NATIONAL PARKS OF INDIA

RANTHAMBHOR NATIONAL PARK

Ranthambore Full Image

Connectivity and drive time

Jaipur International Airport- 3.5 hr Sawai Madhopur Railway station- 10 minutes Jaipur- 3.5 hrs

Top Attractions

Great for Tigers
Leopard & Sloth Bear
Possibility of Caracal
Indian Gazelle
The Lakes of Ranthambhor
Ranthambhor Fort

Safari Times

Morning 0600 – 1100 hours Afternoon 1430/1500 – 1800/1830 hours

Safari Vehicles

4X4 Jeeps
20 seator Canters
(Open mini truck)

Opening Months

01 st October
to 30 th June

Gates /Zones /Routes

Zone 01 to 10
Best Zones: 01 to 05

Safari Bookings system

Online

Elephant Ride

No

Full Day Safari

Yes, by prior permission

Night walking

No

Nestled in the rugged and hilly landscape of the Aravali hills in northwestern India Ranthambhor is possibly the best-known tiger destination in the World. An ex-hunting grounds of the Royals from the Jaipur and Karauli royal family – today it is a well maintained park with a fort and a few lakes that break its rugged monotony with vibrant colours. A visit to Ranthambhor allows you to see this and be a part of the tiger’s daily life – arguments with fellow tigers, or disagreements over land occupancy with the Sloth Bear and the leopard.

The four lakes that are there in the permitted areas, form the main attractions of this park. The tigers use this to hunt or just laze and so does the Marsh Crocodiles. The Sambar that use the lakes as their feeding grounds are always wary – the slightest move in the bush or a ripple in the water can ring a deathbell for them.

The park is best explored on 4X4 jeeps or open trucks and tourism is monitored and controlled by a network of permissible routes and ceiling on the no of vehicles. Besides tigers, the other wild cats found in Ranthambhore are Leopards, Caracals, Jungle cats, Rusty Spotted cats. Fishing Cats and Leopard cats have also been reported but their sightings are yet to be verified. The ungulates include Sambar, Spotted deer (Chital), Blue bull (Nilgai), Indian gazelle (Chinkara) and Wild boar. The other large mammals that can be seen in Ranthambhore are the Sloth bear, Indian fox, Jackal, the extremely occasional Wolf, very few Indian wild dogs (Dhole), Small Indian Civet, Palm civet, Common Indian and Ruddy mongoose and Striped Hyena.

JAWAI BANDH LEOPARD CONSERVATION RESERVE

Jawai Bandh Leopard Full Image

Connectivity and drive time

Jodhpur airport - 03 hrs
Udaipur airport – 03 hrs
Pushkar – 04 ½ hrs

Top Attractions

Sure-shot Leopard sightings
Birds – the area has over 170 species
Rebari tribe – with big red turbans

Recommended Lodges

Jawai Leopard Camp
Castle Bera

Safari Times

Morning 0600 – 1000 hours
Afternoon 1430/1500
– 1800/1830 hours

Safari Vehicles

4X4 Jeeps

Opening Months

All year

Gates /Zones /Routes

No Zones

Safari Bookings system

By the resort

Elephant Ride

No

Full Day Safari

Yes, by prior permission

Night walking

Yes

At the heart of an untrammeled wilderness, where leopards roam wild and free!

The vibrant Rabari herdsmen who have shared this land with wildlife for centuries endorse the organic and continuing link between local culture and wildlife.

In spite of a comparatively hostile terrain, Rajasthan surprisingly is the abode of a number of mammals and birds. Its vast size and latitudinal variations above the sea level of 1,700m provides it with varied vegetation. It provides, semi green forests of Mount Abu, to dry grasslands of the desert, and from the dry deciduous thorn forest of Aravali, to wetlands of Bharatpur

The Sanctuaries, an isolated landscape with some backdrops, that attracts herds of species from all over, to their temporary habitat, that provides comfortable subsistence. In the season time, the whole place echoes with enchanting sounds and fascinating visuals, against the sprawling meadow of flora. Rajasthan is the haven of the ”tiger” and many endangered species.

