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About Sasan Gir
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.
For the whole family
- The Fern Gir Forest Resort has it all: plenty of on site activities to keep the young ones happy plus a spa for Mum and a gym (or bar) for Dad. Excellent activity packages mean that the staff are more than happy to help organise your safari excursions. Accommodation choices include tents, rooms and private cottages.
For great value luxury
- You will be pleasantly surprised at the incredible value for money at The Gateway Hotel Gir Forest. Providing the facilities and service you would expect from a world-renowned chain like the Taj at a fraction of the cost. Classic rooms include modern bathrooms and private balconies. Plus there is a spa and an inviting pool.
For a safari experience
- Sasan Gir’s Lion Safari Camp provides a true safari experience. Comprised of 21 tents (decorated with lion’s paw prints) they include en-suite bathrooms and private terraces. Set within a mango grove, along the Hiran River, a stay here is to stay amidst nature.
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.
Best Hotels in Sasan Gir
The Fern Gir Forest Resort 40 rooms from $73Sasan Gir
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.Back to Nature - Located on the outskirts of the Sasan Gir National Park you are ensconced by nature.Great walks - Join one of the daily guided nature trails.Remote - Off the beaten track.Secluded setting - For escaping.
The Gateway Hotel Gir Forest 28 rooms from $74Sasan Gir
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.Sights nearby - The Uperkot Fort Nalsarovar provides an insight into the area's history.Back to Nature - Bordering the Gir National Park this property is enveloped by nature.Birdwatching - The Kamleshwar Dam has an impressive variety of bird life.Spa
Lion Safari Camp 21 rooms from $167Sasan 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.Birdwatching - 300 varieties of birds in the Gir National ParkGreat walks - Guided nature walks can be arrangedOutstanding location - Situated in Gir National ParkBarefoot Luxury - For total relaxation.