Gir National Park
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.
Gir National Park is perfect for any kind of vacation, especially a family vacation. Go on a jungle safari and experience the thrill of seeing the big cats up-close, and personal! We promise you, it’s WILD fun. During the 19th century there were only a dozen Asiatic lions left in India. The British viceroys brought in the idea of the Gir national park in order to protect the Asiatic lions. Today the Gir National Park is the only region where Asiatic lions live in the wild and it is considered as one of the most important protected areas in Asia because of its biodiversity.
Like bird watching? Gir is also perfect for bird enthusiasts. The plentiful avifauna population has more than 300 species of birds, most of which are resident. Some of the typical species of Gir include Crested Serpent Eagle, the endangered Bonelli's Eagle, Changeable Hawk-eagle, Brown Fish Owl, Indian Eagle-Owl, Rock Bush-Quail, Indian Peafowl, Brown-Capped Pygmy Woodpecker, Black-Headed Oriole, Crested Treeswift and Indian Pitta.
Good to Know :
Location: 35 km from Sterling Rudra Gir.
Timings: 6 AM- 5 PM
Best Time To Visit: December - March
Somnath Temple3 hr
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.
Kamleshwar Dam1 hr
Known for its population of birds and mugger crocodiles, Kameshwar Dam is a sight to behold in Gir.
Durbar Hall Museum2 hrs
The former palace of the Nawab of Junagadh has since been converted into a museum housing the prized possessions of the Junagadh Nawabs.
Uparkot Fort2 hrs
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.
Girnar Hill3 hrs
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.
Kankai Mata Temple2hrs
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.
Diu Island7 hrs
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 Complex3 hr
Mahabat Maqbara and Bahauddin Maqbra are mausoleums in Junagadh that are known for their amalgamation of Indo-Islamic, Gothic and European styles of architecture.
Sarkeshwar Beach2 hrs
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.
Madhavpur Beach2 hr
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.
Tulsi Shyam Temple and Springs3 hr
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.