Jambughoda Natioanl Park

Jambughoda Wild Life Sanctuary

Jambughoda Wild Life Sanctuary

Location: Panchmahal district

Area:130.38 sq. km

Uniqueness:It?s a magnificent forest of teak, bamboos and other miscellaneous species. The area has two water reservoirs- one at Kada and the other at Targol. These water bodies add to the aesthetic settings and habitat diversity. Leopard is the top predator here whose population has been increasing. The habitat is shared by other animals such as sloth bear, jackal, blue bull, wild boar and four horned antelopes.

Flora:Sag, sadad, shisham, khair, mahuda, bamboos, timru, bor, dhav, bili, dudhalo etc

Fauna:Sloth bear, leopard, hyena, jackal, blue bull, wild boar, four-horned antelopes, barking deer, porcupine, python, crocodiles, etc.

Accessibility:The Nearest airport is Vadodara (90 kms). Ahmedabad (180 kms. approx.). The Nearest bus station is Shivrajpur (1 kms). The Nearest Railway station is: Shivrajpur – 1 kms

Accommodation:Forest rest house is at Kada near dam. Forest rest house at Targol Dam. Good hotels at Vadodara

Season:Monsoon to winter

Contact:Deputy Conservator of Forests (Wildlife), Kothi Annexe, Raopura, Vadodara. Gujarat.

Khijadia Bird Sanctuary

Khijadia Bird Sanctuary

Location: Jamnagar District

Area:605 ha

Uniqueness:Khijadia Bird Sanctuary has an amazingly large number of resident and migratory birds in a relatively small area- particularly during winters. Due to its high diversity of landscapes, the sanctuary has a rare distinction of having maximum bird species density in the state with more than 220 species in a relatively very small area.

Flora:Emergent aquatic vegetation includes Typha ungustata, Scripus sp., Cyperus sp. and Saccharum spontaneum. Under water plants include Hydrilla verticellat, vallisnaria spiralis and najas minor and some important tree species like – gando baval, deshi baval, piloo etc.

Fauna:Pelicans, spoonbill, Indian skimmer, great crested grebe, little grebe, purple moorhen, ducks, coots, cormorants, herons, egrets, storks, ibises, gulls, terns, jacanas, darter, flamingoes etc. and many raptors, Jackal, jungle cat, blue bull, mongoose etc

Accessibility:The Nearest airport is Jamnagar (15 kms). Ahmedabad (350 kms. Approximately). The Nearest bus station is Jamnagar (15 kms). The Nearest Railway station are: Hapa – 5 kms. Jamnagar – 10 Kms

Accommodation:Good hotels at Jamnagar

Season:October to March

Contact:Deputy Conservator of Forests, Marine National Park, Van Sankul, Nr. Nagnath Road, Jamnagar-360001. Gujarat.

Kutch Bustard Sanctuary

Kutch Bustard Sanctuary

Location: Kachchh district

Area:2 sq. Km

Uniqueness:Tiny Kachchh Great Indian Bustard Sanctuary was declared as a sanctuary in July 1992. Endangered species like lesser florican, chinkara and wolf inhabit this area. This bustard has the rare distinction of being the heaviest flying bird.

Flora:N/A

Fauna:Wolf, caracal, desert cat, jackal, hyena, fox, mongoose, bluebull, chinkara, spiny tailed lizard, royal snake, Great Indian Bustards, lesser floricans, houbara bustards, harriers, common cranes, black partridges, sand grouses etc.

Accessibility:The Nearest airport is Bhuj (110 kms). Nakhatrana (60 kms.) Ahmedabad (500 kms.). The Nearest bus station is Nalia (20 kms). The Nearest Railway station is: Nalia (20 kms).

Accommodation:Hotels at Bhuj, Nalia and Nakhatrana

Season:Rainy season to winter

Contact:Deputy Conservator of Forests, Kachchh (West) Forest Division, Bhuj, Kachchh. Gujarat.

Kutch Desert Wild Life Sanctuary

Kutch Desert Wild Life Sanctuary

Location: Kutch District

Area:7505.22 sq.km

Uniqueness:His sanctuary, which is the largest in the state, encompasses a true saline desert where thousands of Flamingoes nest and breed in the world famous ‘Flamingo City’, while a 5000-year-old city lies buried in an eternal silence close by. Kachchh Desert Wildlife Sanctuary represents one of the largest seasonal saline wetland areas having water depth between 0.5 to 1.5 metres. But, after October-November, water dries up and the entire area turns into saline desert.

