Did you know that Gujarat is the only abode for the endangered Asiatic lion species? The geological position of this western most coastal state of Gujarat makes it a much loved destination for not just animals but for birds and reptiles as well. The diverse and varied landscape here plays host for a thriving ecosystem allowing it to sustain different types of marine and wildlife culture. A unique wildlife escapade to this Pandora box for nature and wildlife lovers will definitely be an experience of a lifetime.
Some wildlife experiences that will leave a lasting mark in your hearts include:
Lion Sighting in Gir National Park:
This well preserved national park is one of the most iconic tourist attractions in Junagadh, Gujarat. The lions here are of endangered species and have found their homes in the scrubby, dry land of Sasan Gir. All you will have to do is book a package for jeep safari online and if lucky, you shall be able to spot the lions in their natural habitat lazing around and just relaxing from the confines of your jeep. A must have experience for all nature lovers who wish to see nature in its true and real form in close proximity. Apart from the lions you will also see some known, lesser known and even unknown collection of birds, animals and insects making this a wholesome experience.
Pro Tip – October to February has a much more possibility of lion sighting.
Experience little Rann of Kutch with a Wild Twist:
The great salt desert of Kutch is undoubtedly one of the most remarkable and awe inspiring features of the Gujarati landscape. Little Rann of Kutch forms a part of this unique desert which is home to the wild ass population. Visitors can travel up to this landmark tourist destination and take a tour of inside the sanctuary while being surrounded by nothing but more unique selection of wildlife and an unending expansive white land that seems to go on forever. Booking a tour here for evening time will also make you experience one of the most stunning sun set ever. The peace here is eerily enchanting and watching the wild ass running around in their natural habitat will make every second you spend here worth it.
Pro Tip – Carry binoculars to take a closer look at the wildlife here. Be sure to get a guide as well.
Ferry Ride in Marine National Park
Gujarat has been known for providing a peaceful home for some of the most endangered collection of marine life in India. Marine national park is truly a one of a kind well preserved area which is set up in a shallow water region in the coast within the district of Jamnagar. A ferry ride to this 1st marine National Park of India is one of the most offbeat and spectacular experiences that you may ever have. Take a look at one of the many unique sponges, star fishes and corals strewn all around you. One can even visit some of the nearby islands as well with the help of a fun and refreshing boat ride. Lying in between the intertidal zone of the high and low tides you get to cruise in peace among nature.
Pro Tip – Get a boat from Bedi or Nava Port in Jamnagar ask the locals for the best time to travel there depending on high / low tides.
Bird Watching in Nalsarovar Bird Sanctuary
Home to more than 200 different varieties of birds this bird sanctuary is sure a treat for bird watchers and nature lovers alike. Taking a peaceful and a brisk walk in his region will make you witness some of the most unique birds and you may even take a picture of your exploration which may include flamingos, pelicans, ducks, waders, storks, water fowls etc. Going there early in the morning will not only welcome you with less number of tourists but will also allow you to see more numbers and varieties of birds flying all around. It is one of those rare experiences that you just never forget later on in life as well. The peaceful environment here surrounding the lake of Nalsarovar should be experienced with your family and friends at least once in a lifetime.
Pro Tip – November to February is the peak time when the visitors can even see various insects and migratory birds and even fishes.
Jeep Safari in Blackbuck National Park
A jeep safari ride is a famous part of the Gir national park experience however, blackbuck national park should also not be excluded. Home to one of the most endangered species of deer, blackbuck, a thrilling jeep safari will be just what your holiday needs. Adorning the along coast of gulf of Khambhat this place was established with the main focus of preserving the dwindling numbers of blackbucks. Visitors will be able to spit dark brown and white bucks with spirally long horns grazing fields, relaxing or just running around in their natural habitat. You will easily spot herds of antelopes and hunting cheetahs amidst the flat lands and tall brown grass land cover. A jeep safari will be something worth it.
Pro Tip – Visitors can stay inside the park in a government bungalow arranged by the forest department where one can book beforehand.
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