The Gir Forest National Park is one of the oldest sanctuaries in India and is located in Gujarat in North Western India. Home to the last remaining Asiatic lion with just over 400 remaining. As well as the lions, the park is home to leopards, sloth bears, jungle cats, striped hyena, golden jackals, Mongoose, and Civets. Gir has over 300 species of birds. The park is closed during June to October.
The Park had been feeling the pressure of increasing tourists year on year and so from this year, the Gujarat government has decided to cut down the number of lion safaris from 90 to 45 per day as traffic was becoming unmanageable at the entry point. The Government has also sealed 48 unauthorised hospitality units located on the border of the National Park. Most of them did not have the mandatory no objection certificate from the Forest Department and many were constructed on agricultural land. These actions are clear steps in the region to keep the focus on the health of the Park and its natural inhabitants.
Accommodation options at Gir are few and far between and is really a park for the hard-core wildlife fanatic.
Nearest Airport to Sasan Gir National Park is Diu Airport followed by a two hour drive to the park.
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