The leopard, also called the panther here, is found in forests and in open degraded forest areas, with rocky outcrops adjoining towns and villages.

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BANDHAVGARH NATIONAL PARK

Connectivity and drive time

Jabalpur airport- 03 ½ hrs
Umaria Railway station-45 minutes
Katni Railway station- 02 hrs
Panna National Park and Khajuraho– 05 hrs

Top Attractions

Tigers
Bandhavgarh Fort

Safari Times

Morning 0600 – 1000 hours
Afternoon 1430/1500
– 1800/1830 hours

Safari Vehicles

4X4 Jeeps
20 seator Canters
(Open mini truck)

Opening Months

01st October to 30th June

Gates /Zones /Routes

Tala , Magdhi , Khitauli

Safari Bookings system

Online

Elephant Ride

No

Full Day Safari

Yes, by prior permission

Night walking

No

Bandhavgarh has been and still is the home of the most well known tigers of India – be it Charger and Sita in the late 80s and early ninety’s or B2 and Chorbehara female in recent times. For tiger lovers – this is it. If you have not been here – you are missing something. There is no better place to go if you wish to see a tiger in the wild.

Dotted with sandy hills of varying sizes and shapes – Bandhavgarh nestled in the Vindhyan hills - is located in Central India or ‘Madhya Pradesh’. The forest is tropical moist and mixed deciduous forest and bamboo clamps at higher areas and grasslands and streams at lower areas. It is relatively small park (450 sq kms) and the park roads cut across the forests enhancing possibilities of tiger sightings.

The prey base consists of Chital (Spotted Deer), Sambar deer, Wild pig, Barking deer (Muntjak) and Indian Hare. The predators start with the sly Asiatic Jackal, Ruddy and Common Grey Mongoose; large cats that one can see here include Leopard and Tiger. There are other mammals too – Jungle Cat and the elusive Sloth Bear are sighted here but one needs a bit of luck for that. The forests are rich and lush and birds like the Malabar Pied Hornbill, Indian Peafowl, Brown Fish Owl, Crested Serpent Eagle and Indian Roller are regularly seen by those looking for birds.

KANHA NATIONAL PARK

Kanha Full Image

Connectivity and drive time

Jabalpur airport – 04 ½ hrs
Nagpur Airport – 05 hrs
Raipur Airport - 05 hrs
Bandhavgarh - 05 hrs
Pench - 04 hrsbr

Top Attractions

Tiger Leopard & Sloth Bear
Wild Dogs
The hardground Swamp Deer
A very rich birdlife
The walks in the near and surrounds

Safari Times

MoMorning 0600 – 1200 hours
Afternoon 1430/1500
– 1800/1830 hours

Safari Vehicles

4X4 Jeeps 20 seator Canters
(Open mini truck)

Opening Months

01st October to 30th June

Gates /Zones /Routes

Kanha , kisli , mukki , sarhi

Safari Bookings system

Online

Elephant Ride

No

Full Day Safari

Yes, by prior permission

Night walking

No

The morning mists hang in anticipation as a tearing silence builds up the tension in you which is about to explode inside you and makes you shiver in anticipation – a tiger is on the move – the spotted deers are going berserk – stomping their front legs and barking in unision – a sambar alarm call bells and the park guide in your car nods and lets a smile slip through – he knows that his guests – you - ‘may’ see a tiger today. The tiger is closely followed by the deer – every move greeted by an alert eye till things go quiet and you think ‘well some other time’. And then – there it is – right in front of your car – sheer arrogance dripping from its shining coat. Welcome to Kanha – a magical forest – home to tiger, leopard, jungle cat, sloth bear, five species of deer including the Hardground Swamp Deer and couple of ungulates like the Gaur or Indian Bison, and Four Horned Antelope.

If you have not spent a morning in the deep, dark forests of Kanha (located in the Maikal hills at the southeastern end of Central India) – you better be there soon. Kanha is undoubtedly the most beautiful national park that Central India has. Ravines and hills cut through the forest and small meadows and river gullies form the playgrounds of the tigers of the future.

