Nava Talav Tourism & Travel Guide

3 Days
Bird-Watching At Little Rann of Kutch And Thol Bird Sanctuary

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River Rafting in Kolad

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Kashid: A Perfect Trip where nothing was Perfect (Day 1)

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Winter trekking in India - Kedarkantha Trek- YHAI ,India

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Best time to visit - January,February,March,October,November,December
Udaipur beckons tourists from all over the world with its romantic landscapes and ethereal monuments. Bordered by the crags of the hazy Aravallis, the city that was established in the 16th century by Maharaja Udai Singh, is now a major heritage tourism hotspot for India. With a seductive old-warm charm, opulent palaces and lively bazaars, tourists will never run out of places to visit in Udaipur. Some enchanting attractions in the city include the filigreed walls of Bada Mahal, the mountain pass of Haldighati, the lavish gardens of Saheliyon ki Bari and the placid waters of the Jaisamand Lake. The shimmering Lake Pichola hosts numerous things to do in Udaipur, such as a boat ride through the lake to the Jag Mandir Palace, from which you can witness the most stunning sunset. For those with a penchant for automobiles, the Vintage Car Museum in the Garden Hotel, hosts a fantastic exhibit of vintage vehicles. Udaipur's cuisine comprises of Rajasthani staples such as the flavoursome dal baati choorma and gatte ki sabzi. Popular eateries here include Chandni, Ambrai, Jagat Niwas Palace Hotel, Lotus Cafe and Mayur Rooftop Cafe. Hotels are easily available in Udaipur, and several retain their old world feel.
Also called Amdavad, this place happened to be the former capital of the state of Gujarat. The third largest of all the cities in the state, it is situated on the banks of the famous Sabarmati River and happens to be the industrial and economic hub of the state. The Ahmedabad Stock Exchange is also the second oldest one in the country and the city second when it comes to cotton production. There are some very famous places like the Sabarmati Ashram and Kankaria Lake that one can visit when in Ahmedabad.
Best time to visit - January,February,September,October,November,December
Popularly known as Baroda, Vadodara is great travel destination for history buffs and art enthusiasts. The town is known for the grand Laxmi Vilas Palace and the Fatehsingh Museum (both located in the same premises). Do keep aside an entire day if you are fond or art and culture since the palace is huge and deserves that kind of time. You can also visit Sayaji Baug, a lush, refreshing garden in the middle of the city. It is the perfect place to visit if you are travelling with children since it has a small kid's zone, a cafeteria, a small museum and a zoo. If you are in the city for more than a day, do visit Maharaja Fatehsingh Museum since it houses numerous rare and beautiful paintings, sculptures and murals from all over the world, collected by the royal family. Vadodara may not be a traveller's perfect destination, but it does have its fair share of history, culture and art.
Best time to visit - January,February,September,October,November,December
A rapidly developing city in Madhya Pradesh, Indore is the perfect example of a small town packed with the right kind of holiday experiences. Especially if you are a foodie! The Sarafa Bazaar which is open till the wee hours of morning is a must visit and should not be missed! The market opens only around midnight and this is perhaps what makes it a little more special. The bazaar offers a plethora of street food and it's one of the best foodie experiences you can have in the country. Other than that, you can visit the beautiful Central Museum. The museum houses collections dating back to the pre-historic era and if art and history interest you, do head here. Indore is also at a prime location for tons of tourist spots including Shri Omkareshwar Jyotirlinga, Patalpani and Maheshwar. If you are in the mood for trekking, you can head to Ralamandal Wildlife Sanctuary for a bit of adventure. The summer months here are quite harsh, so it's best to go during winter. The people of Indore are warm, welcoming and quite adventurous so if you happen to know an Indori, you will have a chance to explore a different side of the city.
Mt Abu
Best time to visit - January,February,March,November,December
Mount Abu is the only hill station in the deserts of Rajasthan. Among forts and palaces, this quiet hill station is quite popular with local tourists as well as visitors from across the country. A place of great religious reverence to the Jain community, the Dilwara Jain Temple is a set of five temples, all belonging to a different century. The temples are carved out of white marble and depict scenes of Gods and Goddesses and are a must visit for their architectural brilliance. You can also spend a day at Nakki Lake. Lying in the hills, this lovely lake offers boating opportunities to visitors. The Mount Abu Wildlife Sanctuary is another wonderful way to spend your time on this hill station and can take up your entire day, so do keep yourself free. For trekkers and adventure enthusiasts, the Guru Shikhar is the highest peak in the region and trekking here is a memorable and adventurous experience, though if you aren't an experienced trekker, you may need a little help! There are numerous hotels and guesthouses here, though depending on the type of traveller you are, it might be a good idea to do a little bit of research before settling on a place to stay.
Best time to visit - January,February,March,October,November,December
An integration of historic monuments and modern skyscrapers, Surat is a quaint town located along the banks of river Tapi. The ISKCON temple here, standing on an area of around 13,000 km, is frequented by devotees from all across the world. The Dutch Cemetery, Shahjahan's Fort, Parsi neighbourhood and colonial building are beautiful symbols of the history of this city. Dandi is a popular destination among tourists visiting Surat and is a place made famous by the Indian independence movement. When it comes to food, Surat offers lip-smacking Gujarati flavours, albeit only vegetarian. Popular eateries here include the Leonardo Ristorante Italiano, Jalaram Khichadi and Kansar Gujarati Thali. Accommodation here is easily available and sits well within in your budget. If you want more, travel to the Dumas Beach, which is located about 18km from the city.

