9. NALSAROVAR BIRD SANCTUARYAbout 60kms from Ahmedabad, Nal Sarovar is one of the largest bird sanctuaries in India. The wetlands of Nal Sarovar attract a wide variety of birds like- flamingos, ibis, cranes and pelicans etc. In winters many migratory birds gather here in large numbers from Siberia. Nal Sarovar is the best place to catch sight of Sarus Crane, who perform an amazing synchronised dance. Nal Sarovar is predominantly a birdwatcher’s paradise.
Nalsarovar is on every bird watcher’s list. Declared a bird sanctuary in 1969, Lake Nalsarovar and its surrounding wetlands become home for over 200 species of birds in winter months. Some migratory birds found here travel thousands of kilometres for food and warmth. Covering an area of 120 square kilometres, this sanctuary is a safe haven not just for birds, but also for aquatic plants and animals. Stay in a luxury tent offered by Gujarat Tourism and watch pelicans, waterfowls, waders, cranes, flamingos, stints, and godwits from a boat.The Details: Drive from Ahmedabad to the bird sanctuary is 64 kilometres. The visiting hours are from 6 am to 6 pm; no entry fee. Book your stay at Aloft Hotel (starwoodhotels.com) in Ahmedabad.DID YOU KNOW? Birdwatching is different than birding. A bird watcher spots birds for pleasure while a birder is quite serious about the activity and trails birds instead of waiting for them.