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How To Reach Sasan Gir Wildlife Sanctuary
Sasan Gir Wildlife Sanctuary, more popularly known as Gir National Park, is one of the most visited tourist places in Gujarat. Located in the Junagadh district of Gujarat, this huge area is spread across 1400 square km and certainly grabs the attention of many visitors who travel to Gujarat. At just about 60 km away from Junagadh, Gir National Park is the only natural home for the world famous Asiatic lions. Along with lions, you can also spot other popular animals such as hyenas, blue bull, Golden jackals, and many more. Various species of birds can also be spotted including Shrike, Gray Drongo, Pied Woodpecker, Black Ibis, and Shaheen Falcon, amongst others. Here's how you can reach the Sasan Gir Wildlife Sanctuary.
The nearest railway station is Sasan Gir but Junagadh Junction has direct trains from Ahmedabad, Mumbai, and Vadodara. It is therefore suggested to get down at Junagadh Junction as there are many trains that connect Junagadh with other cities of Gujarat. It falls under the Bhavnagar railway division of Western Railway zone. Located at 86 m above sea level, Junagadh Junction is yet another major railway station in Gujarat with five platforms. About 31 trains halt at this junction with 2 trains originating and terminating at this station. The sanctuary is 60 km away from Junagadh and you can easily book a cab from the station which will drop you to Gir. From Ahmedabad, it is about 350 km away, from Rajkot at about 160 km, and Veraval is at a distance of 45 km. You can check the ticket costing and seat availability from the official Indian Railway website at www.irctc.co.in.
The National Park is well connected with major cities in Gujarat by the road network. You can easily avail the bus service, both private and government, which will take you to Gir from different cities such as Ahmedabad, Dwarka, Vadodara, Junagadh city, and so on. Ticket costing can be checked online and booking can be done through any authorized agents.
Reaching Gir Wildlife Sanctuary through the air is not difficult either. The nearest airport is Keshod, which is nearly at a distance of 70 km. The other nearest airport is at Rajkot at a distance of almost 160 km. From Mumbai, the best way to reach Sasan Gir is through Diu and from Diu you can travel for about 2 hours to reach Sasan Gir.
Local vehicles such as jeeps and carts can be booked at Gir for a thrilling experience in wildlife Safari. Sasan-Chodavdi route, Sasan- Kamleshwar dam route, Sasan-Kankai route, and Sasan-Tulsishyam route are some of the best safari routes admired by tourists. It is highly recommended to avail the early morning safari as your chances of spotting some amazing wild animals are higher as compared to other time in the day. So just book a jeep, and let the excitement begin!