known as Sasan-Gir, is a forest and wildlife sanctuary in Gujarat, India. Established in 1965, with a total area of 1412 km² (about 258 km² for the fully protected area (the national park) and 1153 km² for the Sanctuary), the park is located 65 km to the south-east of Junagadh and 60 km to south west of Amreli.

It is the sole home of the pure Asiatic Lions (Panthera leo persica) and is considered to be one of the most important protected areas in Asia due to its supported species. 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.

The forest area of Gir and its lions were declared as "protected" in the early 1900s by the then Nawab of the princely state of Junagadh. This initiative assisted in the conservation of the lions whose population had plummeted to only 15 through slaughter for trophy hunting.

The April 2010 census recorded the lion-count in Gir at 411, an increase of 52 compared to 2005. The lion breeding programme covering the park and surrounding area has bred about 180 lions incaptivity since its inception.

Gir is a haven for Bird watchers with a checklist of almost 300 species. This includes resident and migratory species.

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Important Information

A permit for entering the park is obtained at the Sinh Sadan Orientation Centre, Visit Gujarat Forest Department Website for timing. A 35-40 km driving route through the park is maintained for visitors.

(IMPORTANT NOTE: Unless traveling with an official and experienced guide, you must not leave your vehicle at any time, for your own safety as well as the well-being of the park and its inhabitants.)

Entry fees

Per vehicle with up to 6 occupants, are, for Indians


$40 Entry for foreigners
(must be paid in rupees.)


  • Junagadh 60 km
  • Ahmedabad 360 km
  • Rajkot 165 km
  • Diu 110 km

Best Season

The best time to visit this park is during the months of Mid October - Mid June, and the best recommended time is December - April.

Nearby places

For more information

Forest Dept. at Sasan Gir,
02877 285541.

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