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Sasan Gir is unique in being the last remaining home of the Asiatic lion.

The Sanctuary

In 1980 this sanctuary was set up to protect the lion and its habitat, and since its initiation the number of lion have increased from under 200 to an estimated 674 (in 2020).

It is, however, controversial — in order for there to be a sanctuary land was required, and consequently local herders lost cattle grazing land. Additionally due to declining areas of forestation around villages, villagers are forced to forage for fuel in the park, so reducing the lions' habitat once more.


The best time to visit the park is December to April, when it is coolest. From mid June to mid October it is closed for the monsoon, though needless to say dates may shift a little depending on the weather patterns!

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Suggested itinerary featuring Sasan Gir National Park

This sample itinerary will give you an idea of what is possible when you travel in Sasan Gir National Park, and showcases routes we know work particularly well. Treat this as inspiration, because your trip will be created uniquely by one of our specialists.

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    Our expert guides to exploring Sasan Gir National Park

    Written by our specialists from their own experiences of visiting Sasan Gir National Park, these guides will help you make the most of your time there. We share both our practical recommendations and the best ways to appreciate Sasan Gir National Park at its best.

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