Flora:There are two hills named- Kala Dungar and Goro Dungar. On this hilly island exist several microhabitats. They include grassland, scrubland, barren wasteland, agricultural land, village ponds, irrigation reservoir etc. All of them provide habitat to the fauna of one or the other type. Both the hills represent rocky habitats, with or without scrubs like-Prosopis chilensis, kahri jar, mithi jar, gugal, thor, lai, khijado, gorad, hermo baval, kerdo, bokhano etc.

Fauna:Wolf, hyena, jackal, chinkara, wild ass, bluebull, wild boar, Indian porcupine, pale hedgehog, mongoose, rufous-tailed hare, desert fox, spiny tailed lizard, Greater flamingo, lesser flamingo, pelicans, black-necked storks, cormorant, Indian cormorant, brahmini duck, pintail, spotbill, shoveller, pochard, sandpiper, gulls, terns, stints, plovers etc.

Accessibility:The Nearest airport is Bhuj (110 kms). Ahmedabad (320 kms.) approximately via Radhanpur, Adesar. The Nearest bus station is Rapar (20 kms). The Nearest Railway station is: Bhuj – 110 kms.

Accommodation:Jain Dharamshala at Rapar, PWD Guest House at Rapar, Tourism Department Guest House at Dholavira, Panchayat Rest House at Rapar, Private hotels at Rapar

Season:Winter

Contact:Deputy Conservator of Forests, Kutch, Kutch Desert Wildlife Sanctuary, Bhuj, Kachchh. Gujarat.

Marine National Park & Wildlife Sanctuary

Marine National Park & Wildlife Sanctuary

Location: Jamnagar district

Area:270 Sq. KmUniqueness:Blessed with a great diversity of habitats, its coral reefs and mangroves and the series of 42 islands form a unique, though fragile, eco-system, which supports an amazing marine life and biodiversity.

Flora:Six species of mangroves, several species of herbs, grasses and shrubs and 120 species of algae.

Fauna:Colourful sponges and corals including 42 hard coral and 10 soft coral species, sea anemones, jelly fishes, sea horse, octopus, pearl oyster, sabela, portugese- man-of-war, starfish, bonellia, sepia, lobster, crabs, prawns, sea turtles, dolphin, dugong, porpoise, shark etc.

Accessibility:By Air : Jamnagar (7 kms). Ahmedabad (350 kms). The Nearest bus station is Jamnagar (7 kms). The Nearest Railway station are: Jamnagar (7 kms), Rajkot – 90 Kms.

Accommodation:A Forest Rest House is situated in Theba which is about 8 kms away from Jamnagar. A circuit house having ample number of suits is located in the city itself. Number of Private Hotels and Guest house are located in Jamnagar having excellent facilities.

Season:October and March

Contact:Deputy Conservator of Forests, Marine National Park, Van Sankul,C.F. Office, Nr. Nagnath Road, Jamnagar-36001.

Nal Sarovar Birds Sanctuary

Nal Sarovar Birds Sanctuary

Location: Ahmedabad and Surendranagar districts

Area:120.82 sq. km

Uniqueness:Nalsarovar Bird Sanctuary is a spectacular natural lake with shallow waters and muddy lagoons, dotted by 360 islets. It offers an ideal wintering ground for thousands of migratory birds. These birds travel tiring lengths from Central Asia, Europe and Siberia to escape from severe cold of harsh winter there.

Flora:The sanctuary area has 48 species of algae and 72 species of flowering plants. The common aquatic plants are Cyperus sp., Scirpus sp., Typha ungustata, Eleocharis palustris, Ruppia, Potamogeton, Vallisnaria, Naias, Chara etc.

Fauna:Important birds- The sanctuary has about 250 bird species, which include greater and lesser flamingoes, pelicans, ducks & geese, rails, coots, cranes, cormorants, herons, egrets, storks, ibises, spoonbills, teals, sarus cranes, moorhens and waders etc. Other animals- On southern or southwestern fringes, small herds of wild ass can be seen. Mongoose, jungle cat, Indian fox, jackal, wolf and hyena are also there.

Accessibility:The Nearest airport is Ahmedabad (64 kms). The Nearest bus station are at Viramgam (40 kms) and Sanand (42 kms). 30 km. From Bagodara highway junction. The Nearest Railway station are: Viramgam – 40 kms, Ahmedabad – 64 Kms

Accommodation:Forest Bungalows, Tourist complex at Nalsarovar Bird Sanctuary, Forest Bungalows, Tourist complex at Nalsarovar Bird Sanctuary

Season:November to April

Contact:Assistant Conservator of Forests, Nalsarovar Bird Sanctuary, Near Mamlatdar office, Sanand-382110. District Ahmedabad, Gujarat

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