Balaram Ambaji National Park

Balaram Ambaji Wild Life Sanctuary

Balaram Ambaji Wild Life Sanctuary

Location: Banaskantha District

Area:542.08 sq. Km

Uniqueness:Undulating hills of Aravali, supporting the dry deciduous forests of North Gujarat, provide an unimaginable beautiful ambience to Balaram-Ambaji Wildlife Sanctuary.

Flora:The unique ecosystem harbours 483 species of plants including 107 of trees, 58 of shrubs, 219 of herbs, 49 of climbers, 40 of grass and 10 species of lower plants. Modad, khair, dhavado, saledi, kadaya, timru, khakhara, bor, desi baval, bili, dudhi, golar, kanji, indrajav, karanj, arjun sadad, jamun, behda etc.

Fauna:The rare animals include sloth bear, striped hyena, leopard, bluebull, porcupine, fox, small Indian civet, Indian pangolin and a number of reptiles including venomous and non-venomous snakes, monitor lizards, star tortoise etc. The rare birds of this area are adjutant Stork, spoonbill, osprey, white backed Vulture and black vultures.

Accessibility:The Nearest airport is Ahmedabad (150 kms). The Nearest bus station is Palanpur (20 kms). Ambaji (within sanctuary) Abu Road (Rajasthan) 20 (kms.) Nearest Railway Station is Palanpur (20 kms)

Accommodation:Balaram palace is good hotel and tourist spot in the area. Good hotels at Ambaji, Palanpur, Abu Road

Season:Monsoon to winter

Contact:Deputy Conservator of Forests, Banaskantha Forest Division, Palanpur. Gujarat

Barda WildLife Sanctuary

Barda Wild Life Sanctuary

Location: Porbandar district

Area:192.31 sq. km

Uniqueness:Rana Barda, where Ranas of Porbandar ruled once upon a time and Jam Barda, where the rule of Jamsaheb of Jamnagar prevailed. The ethnic races such as Maldharis, Bharvads, Rabaris and Gadhvis live in this region of Saurashtra.

Flora:The area has maximum floral diversity in the state (650 plant species). Gorad, Babul, Dhav, Rayan, Ber, Jamun, Amli, Dhudhlo, Bamboo etc.

Fauna:Leopard, hyena, wild boar, wolf, jackal, bluebull etc. Rare and endangered spotted eagle and crested hawk eagle alongwith other numerous bird species.

Accessibility:The Nearest airport is Porbandar (20 kms), Ahmedabad (415 kms. Approximately). The Nearest Railway station are: Porbandar – 15 kms, Jamnagar – 100 Kms. The Nearest bus station is Ranavav (8 kms).

Accommodation:Good hotels at Porbandar

Season:Early winter to Summer

Contact:Assistant Conservator of Forests, Porbandar. Barda Wildlife Sanctuary, Forest colony, Chaupati Maidan, Porbandar. Gujarat.

National Park

: National Park

Location: Bhavnagar District

Area:34.52 sq.kmUniqueness:The beauty of the grassland is enhanced by the movements of blackbucks and nilgais, which one can see from long distances. The blackbuck is most conspicuous for its jumping over the levels of grass.

Flora:Park is largely grassland with a few pockets of Prosopis chilensis. It is a fascinating savannah habitat

Fauna:Important animals-Blackbuck, bluebull, wolf, jackal, jungle cat, fox etc. Important Birds- Lesser florican, Houbara bustard, White stork, Harriers, Sarus cranes etc.

Accessibility:The Nearest airport is Bhavnagar (72 kms). Ahmedabad (145 kms). The Nearest bus station is Vallabhipur (32 kms). The Nearest Railway station is: Dhala – 55 kms. Bhavnagar – 72 kms.

Accommodation:Boarding and lodging facilities are available in the rest house of Forest Department. A tourist lodge is situated near the National Park. Good hotels at Bhavnagar.

Season:Monsoon to winter

Contact:Assistant Conservator of Forests, Blackbuck National Park, Velavadar, Bhavnagar. Gujarat.

Gaga Wild Life Sanctuary

Gaga Wild Life Sanctuary

Location: Jamnagar district

Area:332.87 ha.

