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Area : 116 Sq. Km
Temperature Range : 41°C to 26°C
Best time to Visit : October to March

About Nal Sarovar Sanctuary

The Nal Sarovar Bird Sanctuary in Ahmedabad is one of the premier attractions of the diverse wildlife in Gujarat. A wetland sanctuary of the most beautiful and colorful birds of the state, the Nal Sarovar Bird Sanctuary is home to a number of endangered species of both flora and fauna. The most interesting fact about the sanctuary is that a number of birds migrate to the reserve during the winter and spring seasons.

A shelter to about 250 species of wetland birds, Nal Sarovar Sanctuary, Gujarat is a window to the state’s magnificent wildlife. The winter migrants of the sanctuary comprise White Storks, Rosy Pelicans, Herons, Flamingoes and Brahminy Ducks. The reserve also has a lake which is as long as 116 sq km. During the months of November and February, one can see a large number of indigenous and migratory birds flocking to Nal Sarovar Bird Sanctuary. If you visit the sanctuary early morning, you can also catch a glimpse of ducks, flamingos, geese and pelicans.

The islands of the lake are mainly inhabited by Bharwad shepherds. The Padhars inhabit the banks. They are excellent folk dancers, artisans and boatmen. The Nal Sarovar Bird Sanctuary Ahmedabad offers a horde of recreational activities. You can go for a country boat ride for bird viewing. You can also enjoy picnics at the shacks on the islands. The KP farm at Sanand inside the park offers good lunch options, has a swimming pool, children's amusement park and a host of other facilities. There is also the Goyal Water Park. You can also go for angling, boating and camping. Some animal rides are also offered at the sanctuary.

The best season for a tour to Nal Sarovar Sanctuary Gujarat is the months of November to February. Located 60 kms southwest of Ahmedabad, the Nal Sarovar is easily accessible. One can hire taxis or take the state transport buses to get to the sanctuary.

Birds In Nal Sarovar Bird Sanctuary

Nal Sarovar Bird Sanctuary is the largest wetland bird sanctuary in Gujarat and one of the largest in India. Sanctuary is home to more than 250 species of migratory birds and resistant birds. Some of them are white storks, sarus crane, brahminy ducks, harriers. ducks, painted stork, white necked stork, flamingoes, rosy pelicans, herons, ibises, flamingoes, fishing eagles, swallows, spoonbill, geese, osprey, flamingos and pelicans.

Major Attractions of Nal Sarovar Bird Sanctuary

Apart from birds, you can find here several other wildlife creatures as well. Several species of wild asses and blackbuck can be seen in the sanctuary! In addition, here are some of the rare plant species that especially grow in the wetlands of Nal Sarovar. The lake has several species water creatures like fish and crabs as well.

To put in, Nal Saorovar bird sanctuary makes a delightful tourist destination. Modern facilties like boats in the sanctuary and easy availability of transportation mediums make this park simply the best.

The best time to tour the park is during winters and spring seasons, as this is the perfect time, when you get to see plentiful migratory birds.
Access from Airport Access From Airport

Ahmedabad Airport is Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel International Airport, which is about 14 km from the heart of the city. Airport is connected with all major cities in India and also with many cities in abroad, like Muscat, New York, London and Colombo. Pre-paid taxis are available in Airport, costing about Rs 350 to Ahmedabad city.

Access From Railways Access From Railways

The closest metro is Mumbai. Every day deluxe bus services are available from Mumbai (fare about Rs 600) and also from all major cities in Gujarat.

Access by RoadwaysAccess From Roadways

Ahmedabad railway station is connected to many major cities including Mumbai and Delhi. It is connected to all major cities in Gujarat.
Follow the below given Travel Tips For Bird Warching

• Be sure you have a decent pair of binoculars and have adjusted and practiced using them.

• Always locate a bird first with your naked eye. The field of view through binoculars is much narrower, making it harder to search.

• Consider colors a bonus. Except under the best of conditions, it is hard to see feather colors accurately. Light reflection and shadows often distort, dull, or exaggerate colors. Consider other factors first. If conditions are good, consider color a bonus. Of course, there are species for which accurate color determination is essential for accurate identification.

• Size is helpful, but conditions can be misleading. A bird soaring overhead or flying by may seem much larger or smaller than reality. A reference object is helpful - a tree, fence post, telephone pole, etc.

• Observe the shape or profile of the bird. A long-bill, long legs, or tufted head immediately eliminates many possibilities.

• Habitat is always a useful consideration. In the midst of a coniferous forest you expect to see a different set of birds (avifauna) than you would on an ocean shore or in a city park.

• Note the behavior. Wading in shallow water, climbing a tree trunk, swimming, diving through the air, emerging from a mud nest, or sitting on a fence post, all narrow the choices down considerably.India Birding Tours, India Bird Watching.

• Songs and calls are excellent identification mechanisms and sometimes the only way to identify a bird because some species can only be distinguished in the field by their calls; and it is not uncommon to hear birds but not be able to find them. This takes a lot more practice than learning visual characters. I find it easiest to learn songs and calls if I am able to watch the bird singing or calling.

• Use a good field guide as they identify characteristics (field marks) most helpful to identification.

• Finally, my most important recommendation for the beginning birdwatcher: go out in the field with those folks who know the birds.
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