Sasan Gir, popularly known as Gir, is the most famous lion sanctuary in India. And the one place in the subcontinent where Asiatic Lions can be found in the wild. Sasan Gir is on the south-western border of Saurashtra peninsula in Gujarat and is home to nearly 400 Asiatic lions. The Sanctuary was created in 1913 to provide protection to the largest surviving groups of the Asiatic lions and was given the status of the sanctuary in 1965; the numbers of lions has been steadily on the rise since 1980.This is the only place in the World outside the African continent where the lion can be seen in its natural habitat. The lion safaris are popular among tourists & jeeps are freely available for touring the forest. Though the most famous inhabitants of the park are Asiatic lions but it also provides natural habitat to lot of other species like Chital, Chinkara (Gazelle) Four-horned antelope, Leopard, Nilgai, Spotted deer, Wild boar, Wild ass, Monkeys, Parrots and Peacocks, many other birds etc.
One needs to book the lion safari in advance through the website www.girlion.in. The night stay in the heart of the jungle is a must have experience. If you visit the sanctuary in March-April, you can get lucky to pluck some ripe mangoes off the Kesar variety of the mango trees which are in abundance in this region.