Uniqueness:Gaga is one of the few places where a number of important birds are found. A large number of migratory birds like pelicans, spot-billed ducks, flamingoes, demoiselle cranes and common cranes visit this sanctuary during winter. It supports rare and endangered species like Houbara Bustard, Indian Wolf etc. There are 12 species of mammals, eight species of reptiles and 88 species of birds. Invertebrates like butterflies, moths, honeybee, wasps, spiders and termites are also present in the sanctuary.

Flora:Sanctuary comprises grasslands intermixed with saline scrubs. Prosopis chilensis, kerdo, gorad, piloo etc.

Fauna:wolf, jackal, mongoose, jungle cat, bluebull etc. Important birds- Great Indian Bustards, larks, partridges, sand grouses, flamingoes etc.

Accessibility:The Nearest airport is Jamnagar (100 kms). Ahmedabad (450 kms.) approximately. The Nearest bus station is Bhatia (20 kms). The Nearest Railway station is: Bhatia (20 kms).

Accommodation:Good hotels in Jamnagar and Dwarka

Season:October to March

Contact:Deputy Conservator of Forests, Jamnagar. Gujarat.

Gir National Park & Wildlife Sanctuary

Gir National Park & Wildlife Sanctuary

Location: Junagadh and Amreli districts

Area:1412 sq. km

Uniqueness: The Asiatic lion, the most majestic big cat, is a unique gift of nature. It is an extremely intelligent animal with remarkable social habits and hunting techniques.

Flora:Teak, dudhlo, khair, ber, desi baval, dhav, hermo, sadad, timru, ashitro, saledi, modad, khakhro etc.

Fauna:Lion, leopard, hyena, chital, sambar, bulbul, chaushinga, chinkara, wild boar, crocodile, langur, porcupine, ratel, jackal, fox, mongoose, civets, Malabar whistling thrush, orange headed ground thrush, paradise flycatcher, black naped fly catcher, Indian pitta, tawny eagle, Bonelli’s eagle, crested serpent eagle, king vulture, crested hawk eagle, painted storks, pelicans, peafowl etc.

Accessibility:Nearest airport is Keshod 90 kms via Veraval. Daily flight from Mumbai to Keshod. Distance of 400 kms from Ahmedabad via Rajkot, Junagadh and Mendarda. Distance of 43 kms from Veraval. Distance of 65 kms from Junagadh via Mendarda.

Accommodation:Maneland Jungle lodge, Sinh Sadan Guest House

Season:December – April

Contact:Ahmedabad Office: 92, Kamdhenu Complex, Ambawadi, Ahmedabad – 380015

Hingolgadh Nature Education Sanctuary

Hingolgadh Nature Education Sanctuary

Location: Rajkot district

Area:654.1 haUniqueness:Surrounded by rainfed arid land from all sides, this small wildlife sanctuary of Hingolgadh is a preferred habitat for Chinkara, blue bull and a very large number of resident and migratory birds. This sanctuary has a special ecological significance as the dry deciduous thorny forests and savannah type grasslands merge here. It plays a crucial role in the ground water conservation by recharging aquifers in the region.

Flora:The plant species density is relatively high as there are 314 species of plants, such as- gorad, desi baval, kasedo, neem, gugal, thor, satodi, batkumi etc. in a very small area.

Fauna:The major fauna includes mammals like Chinkara, bluebull, wolf, jackal, fox, Indian porcupine, Indian hare, hyena, flying fox, etc. There are 230 species of birds and 19 species of snakes. Among the birds, Red-vented Bulbul, Green Bee-Eater, Spotted Dove, Shrike, Woodpecker, Indian roller etc. are common. The sanctuary has 19 species of snakes; of course not all of them are venomous. 16 non-venomous and 3 venomous species of snakes have been recorded from the area.

Accessibility:The Nearest airport is Rajkot (77 kms), Ahmedabad (200 kms. approximately). The Nearest Town Vinchhiya (3 kms.), The Nearest bus station is Jasdan (15 kms). The Nearest Railway station is: Botad, 45 km, Gondal – 32 kms.

Accommodation:Hotels at Rajkot

Season:July-OctoberContact:Range Forest Officer, Hingolgadh

Contact:Assistant Conservator of Forests, GEER Foundation, Gandhinagar. Gujarat.

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