Nal Sarovar Bird Sanctuary
Nal Sarovar is in Gujrat and is the delightful bird sanctuary visited by millions
of magnificently coloured birds in winter and spring. It harbours over 250 species
of wetland birds. Winter migrants from the north including Rosy Pelicans, Flamingoes,
White Storks, Brahminy Ducks and Herons visit Nal Sarovar. This 116 sq km lake,
is home to vast flocks of indigenous and migratory birds. Ducks, geese, pelicans
and flamingos are best seen early in the morning and in the evening and the sanctuary
is best visited as a day excursion by taxi, as buses are infrequent and there is
no convenient accommodation. Migrating Bharwad shepherds populates the islands of
the lake and on the banks are the Padhars, who are excellent folk dancers, artisans
and boatmen. The sanctuary mainly comprises a huge lake and ambient marshes.
How to get there:
About 60 kms from Ahmedabad
Best time to visit: November - February
One can hire country boats on the lake for bird viewing, and picnic at shacks the
on the islands.