Driving through Sasan Gir National Park’s thick forest is a delight within itself, heightened by the possibility of encountering one of Asia’s only wild lions. And our pick of the best places to stay in Sasan Gir National Park are all ideally located for spotting its bountiful wildlife.
Surprisingly untouristy, it is the place in India to spot this king of beasts. Established as a national park in 1965, it was a former hunting ground of the Nawabs of Junagadh. Declared a protected area by Nawab Muhammad Rasul Khanji Babi in the 1900s, after the lions reached virtual extinction thanks to some over zealous trophy hunters. At the last count its lion population totalled some 523.
Sasan Gir is also one of the most diverse regions for wildlife in India. From the usual suspects such as leopards, porcupine and wild boar it is also home to hyenas, the four-horned antelope and the majestic crested serpent eagle.
Our pick of the best places to stay in Sasan Gir National Park are ideal for getting up close to the spectacular wildlife.
Still not sure which to book? From tented to luxury browse through our list of the best places to stay in Sasan Gir National Park to start to plan your trip. Widen the net by checking out all our Gujarat recommendations, or contact one of our friendly gurus for advice.
If you listen closely enough you might just hear a lion roaring so close is this property to Sasan Gir. Decorated in earthy tones all rooms, tents and cottages feature AC, power showers and private balconies or terraces. With a spa, gym, tennis courts and children's playground Fern Gir has it all.
A luxurious stay on the edge of one of India's most famous wildlife areas. Expect everything you would from a world class name like Taj: spa, fine dining and excellent service. Rooms feature dark wood, traditional prints that Gujarat is famous for and private balconies. Plus an inviting pool.
Sasan Gir (Village Chitrod)
A luxury wildlife camp near Sasan Gir National Park, the only remaining home of the endangered Asiatic lion. Comfortable, characterful and authentic.