In Gir you touch the history of India before humanity itself. Before monuments, temples, mosques and palaces. Or rather, a history as humanity was emerging, when humans coexisted with lions before the former had overrun the continent (and the world) and pushed the latter to the brink of extinction.
Many come to Gir because, outside of Africa, it is the only place with wild lions. But to truly experience Gir and the lions, you must explore their natural habitat, with everything from tiny wild birds, not easily seen, but heard singing in the forest canopy, to crocodiles floating in the marsh waters.
Driving around, you are uncommonly aware you are in someone else’s territory. You stay in your vehicle because you are in the home of lions, leopards, hyenas, crocodiles; you remember that humans do not rule the world, and however “advanced” we think we are, most of us would not survive very long on our own in a place like Gir.
That is not to say that all humans are out of place. The local Maldhari community has lived here for generations and coexists magnificently with the wilderness. They sustain themselves by grazing their livestock and harvesting what they need from the forest. The sizeable portion of their herds lost to lions and other predators is considered prasad, offered in exchange for living in another’s homeland.
How many of us are aware, let alone as conscientious as the Maldharis about the impact of our lifestyle on other species? How can we be, if we so distance ourselves from the habitats that are ravaged to feed our material appetites? When you visit Gir, try to see the Maldharis not with nostalgia for a picturesque past, but as crucial teachers for a better present and future. You don’t have to be a shepherd living with wild lions to learn from their way of life. Ask yourself why we have reached the point where National Parks like Gir are necessary; what happened to these lions who used to inhabit everywhere from Greece to Bangladesh. If you begin to understand the deeper implications of these questions, you will return home, whether the home is a hut in the countryside, or a high-rise apartment, whether in Mumbai or Berlin, charged with new inspiration for evolution in your own life.
Gir is a place that deserves time and involvement. Your chances of spotting wildlife in a few hours are small, especially in the middle of the day; to truly experience the wonders of the Gir forest, and hopefully see a wide variety of its diverse wildlife, three or four days is recommended, particularly with a knowledgeable guide. This will vastly improve the depth of your visit. Contact the Park for information about hiring a guide (phone number below.)
While Gir is most famous for its lions, the park is one of the most diverse places in Gujarat, both in flora and fauna.
Most of the area is rugged hills, with high ridges and densely forested valleys, wide grassland plateaus, and isolated hilltops. Around half of the forested area of the park is teak forest, with other trees such as khair, dhavdo, timru, amla, and many others. The other half is non-teak forest, with samai, simal, khakhro and asundro jambu, umro, amli, vad and kalam; mostly broadleaf and evergreen trees. The river Hiran is the only one to flow year-round; the rest are seasonal. There are also areas of the park with open scrub and savannah-type grassland.
One Day-Night Package
Single : Rs. 3500
Double : Rs. 4000
Extra Adult : Rs. 1500
Extra Child : Rs. 1000
Deluxe Room (AC)
Single : Rs. 4000
Double : Rs. 4500
Extra Adult : Rs. 1500
Extra Child : Rs. 1000
- Check-In : 9:00 am
- Check-Out : 9:00 am
- Early arrival is subject to availability.
- For guaranteed early check-in, reservation needs to be made starting from the previous night.
- Late check-outs are available on request and subject to availability.
- Complementary breakfast is included.
One Night Two Days
India is the only fortunate country in the world that claims both lion and tiger among its native fauna. This Gir Fun Tour of Gujarat is unique in its own way as it focuses on Asiatic Lions in the Gir Forest. A customized tour package of 01 Night and 02 Days offers you a chance to spot the majestic lions along with 606 different species of plants in the Gir Forest. Apart from endangered Asiatic lion - wild species like Spotted Deer, Blackbuck, Chinkara, wild Boar etc. is the other highlights of this trip.
Day 01: Arrive Sasan Gir – Transfer to Wildlife Resort
Our services starts after you arrive at Gir National Park. You will be received by our office executive and transfer to wildlife resort. On reaching, complete the check-in formalities at your pre-booked jungle lodge. Take meals and have rest for few hours. The evening can be spent as per your wish. Enjoy dinner and overnight in Gir. Be prepared to be greeted with different species of birds next morning chirping outside your verandah.
Day 02: Gir National Park
Start your day with the buffet of breakfast at the resort and get ready to take a plunge into the natural diversity i.e. full of wild richness. Today Morning is dedicated to wild Safari in the Gir National Park. During the open jeep safari, you can hope to see various animal species such as Sambar, Wild Boar, Chital, Nilgai, Chinkara, and Four-horned Antelope and many more. The three hours game drive moves amidst the deciduous forest – the last abode of the Asiatic lion and also has thriving panther population. A number of attractive birds can usually be seen on the trail too. After you finish safari come back to resort and take refreshment, check out from resort on time and transfer to onward destination.
Tour and Services Ends.
Two Night Three Days
Gir Holiday Tour is for people who enjoy forests, wildlife and has an interest in different species of exotic flora and fauna of Gir Forest. The tour is led by the professional guide that combines the mysterious world of Asiatic Lions. 02 Nights and 03 Days stay in Gir passes through the apex form of wildlife tourism amidst Jungle.
Day 01: Arrive Gir National Park
Arrive at Sasan Gir National Park from Junagarh/ Rajkot/ Diu. Our office executive will assist you and transfer to wildlife resort. Complete the check-in formalities and take proper meals. The day is at leisure to laze and relax amidst the whispering sound of the Gir Jungle. Enjoy multi-cuisine dinner and stay at the lodge.
Day 02: Morning Jeep Safari in Gir National Park
Wake up early morning and head on to jeep safari in any o f the prominent zone of Gir National Park. Remember you entered into the only territory in the world outside Africa where a lion can be seen in its natural habitat. The Gir Lion is a majestic animal, averaging 2.75 m in length and with bigger tail tassle. You may have the bare encounter with lions – resting in the shade by day and hunting for food. The three hours of Jeep drive takes you deep in to the rich variety of flora and fauna which is an abode of 40 species of mammals 425 species of birds. Once you are done, come back to resort and have your lunch. The rest of the day can be enjoyed as per your wish. Enjoy overnight in Gir.
Day 03: Departure
Get up early in the morning with chirping sound birds. Explore the rest of the wildlife attractions of Gir. Once you are done, take buffet of breakfast and complete the check out formalities & transfer to your onward destination.
Tour and Services Ends.
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