as a forest reserve on September 18, 1965, the Sasangir National Park was
aimed to conserve the dwindling population of the Asiatic Lion. The park
sprawls over a huge area of 2,450 hectares and forms a prominent part of the
Junagarh District in the state of Gujarat. The forest reserve acquired the
status of a national park in the year 1975. Today, the Sasangir National
Park has the distinction of being the only refuge of the Asiatic Lion,
outside African continent. The national park comprises hilly terrain
crisscrossed by an intricate maze of rivers.
Best Time : December to
Wildlife Species in the Park
Entry Fee : Rs 30 (Indians)/ Rs 200 (Foreigners)
from the African continent, the Sasangir National Park is the only place to
harbour the highly endangered species of Asiatic Lion. This exotic species
of lion invites hordes and hordes of travellers and wildlife lovers to the
park. Males spend much of their time snoozing whereas its the female
which performs the real job stalking, hunting and cub raising.
Other animals that can be spotted in the jungles of Gir include leopard,
chital, chinkara, nilgai, wild boar, antelope, spotted deer, wild ass,
Indian gazelle, jackal, common langur and striped hyena among others. Not
only these, the Sasangir National Park aslo boasts to shelter around 200
species of birds. Most commonly sighted avian species include peafowl, grey
partridge, Bonellis eagle, crested serpent eagle, jungle bush quail,
painted sandgrouse, dove etc.
What else to see and do?
Travel (Air/Rail/Road) Information
- Bird watchers need to get to the Nalsarovar Lake inside the national
park. One can spot a number of exotic bird species here.
- You can also visit a small temple located inside the park. Dedicated
to Lord Krishna, the temple stands close to the Tulsi Shyam springs.
- Tourists can also make a trip to the heritage site of Junagarh, just
64 km from the national park. Jami Masjid, Durbar Hall. Uperkot Fort and
Mahabat Maqbara are famous attractions here. The temples lying in the
Girnar Hills are also to be seen.
- Also pay a visit to Somnath which an important Hindu pilgrimage
centre. The temple was plundered a number of times between 10th and 11th
Located at a distance of 86 km, Keshod is the closest airport from the
national park. Gujarat Airways flies regular flights between Keshod and
Mumbai. Ahmedabad is the nearest railhead, connecting to different important
destinations of the country. By road, the Sasangir National Park can be
easily accessed from Ahmedabad via Rajkot, Junagarh and Mendarda.
Wonderfully surrounded by the forests of Gir, these jungle lodges come
along with all the basic modern furnishings and amenities. Choose your
option and make your stay wilder.
- The Gir Lodge
- Maneland Jungle Lodge
- Sinh Sadan Guest House