SASAN GIR

 Land of Lions

  • Sasan Gir
  • History Of Sasan Gir
  • Tourist Attraction of Sasan Gir
  • Excursion Nearby Sasan Gir
  • Getting To Sasan Gir

About Sasan gir
Sasan Gir is amongst the most important wildlife sanctuaries of India, andone of the most celebrated tourist places in Gujarat. Gir National Park is well known all over the world as the last habitat of the Asiatic lion. A land with a long and deep historical past, Sasan Gir is one of the favorite choices of many Indian voyagers, travellers and adventurers. Gir is one of the most attractive places in Gujarat as well as whole of India and many people travel to Gir every year. There are various tourist places in India. Travel industry in India has been escalating day by day. Several foreign invasions and influences have resulted in various creative and structural descriptions, suggestive of the respective influences. Owing to the variety that the country of India offers in terms of climate, culture, topography, cuisine, art and architecture you will have at your proceed a number of tourist places deserving a visit or two in India. Our portal not only provides information at India level i.e. tourist places in India but also gives detailed information about the hotels in the city, sightseeing in and around the place and much more handy and resourceful information for the tourist. Gir has variety of hotels depending on the hotel fare, facilities offered, rank and location. People in huge magnitude visit Gir every year. Gir hotels are very famous for there accommodation and hospitality. Hotels in Gir are effortlessly available. Gir hotels are reasonable as well as hotels in Gir have very good status. There are various five star & three star hotels in Gir and many more hotels are developing in Gir considering the popularity of the place hence offering more choice to the tourist visiting Sasan Gir. Hotels in Gir are developed in such a way that all the tourist attraction places and shopping centers are near by so that the visitors can travel easily. Hotels in Gir even provide transportation facility. In Gir there are visitors and tourist coming from allover the world, they travel Gir for its attractive beauty, picturesque views and of course to see the king of the jungle, lion. There are various places of tourist attractions and sightseeing in and around Gir.

Culture
It is highly unlikely that those planning a tour to Gujarat will leave out Sasan Gir.Tour to Sasan Gir is a thrilling idea.To know in detail about Sasan Gir one should understand its history. The culture of Gir is abundantly reflected through its traditional customs, cuisine, art and architecture. Gir culture is in tandem with tradition and modern lifestyle. Gir shows colors of its earlier period culture at one hand and sophisticated and modern lifestyle on the other hand. Culture of Sasan Gir gives details of the legacy of its royal past. It is important to know about the traditions, culture and customs of Sasan Gir. Thecultural storyof Sasan Gir is not so deep but the people here pursue non rigid culture. The climate of Sasan Gir is of the extreme kind. The summers are scorching, with temperatures reaching 44 °C at times, while winters are chilly. People of Sasan Gir are very friendly and bid warm well com to the visitors. Many festivals are celebrated in Sasan Gir and life in Sasan Gir is to a great extent simple.

History
Sasan Giris located in the Junagadh District of Gujarat, near the Kathiawad Peninsula. Part of the erstwhile estate of Junagadh in Gujarat, this forest was brought under protection by the Nawab, whose initial efforts kick-started the government's campaign to protect the last remaining Asiatic lions. TheGir National Parkis the only place outside Africa where you can see wild lions. The maldharis, a tribe, and their cattle live inside the forest and pose a serious problem as they are often in conflict with the lions which find easy prey in the form of the cattle.Sasan Gir does not possess a very deep history because the main focus in Sasan Gir is The Gir National Park. Sasan Gir is where the Gir National Park is located. Spread over an area of 1,400 sq. km, the park is the last remaining sanctuary of theAsiatic lion.Sasan Gir Forest is today the only place in the world outside Africa, where the lion can be seen in its natural habitat. The forest also harbours a variety of small animals and birds. Other predators (attackers) are the Panther and the Hyena. The Indian Deer, Sambar, Chital (spotted deer), Nilgai (blue bull), Chinkara and the Chowsingha (four horned antelope) are found here along with the bear and the long tailed langur. The Sasan Gir National Park and Lion Sanctuary in the Kathiawad peninsula of Gujarat has the distinction of being the last earthly refuge of the majestic Asiatic lion (Panthera Leo). It is home to more than300 Asiaticlions who are considered to be one of the endangered species around the world since being close to extinction. ThePark is a popular tourist destination, with some sixty thousand wide-eyed tourists visiting the Park.
 

