Gir National Park: The Majestic Home of the Asiatic Lion:
Gir National Park in Gujarat is the only place in the world where you can sight lions roaming free in the wild other than Africa. The real discovery channel of India is situated approximately 65 Kms South East of Junagarh District. The Government notified the large geographical extent of Sasan Gir as wildlife sanctuary on 18th September, 1965 in order to conserve the Asiatic Lion. It covers total area of 1412 square kilometers of which 258 Km forms the core area of the National Park. It was the kind effort of Nawabs of Junagarh who protected the queen royalty in his own private hunting grounds. Later in due course of time Department of Forest Officials came forward to protect the world’s most threatened species. From a population of approximately 20 lions in 1913, they have risen to a comfortable 523 according to 2015 census. There are 106 male, 201 female and 213 sub-adult lions in the wilderness of these four districts.
The Sanctuary is open for tourism from 16th October to 15th June every year.??Approach to Gir National Park
Junagadh – The best approach to the park. Trains from Many locations arrives at Junagadh. From Junagadh it takes approximately one and half hour to reach Sasan Gir National Park. ?Somnath – The driving distance is 55 Kms, with 1 hour of travel time for Gir National Park
Diu – The distance is nearly 110 Kms with 2 hours of travel time.
Rajkot – The distance is 160 Kms with a travel time of 2.40 hrs.
Keshod – This also has an airport with a distance of 45 Kms. ?