7 Places to Visit in Gir, Tourist Places & Top Attractions
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Tourist Places to visit in Gir

Kamleshwar Dam, Durbar Hall Museum, Uparkot Fort, Nalsarovar Lake, Kankai Mata Temple, Girnar Hills.

Enjoy a fantastic time with your loved ones at the places to visit in Gir. Boasting of serene vibes and a beautiful ambience, these places offer a refreshing break from the daily hustle and bustle of life. Whether you look forward to a holy rendezvous or wish to indulge in an adventurous respite, these places are definitely recommended for all the tourists visiting Gir in Gujarat.

For nature lovers, the most beautiful places to visit in Gir Gujarat include the Kamleshwar Dam and Nalsarovar Lake. These sites are famed for offering an excellent bird watching opportunity along with their tranquil vibes. For those who are curious about learning the culture of the region, a visit to Durbar Hall Museum and Uparkot Fort will turn out to be an intriguing getaway with family and friends.

There are many places to see in Gir for the adventure enthusiasts as well. Girnar Hills is well-known for an enthralling trekking experience while the Kankai Mata Temple is tucked away in the middle of a reserved forest where you can seldom spot leopards also. Whichever is your goal of a memorable vacation, Gir will definitely help you collect some amazing experiences.

Here is a list of places to visit in Gir:

Gir National Park
Also known as Sasan Gir, this wildlife sanctuary is known the world over for not only being one of the few known habitats of the Asiatic lion but also for the efforts taken here to prevent this majestic species from getting extinct. This is the only place on the planet, besides Africa, where you can spot this species.

The park has a unique landscape made up of hills, plateaus, sharp ridges, and portions of 7 major rivers of the region like Datardi, Hiran, Raval, etc. One of the best places to see in Gujarat, it houses more than 400 species of fauna and 2300 species of fauna.

You can spot several unique wildlife (animals & birds) species here like the Asiatic lion, hyena, chinkara, nilgai, mugger crocodile, pythons, Malabar whistling thrush, tawny eagle, etc. The park houses rare tree species like Flame of the forest, sirius, charal, kalam, etc.

Highlights of the place: Don’t miss to enjoy a lion safari at the Gir Interpretation Zone and see the crocodiles up and close at their breeding centre. You can shop for local handicrafts and fabrics at the park’s souvenir shop. If you visit 15 days after Holi, you can attend the folk dance and food festival by the native Maldhari and Siddis tribes.

Location: Talala Gir, Gujarat.
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Kamleshwar Dam
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Located inside the Sasan-Gir National Park, Kamleshwar Dam is one of the most beautiful water bodies in Gir. Along with being one of the prominent places to see in Gir, it is being hailed to be an integral source of water supply.

The place is a rearing site for crocodiles and offers a delightful visit for all nature lovers. Many species of birds also flock here which makes birdwatching an enthralling activity at Kamleshwar Dam. Offering the glittering views of Hiran River, Kamleshwar Dam is a stupendous getaway to be enjoyed with friends and family.

Location: On Hiran River, Visavadar, Near Gir Forest National Park, Junagadh, Gujarat 362135.

Timings: 6 am to 6 pm (Closed on Sundays).

Best Time to Visit: Monsoon season.
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Durbar Hall Museum
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Also known as the City Palace in Uparkot, this is one of the most important historical places to visit in Gir Gujarat. The museum has an extensive collection of silver articles, paintings, costumes, thrones and tapestries. One of the most famous attractions of this museum is the carpet that was woven in the Jail of Junagadh.

Moreover, here you can browse through various paintings from the royal galleries. The items in this museum will take you back to some different era and enchant you with it's amazing illustrations. Here, you can catch a glimpse of the royal Nawabi life through the unique antiques. It also boasts of being the place where the songs of the movie 1920 London were picturised.

Location: Durbar Hall Museum,Junagadh,Gujarat,India.

Timings: 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM.

Best Time to Visit: October to March.
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Uparkot Fort
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Believed to be built by Chandragupta in 319 BC, Uparkot Fort forms one of the oldest regions of Junagadh. It is famed to enable Junagadh to stand the conquest attempt which lasted for 12 years. There are caves here which are believed to belong to 1st and 4th Century AD and enchant everyone with their beautiful pillars and carvings.

