Kutch Desert Wildlife Sanctuary

Kutch Desert Wildlife Sanctuary is a protected area located in the Kutch district of the state of Gujarat in India with an area of 7500 sq km. It is situated in the Great Rann of Kutch, a large salt marsh in the Thar Desert.

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By Air

Ahmedabad Airport is approximately 180 Km away from Kutch Wildlife Sanctuary, and Bhuj Airport is approximately 200 Km away. This Sanctuary is well connected with Ahmedabad, Bhuj by road.

By Train

Kutch Desert Wildlife Sanctuary is approximately 165 Km away from Ahmedabad Railway Station, and 195 Km away from Bhuj Railway Station.

By Bus

The nearest bus station is Rapar, which is 65 kilometers from the Kutch Desert Wildlife Sanctuary.

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Saurav Darji

Feb 26, 2024

I just had the most incredible experience visiting Kutch Wildlife Sanctuary! The natural beauty of the place is simply breathtaking, and I highly recommend that everyone visit at least once in their lifetime. I also found this amazing travel resource called theindia, which helped me plan my trip and make the most of every moment. Trust me, this is a destination you don't want to miss out on!

Kutch Desert Wildlife Sanctuary, Amarapar, Gujarat

The Kutch Desert Wildlife Sanctuary is India's largest wildlife sanctuary at 7,500 square kilometers. This sanctuary is located in the Great Rann of Kutch, a vast salt marsh in the Thar Desert. Kutch Wildlife Sanctuary boasts a unique diversity of wildlife and landscapes. This sanctuary is well known for its unusual flora and fauna, which includes the Great Indian Bustard, Indian Wolf, and Asiatic Wild Ass. Tourists can also spot here many reptiles like the Indian Monitor Lizard, Indian Spiny-tailed Lizard, and Indian Chameleon.

Every year, thousands of Flamingos make nests and breed here, transforming it into the world-famous "Flamingo City", a spectacle that is a mesmerizing view. During the monsoon, this sanctuary is transformed into a vast wetland, with water depths ranging from 0.5 to 1.5 meters. However, come October-November, the water recedes, revealing a breathtaking saline desert landscape. At this time many flocks fly down from far away to breed and nest in this peculiar environment.

The Kutch Wildlife Sanctuary is home to a variety of animals like birds, mammals, and reptiles. It is a unique experience that you won't find elsewhere. So, get ready to explore this unforgettable beauty and diversity of Wildlife Sanctuary.

Best Places to Visit Nearby Sanctuary: 

  • Dholavira: Dholavira is an ancient city located near the Kutch Desert. In 2021 UNESCO announced this place as a World Heritage Sites List. Here visitors can learn about the old Indus Valley civilization's great water management system and ancient building structure.
  • Kalo Dungar: Kalo Dungar meaning "Black Hill" is the highest point (462 Meters) in Kutch. The hill offers breathtaking views of the Kutch region. Also, the hill is famous for its 400-year-old Lord Dattatreya temple. However, it's important to note that photography is not allowed in this area due to its proximity to the Indo-Pak border.
  • Chhari Dhand Bird Sanctuary: Chhari Dhand Bird Sanctuary is located in the arid landscape of Kutch. In Kutchi language Chhari means "Salty" and Dhand means "shallow wetland". It is a protected forest area. During the monsoon, this place is transformed into a heaven for over 2 lakh birds. This place is home to several species such as the Dalmatian Pelican, Oriental Darter, Black-necked Stork, Indian Skimmer, and many more. The best time to visit this place is in winter when water recedes, revealing a stark, saline landscape, a testament to nature's dramatic cycle.

Things to Do at Wildlife Sanctuary:

  • Jeep and Camel Safari: Tourists can explore the sanctuary by Jeep Safari, but other options are also available like Camel Safari in different locations in the sanctuary.
  • Birdwatching: It is a great place for birdwatching. Every year, thousands of migratory birds flock to this place. It's an incredible natural spectacle that's both thrilling and unforgettable! Don't forget to bring your binoculars to see different types of birds.
  • Explore the Thar Desert: People can explore the Thar Desert of Kutch. Experience the stunning desert landscape and its unique ecosystem.
  • Empiercing Kutchi Culture: Tourists can visit a local village, attend the local festival, and immerse themselves in local culture like dance, music, and art.

Ticket Price:

For Indians: Rs. 250 per Person during Weekdays, and Rs. 280 per Person on Weekends 

For Foreigners: Rs. 1200 per Person during Weekdays, and Rs. 1500 per Person on Weekends 

Note: This charge may be different during peak season. Check the latest prices before visiting the place. Jeep Safari availability depends on the Season.

Some Additional Tips:

  • Carry valid ID proof for booking.
  • Check the Weather before the visit.
  • Book a Guide to learn about the place in detail.

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