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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.

Gir Jungle Trail remains closed from 16th June to 15th Oct every year.

Visitors are accompanied by Forest department approved driver and guide during the safari.

One Jeep can accommodate maximum 6 adults and 1 child. Age between 3 to 12 years considered as child and age more than 12 years considered as adult for safari booking. If number of adults are less than more children can be added.

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

Forest department issue limited permit for Gir Jungle Trail. 100% of Permits are available for advance booking. On the spot booking is not available. Visitor are advisor to secure advance booking in order to avoid last moment disappointment.

From this website, “Gir Jungle Trail Package” can be booked as much as 4 Months in advance. Rates start from 4200/- per Jeep. This rate is for entire jeep and not per person. Exact rate will be displayed when you will fill details during booking process.

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

Inclusions of Package

  • Permit issued by Forest department to enter in to the Gir Jungle Trail
  • Open Jeep authorized by Forest Department
  • Driver approved by Forest Department
  • Guide approved by Forest Department
  • Payment processing charges & GST
  • Safari coordinator service charge

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.

Pick up / Drop facility from Hotel / Resort in Sasan Gir is provided, if you opt for it while booking, on extra charges based on distance from Sinh Sadan.

It is mandatory to provide ID proof detail of all members while booking. ID proofs submitted while Safari Booking are 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

Devaliya (GIZ) Jeep Safari Package

"GIZ Devaliya Jeep Safari" is a Jungle safari in Personal Covered Jeep in Devaliya Safari Park (also known as Gir Interpretation Zone).

This Jeep is covered for protection from Animals and visitor is accompanied by Driver and Guide approved by The Forest Department during your ride.

Safari is completely operated and controlled by forest department.

One Jeep can accommodate maximum 6 adults and 1 child.Age between 3 to 12 years considered as child and age more than 12 years considered as adult for safari booking.If number of adults are less then more children can be added.

Boarding point for this safari is "SinhSadan". Visitor Need to report to SinhSadan at least 30 minutes before scheduled Safari time

Approximate time duration: 55 minutes including transit time from SinhSadan.

Below mentioned is the time schedule of Devaliya Jeep Safari

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

Forest department issue 10 permit of Devaliya Jeep Safari for each time slot. It is issued first come first serve basis till permits are sold out.

From this website, "GIZ Devaliya Jeep Safari Package" can be booked as much as 3 Months in advance. Rates start from 4000/- per Jeep. This rate is for entire jeep and not per person. Exact rate will be displayed when you will fill details during booking process.

Inclusion for this package:

  • Permit issued by Forest department to enter into the Gir Jungle Trail
  • Open Jeep authorized by Forest Department
  • Driver-approved by Forest Department
  • Guide approved by Forest Department
  • Payment processing charges & GST
  • Safari coordinator service charge

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

Pick up / Drop facility from Hotel / Resort in SasanGir is provided if you opt for it while booking on extra charges based on distance from SinhSadan.

100% of Permits are available for advance booking. There is no separate quota for “on the spot” booking. Sovisitor needs to secure advance booking in order to avoid any disappointment.

ID proof detail needs to be submitted very carefully. ID proofs submitted for Safari Booking are verified with the original ID proofs while boarding the safari. Boarding will not be possible if found any discrepancy and there will be no refund in such cases.

No ID proofs are accepted other than mentioned in the Booking Form.

Original ID proofs are compulsory to show while boarding safari. Visitors are requested to submit ID proofs which they can present during Safari boarding verification.

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, 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.