The park elephants glide through these forests looking for tigers and offer short rides to get up close to the tiger. The forests have little hidden corners for you to get away from the race to see a tiger and just be with your inner self. The Crested hawk Eagle’s piercing call brings you back to the forest – Kanha is one of the few immortal lands that will closely guard the secrets of an ancient land.

PENCH NATIONAL PARK

Connectivity and drive time

Nagpur airport - 02 ½ hrs
Nagpur - 02 ½ hrs
Kanha - 04 hrs
Tadoba - 5 hrs

Top Attractions

Tiger
Leopard
The Flying Squirrels
near the park gate

Safari Times

Morning 0600 – 1200 hours
Afternoon 1430/1500
– 1800/1830 hours

Safari Vehicles

4X4 Jeeps 20 seator Canters
(Open mini truck)

Opening Months

01st October to 30th June

Gates /Zones /Routes

Touria , Karmajhiri, Jhamtara

Safari Bookings system

Online

Elephant Ride

No

Full Day Safari

Yes, by prior permission

Night walking

No

Most of us who are familiar with Jungle Book, know the fictional characters – Mowgli, Baloo, Baghira and Sher Khan. Several generations were inspired by the characters to come and discover the areas described in the book. Films and documentaries analyzed history to find the true ‘Mowgli’. The forests of Pench still resonate with the roars of Sherkhan and a good population of leopards have ensured that ‘baghira’ is not just fiction. Mowgli – occupies its space in the mind – over dinner and drinks and as the shadows lengthen in the lush green forests of Pench – a new story unfurls each day.

Pench is the most conveniently located national park of Central India – it is a two hours drive from Nagpur the nearest airport. The park is spread out and more open compared to Kanha and the experience is more relaxed and intimate. Pench has all the mammals that you can see in Kanha except the hardground Swamp Deer.

The park is located in the Southern spurs of the Satpura hills and is spread between Madhya Pradesh and its southern neighbor – Maharashtra. The park elephants go out in the morning here as well and one can spend a little longer on the elephant – as Pench is not as busy as Kanha (except on weekends). While Pench remains slightly dwarfed by the two big parks – Kanha and Bandhavgarh; it is by no means a lesser park. It is the next big park which will show a new future for the increasingly threatened wilderness of India.

PANNA NATIONAL PARK

Panna Full Image

Connectivity and drive time

Khajuraho airport - 30 minutes
Bandhavgarh - 5 hrs

Top Attractions

Leopard & Sloth Bear
A very rich birdlife – more than 6 species of owls
The walks in the near and surrounds.
The possibilities of night safari and boat safaris
The options of biking and motor biking in the near and surrounds

Safari Times

Morning 0600 – 1200 hours
Afternoon 1430/1500
– 1800/1830 hours

Safari Vehicles

4X4 Jeeps 20 seator Canters
(Open mini truck)

Opening Months

01st October to 30th June

Gates /Zones /Routes

Madla , Hinouta

Safari Bookings system

Online

Elephant Ride

No

Full Day Safari

Yes, by prior permission

Night walking

Yes

Panna (literally meaning emerald) is large wilderness area located close to the erotic temples of Khajuraho in the Vindhyan range of the Central Indian hills. The forest is a mixed deciduous with both dry and wet areas; grasslands and gently undulating hills.

The park supports a small population (three females, five cubs and two male) of tigers, leopard, wild dog, caracal, jungle cat, rusty spotted cat, sloth bear, Asiatic jackal and striped hyena. The ungulates include blue bull, wild boar, four horned antelope, and Indian gazelle with two species of deer.

The park safaris are a mix of 4X4 open jeep safaris. The morning ride normally lasts 4 – 5 hours and the afternoon drives last 2&1/2 hours – 3 hours. The park remains open from mid October till end of June and shuts for the monsoon thereafter.

