About the location: One of the most popular birding hotspots of Gujarat, the 7 sq. km big Thol Lake Sanctuary offers easy access from the capital city (27km). The wetland is an open water habitat surrounded by cropland, fallow land and scrubland, which helps other mammals to co-exist. Apart from 150 species of birds, one can also spot black bucks, jackals and blue bulls in the vicinity. The protected area is great for waterfowl during monsoons and winters. Most travellers come to see thousands of flamingoes in the winters, covering the landscape in pink. Migratory birds like great white pelicans, mallards, geese, sarus cranes and many other waders make the sanctuary their home in the winters.
Brief History: Only 27km from Ahmedabad, the Thol Lake Sanctuary is made up of a reservoir that was created in 1912 as an irrigation tank when the Maharajas of Baroda (Gaekwads) ruled the region. The lake, and the area around, was declared a sanctuary only in 1988, as it is home to a large number of avian species.
By Road Gujarat has one of the better developed road networks in India. Ahmedabad is well connected with all major cities and towns by road.State and private buses are a great option to travel between smaller towns in the state.
By Train Major Indian cities are also connected via the Ahmedabad railway station that lies on the western railways network.. The main railway station is located in Kalupur area. This station falls under the prominent national railway circuit and is connected to all major cities of India. India’s first bullet train project will be connecting Mumbai to Ahmedabad by December 2023. It will run at a speed of 320kmph and cover the distance in 3 hours.
By Air Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel Airport in Ahmedabad connects all major cities in India and key cities abroad to the state.