A wildlife paradise in its own right, Gujarat is the hub for wildlife enthusiasts and bird watchers. This western most state of India is home to a string of deciduous forests, grasslands, wet lands and also coastal and marine locations at ones access. A person looking for an adventurous wildlife experience must surely pay a visit to Gujarat which is not only famous for its Dhokla and Thepla but other variety of things under its wing.
Gujarat is naturally rich in bird life having parrots and peacocks inhabiting the state in large numbers. Also, the state boasts the Asiatic lion that are found in the Gir National Forest and is home to the last living wild asses in India. Listed below are a summation of few of the amazing wildlife parks that Gujarat has to offer, and believe it, you shall not be disappointed.
- Jambughoda Wildlife Sanctuary
This wildlife sanctuary used to be part of the princely state of Jambughoda. But now it has been converted into a reserve of flora and fauna in abundance. It has a population of hyenas and jackals. Other than the wild, it also has to offer a beautiful landscape.
- Gir National Park
One of the most famous wild life sanctuaries worldwide, the Gir forest is home to the largest abode of the Asiatic Lions in the country like it has been stated earlier. Tourists thrive in this place. It is also home to the rusty spotted cat, ruddy mongoose, civets, and paradise flycatchers like pangolin and many other wild animals and birds.
- Barda Hills Wildlife Sanctuary
It is around 15 kms away from the Porbandar town in Gujarat. This sanctuary is famous for its dense forests and sizeable quantity of plants, trees and other medicinal herbs. It is home to endangered plant species and has medicinal properties.
- Gaga Wildlife Sanctuary
It is one of the smallest wildlife sanctuaries in Gujarat but it still has a lot of adventure to provide. Commonly spotted animals are jackal, jungle cats and bluebell. The bird lovers can find flamingoes, demoiselle cranes, spot-billed ducks and pelicans. It is also home to moths, bees and butterflies.
- Nalsarovar Bird Sanctuary
This is one of a kind as it is a lake but a bird sanctuary which has around 360 islets (small islands). There are about 200 different types of species of birds inhabiting the area. There are coots, cranes, cormorants, herons, flamingoes, pelicans and many other birds nestling there.
So, the next time you think of experiencing wildlife, Gujarat is the place for you. With amazing terrain and beautiful landscapes, this place is filled with wildlife sanctuaries. Happy exploring!