Originally protected by the Nawab of Junagadh, after British viceroys brought to his attention the plight of the lion in Asia, the sanctuary is the jewel of Gujarat's ecological resources.
FAUNA OF GIR
According to official census figures, Gir has about 300 lions and 300 leopards, making it one of the major big-cat concentrations in India. Sambar and spotted deer (chital), blue bull (nilgai), chousingha (the world's only four-horned antelope), chinkara (Indian gazelle) and wild boar thrive in Gir. Jackal, striped hyena, jungle cat, rusty-spotted cat, langur, porcupine, black-naped Indian hare are among the other mammals of Gir.
Gir has a large population of marsh crocodile or mugger, which is among the 40 species of reptiles and amphibians recorded in the sanctuary.
The park checklist has 250 birds and about 50 other species (including the endangered lesser florican and the saras crane) are recorded in the grasslands along the perifery of the sanctuary. Many species like the painted sandgrouse, grey francolin, quails, Asian paradise flycatcher, black-naped monarch, white-browed fantail, Asian brown flycatcher, grey-headed flycatcher, verditer flycatcher, tickell's blue flycatcher, greenish warbler, white-eye, coppersmith barbet, common and marshal's iora, rufous treepie, yellow-footed green pigeon have been spotted by our guests around the lodge itself. Long-billed vulture, Indian white-backed vulture, red-headed (king) vulture, Eurasian griffon vulture, changeable hawk-eagle, crested serpent eagle, bonneli's eagle, greater spotted eagle, lesser spotted eagle, tawny eagle, steppe eagle, imperial eagle, Pallas's fish eagle, grey-headed fish eagle, osprey, peregrine falcon, laggar falcon, red-headed falcon, oriental honey-buzzard, white-eyed buzzard and other raptors have been seen in the sanctuary. Gir also has brown fish owl, Eurasian eagle owl, spotted owlet. In the evening, nightjars can be seen near the lodge gate.
The lodge can also be used as the base to visit the coastal areas from Veraval to Diu Bird Sanctuary for shore birds.
Gir also has about 2000 species of invertebrate and the trails around the lodge can be good for butterfly-spotting.
PLACES OF INTEREST NEAR GIR
- Veraval (36 km)
- Somnath (40 km)
- Junagadh (63 km)
- Girnar (60 km)
- Jetpur (90 km)
- Diu Island (95 km)
- Gondal (123 km)
- Jamnagar (151 km)
- Khijadiya Bird Sanctuary
- Rajkot (164 km)
- Porbandar (187 km)
- Dwarka (225 km)
- By Air: Nearest airport is Keshod 90-km via Veraval.
There are daily flights from Mumbai to Keshod. Drive to Gir from
Keshod or Rajkot (166-kms) airports.
- By Rail: Meter gauge rail line of 395-kms from
Ahemedabad. There is also a railway station at Sasan Gir (1km).
- By Road: Distance of 400-kms from Ahmedabad via Rajkot, Junagadh and Mendarda. State Transport buses are also available from Junagadh via Mendarda (65 kms) and Veraval (42 km) between November and June