Sasan Gir is a charming village situated near the Gir National Park. Gir is a National Park and a Wildlife sanctuary are the only one in Asia having Asiatic lions (Asiatic lions as compared to ones in Africa are smaller in size). Established in 1965, with a total area of 1412 km² (about 258 km² for the fully protected area (the national park) and 1153 km² for the Sanctuary), the park is located 65 km to the south-east of Junagadh and 60 km to south west of Amreli.
Major tourist attractions in Sasangir
Sasangir National Park:- The park was brought under protection by the Nawab of Junagarh which initiated conservation efforts that followed. Lion safaris in the National Park are among the best experiences you’ll ever have in a jungle in India. The National Park has a wide range of wildlife on display. Apart from the 300 odd lions, Gir is also home to around 250 leopards, and a number of other small carnivores like the wild cat, jackal and the striped hyena. Safaris are conducted at dawn or dusk by jeep. The tracks are beautiful and offer breathtaking sights of the park’s scenery. Accommodation is available in some luxury resorts located nearby.
Kamleshwar dam:- The Kamleshwar dam in the middle of the sanctuary is home to a record population of marsh crocodiles. Many species of snakes and lizards can be seen in the sanctuary as also fresh water turtles and terrapins at the rivers and possibly the star tortoise.
Nalsarovar Lake:- This is one of the three reservoirs that adjoin the Sasangir wildlife sanctuary. The Nalsarovar Lake is famous for a large number of birds, including migratory species that arrive here from far off places.
Someshwar Mahadev temple:- The Someshwar Mahadev temple stands tall among the temples of India. The construction of the present temple in Junagadh district began in 1950. 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.
Ahmedpur mandwi:- This is a fabulous beach set to the southerly of Gujarat. The island of Diu is rightful crosswise the indian and can be seen from the beach.
Junagadh:- Junagarh is the headquarters of the Junagadh district, and a historic town. It has many tourist attractions including the Uperkot fort, Mahabat maqbara ( tomb), Darbar hall Museum, and the hill temples of Girnar. It is the base for tourists to Gir and Somnath. Junagarh is located about 65 kms from Sasangir.