Jamnagar is a well-known city in Gujarat. However, not many know is that it is a great destination for birding as well. The region is blessed with a mix of marine and freshwater habitats, providing rich grounds for the resident and migratory bird species to flourish. Khijadia Bird Sanctuary, on the
Ruparen River, is an excellent birdwatching area due to this unique ecology. Birds of both the seashore and freshwater habitats are found here and include Great Crested Grebe, Red-naped Ibis, Black-necked Stork, Black-winged Stilt, Brahminy Kite, Common Crane, Grey-headed Swamphen,
Greylag Geese, Flamingoes, Dalmatian Pelicans, and many duck species. Other wildlife found in the sanctuary included the Golden Jackal, Indian Hare, Jungle cat, and Nilgai.
Gir National Park is famous as the home of the Asiatic Lion. Apart from being home to this regal predator, Gir is also a delight for birdwatchers. The area hosts a variety of habitats, including forest, grassland, cliffs, and ponds, which play home to a wide variety of bird species both resident and
migratory. Around 350 bird species are found here, including birds of prey, vultures, owls, nightjars, ducks, kingfishers, herons, egrets, storks, minivets, flycatchers, and many others. Sarus cranes visit the reserve for breeding during monsoon and may be seen up to November.
Velavadar is also of particular interest to birdwatchers. One can spot many species of birds of prey, like Montagu’s and Pallid Harriers, Black-winged Kite, Shikra, and Short-toed Snake Eagle, as well as other birds like Stoliczka’s Bushchat, Ashy- crowned Sparrow-Lark, Rufous-tailed and Crested Larks, Desert and Variable Wheatears, and Southern Grey and Rufous–tailed Shrikes. Common Crane and waders can be spotted on the Alag River.
Day 01: Arrive Jamnagar from Bhuj/Ahmedabad /Mumbai
Day 02: Jamnagar
Day 03: Jamnagar to Gir
Day 04: Gir
Day 05: Gir
Day 06: Gir to Velavadar
Day 07: Velavadar
Day 08: Velavadar to Ahmedabad/ Mumbai
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