Located in the state of Gujarat, Gir Forest National Park and Wildlife Sanctuary, also known as Sasangir, is an entrancing preserve for the Asiatic Lions. Established in 1965, it is the sole home of the Asiatic Lions (Panthera leo persica) and is considered to be one of the most important protected areas in Asia due to its supported species. The ecosystem of Gir, with its diverse flora and fauna, is protected as a result of the efforts of the government forest department, wildlife activists and NGOs. The forest area of Gir and its lions were declared as "protected" in the early 1900s by the then Nawab of the princely state of Junagadh. The seven rivers of the forest create a landscape filled with evergreen vegetation along the riversides, dry deciduous and tropical thorn forests. The forest is also home to 38 species of mammals, 37 species of reptiles and more than 300 species of birds.
Temperature: Summer: 43-33 C, Winter: 15 -07 C
Season: The sanctuary is open to visitors from 16 October to 15 June and remains closed during the monsoons.
Clothing: Cotton during summer and woolen in winter
Languages spoken: Gujarati, Hindi and English
STD Code: 02877
How to reach
Air: Rajkot is the nearest airport that is connected by flights from major cities of India.
Rail: Sasan (3 km) is the railway station on meter gauge. However, the convenient railhead is Junagadh connecting several important places in India
Road: Sasangir is connected by motorable road to all places in Gujarat. Some of the major cities are Ahmedabad (327 km), Dwarka (317 km), Junagadh (80 km).