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About Gir National Park

Sasan - A Wild Home Of The Asiatic Lions

Gir National Park and wildlife sanctuary is situated in Gujarat, Western India. It was established to protect Asiatic lions along with leopards and antelopes, form the fully protected area of 1,412 km2. Gir National Park consists of a mixed deciduous forest interspersed with semi-evergreen and evergreen trees, scrub jungle, large patches of grasslands and rocky hills. It is the largest dry deciduous forest in Western India.

Its region is the sole home of the Asiatic Lion in the wilderness. As per 2017 census, there are 650 Asiatic lion individuals in the region. In tune with the objectives of Wildlife Conservation, tourism is allowed on a limited and regulated basis near Sasan-Gir. It is home to the highest concentration of top carnivores - lions and leopards, and also has the single largest population of marsh crocodiles in the country.

Climate in Gir varies round the year. The temperature plummets to about 10°C in winter and rises to a scorching 43°C in summer. Besides summer and winter, Gir enjoys a tropical monsoon climate.

Main tourist attractions in The Gir National park are "Gir Jungle Trail" and "Gir Interpretation Zone (Devaliya Safari)". Apart from these, there are other attractions in this beautiful forest like Kankai Mata Temple adventurous Jungle Ride, Crocodile Breeding Centre, Bird Watching and Sasan Gir Museum, etc.

Gir National Park

Gir Jungle Trail

Gir Jungle Trail is the forest department organized open Jeep Safari ride of approximately 3 hours inside the dense forest of Gir National Park. One may get chance to see Asiatic Lion, leopards, and many other wild animals, birds & rich flora and fauna of Gir forest.

Gir Jungle Trail Package Rate & persons allowed in one jeep:

  • INR 4200/- to 4,450/- for Indians (Per Jeep)
  • INR 10,000 to 12,000/- for Foreigners (Per Jeep)

One Jeep can accommodate maximum 6 adults and 1 child. Age till 12 years considered as child and more than 12 years considered as adult for safari booking. If number of adults are less then more children can be added up to 7. Since the rates are per Jeep and not per person, rates will be same for 1 person and for 6 persons boarding the safari.

What is Included in this Package?

  • Permit issued by Forest department to enter in to the Gir Jungle Trail
  • Open Jeep, Driver & Guide approved by Forest Department
  • Payment processing charges & GST
  • Safari coordinator service charge who will assist you while Boarding.

What is Not Included?

  • Camera fees, if any. (There is no charge for Mobile Phones)
  • Pick-up / Drop from Resort / Hotel. It can be arranged at extra charge.

Reporting Place & Time: Boarding / Reporting point for safari is “Sinh Sadan, Sasan Gir”. Visitor Need to report at least 30 minutes before scheduled Safari time. There is ample parking facility for visitors to park their vehicles and board Jeep.

Safari Timings and Availability of Permits: There are 3 Safari timings as mentioned below & Forest department issue limited Permit for each time slots. 100% of Permits are available for advance booking, on the spot booking is not available.

Season Safari Timing Reporting Time
Winter
(16th October To 28th/29th February)
6:45 to 9:45 am 6:15 am
8:30 to 11:30 am 8:00 am
3:00 to 6:00 pm 2:30 pm
Summer
(1st March To 15th June)
6:30 to 9:30 am 6:00 am
8:30 am to 11:30 am 8:00 am
4:00 to 7:00 pm 3:30 pm

Gir Jungle Trail remains closed from 16th June to 15th Oct every year. However, you can enjoy Devaliya Jeep Safari throughout the year.

Cancellation Policy

  • Cancellation Before 10 Days: 75% Refund
  • Cancellation Before 05 Days: 50% Refund
  • Cancellation Before 02 Days: 25% Refund
  • Cancellation Less than 02 Days: 0% Refund

Note: Days are calculated excluding the Safari Boarding day & Cancellation request day. Cancellation request received after 6 PM will be considered on next working day. Cancellation policy mentioned above is subject to change.

It is mandatory to provide ID proof detail of all members while booking. ID proofs submitted while Safari Booking will be verified with the original ID proofs at safari boarding time. Boarding will not be possible if found any discrepancy and any refund will not be processed in this case. No ID proofs are accepted other than mentioned in the Booking Form.

Once the safari is booked, any kind of modification is strictly NOT possible, like Change in the ID proof number, name of person including spelling mistake, addition or deletion of person, change in safari date or time slot, etc.

There are 13 routes for this jeep safari. Any of the routes is allocated to each jeep randomly. Possibility of lion sighting is equal in each route and it is purely on your luck. One can get a chance to see lots of wildlife animals including lions & Leopards.

We will refund full amount within 2 working days in case of unavailability of requested jeep safari.

Forest depart reserves the right to cancel the permit or slightly modify the timing in unavoidable circumstances. Decision of the forest department will be final in such case.

Gir Interpretation Zone / Devaliya Safari Park

GIZ Devaliya Jeep Safari is the forest department organized Safari ride in Personal covered Jeep of approximately One hour inside the Devaliya Safari Park (also known as Gir Interpretation Zone). Sightseeing of Asiatic Lion, Leopard & Many other wild animals is Guaranteed here.

Package Rate & persons allowed in one jeep:

  • INR 4000/- to 4,350/- for Indians (Per Jeep)
  • INR 10,000 to 12,000/- for Foreigners (Per Jeep)

One Jeep can accommodate maximum 6 adults and 1 child. Age till 12 years considered as child and more than 12 years considered as adult for safari booking.If number of adults are less then more children can be added up to 7Since the rates are per Jeep and not per person, rates will be same for 1 person and for 6 persons boarding the safari.

What is Included in this Package?

