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Gujarat Nal Sarovar
Nal sarovar is a bird sanctuary which is located at a distance of 64 km from the western part of Ahmedabad close to Sanand village in the state of Gujarat. It comprises of basically a big lake as well as ambient marshes. Nal sarovar is regarded as one of the largest wetland bird Sanctuary in the country for the large number of migratory birds found here in the winters and spring season.
The lake occupies about 123 km², catching the fancy of more than 210 bird species in winter and is also a home to a large variety of flora as well as fauna. As the monsoon season comes to an end millions of waterfowl migratory birds flock to Nal sarovar sanctuary. The shallow water found at the lake attracts a number of birds which find their feed in the shallow waters.
The lake of Nalsarovar along with the wetlands was considered as a bird sanctuary in the year 1969. It engrosses more than 120 sq.kms of area and this lake consists of extensive beds of reed as well as marshes make it a unique habitat for aquatic organisms, be it plants or animals.
Weather and Best Time to Visit
From the month of November to February, this place becomes home to huge flocks of migratory and indigenous birds. People prefer to visit in this weather for having views of geese, ducks, flamingos and pelicans basically during the morning hours and in evening as well. To visit this place, a taxi hired for a day or buses are preferred modes of commuting.
Best time to reach here is just at the time of Sunrise because there is calm and peaceful atmosphere and sounds of perching of birds can be heard. There are various places of interest here and one can also entice his taste buds with the traditional Gujarati Food available on the small island found between the lake.
How to Reach There
The closest bus stations are found at Ahmedabad, Sanand and Viramgam.
The closest Railway stations found are Ahmedabad and Viramgam.
The closest airport is Ahmedabad.
Apart from some mammalian species which includes the endangered blackbuck and wild ass, the population of migratory birds comprises of flamingoes, rosy pelicans, brahminy ducks, white storks and herons.
The tourists can enjoy a Horse Ride with several brown and white horses at the side of lake.
To add to the excitement, there are migrating Bharwad shepherds who live in the islands of lake and on its embankments are Padhars, who are regarded as superb artisans, folk dancers and boatmen. For sight- seeing and viewing birds, the country boats can be hired and picnics can be enjoyed there on the islands.
One can avail views like a black- tailed godwit descending upon the water and fluttering its wings to sail on. There is a tiny, white and brown wader having a little curved bill which is a bird who comes from 3500 kms away from Central Europe and spends the season of winter here at Nalsarovar.
There are about 200 kinds of birds who land here from distant places of their origin and stay in the lake to do away with the harsh winters of their home towns. These birds live here happily as they get their required food as well as warmth. The migrant birds come to Nalsarovar annually from the month of November to the month of February. In these 4 months, water is found in abundance and the aquatic organisms such as fish and insects are found in large number and therefore the lake offers an ideal atmosphere for the birds. Anyone who is fond of bird watching gets delighted in Nalsarovar during these times.
When there is scarcity of food and water in Nalsarovar, few birds move away for small span of time to close by areas and come back after monsoon to have insects and fish.