Sasan Gir -
360 kms from Ahmedabad and 160 kms from Rajkot, Sasan Gir is the last abode
of the Asiatic Lions.
Gir is the only
place in the world outside Africa, where the Lion can be seen in its
natural habitat. Due to the high density of lions, spotting is very good.
Gir is also home to one of the largest Leopard populations in any park in
India, making it an excellent place to see big cats of a different kind.
Also to be found here are Jungle Cat, Desert Cat, Rusty Spotted Cat,
Sambar, Nilgai, Chinkara, Sambar, Black Buck, Four-Horned Antelope, Wild
Boar, Indian Flying Fox, Indian Pangolin and Indian Porcupine.
For the birders
over 250 varieties of birds like the Painted Sandgrouse, Peacocks,
Paradise Flycatcher, Black-Headed Cuckoo Shrike, Pied woodpecker and
Bonelli's Eagle. Gir is characterised by an arid rugged terrain with low
hills and mixed vegetation with beautiful stands of teak, acacia and dhak
trees interspersed with grassy plains.
dam reservoir inside the Gir National Park has one of the largest marsh
and Velavadar, Gir makes for a very good Bird
watching Triangle and is visited as a part of general Gujarat itinerary as
- 1 or 2 nights. Wildlife Photographers and Bird Watchers may stay
: Oct-Mar (Winter) is the best season for migratory birds.
Rajkot (160 kms) is the closest Airport, along with Diu (150 kms). Junagadh /
Veraval (50-60 kms) are nearest railway stations.