Panna is the best park for birds in Central India – a hign number of raptors, some endemics like the Painted Sandgrouse and the spectacular owls – Mottled Wood Owl, Spotted Owlet, Rock Eagle Owl, Indian and Oriental Scops Owl, Brown Fish Owl and Brown Hawk Owl are possible to see here – where as the rarer Short Eared Owl may be seen as well.

Close to Panna National park is the Jhirna sanctuary where a private operator has set up Central India’s first night safari unit – a few simple but well managed tents with a team to look after the adventurous at heart and provide a unique glimpse to the nocturnal mammals and birds of this region. A jeep with a private guide transfers you to the village in the afternoon and then after a quick cup of tea/coffee and look around – enjoy a session of starwatching. Drinks and dinner over – night safari starts and mammals like the Sloth Bear, Rusty Spotted Cat, Indian Civet Cat, Asian Palm Civet, Bengal Fox are sighted. Birds include Mottled Wood Owl, Indian and Oriental Scops Owl and Indian, Savannah and Jungle Nightjar. Occasionally the rarer Leopard cat and Hyena is sighted as well. Post safari – a quick freshening up and then the comfortable beds with hot water bottles and warm blankets take care of the tired body. A morning wake up call with tea/coffee and hot water in buckets and an al fresco breakfast – then the jeeps are ready to transport you back to your lodge.

SATPURA NATIONAL PARK

Connectivity and drive time

Bhopal airport - 03 hrs
Jabalpur airport - 04 hrs

Top Attractions

The walking safari.
Leopard & Sloth Bear
A very rich birdlife
The day safari to the Punchmari hills with picninc lunch
Boat safari, elephant safari and canoeing are some of the ways to explore this park.

Safari Times

Morning 0600 – 1200 hours
Afternoon 1430/1500
– 1800/1830 hours

Safari Vehicles

4X4 Jeeps
Boats

Opening Months

01st October to 30th June

Gates /Zones /Routes

Madhai

Safari Bookings system

Online

Elephant Ride

Yes

Full Day Safari

Yes, by prior permission

Night walking

Yes in Buffer zone

Satpura was Madhya Pradesh’s best kept secret. Now the cat is out of the bag and it is a must for any wildlife and nature lover. After the adrenaline rush in Kanha or Bandhavgarh – Satpura is like a cooling balm to the sore body and the tired soul. It is quiet, it is lush and it is so peaceful.

The park is located only three hours from Bhopal and the drive from Bhopal if done early in the morning is really nice – you can stop at the Bhimbhetka rock paintings which are an hour’s drive from Bhopal and is enroute to this place. The Ratapani Tiger Reserve is also nearby. The road is in good shape – so not too many bumps and agonizing rolling around while you are driving or being driven.

One has to drive to Madhai gate and then take a boat to cross over to the core area – where a park jeep and driver waits for you. The drive lasts four hours and the jeep routes are reasonably limited – far better option is a walking tour followed by an elephant safari. A private guide takes a picnic hamper and places it atop a ‘machan’ with a heavy stone atop – to stop the monkeys from having your breakfast. Post walking – stop for breakfast by the Narmada River and then resume the exploration on elephant back.

Panna is the best park for birds in Central India – a hign number of raptors, some endemics like the Painted Sandgrouse and the spectacular owls – Mottled Wood Owl, Spotted Owlet, Rock Eagle Owl, Indian and Oriental Scops Owl, Brown Fish Owl and Brown Hawk Owl are possible to see here – where as the rarer Short Eared Owl may be seen as well.

Mammals that are expected include Sloth Bear, Leopard among the predators and Sambar and Spotted Deer and the Gaur in the herbivores. Birdlife is good, Marsh Crocodile and few Indian Rock Pythons are a possibility, butterflies and the plant life is excellent and the overall experience is wonderful.

