Sasan Gir needs no introduction. Over the years “Gir” has become synonymous with lions. As a destination, it is favoured both by Indians and international tourists as the pinnacle of wildlife experiences in India. Wildlife enthusiasts flock to Gir to spot these big cats and get up-close and personal with them. While this region in Gujarat is most famous for the Gir National Park and its Asiatic Lions, it would be a crime to miss out on everything else on offer to its visitors.
Gir is a haven for birders as it is home to more than 300 species of birds! Hills, Lakes, Forts, Palaces, Beaches, Museums and Temples – Gujarat has them all! And Diu, nearby is known for its beautiful beaches, churches and forts. It is also a haven for tipplers.
So, while you plan your wildlife expedition to walk with the lions, make sure you don’t miss out on all the other glorious experiences in the vicinity!
Destination Type: Jungle
Destinations Nearby: Gir National Park & Sanctuary - 6 km, Somnath Temple - 45 km, Devalia Park - 12 km, Uparko Fort - 58 km, Kankai and Banej - 90 km
Languages: Gujarati, Hindi and English
Nearest Railway Station: Veraval Railway Station
Nearest Airport: Diu Airport, Rajkot Airport
Summer: March to May. Temperature ranges between 28°C to 48°C.
Monsoon: June to October. Temperature ranges around 28°C.
Winter: November to February. Temperature ranges between 10°C and 22°C.
The only place in India where you can see the Asiatic Lion in the wild, a trip to the Gir National Park is a must do for wildlife lovers.
Often called the Pride of Gujarat, it is one of the most important pilgrimage sites for Hindus in India. It is believed to be the first among the twelve Jyotirlinga shrines of Lord Shiva.
Known for its population of birds and mugger crocodiles, Kameshwar Dam is a sight to behold in Gir.
The former palace of the Nawab of Junagadh has since been converted into a museum housing the prized possessions of the Junagadh Nawabs.
One of the most interesting forts in Gujarat, the Uparkot Fort is said to have once withstood a 12-year siege. The fort is also famous for 2 stepwells – Adi Kadi Vav and Navghan Kuvo and the nearby Uparkot Caves, which are a part of the Junagadh Buddhist Cave Groups.
An ancient hill near the town of Junagadh, Girnar is famous for more than just the spectacular views. Come and discover the Ashoka edicts, Asia’s longest ropeway, and the Girnar Jain Temples.
Situated deep in the heart of the Gir Forest, the Kankai Mata temple is steeped in legend, and is a major holy site for Hindu pilgrims.
Visit the pristine island of Diu to experience its ultimate natural beauty. It is without a doubt one of the most beautiful beach destinations in the country.
Mahabat Maqbara and Bahauddin Maqbra are mausoleums in Junagadh that are known for their amalgamation of Indo-Islamic, Gothic and European styles of architecture.
Bordering Junagadh and the neighbouring city of Amereli, Sarkeshwar Beach is a great place not just for relaxing by the beach but for some fun-filled water sports and activities too.
A sandy coastline, endowed with coconut trees, Madhavpur Beach is one of the most treasured beaches of Gujarat. The long shoreline and minimal commercial activity make this a must-visit beach in Gujarat.
Known particularly for its great scenic beauty, Tulsi Shyam Temple is a tourist center that is dedicated to Lord Vishnu. The temple has beautiful hot water springs which are referred to as ‘Taptodak’ in the Puranas.