Narayan Sarovar Sanctuary, is a distinct eco-system located in the Kutch district of Gujarat state!
This sanctuary is home to a variety of mammals, including the chinkara, the endangered Indian wolf, wildcats, desert foxes, honey badger, and wild boar. But the real stars of the show are the birds – with around 184 distinct species of birds, including waterfowl, black partridge, houbara bustard, lesser florican, and the great Indian bustard, bird lovers are sure to have a field day here.
The sanctuary covers an area of about 444 sq. km. and is a unique eco-system that includes a seasonal wetland in the arid zone that supports 15 threatened wildlife species. The vegetation here mainly consists of desert thorn and scrub forests, dotted with several seasonal water bodies and grassy patches.
The sanctuary has all three species of bustards – the Great Indian Bustard, Houbara Bustard, and Lesser Florican. Also, the Black Partridge, a typical bird of desert habitat, is found here. And if you’re a fan of herpetofauna, you’ll be delighted to know that there are 18 species of them here.
The sanctuary is located about 125 km from Bhuj, and the best time to visit is between October and March when the temperature is mild enough for both tourists and animals to enjoy.
Be warned, though, summers here can be really hot, with temperatures ranging around 40-42 degree Celsius, so be sure to bring your sunscreen and hat!
Among the rarest and most endangered species found in the sanctuary is the chinkara, which is the most sighted animal here and is currently the flagship species of the sanctuary. It has been identified by the Wildlife Institute of India (WII) as one of the last remaining habitats of the cheetah in India.
So, if you’re looking for a unique and exciting wildlife experience, Narayan Sarovar Sanctuary is definitely worth a visit.