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Day 2: The areas to be explored were more of wetlands which included Nava Talav. After a quick tea, we started at around 6:30 AM. Bura Bhai halted at a small lake which was beside the road where we managed to see quite a number of wetland birds that included Little Ringed Plovers, Wood Sandpipers, Ruff, Spotted Redshank, Egrets, a variety of Ducks, Indian Peafowls and so on. After spending sometime, we entered the Nava Talav area where there were multiple water ponds. We halted at another couple of ponds where we saw Painted Storks, Little stints, couple of Gulls, Pied Avocets,Common Snipe, Northern Pintail, Common Kingfisher, Crested Lark, Pied Kingfishers and yes the relatively rare Mallard Duck.Finally as we reached the Nava Talav area, which is again a huge wetland, we saw a Greater Spotted Eagle perched just next to the water body. There was also a Steppe Eagle nearby. Wild India team had ensured to carry packed breakfast from the resort which we enjoyed along with the sightings of a variety of ducks, flamingoes and pelicans. Exploring the area a bit more Bura Bhai finally helped us in spotting the White-Tailed Lapwing. Other birds spotted were the Common Greenshank, Black-Tailed Godwit, Great White Pelicans, Marsh Sandpipers, Bar-headed Geese, Marsh Harrier, Grey-Lag Geese, Yellow-wattled Lapwings, Red-Wattled Lapwings, Common Cranes, Demosile cranes among others. It was noon already and we were back to the resort for lunch after yet another fantastic birding session.As with Day 1, the Day 2 post lunch safari started by 2:30 PM. This time, the area to be explored was Kharaghoda. Kharaghoda is a little far from our resort (which is closer to Bajana), hence we took around 45 minutes to reach. We were soon on the lookout for the elusive Macqueen’s Bustard. As we were exploring, we came across Chestnut-Bellied Sandgrouse, Common Kestrel and Long-Billed Pipit. Bura Bhai soon spotted a Desert fox relaxing under the shade of a tree in the open. Undoubtedly one of the key highlights of the trip. We spotted another individual again in the same area. Exploring further, we saw a Macqueen’s Bustard in flight. Unfortunately none of us could click it and had to be satisfied with a flight sighting for few seconds. We did explore more but no luck with the Macqueen’s Bustard. While driving back, we spotted quite a number of Syke’s Nightjars as well. Yet another lifer. Soon we moved closer to a huge wetland at around 4:30 PM, which was pretty much covered with the beautiful Lesser Flamingoes. Special mention here for Subhash Sir as he clicked some lovely Silhouette clicks for all of us. As we were busy clicking the Flamingoes, suddenly all of them flew for a moment and it was because of advent of the majestic Eastern Imperial Eagle. We also managed to click some harriers at this place and did some group photography with the backdrop of the lovely sunset.
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