54 kms from the city of Ahmedabad is the bird sanctuary, Nalsarovar. It is
the largest bird sanctuary in Gujarat and can boast of its scenic beauty as
well as its feathered inhabitants. The Nalsarovar Bird Sanctuary is the
abode to a large species of our feathered friends. The sanctuary is visited
by more than two hundred species of migratory birds in winter.
The bird population of the Park includes kingfishers, egrets, darters,
storks, cormorants, jacanas, moorhens, coots, grebes, ducks, flamingo,
pelicans, geese, cranes, storks, ibises, spoonbill, wading birds, swallows,
fishing eagles, osprey, harriers and a host of other birds. Spend some time
in a country boat on Nal Lake, which be a will be a refreshing change from
the honking of cars and the blaring radios
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in the Bhal region of Saurashtra is a unique grassland ecosystem that has
attracted fame for the successful conservation of the Blackbuck, the wolf
and the lesser Florican. The park spread over an area of 35 sq.kms, its
grassland, the greenery and the quadrupeds are visible as far as the eye can
The park has more than 1,000 Black Buck that can be viewed on the open grassland
from very close range, though they are very shy in the presence of humans. This
exclusively Indian animal, is perhaps, the most graceful and beautiful of its
kind. It has ringed horns that have a spiral twist of three to four turns and
are up to 70 cm long.
The body's upper parts are black and the underparts & the ring around
the eyes are white. The light brown female is usually hornless. The wolf and
the jackals are the main predators in the park. Wolves here use shrub land
for lying, dinning and for rendezvous and depend on blackbuck, hare and
other small animals as their prey.
Another rare sight is that of the lesser Florican, which migrate and settle
here to breed in the grasslands. After arrival, the male bird marks the
territory and displays to attract the female. The courtship display of the
male is a spectacular vertical leap up to a height of two meters and may
display over 500 times in a day! Velavadar is also an excellent place to see
a large number of harriers. The Park is very rich in other birdlife as well.
How to reach
Nearest airport is Bhavnagar airport. But all flights are direct to Mumbai.
The park is about 65 Kms from Bhavnagar city, 315 kms from Rajkot city, 170
kms from Ahmedabad 45 kms from Vallabhipur Bus Stop.