Gaga Wildlife Sanctuary
On the coastal areas of Gulf of Kutch enclosed by high tidal zone in the north and pastoral fields and wastelands on the other verge the Gaga Wildlife Sanctuary in Jamnagar is a secure abode for varied vertebrates and invertebrates. Confirmed as a wildlife refuge in the year 1988, this sanctuary spreads over an area of 332 square kilometers.
The natural vivid vegetation of this region with lush green patches of grasses and other shrubs forms a unique abode for native and migratory weathered birds. The enormous, pouched bills of serene white and large pelicans, textured and patterned feathered Spot-billed Ducks along with elongated and regal forms of flamingoes inhabit the waterscapes and create an inimitably pictorial sight. These winter guests along with demoiselle cranes and common cranes make this sanctuary an ecstatic locale for bird enthusiasts.
Mammals like wolf, jackals, mongoose, jungle cats, bluebull joyously wander around their cosseted domicile within the grasslands. Butterflies, moths, honeybees, wasps with their mischievous flip-flapping movements add in a bouncy energy to the area while the varied types of spiders mystify the ambiance with their intricate webbed tapestry.
The sanctuary with in its blossoming best is one of the best places to visit within the period of autumn to spring. Toddle around the seashore during sunrise and sunset and capture riot of orange to red colors distinguishing the horizon while glistening the soft coat of the birds. Watching them flying across the vibrant sphere or swimming along with the impish waves is a pleasure unparalleled and unique. An exploring walk around the grasslands or the agricultural grounds brings you across the resident animals and fluttering butterflies of the region.
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.
- Carry lots of water.
How to get there
By road: Jamnagar is 92 km from Rajkot State transport buses and private luxury coaches connect Jamnagar with various centres of Gujarat. If you’re coming from Rajkot on bus, the bus passes right through town before reaching the bus station, so you can ask to be let off at Bedi Gate.
By rail: There are daily trains on the Western Railway with direct connections to Ahmedabad.
By air: There is an airport 10 km from town, so it’s a relatively inexpensive rickshaw or taxi ride. Various domestic airlines connect Jamnagar to Mumbai.