Another attraction of this place is the 300 feet moat where you can spot many crocodiles. The fort is marked by beautiful insignias of Uparkot rulers and has temples of Ganesh, Hanuman and Shakti. Other prominent architectural sites spotted here are Baba Pyara Caves, Navghan Kuvo, Jami Masjid, Buddhist Caves and Adi-Kadi Vav.

Due to the strategic location of the fort, it is said that it has survived about 16 sieges over a period of 1000 years. It is one of the most attractive and intriguing places to visit in Gir for the history buffs and culture vultures.

Location: Jagmal Chowk Rd, Mullawada, Junagadh, Gujarat 362001.
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Nalsarovar Lake
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An idyllic getaway for nature lovers, Nalsarovar Lake is known as one of the critical wetlands in India. It has a vast population of waterfowl and is a host to many species of birds.

The universally acclaimed wetland is a rejuvenating getaway near Ahmedabad. It is also renowned for being one of the largest bird sanctuaries in India.  It is one of the most beautiful places to visit in Gir Gujarat if you are a nature lover and like to indulge in bird watching.

Location: Nalsarovar Lake, Gujarat.

Best Time to Visit: Winter season.
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Girnar Hills
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With its history being traced back to the Vedas, Girnar Hill is one of the most sacred places to visit in Gir. It is a holy mountain which is believed to have existed longer than the Mohen-jodaro period. It attracts many Hindu and Jain pilgrims who come here to seek blessings and behold the breathtaking views.

Moreover, it is an exciting getaway for all adventure junkies as there are various trekking options available here. When you are here, you can enjoy a 10000 step trek which can be covered in a duration of 7.5 hours and offers many exciting glimpses of the temples on the way such as the Dattatreya temple. Kamandulu Kund and Sri Ambaji Temple. On the 9999 step, you can pay your respects to Dattatreya Paduka, an ancient temple on Girnar Hill.

Location: Girnar Hills, Junagadh, Gujarat.
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Kankai Mata Temple
Dedicated to Kankani Mata, this famous temple is where you can cherish a pristine getaway. Accessible after taking permission from the forest department, this temple is located at a distance of 25 km from Sasan Gir.

This place is tucked away in the wilderness and you can easily listen to the cry of lions during the night who assemble near the lake here. At one time, only 50 devotees are allowed to enter the temple and no one can stay overnight in this restricted area.

The old temple is revered among the Gujarati families and a lovely getaway for nature lovers. It is advisable to pay a visit to this serene temple in the early hours of morning to have the best experience with your loved ones. The temple is one of the most adorable places to visit in Gir for religious travellers and soul-seekers. 

Location: Kankai Gir National Park, Gir Somnath, Gujarat 362135.
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  1. Which is the best time to visit Gir National Park?

    The best time to visit Gir National Park is from December to March as this is the time when the weather is pleasant and it helps in enjoying wildlife spotting and photography.
  2. How do I get to Gir?

    - By Air: The nearest airport is at Rajkot, 160 km away, which is well connected by road through cab and taxi.

    - By Rail: The nearest railway station to access Gir National Park are Junagadh and Verawal. Both of the railway stations are connected by road with the help of cab, taxi and state bus services.

    - By Road: One can easily travel via the well-maintained roads of Gujarat to reach Gir National Park from the major towns.
  3. How far is Gir from Diu?

    The distance between Diu and Gir is 67 km which can be easily covered by road through a cab or taxi.
  4. How can I go to Gir from Ahmedabad?

    The distance between Gir and Ahmedabad is 343 km which can be easily covered via road or rail. If travelling via, a journey through a cab or taxi will take about 6 hours and 40 minutes. To cover the distance via railways, you have to take a train to Junagadh or Veraval station and then take a cab or taxi to reach Gir.
  5. Are there tigers in Gir National Park?

    Gir is mostly known for the presence of Asiatic Lions and tigers are generally not spotted here.

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