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Best time to visit Gir National Park

The best time to visit Gir National Park is from November to March, when the weather conditions are comfortable and pleasant for sightseeing tours. However, April and May are very hot but are considered the ideal time for wildlife spotting and photography. This national park is the only shelter for Asiatic Lions in India. Gir National Park of Gujarat is a thrilling wildlife adventure spot, which spreads across 1412 sq. km. The national park falls within the Junagadh district in the Saurashtra region of Gujarat. Gir National Park remains open from 16th October to 15th June every year.

 
Seasons
 
Months
 
Temperature
Summers March to May 30°C - 45°C
Monsoon June to Oct 25°C - 30°C
Winter Nov to Feb 08°C - 15°C

Gir National Park in Summer– From March to June Months

Summer in Gir National Park falls between the periods of March to mid of June. During this season, the temperature remains relatively high, going up to 42° C. This season is not ideal for visiting Gir as the sweltering heat and humid weather make sightseeing uncomfortable. However, it is a good time for photography and wildlife sightings as animals roam around searching for water.

Average Temperature in Gir in summers: 28° C to 40° C

Things to do in Gir in the summer

  • Jeep Safari
  • Bird Watching
  • Nature Walk
  • Stargazing
  • Tribal Village Tour

 

Tips

  • It is advisable to carry light cotton clothes.
  • Wear sunglasses and use sunscreen while on a jungle safari.
  • Stay hydrated during the safari tour in Gir.
  • Morning safaris are preferable due to salubrious climatic conditions.

 

Gir National Park in Monsoon - From July to September

The monsoon season starts in July and lasts till September. However, Gir National Park remains closed this season as climatic conditions are unfavorable for the excursion. The heavy rainfall makes the national park muddy and marshy, which makes safari impossible, due to which it remains closed from 16th June to 15th October every year.

Average Temperature in Gir in monsoon: 23° C to 34° C

 

Things to do in Gir in the monsoon

  • Nature Walk
  • Bird Watching
  • Tribal Village Tour

 

Tips

  • Gir National Park remains closed this season.
  • You will not be able to indulge in a jungle safari, so plan accordingly.

 

Gir National Park in Winter – From October to February

The winter season is the best time to visit Gir National Park. The winters last from October to February. The weather remains salubrious and pleasant for sightseeing tours and jungle safari. You can easily spot Asiatic Lions and other exotic species of animals and birds in the national park during outdoor activities.

Average Temperature in Gir in winter: 10° C to 22° C

 

Things to do in Gir in winter

  • Bird Watching
  • Jungle Safari
  • Shopping
  • Camping
  • Hiking
  • Trekking

 

Tips

  • Wear comfortable and sturdy shoes while going on nature walks
  • Wear sunscreen and moisturizer to avoid tanning and dryness.
  • It is advisable to book safari tours in advance as the slots are limited.
  • The winter season is the peak time to visit Gir, so it is recommended to book accommodation in advance to save yourself from last-minute hassle.

 

Gir National Park Opening Dates

Gir National Park opens on 16th October, and its closing date is 15th June every year. The park remains open during the summer and winter seasons as the region enjoys favorable weather for sightseeing tours and jungle safaris. However, in the monsoon season, the moderate to heavy rainfall makes a jungle safari in the national park almost impossible and dangerous due to muddy paths.