Tourist attraction
 

Sasangir National Park
The Sasanagir national park commonly known as the Gir national park is the only abodeleft for the Asiatic lions and that's what makes it a popular tourist spot. If you opt for lion safari on a jeep, this will give you the experience of the real wild life; you can have in a jungle. In this national park apart from seeing lions, which are quite common here, you can also have the experience in viewing some of the rare species like panthers, caracal, hyena, wild cat, sambar, chital, chowsingha, wild boar, nilgai, langur, macaques, and chinkara. The first conservation act on this park started when the Nawab of Junagadh brought the park under protection. The sightseeing in the park is really mesmerizing.

Nalsarovar Lake
Near the Gir national park, there are three water reservoirs and Nalsarovar Lake is one amongst them. The reason for it being more popular is because it is a favorite spot for many migratory birds which arrivein this part of the country in the months of winter. Some of the rare species birds which can be easily viewed here include partridges, wood peckers, sand grouse, cuckoos, bush quail, paradise flycatcher, eagles, parrots, and many more.

Kamleshwar Dam
The most notable feature of this place is that you can see seven rivers in this area. Dams are also built on many of them, and Kamleshwar dam is one of them. However, built over river Hiran, it is also referred to as the lifeline of Sasangir.

Sasangir Temples

Tulsi Shyam Temple
This is a tourist center for followers of Lord Vishnu in Una sub-district of Junagadh District. Situated in the center of Gir, 30 km from the town of Una, it is known for its great natural beauty. It has additional attraction of Hot Water springs and in the Puranas these are referred to as 'Taptodak'. Legend says that Lord Krishna eliminated the demon called Tul and so the place is associated with his name along with that of Krishna as Shyam and is thus called Tulsishyam. A story from the Puranas says that a demon called Jalandhar had great strength. His wife Vrinda was a very pious lady. No one in the three Loks (Worlds) could defeat Jalandhar and so even the gods were now tired of him. They appealed to Lord Vishnu for this, and the Lord assumed the form of the demon and went to his wife Vrinda and thus her 'pativrata' status came to an end. As the demon returned the trick was revealed to her and she cursed the Lord to turn into a stone. But she regretted her anger and so sat on a funeral pyre and burned herself to death. Lord Vishnu also regretted that he had resorted to such a trick on her to punish her husband. At the site of the pyre a plant of Tulsi had come up, and Lord Visnhu now began to shower his love over it. He promised that he will marry her in her next birth. Then Vrinda was born as Rukmini and she married Lord Krishna who was the Avatar of Lord Vishnu. This is why it is said that the Tulsi plant is very dear to Lord Vishnu and it acquired another name, Vishnupriya. On the 11th day of bright half of Kartik month, Tulsimarries Lord Shaligram, and on this day the 'Annakuta' is distributed. This place also has a temple of mother Kunti.

This temple is said to be seven hundred years old. You need to climb around 100 steep steps to reach up to this temple of Rukshmanidevi. Rukshmani was the chief wife of Lord Krishna. The statue of Rukshmani is made of black marble and is around 2 feet tall. The small statue of Lord Krishna is also kept near the main statue of Rukshmanidevi. The temple offers very peaceful environment and the tourists love to sit here quietly for some time. There are three hot water springs at Tulsi Shyam. The first spring is has warm water. The second one has slightly hot water. But the third one is has boiling water. The steam can be seen coming out of the water from the third spring. Visitors take bath in these water springs to get rid of their skin diseases. However, one must be careful while taking a bath in the spring having boiling water as they may get the skin burns.

Kankai Mata Temple
n the heart of the jungle, 50 kms from Sasan Gir, there is a shrine to Kankai Mata, the benefactor of the shepherds of Gir forest. A supremely wild place, here you can hear lions roar at night and animals gathering at the nearby lake. There is a bus from Junagadh every morning that leaves at 8 am, stays one hour at the temple, and departs on the return journey at 9:45 am. But to really experience the place, go for a private transport and stay the night. The high temple walls ensure your safety, and once night falls, you can watch the stars through the jungle treetops, hear lions roaming outside and experience a night in the true wilderness.

