Explore the Sanctuary - Nalsarovar Bird Sanctuary

Hub(s) : Ahmedabad Metro

General

A black tailed godwit gracefully descends upon the tranquil water, flutters its wings and sails on. A small, brown and white wader with a slightly up curved bill, the bird has traveled 3500 kms from its nesting ground in Central Europe to spend the winter at Nalsarovar in Gujarat!

Clouds upon clouds of more than 200 types of birds land in this lake having made an equally long journey to escape the harsh winter of their nesting areas. Here they find food and warmth. These migrant birds visit Nalsarovar every year from November to February. During these four months water is plentiful and fish, insects and aquatic plants abound in the lake - an ideal environment for the birds. Nalsarovar at this time is a birdwatcher's delight.

When food and water are scarce in Nalsarovar, some birds go away for short periods to nearby areas and return to the lake after monsoon to a feast of fish and insects. These are the resident birds. The lake - Nalsarovar - and the wetlands around it were declared a bird sanctuary in 1969. Spread over 120 sq.kms, the lake and the extensive reed beds and marshes are an ideal habitat for aquatic plants and animals. The lake attracts a large variety of birds like plovers, sandpipers and stints.

Visiting Hours: 06:00 am to 06:00 pm, Everyday

Location: Around 61 km from Ahmedabad.

For more details: +91 2717 223500

Background

The Nal region is a low-lying area between the plains of the Central Gujarat and Eastern Saurashtra. Owing to its low lying topography, it is believed to represent a filled up sea link, that previously existed between the Little Rann in the north and the Gulf of Khambat in the south. Remnants of this sea are thought to be represented by the Nalsarovar.

How to get there

By road: The Nearest bus station are at Ahmedabad (64kms), Viramgam (40 kms) and Sanand (42 kms).

By rail: The Nearest Railway station are Viramgam - 40 kms & Ahmedabad - 64 Kms. Ahmedabad Junction railway station is the main railway station of Ahmedabad, Gujarat, India. It is also the biggest and busiest railway station within Gujarat. It is the second-highest income generating division in Western Railways after the Mumbai Division. Ahmedabad Junction is the primary station of rail transport for the city of Ahmedabad in the state of Gujarat, India and an important center of the Western Railways zone of the Indian Railways. Locally, people refer to it as Kalupur Station to distinguish it from other stations in the city like Gandhigram, Asarva, Sarkhej, Vastrapur, Chandlodia,Vatva, Maninagar and Sabarmati Junction. It serves trains that connect Ahmedabad to different parts of Gujarat.

By air: The Nearest airport is Ahmedabad (64 kms). Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel International Airport  is an international airport serving the cities of Ahmedabad and Gandhinagar in Gujarat, India. The airport is located in Hansol, 9 km (5.6 mi) north of central Ahmedabad. It is named after Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel, the first Deputy Prime Minister of India. Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel International Airport is India's eighth busiest airport with an average of 110 aircraft movements a day. The airport is a focus city for several Indian carriers, including Air India, Jet Airways, Jet Lite, Blue Dart,Go Air, Kingfisher Airlines, Indigo, and SpiceJet. The airport consists of two terminals: Terminal-1 for domestic & Terminal-2 for international.The new terminal modelled on the airport in Singapore, a major aviation hub in the Asia-Pacific region.     Number of Serving Airlines: 15     Number of Terminals: 02     Number of Runways: 02     Length of main runway (m): 3505 meters