TADOBA NATIONAL PARK

Connectivity and drive time

Nagpur airport - 03 hrs
Pench – 05 hrs

Top Attractions

Good for Tiger
Sloth Bear
Wild Dogs

Recommended Lodges

Tiger Trails Resort
Svasara Resort

Safari Times

Morning 0600 – 1200 hours
Afternoon 1430/1500
– 1800/1830 hours

Safari Vehicles

4X4 Jeeps
20 seator Canters
(Open mini truck)

Opening Months

01st October to 30th June

Gates /Zones /Routes

Moharli, Kuswanda, Kolara, NaveGaon, Pangdi, Zari

Safari Bookings system

Online

Elephant Ride

No

Full Day Safari

Yes, by prior permission

Night walking

Yes

The Tadoba National Park gets its name from the God ‘Taru’ – Legend holds that Taru was apparently a village chief who was killed in a mythological encounter with a tiger. Locals still worship ‘Taru’ and his blessings have made this park the hottest tiger destination since Bandhavgarh. The park is three hours from Nagpur. The lack of good accommodation is a limitation that the park faces – it is boon in disguise – not many frequent the park (except weekends). It is great place to watch Tiger, Leopard, Wild Dog, Sloth Bear, Jackal among predators and ‘chital’, sambar and Gaur among herbivores. The Irai and Tadoba Lake are the main locations for the tigers – particularly in summers. The park stays closed every Tuesday – safaris are done in open 4X4 jeeps and the park has two main areas to explore – Katoda gate approached from Moharli and the other is the Kolsa range which is at the other side of the Andhari River. The park normally opens from 0600 hours 1000 hours in the morning and 1500 to 1800 hours in the afternoon.

Some of the birds that one can find here are - Spotted Owlet, Black Shouldered (Winged) Kite, Common Kingfisher, Long Tailed Shrike, Asian Paradise Flycatcher, Crested Serpent Eagle, White Bellied Drongo, White Browed Fantail, Peregrine "Shaheen" Falcon, Black Headed Munia, White Eyed Buzzard, Sirkeer Malkoha, etc.

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KAZIRANGANATIONAL PARK

Kaziranga Full Image

Connectivity and drive time

Guwhati and Dibrugarh airport - 04 hrs

Top Attractions

It’s a UNESCO world heritage site Famous for Single Horn Rhinoceros Wild Elephants
Buffalos

Safari Times

Morning 0600 – 1200 hours
Afternoon 1430/1500
– 1800/1830 hours

Safari Vehicles

4X4 Jeeps
Elephants

Opening Months

15th October to 30th June

Gates /Zones /Routes

Central, Bagori, Agaratoli, Burapahar

Safari Bookings system

Online

Elephant Ride

Yes

Full Day Safari

Yes, by prior permission

Night walking

No

Is a national park in the state of Assam, India. The sanctuary, which hosts two-thirds of the world's great one-horned rhinoceroses, is a World Heritage Site. According to the census held in March 2015, which was jointly conducted by the Forest Department of the Government of Assam and some recognized wildlife NGOs, the rhino population in Kaziranga National Park is 2,401. It comprises 1,651 adult rhinos (663 male, 802 are females, 186 unsexed); 294 sub-adults (90 males, 114 females, 90 unsexed); 251 juveniles and 205 cubs. Kaziranga is home to the highest density of tigers among protected areas in the world, and was declared a Tiger Reserve in 2006. The park is home to large breeding populations of elephants, wild water buffalo, and swamp deer. Kaziranga is recognized as an Important Bird Area by BirdLife International for conservation of avifaunal species. When compared with other protected areas in India, Kaziranga has achieved notable success in wildlife conservation. Located on the edge of the Eastern Himalaya biodiversity hotspot, the park combines high species diversity and visibility.
Kaziranga is a vast expanse of tall elephant grass, marshland, and dense tropical moist broadleaf forests, criss-crossed by four major rivers, including the Brahmaputra, and the park includes numerous small bodies of water. Kaziranga has been the theme of several books, songs, and documentaries. The park celebrated its centennial in 2005 after its establishment in 1905 as a reserve forest.