Temple of Mallinath
Tourists coming to Junagadh would be enchanted by its numerous temples, forts and museums. Amongst the holy places in Junagadh, the Temple of Mallinath, Junagadh deserves a special mention. As Junagadh is well linked to other key locations of Gujarat via regular bus services, reaching this temple would not pose any problem. The credit of the construction of Temple of Mallinath, Junagadh, Gujarat, India goes to two brothers named Vastupal and Tejpal. Junagadh Temple of Mallinath was erected in 1177 by this duo. Actually the Junagadh Temple of Mallinath is a triple temple. The exteriors of this temple are exquisitely carved and present a stunning sight to behold. At this temple, you would be able to get a captivating insight into Jain religious rituals. Akin to a Hindu temple, pilgrims at this place also offer leaves, fruit, flowers, vermilion, sandalwood paste and grains to the deity, amidst ringing of the bells and chanting of mantras. Once the pooja gets over, these devotees adorn their foreheads with liberal daubs of vermilion as well as sandalwood paste. A generous amount of money is also offered for the upkeep of the shrine.

Bhavnath Mahadev Temple
Located at the foot hills of the Girnar Hills, the Bhavnath Mahadev Temple is one of the foremost Holy Places in Junagadh. Nothing much is knownabout its precise origin but there is no scope of doubt about its historicity. It has stood there since ancient times. Visited by religious mindeddevotees all along the year, it is however best known for being the venue of the famous Bhavnath Fair. Held in the month of Magha as per the Hinducalendar (roughly coincides with January/February) this fair is the meeting point of a large number of people and is celebrated with a great deal ofmirth and good cheer. It continues for five days. Events include performances put up by folk singers and dancers. One of the most striking featuresof this fair hosted at the Bhavnath Mahadev Temple is the active participation of the Naga Bavas.The worship starts at mid night on the 14th day ofthe dark half in the Magha month and as soon as the puja commences these sages are seen advancing towards the Bhavnath Mahadev Temple seated onelephants holding flags in their hands. The air reverberates with the sounds of the conch shells, the tungis and the turis. A strong belief isprevalent that on this day Lord Shiva himself visits the Bhavnath Mahadev Temple. The organizers serve free meals to the visitors on this auspiciousoccasion.

Temple of Gorakhnath
Tourists coming to Junagadh would be captivated by its various museums, temples and forts. In the category of the holy places in Junagadh, the Temple of Gorakhnath, Junagadh merits a special mention. As buses ply regularly between Junagadh and other key locations of the state of Gujarat, you would be able to reach this temple without any trouble. The Temple of Gorakhnath, Junagadh, Gujarat, India is an ancient temple. However, no comprehensive records are found till date to establish the date of its construction. Junagadh Temple of Gorakhnath is positioned at the Girnar Hill in the district of Junagadh, Gujarat. Girnar Hill lies about 5 kms to the east of Junagadh. The presiding deity at this temple is Lord Gorakhnath. In the vicinity of this beautiful temple, you would get the chance to see several other Hindu temples along with a number of Jain temples.

Historical Places

Talala
Talala, 75 kms from Junagadh, is famous for two things: the Bhimdeval Sun Temple and its huge orchards of kesar mangoes. Summertime is a good time to be around here as it a season of mangoes. One must take a visit to the orchards and enjoy the delicious sweet fruits. After enjoying the sweet mangoes a visit to the cathedral-like Bhimdeval Sun Temple nearby truelly befits the whole purpose of the journey; whose spire you can climb to the top for an excellent view of the surrounding area.

Ashokan Edicts
The Ashokan Edicts, situated at the foothills of the mountains of Girnar, is one of the major tourist attractions in Junagadh exuding the religious tolerance of the great Emperor, Ashoka. The inscription speaks of the greatness of the king in matters of secularism and depicts him as a king who encouraged unity and integrity. History of the Ashokan Edicts, etched in a huge boulder, the edicts were founded by James Todd, but it was much later by 1837 that Rev. Dr. John Wilson who made them properly known to the world by copying the edicts and in 1843 they were enlisted in the Bombay branch journal by the Royal Asiatic Society. With roots around 250 B.C, the Ashokan Edicts, Junagadh, fourteen in number, are extremely valuable assets of India's rich cultural past. The edicts of Ashoka have been scripted in Brahmi in Pali language and engraved into large granite stone they give and spread the word of Ashoka's philosophy to the world and thereby convey and propagate the word of Buddha to the whole world.

