Sasan gir national park
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Sasan gir national park

  • Location : 64 Kms from Junagadh and 32 kms from Verawal, Gujarat

  • Coverage area : 1412 sq km protected area of which 259 sq km is National Park and 1153 sq km is sanctuary  

  • Main attraction: Asiatic lion, leopard, chital   

  • Best time to visit : December till mid June

  • Nearby excursions : Somnath, Daman and Diu

  • Nearby cities : Verawal

The kingdom Of asiatic lions awaits exploration in the sasan gir national park

Sasan National Park, or commonly known as Gir National Park and Wildlife Sanctuary, is the only area where you can observe lions roaming around freely. This park is known for its Asiatic Lions, a species which is not found in any other part of Asia but here. Located near the TalalaGir in Gujarat, India, this park covers 1412 square kilometers. Out of the 1412 square kilometers, 258 km2 is fully protected, and the rest is a wildlife sanctuary.

The Sasan National Park was established in 1965 and was acknowledged as Gir National Park in 1975. The history of the park goes back to the 19th century. The area where the park is located at used to be inhabited by large numbers of Asiatic lions. During those times, the maharajas of the area used to invite British colonists to hunt. Tigers and lions were hunted on these grounds. As a result, the numbers of animals here dwindled. Asiatic lions in other areas of Asia were wiped out. In 1899, the population of the lions here decreased sharply due to famine. It was after this that efforts were made to protect the biodiversity of the area.


Location of the sasan gir national park

Sasan Gir National Park is located in TalalaGir. There are seven perennial rivers in the region, namely, Hiran, Datardi, Shetrunji, Godavari, Machhundri, Shingoda, and Raval. Apart from this, there are four dams on four of the seven perennial rivers in the area. The dams in these rivers make the lives of animals in the park easier. However, the Kamleshwar Dam is known as the lifeline of the Sasan Gir National Park.

The park lies on the north-eastern side of Somnath, south-western side of Amreli and south-eastern side of Junagadh in Gujarat.


Geographical landscape of the sasan gir national park

The landscape of the Sasan Gir National Park is perfect for the lions. The flatlands here offer a good view of the lions. The area usually remains dry in the summers, which is why most of the trees here are of dry deciduous species. The rivers add to the comfort of the animals.

Although the dams in the area offer help with water, water scarcity is still a problem at times in the area.


Nearby wildlife sanctuaries

The Sasan Gir National Park is the perfect place to observe lions in their natural habitat. The park is located in Gujarat, a state where many wildlife reserves and parks are located. The Sasan Gir National Park is close to the Gir National Park and Wildlife Sanctuary, which is famous for lions and leopards, and Devalia Safari Park, which is famous for leopard and deer sightings.


The climatic conditions of the area

The climate of the area is of the tropical monsoon type. The area experiences three types of seasons, summers, monsoons and winters. The summers here are characterized by extremely hot days and are usually dry. Temperatures during summer days can go up to 40 ° C. Summers begin in March and end in May. The monsoon season starts in June and ends in October, the temperatures during this time are pleasant. Winters here can be harsh and cold, just like the summers. The temperatures during winters range from 08°C to 15°C.


Ideal time to visit the park

As mentioned above, the summers here are hot. Although summers may seem like a bad idea to visit the park, it is the best time to observe the animals in the park and for photography. The park remains closed from mid-June to the month of October or September. If you are planning a trip, you should avoid planning one during the monsoon season here.

Climatically, the ideal time to visit the park would be anytime between the months of December to March.


Types of Animals That Inhabit the Wildlife Park

Sasan National Park is known for its rich and dense biodiversity. However, it is famous for the population of Asiatic Lions, which are not found in any other area of Asia.

Mammals

Sasan Gir National Park has many animals. Here is a list of different types of animals that can be found in the park: lions, leopards, Indian Fox, Nilgai, Black Bucks, Four-horned Antelope, Hyenas, Sambhar, Indian Flying Foe, Deer, Indian Hare, Small Indian Civet, Indian Porcupine, Grey Musk Shrew, Small Indian Mongoose, Jackal, Indian Pangolin, Chinkara, Pale Hedgehog, Wild Boar, Ratel and many more.

Birds

You can observe many native birds here. There are various kinds of species of birds that are only found in this region.

Reptiles

Crocodiles

The natural vegetation or flora

Initially, the survey of the Sasan Gir National Park had found a little more than 400 hundred species of plants in the park. However, this was revised by the Botany Department of M.S. University of Baroda, and the number came to a bit over five hundred.

Mostly, the plants, trees, and fauna of the are dry deciduous species. Teak is one of the most common types of trees found in the area. The forests here are dense and contain many types of trees. Some of the types of tress in the Sasan Gir National Park are jamun, babul, ber, dhak, tendu, and many others.


Distance from major cities

  • Delhi, 1,286.3 km

  • Kolkata, 2,440.6 km

  • Chennai, 2,135.6 km

  • Hyderabad, 1,511.6 km

  • Bangalore, 1,781.9 km

  • Mumbai, 823.1 km

  • Pune, 823.1 km

  • Jaipur, 1,018.3 km


How to reach the National park ?

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Sasan Gir National Park is connected to other parts of the country via rails, roads, and airways. According to your comfort, you can pick a mode of transport to get to the park. Here is all the information you may need to get to Gir National Park :

Nearest airport

The nearest airport to the Sasan Gir National Park are the Keshod airport and Rajkot airport. The Keshod airport and Rajkot airport are, 70-kilometer and 160-kilometer away from the national park respectively. The Diu airport is not that far from the park either.

With regular flights, one can reach any one of the airports and then make their way to the national park.

Railways

The nearest railway stations to the national park are Junagadh and Veraval railway stations. Trains to and from major cities can be found at these stations.

Road accessibility

The National park is connected to different cities in Gurajat as well as to other parts of the country via a good network of highways and roads.

Where to stay while touring sasan gir national park ?

The Sasan Gir National Park is the only area after Africa, where lions can roam around freely. Being one of the major tourist attractions, there are many resorts and hotels here to stay at. All of these hotels offer you good rooms and services to make your stay here comfortable. You can stay at any one of the following places :

  • The Gateway Hotel Gir Forest

  • Hotel Anil Farmhouse Gir Jungle Resort

  • Hotel Umang

  • The Gir Valley Resort

All about the safari rides

Sasan Gir National Park is famous for its presence of lions. To observe the lions in their truest form, you can take a jeep-ride. Unlike other sanctuaries and wildlife protection parks, this park only offers you jeep-rides, as they are not only safe by easy for you to travel in.

The jeep safari rides begin at 6 in the morning and go on until 6 in the evening.

Some fabulous places to visit near sasan gir national park

Sasan Gir National Park is located near many cities and major areas. One can easily decide to visit the beauty of Somnath, Daman and Diu and Junagadh. There are many beaches in such places and various kinds of tourist attractions and temples.

We hope you find the information here helpful in chalking up a plan to visit the Sasan Gir National Park.


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