CHITWANNATIONAL PARK

Chitwan Full Image

Connectivity and drive time

Katmandu – 05 ½ hrs
Pokhra – 04 hrs
Bharatpur Aiport – 01 hr
Meghauli Airport – 01 ½ hrs

Top Attractions

It’s a world heritage site
Famous for Single Horn Rhinoceros
Wild Elephants
Buffalos
Canoeing on the Rapti river

Recommended Lodges

Taj Meghauli Sarai

Safari Times

Morning 0600 – 1200 hours
Afternoon 1430/1500
– 1800/1830 hours

Safari Vehicles

4X4 Jeeps
Elephants

Opening Months

15th October to 30th June

Gates /Zones /Routes

Central, Bagori, Agaratoli, Burapahar

Safari Bookings system

Online

Elephant Ride

Yes

Full Day Safari

Yes, by prior permission

Night walking

No

The Chitwan National Park is the last surviving example of the natural ecosystems of the ‘Terai’ region and covers subtropical lowland, wedged between two east-west river valleys at the base of the Siwalik range of the outer Himalayas. The core area lies between the Narayani and Rapti rivers to the north and the Reu River and Churia hills in the southern border.

The spectacular landscape, covered with lush vegetation and the Himalayas as the backdrop makes the park an area of exceptional natural beauty. The forested hills and changing river landscapes serve to make Chitwan one of the most stunning and attractive parts of Nepal’s lowlands.

In the north and west of the protected area the Narayani-Rapti river system forms a natural boundary to human settlements. Adjacent to the east of Chitwan National Park is Parsa Wildlife Reserve, contiguous in the south is the Indian Tiger Reserve Valmiki National Park. The coherent protected area of 2,075 km2 (801 sq mi) represents the Tiger Conservation Unit (TCU) Chitwan-Parsa-Valmiki, which covers a 3,549 km2 (1,370 sq mi) huge block of alluvial grasslands and subtropical moist deciduous forests.

NAGARHOLE /KABINI /BANDIPURNATIONAL PARK

Nagarhole Full Image

Connectivity and drive time

Bangalore Airport - 4 ½ hrs
Mysore – 03 hrs
Vythiri - 04 hrs

Top Attractions

Great for Elephants
Leopards
Indian Bisons
Wild Dogs
Varity of Birds

Safari Times

Morning 0600 – 0900 hours
Afternoon 1430/1500
– 1800/1830 hours

Safari Vehicles

4X4 Jeeps
Boats

Opening Months

01st October to 30th June

Gates /Zones /Routes

4 Zones

Safari Bookings system

Online

Elephant Ride

No

Full Day Safari

Yes, by prior permission

Night walking

No

Nagarhole National Park is located in Kodagu district and Mysore district in Karnataka state in South India.

This park was declared the thirty seventh Project Tiger tiger reserve in 1999. It is part of the Nilgiri Biosphere Reserve. The Western Ghats Nilgiri Sub-Cluster of 6,000 km2 (2,300 sq mi), including all of Nagarhole National Park, is under consideration by the UNESCO World Heritage Committee for selection as a World Heritage Site.

The park has rich forest cover, small streams, hills, valleys and waterfalls. The park has a healthy predator-prey ratio, with many tigers, Indian bison and elephants

The park ranges the foothills of the Western Ghats spreading down the Brahmagiri hills and south towards Kerala state. It lies between the latitudes 12°15'37.69"N and longitudes 76°17'34.4"E. The park covers 643 km2 (248 sq mi) located to the north-west of Bandipur National Park. The Kabini reservoir separates the two parks. Elevations of the park range from 687 to 960 m (2,254 to 3,150 ft). It is 50 km (31 mi) from the major city of Mysore.

Together with the adjoining Bandipur National Park (870 km2 (340 sq mi)), Mudumalai National Park (320 km2(120 sq mi)) and Wayanad Wildlife Sanctuary (344 km2 (133 sq mi)), it forms the largest protected area in Southern India, totalling 2,183 km2 (843 sq mi).