Sasangir Museums

Junagadh Zoo Museum
The Junagadh Zoo Museum in Junagadh is one of the most frequented tourist attractions in Junagadh. A museum incorporated within the premises of a zoological garden is undoubtedly exclusive in its own sense. It is situated at the foothills of Mount Girnar. Set up in 1863 A.D, and situated 4 kms north of the southern part of Junagadh, the Sakkar Bagh Zoo, Junagadh, is oldest of its kind in the entire state of Gujarat, set up by the Nawab with a view to keep poaching under control of the Asiatic lion. It is a well maintained animal park , home to several species of motley colored birds, including flamingos, tigers, lions, leopards and other royal beasts. In the very premises of the zoo, there exists the Junagadh Zoo Museum with various objects which emit cultural evidences from the past. The co-existence of a zoo and a museum undoubtedly makes Junagadh Zoo Museum one of the most visited Tourist attractions in Junagadh. The zoo, comprising of the various animals and birds of a variety of taxonomic categories, also is home to a museum which preserves the very valuable documents, manuscripts, sovereigns, sculptures, various letterings andminiature paintings.

Somnath
This is one of the most revered and ancient of the Hindu religious places of India. The temple of Somnath was among the richest temples of ancient India, but it was raided and sacked repeatedly by invading armies, notably so by the forces under Mahmud of Ghazni in 10th century AD. The temple is located about 46 kms form Sasangir and can also be reached from Junagadh.

Ahmedpur Mandwi
This is a fabulous beach located to the south of Gujarat. The island of Diu is just across the creek and can be seen from the beach. The long virgin beach is a wonderful retreat, offering delicious food in beach side shacks and an impressive array of water sports. The distance from Gir is 140 kms.

Junagadh
unagadh is the headquarters of the Junagadh district, and a historic town. The area was part of the former princely state of Junagadh. It has many tourist attractions including the Uperkot fort, Mahabat maqbara ( tomb), Durbar hall Museum, and the hill temples of Girnar. It is the base for tourists to Gir and Somnath. Junagadh is located about 65 kms from Sasangir.

Chorwad Beach
A visit to Chorwad Beach in Gujarat, India, offers ample of opportunity to the tourists to know about the ins and outs of the Chorwad Beach. Chorwad Beach in Gujarat, India is yet another beautiful and scenic spot which if marketed well can figure high in the itinerary of the domestic and international tourists. Chorwad Beach is an interesting and alluring amalgamation of rocky crags and bowlderish seafront along with jaunty boat rides across the Chorwad seafront and to cap it all with opportunities to visit Porbandar and Somnath and other nearby beach destinations and other travel destinations worth their salt in terms of beauty and ambience. Chorwad Beach in Gujarat, is home to a Palace which has now been transformed into a lovable and attractive resort which was constructed in the past by Nawab Saheb Mohabbat Khan, who was the regional satrap of the times. Nawab Saheb Mohabbat Khan, is one person who organized his dog's bizarre weddings, royal banquets and other related royal processions to his own merriment and since then the memories of such a memorably royal past lie embedded in the confines of the Palace Resort on the Chorwad Beach in Gujarat. The Daria Mahal Palace is another structure which is considered attractive in the confines of the Chorwad Beach in Gujarat.The exquisite Chorwad Beach also has an association with Mahatma Gandhi.

Many wild life fans trip at Sasan Gir and its national park to experience the thrill of watching royal lions in their natural habitat. Param brings you suitable information on how to reach Sasan Gir:

Getting To Sasan Gir

By Air
The nearest airport is Rajkot (160 Km), which is connected to many Indian cities by regular flights operated by several airlines.

By Road
A convenient road network connects Sasan Gir to important cities in Gujarat and western India. Cities like Dwarka (317 Kms), Junagadh (54 Kms), Rajkot (160 Kms), Mount Abu (567 Kms), Mumbai (802 Kms) are well connected by road from Sasan Gir.

By Rail
Sasan is a railway station on the meter gauge line. However, the convenient railhead is Junagadh (54 Km).

Distance from various city
Mumbai- Sasan Gir 833km
Pune- Sasan Gir 957 km
Junagadh- Sasan Gir 58km
Chennai- Sasan Gir 1346km
Rajkot- Sasan Gir 132km
Jamnagar- Sasan Gir 124 km
Delhi- Sasan Gir 1067 km
Baroda- Sasan Gir 312km
Jaipur- Sasan Gir 814 km

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