Gir Sanctuary and National Park

Gir Sanctuary & National Park
India’s State of Gujarat is in the forefront of development, Saurashtra is the westernmost, mainly dry and dough-prone region of Gujarat, and Gir is the jewel of Saurashtra.  Spread over 1412 sq. km. Of undulating land with dry deciduous forest, Gir is best known as the last of the Asiatic lion in the wild.
Over 400 lions, more that 250 leopards, and a number of other carnivores; ungulates crossing that 50,000 mark and 300+ species of birds flitting about among 500 types of tress; more than 2000 species of insects and other lesser know animals green revering patches of forest and dry scrub jungle; That’s Gir National park and Sanctuary a veritable paradise of biological diversity.
Asiatic Lion (Pathera leo persica)
The Asiatic lion once ranges from Iran/Iraq to UP and Bihar in India, the river Narmada which it never crossed-marking the southern boundary.  Hunting and loss of habitant caused its disappearance everywhere except in Gir.  Protection given by the Nawab of Junagadh and after independence, by the Gujarat State Forest Department has brought this magnificent animal back from the brick of extinction in the wild.
The Gir Sanctuary was created in 1965 and part of it was declared a National Park in 1975.
The Asiatic lion is some what different from the African lion.  Its mean is smaller, and it has a prominent belly-fold.  In Gir its main prey based comprises chital, sambar, wild boar.
Biological diversity
Gir National Park and Sanctuary harbours an amazing variety of life and habitats, besides the widely know Asiatic lion.
38 Species
32 Species
10 Species
300+ Species
500 + Species
Insects &
Lessor fauna
2000+ Species
Millennium Figures:
According to the census of 2005, the number of animals in Gir continues to show, like in the past, a healthy increase.
Asiatic Lion
359  - 411 (2010)
Wild Boar
Beside lion and leopard Gir has other carnivores such as wild cat, rusty spotted cat, jackal and striped hyena.  Also, there are chowsinga (four-horned antelope), chinkara, Indian gazelle, wild pig and languor.  Gir harbours rare animals like pangolin, rattle python and desert cat.
Bird Life…
Impressed by the remarkably rich bird variety in Gir, Salim Ali, the great omithologist said if Gir did not have lions it would be known as a bird sanctuary!  Among the 300+ species of birds found in Gir are; Flycatchers, Warblers, Parakeets, Kingfishers and Woodpeckers to name some; Crested Serpent Eagle, Paradise Flycatcher, Blossom Headed Parakeet, Small Blue Kingfisher, Golden Backed Woodpecker, Indian Pitta.  Because of large reservoirs, Herons, Snake bird and Osprey are also seen.
Sanctuary Visit…
Sanctuary Visit is allowed only during day time between sunrise and sunset.  Sanctuary visit permits are issued to the Reception Center on request and after filling the necessary form.  Guides and vehicles are available on hire at the Reception Center on first come first served basis.
Permit Issue
Sanctuary Visit
16th Oct to 15th Feb
06.30 – 10.30
07.00 – 12.00