  • Permit issued by Forest department to enter in to the Gir Jungle Trail 
  • Caged Jeep, Driver & Guide approved by Forest Department 
  • Payment processing charges & GST 
  • Safari coordinator service charge who will assist you while Boarding.

What is Not Included?

  • Camera fees, if any. (There is no charge for Mobile Phones)
  • Pick-up / Drop from Resort / Hotel. It can be arranged at extra charge.

Boarding / Reporting point for safari is “Sinh Sadan, Sasan Gir”. Visitor Need to report at least 30 minutes before scheduled Safari time. There is ample parking facility for visitors to park their vehicles and board Jeep.

Safari Timings and Availability of Permits: There are 7 Safari timings as mentioned below & Forest department issue 10 Permit for each time slots. All Permits are available for advance booking, and issued first come first serve basis.

Operates on Morning Time Evening Time
Monday to Sunday
(Except Wednesday)
7:00 to 7:55 am 3:00 to 3:55 pm
8:00 to 8:55 am 4:00 to 4:55 pm
9:00 to 9:55 am 5:00 to 5:55 pm
10:00 to 10:55 am

 

Cancellation Policy:

Note: Days are calculated excluding the Safari Boarding day & Cancellation request day. Cancellation request received after 6 PM will be considered on next working day. Cancellation policy mentioned above is subject to change.

  • Cancellation Before 10 Days: 75% Refund
  • Cancellation Before 05 Days: 50% Refund
  • Cancellation Before 02 Days: 25% Refund
  • Cancellation Less than 02 Days: 0% Refund

It is mandatory to provide ID proof detail of all members while booking. ID proofs submitted while Safari Booking will be verified with the original ID proofs at safari boarding time. Boarding will not be possible if found any discrepancy and any refund will not be processed in this case. No ID proofs are accepted other than mentioned in the Booking Form.

Once the safari is booked, any kind of modification is strictly NOT possible, like Change in the ID proof number, name of person including spelling mistake, addition or deletion of person, change in safari date or time slot, etc.

We will refund full amount within 2 working days in case of unavailability of requested jeep safari.

Forest depart reserves the right to cancel the permit or slightly modify the timing in unavoidable circumstances. Decision of the forest department will be final in such case.

What is Devaliya Safari Park / Gir Interpretation Zone?

To reduce the disturbance from tourism in the main sanctuary area, and to facilitate tourists to understand the importance of Gir and its wildlife, an interpretation zone has been created at Devalia. This comprises 412 ha of chain-link fenced area which is ‘Gir in a nutshell’, covering all habitat types and all major representatives of wildlife of Gir. The basic aim of creating this facility is to provide an opportunity to view lions and other animals in their natural habitat within a short period and reduce tourist pressure on the sanctuary. The area has a good quantity of prey base in the form of Spotted Deers, Blue Bulls, Wild Boars, Blackbucks, Sambars and Chinkaras. Spotting a Lion in its savanna habitat is a treat to the eyes for a wildlife. A good variety of grassland, as well as forest avifauna, is also spotted in the area. 20-30 Indian Vultures are regular visitors here.

Adventurous - Kankai Mata Temple

Kankai is a Hindu's holy place situated in the middle of Gir Forest National Park in Junagadh district of Saurashtra region in the state of Gujarat, India. The Indian mega-epic Mahabharata's famous character Arjuna comes alive here so this place is famous because of him. Once traveling through this forest, Pandavas gets thirsty and Arjuna uses his bow to discover water from the earth. There is a Mahadev temple here called 'Banej'.

The main temple is "Shri Kankeshwari Mataji" also known as "Shri Kankai Mataji". Mataji is principal goddess to many castes in India; Like Vaishya Suthar (Vadhia and Padhiyar), Gurjar Suthar(Panchasara), Bhawsar (bahekar), Uneval Brahmins, Bhadreshwar-Vanza, Borkhetaria-Vanza Vaishya and some other castes. A smaller temple for Bhudarjee Dada, Mataji's brother is erected behind the main temple. This is at a walking distance from the main temple. Shingavada river flows on one side of the temple.

Sometimes visitors can see lions near the temple or near the river as it's an open habitat for lions, second only to Africa.

Every year thousands of devotes and tourist visit this temple. The temple also provides meals for devotees and tourist. Donations to the temple trust are always welcome. Being located in the middle of Gir Sanctuary, as per norms, tourists have to exit the sanctuary before sunset.

Crocodile Breeding Center

The Crocodile breeding Center in Sasan Gir is one unique place where you can see adult and baby crocks, being bred here for restocking the sanctuary. Have your camera ready as the crocodiles are highly elusive when humans approach, therefore click them when they are basking in the sun. One should be careful of coming near to water bodies here, as the crocodiles when in water look like floating logs from a distance, so it is always good to keep a safe distance while watching these majestic reptiles.

Normally 2 hrs is the optimum required time to visit this place. There is no charge for the entry. The breeding Centre is open from 8:30 am to 6 pm. 

Bird Watching

Gir National Park & Sanctuary is well represented in terms of rich avi-fauna. The riparian vegetation along streams and marshes is particularly rich as natural habitation of bird life. Apart from this, Gir National Park & Sanctuary has a variety of habitats, woodlands, grasslands, high hills, cliffs and ponds, catering to the needs of different bird species both resident and migratory. Around 350 avifaunal species are found here. This includes birds of prey, vultures, cormorants, ducks, kingfishers, herons, egrets, storks, barbets, woodpeckers, flycatchers and many others.

The overwhelming presence of the omnipotent big cat diverts the attention of the common man from the remarkable bird population that the sanctuary has. However, the birds of Gir National Park & Sanctuary did attract the great ornithologist, Dr. Salim Ali who believed that, had the Asiatic lions not been there, the area would have been one of the most fascinating bird sanctuaries of the country.