2. Sasan-Gir Wildlife Sanctuary, Gujarat
Lions are one of the big cats in the genus Panthera and a member of the family Felidae. The commonly used term Gir lion collectively denotes the subspecies found in Indian sub-continent. With some males exceeding 250 kg in weight, it is the second-largest living cat after the tiger. Wild lions currently exist in Gir Forest Gujarat in India where an endangered remnant population resides in Sasan-Gir Forest National Park.
Highly distinctive, the male lion is easily recognised by its mane, and its face is one of the most widely recognised animal symbols in human culture. Zoos are cooperating worldwide in breeding programs for the endangered Asiatic subspecies.
A 2015 census had put the number of lions in Gir at 523. Now, the Forest Department says, there are around 600 Asiatic lions at the Gir National Park.
How to Reach Gir
By Air: The Keshod airport is located around 70 km from the park, whereas the Rajkot airport is at a distance of around 160 km. Take a cab or bus service to reach the Gir national park from any of these two airports.
Junagadh and Veraval railway stations are the nearest railway station from the Gir national park, located at around the same distance from the park. Both the railway stations are on the main railway line of the state and connected to all the major location of the country by the direct trains. Take a cab or taxi or state bus to reach Gir from any of these two railway stations which will take around one and a half hour to 2 hours by road. The other nearest railway station is the Rajkot railway station, which is located at around 165 km from the Gir forest and takes around 3 and a half hours to 4 hours by road. The Rajkot railway station is also a major station and connected to major cities by direct or connecting trains.
The roadways traveling is always an appealing journey and the best than any other commuting option. The conditions of the roads in Gujarat are comparatively good and the road journey can be comfortable and enjoyable in the state. The Gir National Park is properly connected to most of the prominent cities of Gujarat via a good road. There are state bus transport service and private bus service, which offer frequent bus service to Gir from various parts of the state. The cab and taxi are also available easily at major cities in Gujarat to commute to the Gir National Park.
Below are the road distances from various cities to Gir National Park:
From Ahmedabad – 410 km
From Rajkot – 160 km
From Junagadh – 55 km
From Veraval – 45 km
From Somnath – 50 km
From Keshod – 45 km
From Diu – 110 km