15.00 – 17.00
15.00 – Sunset
16th Feb to 15 June
06.30 – 11.00
0.7.00 – 12.00

16.00 – 17.30
16.00 – Sunset
Lodging Arrangement…
Rooms booking in Sinh Sadan, the Forest Department Guest House, are done in the office of the Guest House Manager.
Public Facilities at Sasan…
Hospital PHC, Hospital CHC, Market, Petrol Pump, Post & Telegraph, Bank, Railway Station.
Approach Routes…                                      
Ahmedabad – Sasan
40 Kms.
Rajkot – Sasan
165 Kms.
Junagadh – Sasan
60 Kms.
Keshod – Sasan
60 Kms.
Veraval (Somnath) –  Sasan
45 Kms.
Diu – Sasan
110 Kms.
Nearest Airport Diu
110 Kms
Nearest Airport Rajkot
165 Kms.
Places to Visit…
There are many places in Gir, visit to every one of which will be an exhilarating experience.  Some of these places are:
A water reservoir created by a dam on the river Hiran, Kamleshwar presents a panoramic view of Gir, hills and forest.  The water body also harbours of a large population of crocodiles and is a good spot to observe water birds.
Crocodile – rearing center
This center, situated in the Forest Department office complex was crated to rear crocodile hatchling to be subsequently released to restock crocodile population in the wild. There are some crocodiles for public viewing at the centre.
Gir Interpretation Zone (GIZ)
Gir Interpretaion Zone in Devaliya, 12 kilometers from Sasan, is a fenced area of 4.12 sq. km.  The area represents typical Gir habitats and wildlife and depicts model wildlife management practices.
Gir Orientation Center
The Gir Orientation Center, located on the Sasan Guest House campus provides basic factual and scientific information about Gir with the help of interactive Photographs, Paintings and models.
Visitors Information…
Forest and Environment Department, Gandhinagar Notification no. GVN/9/2006/WLP/1092/3056/G-1 Dt. 25-05-2006.
Sr. No.
For Indian Nationals Rs.
For Foreigner US $
Entry fee for Gir-Sanctuary, Gir National Park & Devaliya Interpretation Park
Entry fee for vehicles including visitors
1. LMV-Car Jeep (Up to 6 persons)
Additional Extra persons per day/ person

Fee for Devaliya Interpretation Park

In rare case of private vehicle is allowed.

1. LMV-Car Jeep (Up to 6 persons)

2. Matador, Station Wagon (Up to 15 Persons)
Guide Fee

1. For first four hours per vehicles / Group

2. For Every additional hour per vehicles / group.

(To be paid to the guide directly in Rupees only irrespective nationality)
Professional Photography (Per day / Camera)

Still Photography
100 per day

5000 per day

Feature film
25000 per day

No camera fee for amateur photography by visitors mentioned above in Para (A) & (B) will be charged.

Security Deposits

1. Documentary
15000 per day

2. Feature Film
50000 per day
Rate for Sinh Sadan – Sasan – Gir
Rest house rates for non-official visitors.

a. Air conditioned room
1500 per day

b. Dormitory (per person)
50 per day

c. Tent
200 per day
Lunch or Dinner charges

a. Vegetarian Lunch or Dinner

b. Non Vegetarian Lunch or Dinner

c. Vegetarian breakfast

d. Non Vegetarian breakfast

Tea or Coffee

  1. In the Gir Sanctuary / National Park the entry fee rates will be charged 50 % more that the regular rate during the period of Navrati (15 days), Dipawali (10 days) and during the Christmas festival – first Saturday prior to Christmas day to the first Sunday after 4th January of the year.  The specific period shall be noticed by the Conservator of Forest Wildlife, Junagadh in advance after considering calendar of holidays during the year.
  2. 25% more rates on entry fee shall be levied on every Saturday-Sunday.
  3. The fees levied shall be rounded up to nearest Rs. 5/-
  4. Concerned officer shall recover the said fees in Indian currency in case of foreigner at the exchange rate prevailing on the last working day of the previous month.
Visitor’s Co-operation…
  • Visit Gir with prior reservation to avoid disappointment.
  • Please observe the guest house rules and regulations.
  • When you are in the forest wear light colored clothes which blend with the surroundings.
  • Take permit and guide for sanctuary visit.
  • Observe silence in the forest and listen to bird and animal calls.
  • Night visit to the sanctuary is strictly prohibited.
  • Do not disturb wild animals by blowing horns, playing music or talking loudly.
  • You are a guest of Gir. Don’t litter. Keep Gir clean and healthy.
  • Wild animals have a right to live and right of way here. Respect their right.  Do not tease of chase them.
  • Do not light fire. A small negligence can create a big tragedy.
  • Taking fire arms inside the sanctuary is strictly prohibited.
  • Payment is accepted only in Indian currency.
(Source: From the booklet of Forest Department-Gujarat State.)