Gujarat Bird Tours
Discover Gujarat – Bird Tours & Photography
Gujarat is amongst the most preferred tourist destinations along the western coast of India and is a prime destination for bird tours. Among all tourist attractions across India, Gujarat has the distinction of having the richest bird life in India. Strangely, this is hardly known. The other attractions of Gujarat include its wildlife, architecture, ancient temples, places of historic significance and its handicrafts. Visitors will be arriving in the capital city of Ahmedabad either directly from New Delhi or from other cities like Mumbai, Chennai, Bangaluru or Kolkata. Internal flights connect this city to many parts of India, making travel very easy.
Ahmedabad is the administrative capital of Gujarat. Sabarmati Ashram and Hathisinh Jain Temple are two well known places of historical importance in Ahmedabad. The City of Ahmedabad is an awesome place for shopping and visitors can relax on the banks of the awe-inspiring lakes in the city.
The Gandhi’s Ashram in Ahmedabad is an ideal place to stop over for those who are interested in spiritual tourism. In the year 1915, Gandhiji established his first ashram which is called Kochrab Ashram in Ahmedabad. Visitors can stay in this ashram for a night and have a first-hand experience of Gandhi’s way of living.
There are many surrounding parks around the city for bird tours and splendid photography. Visitors can take advantage of easy access to these areas. The Nalsarovar Birds Sanctuary near Kensville Golf Club is known for its birdlife including numerous species of birds. One can spot over 50 species in a couple of hours on a good day.
The Kutch Region has an area of 40,000 square kilometers and it is a desert landscape. During monsoon this region is flooded and it dries during the rest of the year. The Great Rann of Kutch is known for its salt desert and the Little Rann of Kutch is known for the Wild Ass Sanctuary. The Wild Ass Sanctuary of the Little Rann of Kutch is the only place where one can see the majestic Asiatic Wild Ass. This place is also known for its bird life. The different species of birds include Flamingos, Larks, Cranes, Macqueen’s Bustard, Asian Desert Warbler, the Indian Courser and the Sociable Plovers.
The historic Bhuj, the traditional handicrafts of the nearby villages, the ship building port at Mandvi and the ruins of the ancient Harappan City of Dholavora are some of the other attractions of the Kutch region. Nakhatrana is an amazing place for birding and in Bunni and Chari Dand visitors can opt for a safari. On the way, the inactive volcano Dinodhar can be seen.
The Queen’s Stepwell, Patan
This ancient stepwell was constructed in 11th century in the memory of Bhimdev I of the Solanki dynasty by his wife. The stepwell was excavated by Archeological Survey of India and it is one of UNESCO’s World Heritage sites. Patan is 135 kilometers away from Ahmedabad.
Dwarka is a very famous Hindu pilgrimage site and is considered the ancient capital of Lord Krishna. Dwarka was Gujarat’s capital for some time. The Dwarkadhish Temple here is very famous and was built around BC 200. Dwarka which is on the banks of the Gomati River is 300 kilometers west of Ahmedabad.
Somnath is another well known pilgrim spot for Hindus and is about 400 kilometers away from Somnath. Here Lord Shiva is worshipped as a “Linga” of light. The Islamic invaders ransacked this temple several times in the past and this area is rich in history.
Gir National Park
Gir National Park is one of the best Wildlife Sanctuaries of India and the only place where one can see the Asiatic lion. The best time to visit this park is from December to March and apart from lions, many other species of wildlife can be seen. This park also harbors about 300 species of birds and is an excellent location for bird tours. This park is about 360 kilometers away from Ahmedabad.
Shatrunjaya Hill, Palitana
Palitana is 200 kilometers south of Ahmedabad and to reach the top of the hill one has to climb more than 3000 steps. There are about 900 Jain temples on the hill.
This place is considered as the “Abode of Serpents” and is on the top of Sahyadri range. The forest is very dense and the site is developed as a tourist destination.
This city was developed as the capital of Gujarat and is known for the famous Akshardham Temple and many other ancient temples. In Akshardham Temple there is a 7 foot statue of Lord Swaminarayan and this temple was built with 6000 tons pink sandstone. The saffron idol at the Hanuman Temple is also very famous. There are also many renowned Universities in Gandhinagar.
Many visitors to India generally stick to the beaten paths. India’s rich cultures in places like Gujarat makes it a prime destination for the traveler seeking something different. Bird watchers, wildlife lovers and those seeking a rich cultural tour will be well rewarded. Consider Gujarat on your next trip to India.