Sasan Gir

Gujarat

Altitude

150m – 530m

Vegetation

Very dry teak forest

Total Area

1,150 km²

Rainfall

806 mm

Sasan Gir National Park

Basic Facts

Operational

October - June

Best time to go

December - March

Airport

Rajkot

Railway

Junagadh

Climate

20 - 45 °C

Sasan Gir National Park

About the Park

Gir National Park is heaven to about 300 Asiatic lions. The Lion, Panther Leo, inhabits the forest of Gir in the Saurashtra peninsula, attracting sixty thousand visitors to this sanctuary of Gujarat every year. Gir today is the only place in the world, outside Africa, where the lion can be seen in its natural habitat. The Asiatic lion is slightly smaller than its African cousin; nevertheless, a large male lion of the Gir is quite a sight to behold. The best way to observe the big cats is, of course, in their natural surroundings, at dawn and dusk, when they are on the prowl.

The Gir National Park forest is also home to a large number of other fascinating species like the leopard, chital, Chinkara (gazelle), wild boar, wild ass, Nilgai, spotted deer, and four-horned antelope. It is also a good place to watch monkeys, parrots, and India’s national bird, the peacock. A crocodile-rearing and research Centre also flourishes adjacent to Sinh Sadan Lodge, where hatchlings are reared and then released into their natural habitat.

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Postcard Hotel, Gir

Sixteen acres of mango orchards amid the raw, untamed, and unmistakably wild forest of Gir reveal the contrasts and pleasures of staying at The Postcard Gir. The fifteen rooms offer plenty of privacy ensuring that the only sounds you hear are the sounds of migrating birds, or of course, the unmistakable roar of a welcoming lion. Just the place to ponder life’s big questions. Like which salad to have for lunch. You get the picture.

the fifteen rooms at The Postcard Gir are a modernist refuge in a surrounding that is as old as time itself. The rooms can be best described as, well, roomy, with ample light and space letting in the changing light, and views of the sprawling mango orchards. Not to mention, its unmistakable smell. Safe to say, you’ll settle in nicely.

Early riser or not, a chance to visit our neighbourhood lions Simba, Bhuro or Allauddin, is always on the cards, thanks to three safaris a day. A sighting is all but sure given the Gir National Sanctuary is home to 674 lions at last count.

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