Rampara Wildlife Sanctuary
Marked with fringes of hillocks around the bordering periphery of the arid shrubby plain land distinct with wild grass is the Rampara Wildlife Sanctuary. The sanctuary got the status of ‘Reserve Forest’ in the year 1983 before which it served as a shooting reserve that belonged to the former princely state of Wankaner also known as Central Saurashtra.
The natural spread of the sanctuary is known and renowned for housing an entire troop of mammoth antelopes. These vivacious antelopes roaming around in flocks or solitarily hiding in the wooded landscape are gorgeous creatures known for their slender body and thick coat of short fur. Galloping around the terrain with their delightful jumps and leaps, the antelopes add in zest and verve in the ambience.
Other animals like wolf, jackal, hyena, common fox, and blue bull are fellow residents of this sanctuary along with more than 130 species of birds flocking in this region. Partridge, Common peafowl, ring dove, large gray babbler, purple sunbird, yellow throated sparrow are indigenous varieties of birds inhabiting this area.
Drive around the wooded vicinity during the months of winter to enjoy the haven to the fullest. On a leisurely tour around the area you will come across the regal bluebull staring at you with wonder and inquisitiveness. The exquisiteness of the area is the galore of nature with herds of these antelopes grazing around and little ones in the group being mothered.
Being a responsible nature lover is our way of showing reverence to Mother Earth, a few tips for you to remember-
- No smoking whatsoever (cigarette butts cause many forest fires.)
- No flash or intrusive photography (for example, don’t pluck leaves to clear a better view; reposition the camera instead.)
- Do not carry any music system or sound making device along with you and remember to keep them switched off if you are driving around.
- Picking plants or insects prohibited; do not remove anything from the park.
- No quick or sudden movements to scare off wildlife.
- Do not try going to close to the animals.
- No pets should accompany you.
- No littering. Trash is only to be disposed of in proper receptacles.
- No hunting devices or other weapons should be carried, as well as used.
A former shooting reserve owned by the erstwhile princely state of Wankaner, Rampara Wildlife Sanctuary is today a full-fledged ‘Reserve Forest’. The area is marked with fringes of hillocks around the bordering periphery of the arid shrubby plain land district with grass.
The grassland interspersed with woods is the natural habitat of the big antelope. These animals roam as groups or solo, with their stunning slender body and thick coat of short fur. These are vivacious animals that like to gallop around and remain playful with their acrobatic jumps and graceful leaps. Wolf, jackal, hyena, and the common fox form the major mammal community other than the antelope. During the winter months a leisurely safari through the area can put you face to face with bluebull staring at you in inquisitive wonder.
Over 130 species of birds are found in Rampara. These include Partridge, Common peafowl, ring dove, large gray babbler, purple sunbird, yellow throated sparrow, which are indigenous varieties of birds inhabiting this area. Bird watchers will get delightfully more than what they bargained for
Look out for: Partridge, Ring Dove, Large Gray Babbler, Purple Sunbird and Yellow Throated Sparrow
Be one of few to record: Lesser Florican
Recommended time in the field: 2 Days
Other attractions: Watson Museum, Kaba Gandhi No Delo, Rotary Dolls Museum and Fun World
How to get there
By road: Rajkot is well connected by road to most of the major cities of Gujarat and other neighboring states. State Transport buses are regularly available from Rajkot to other cities of Gujarat. The ST bus stand is 2 km, west of Bedi Gate on the other side of Ranmal Lake. Auto rickshaws are the best way into the town, though one might also choose to walk in. Private buses are also available for Ahmedabad, Baroda, Mumbai, Bhuj, Bhavnagar, Una, Mount Abu and Udaipur.
By rail: Rajkot is a junction on the Western Railway Ahmedabad-Hapa broad gauge line. Inter City Express, Saurashtra Mail and Sau Janata Express are some of the few trains that pass through the station. The railway station known commonly as the Rajkot Junction is almost 6 km away from the Teen Batti triple gateway. Rajkot is well connected with important cities in Gujarat and India by rail. Trains for Delhi, Mumbai, Cochin, Coimbatore, Kolkata, Amritsar, Patna and Bhopal are available from Rajkot.
By air: Reaching Rajkot by air is quite a possible option as the city has a domestic airport linking it to Mumbai. Air India has daily flights from Mumbai, while Jet have daily flights. A rickshaw ride into the city from the airport costs approximately Rs 25/-.