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9 February 2021 | 4 min read

5 Most Popular National Parks in Gujarat For Your Wildlife Bucket list

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Are you tired of the concrete jungle and craving to spend time amidst nature and wildlife? Thankfully, India is blessed with many incredible wildlife sanctuaries and national parks that house myriad wild animals. Gujrat is one of the ideal destinations for you if you are a wildlife lover. Gujrat is the only state in India that shelters a considerable number of rare and endangered species. In simple words, it’s a paradise for wildlife.

Here are five popular wildlife destinations of Gujrat that should be in your travel list.

1. Gir National Park

Gir National Park – Live More Zone

Situated 43 km from Somnath and about 60 km from Junagadh, Gir National Park is the largest abode of the country’s Asiatic Lions. They are one of the primary reasons behind the popularity of this national park. It is home of ratel, pangolin, ruddy mongoose, civets and 300 species of birds.

Best time to visit:

Plan your trip to Gir National Park between December and Mid of June.

How to reach?

By Air: Keshod Airport, which is 38 km away from the park, is the nearest airport from Gir National Park. Rajkot Airport and Diu Airport are other options to land, and from there you can consider a road trip to Gir National Park. With Travel Now by digibank, DBS you benefit from just booking your tickets and landing at the said destination.
By Train: Getting down at Junagarh is the most convenient option for the national park if you are travelling by train. Some people prefer going to Rajkot and Somnath by train and then coming to the national park by road.

Things to do:

  • Go on a jungle safari.
  • Get the best bird watching opportunity.
  • Learn about conservation of the wild at Crocodile Breeding Centre
  • Enjoy nature walk with your family.

2. Velavadar National Park

Velavadar National Park – Live More Zone

This national park is renowned as the Blackbuck National Park. Established in July 1976, Velavadar National Park was a protected area of about 18 sq. km. In 1980, it was expanded to another 16 sq. km, increasing the total area to 34 sq. km. Apart from the Blackbuck, other animals like wolf, hyena, jackal, wild pigs and jungle cats find refuge in this sanctuary.

Best time to visit:

From late October to the end of March.

How to reach?

By Air: Velavadar Blackbuck National Park is located 47 km from Bhavnagar airport, and the closest international airport is Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel (153 km from the park). From the airport, you can easily find a taxi or public transport to reach the park.
By Train: Velavadar Blackbuck National Park is located 47 km from Bhavnagar, the nearest railway station.

Things to do:

  • Blackbuck Safari
  • Wolf spotting
  • Walk amidst nature

3. Nalsarovar Bird Sanctuary

Nalsarovar National Park – Live More Zone

It is the largest wetland bird sanctuary in Gujarat. This is a home to around 200 bird species. Thus, it is indeed one of the best places for birdwatching in India. This sanctuary is a lake, situated 64 km away from Ahmedabad and near the Sanand Village. You will find many migratory birds that visit here during the winter season from Central Asia, Europe, and Siberia. More animals to watch here include flamingos, pelicans, ducks & geese, rails, coots, cranes, cormorants, herons, egrets, storks, ibises, spoonbills, teals, sarus cranes, and moorhens can be spotted in the sanctuary too. Apart from the birds, this sanctuary shelters small herds of wild ass, mongoose, jungle cat, Indian fox, jackal, wolf, and hyena.

Best time to visit:

Between November and April.

How to reach?

By Air: Fly to Ahmedabad airport that lies nearest to the sanctuary.
By Train: Come to Viramgam station, the nearest railway station from the sanctuary at a distance of 40 km.

Things to do:

  • Bird watching
  • Boat rides
  • Horse riding at the lakeside

4. Rampara Wildlife Sanctuary

Rampara National Park – Live More Zone

Situated approximately 60 km from the city of Rajkot, Rampara Wildlife Sanctuary is marked by the plain wooded terrain. It is spread on 15 sq. km, which shields about 20 mammal species and 130 bird species. Wolf, jackal, hyena, common fox, hare, jungle cat, and bluebell are the most common species found in the sanctuary. It is blessed with about 230 species of plants. There’s a watchtower in the sanctuary’s heart that lets you have a full view of the sanctuary.

Best time to visit:

Between mid-October and January.

How to reach?

By Air: The closest airport is in Rajkot. From their travel cars, public transport is readily available to take you to Rampara Wildlife Sanctuary.
By Train: Rajkot Junction Railway Station is the nearest railway station to reach the sanctuary.

Things to do:

  • Wildlife safari
  • Comfortable stay
  • Enjoy photography

5. Vansda National Park

Vansda National Park – Live More Zone

This one of Gujarat’s most famous wildlife reserves used to be the private property of the King of Vansda. 24 km huge park shelters 115 bird species and a large population of several other rare species. Because of Ambika river that flows through the forest and the thickets of woods make this place a must-visit destination for nature lovers. If you visit Vansda National Park, look out for Paradise Flycatcher, Pompadour Pigeon, Grey Hornbill, Jungle Babbler and Yellow Back Sunbird.

Best time to visit:

Between November and March.

How to reach?

By Air: Vadodara Airport is nearest (90 km) airport, well connected to major cities.
By Train: Even nearest railway station is in Vadodara, which lies in the busy Mumbai-Delhi Western Railway Mainline.

Things to do:

  • Witness around 443 species of flowering plants
  • Capture wildlife in your camera
  • Visit deer breeding centre
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