JIM CORBETT NATIONAL PARK

Jim Corbett Full Image

Connectivity and drive time

Delhi /Delhi Airport – 5 hrs
Rishikesh – 04 ½ hrs

Top Attractions

Great for Elephants
Varity of Birds

Safari Times

Morning 0600 – 1200 hours
Afternoon 1430/1500
– 1800/1830 hours

Safari Vehicles

4X4 Jeeps
Elephant ride in buffer zone

Opening Months

01st October to 30th June

Gates /Zones /Routes

4 Zones

Safari Bookings system

Online

Elephant Ride

No

Full Day Safari

Yes, by prior permission

Night walking

No

Jim Corbett National Park is the oldest national park in India and was established in 1936 as Hailey National Park to protect the endangered Bengal tiger. It is located in Nainital district of Uttarakhand and was named after Jim Corbett who played a key role in its establishment. The park was the first to come under the Project Tiger initiative.

The park has sub-Himalayan belt geographical and ecological characteristics.

An ecotourism destination, it contains 488 different species of plants and a diverse variety of fauna. The increase in tourist activities, among other problems, continues to present a serious challenge to the park's ecological balance.

Corbett has been a haunt for tourists and wildlife lovers for a long time. Tourism activity is only allowed in selected areas of Corbett Tiger Reserve so that people get an opportunity to see its splendid landscape and the diverse wildlife. In recent years the number of people coming here has increased dramatically. Presently, every season more than 70,000 visitors come to the park.

Corbett National Park comprises 520.8 km2 (201.1 sq mi) area of hills, riverine belts, marshy depressions, grasslands and a large lake. The elevation ranges from 1,300 to 4,000 ft (400 to 1,220 m). Winter nights are cold but the days are bright and sunny. It rains from July to September.

Dense moist deciduous forest mainly consists of sal, haldu, peepal, rohini and mango trees. Forest covers almost 73% of the park, 10% of the area consists of grasslands. It houses around 110 tree species, 50 species of mammals, 580 bird species and 25 reptile species.

GIR FOREST NATIONAL PARK

Gir Forest Full Image

Connectivity and drive time

Rajkot Airport – 04 hrs
Diu Airport – 02 hrs

Top Attractions

Asiatic lions

Recommended Lodges

Taj Gateway Gir Forest

Safari Times

Morning 0600 – 1200 hours
Afternoon 1430/1500
– 1800/1830 hours

Safari Vehicles

4X4 Jeeps

Opening Months

16th October to 15th June

Gates /Zones /Routes

Gir Jungle Trail

Safari Bookings system

Online

Elephant Ride

No

Full Day Safari

Yes, by prior permission

Night walking

No

The Gir Forest National Park and Wildlife Sanctuary (also known as Sasan-Gir, and is a forest and wildlife sanctuary near Talala Gir in Gujarat, India. Established in 1965, with a total area of 1,412 km2 (545 sq mi) (about 258 km2 (100 sq mi) for the fully protected area of the national park and 1,153 km2 (445 sq mi) for the Sanctuary, the park is located 43 km (27 mi) north-east of Somnath, 65 km (40 mi) south-east of Junagadh and 60 km (37 mi) south-west of Amreli.

Its region is the sole home of the Asiatic lion (Panthera leo persica) in the wilderness, 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 floraand fauna, is protected as a result of the efforts of the government forest department, wildlife activists and NGOs. The forest area of Gir was the hunting grounds of the Nawabs of Junagadh. However, faced with a drastic drop in the lion population in Gir, Nawab Sir Muhammad Rasul Khanji Babi declared Gir as a "protected" area in 1900. His son, Nawab Muhammad Mahabat Khan III later assisted in the conservation of the lions whose population had plummeted to only 20 through slaughter for trophy hunting. .

The 14th Asiatic Lion Census 2015 was conducted in May 2015. In 2015, the population has been 523 (27% up compared to previous census in 2010). The population was 411 in 2010 and 359 in 2005. The population of lions in Junagadh District has been 268, Gir Somnath District has been 44, Amreli District has been 174 (highest increase) and Bhavangar District has been 37. There are 109 males, 201 females and 213 young/cubs.