The Gir ( also known as Sasan- Gir ) is know all over the world as the last home of the
Asiatic Lion (Panther Leo Persica). Gir Sanctuary & National
Park is spread over 1412 sq. kms of undulating land with dry
deciduous, forest a veritable paradise of biological diversity.
The uniqueness ecosystem of Gir harbors about 38 species of
mammals, 37 species of reptiles, around 300 species of birds and
more than 2000 species of insects.
The main carnivores of the Gir and the Asiatic lion. Leopard,
jungle cat, hyena, jackal, ratel, desert cat and the civet cat.
The main herbivores of the Gir are the chital, nilgai, sambar,
four horned antelope, chinkara and wild boar. The single larges
population of marsh crocodile in the country are found in Gir
Some of the typical birds of Gir are the crested sperpent eagle,
king vulture, woodpeacker, bush quail, brown fish owl, crest
swift, and the Indian pitta, Gir is a bird watcher's delight.
Gir is also a great palace to
interact wit local tribes.
The Main tribe is a nomadic pastoral community called Maldhari
they live in small hutments called Nesses in the forest area.
Gir National Park is open from Mid - October onwards till mid
June & The Devaliya Safari park is open throughout the year.(Wed.
Asiatic Lions habitat is dry scrubland and open deciduous
forest. These lions were once found across northern Africa,
south west Asia and northern Greece. Now there are only around
350 left in the wild and all of them are in the Gir Forest
Even though the Gir Forest is well protected, there are
instances of Asiatic Lions being poached. They have also been
poisoned for attacking livestock. Some of the other threats
include floods, fires and the possibility of epidemics and
natural calamities. Gir nonetheless remains the most promising
long term preserve for the lions as they are thriving in the
The count of 2,375 distinct fauna species of Gir includes about
38 species of mammals, around 300 species of birds, 37 species
of reptiles and more than 2,000 species of insects.
The carnivores group mainly comprises Asiatic lions, Indian
Leopards, Jungle cat, Striped Hyenas, Golden Jackals, Indian
Mongoose, Indian Palm Civets, and Ratels. Desert cats and
Rusty-spotted cats exist but are rarely seen.
The main herbivores of Gir are Chital, Nilgai (or Bluebull),
Sambar, Four-horned Antelope, Chinkara and Wild boar. Blackbucks
from the surrounding area are sometimes seen in the sanctuary.
A panorama of the reservoir Among the smaller mammals, Porcupine
and Hare are common but the Pangolin is rare. The reptilians are
represented by the mugger Marsh crocodile (highest population
among all protected areas in India), the Indian Star Tortoise
and the Monitor Lizard in the water areas of the sanctuary.
Snakes are found in the bushes and forest. Pythons are sighted
at times along the stream banks. Gir has been used by the
Gujarat State Forest Department which adopted the Indian
Crocodile Conservation Project in 1977 and released close to
1000 Marsh crocodile reared in Gir rearing centre into the
Kamaleshwar lake and other reservoirs and small water bodies in
and around Gir.
The plentiful avifauna population has more than 300 species of
birds, most of which are resident. The scavenger group of birds
has 6 recorded species of Vultures. Some of the typical species
of Gir include Crested Serpent Eagle, endangered Bonelli's
Eagle, Crested Hawk-eagle, Brown Fish Owl, Great Horned Owl,
Bush Quail (or Quailbush), Pygmy Woodpecker, Black-headed
Oriole, Crested Tree swift and Indian Pitta.
Location & Climate :
lies between 20 to 40 N and 20 to 50 E longitudes. Gir has a
tropical monsoon climate os three seasons i.e summer, winter &
The temperature drops down in winter and rises in summer.
Gir is the headquarter of Gir National Park & Sanctuary your
ideal getaway when in gir . Situated on the bank of River Hiren
in village Bhalchel, It is in a mango orchard spread over an
acres. It has 21 nicely decorated double bedded rooms and tents
with view of the river, mountain and orchard with running hot &
are excellent short walks in the forest adjoining the resort
where one can observe birdlife, reptiles and the rich natural
life of Gir. It has a botanical garden with different varieties
of mangos, palms, flowers, herbs and other medicinal plants.
educational tours, photo safari, villages safari & conferences.
Diu Airport : - 110 Kms , Rajkot Airport - 150 Kms
Road Distance : Ahmedabad to Sasan ( 381 Kms ) , Somnath
to Sasan (45 Km, Junagadh to Sassan (60 Kms), Rajkot to Sasan (
150 Km )