About the location: The shallow wetlands of Banni Grasslands in the heart of Kutch are a dream for birding enthusiasts. This Chhari Dhand reserve is situated near Fulay Village in Nakhtranan Taluka of Kutch. Chhari means ‘salty’ and Dhand means ‘shallow wetlands’ in the local language. More than 370 species, including raptors, waders and larks are found in the region and the population goes up during the winters when migratory birds make this a veritable stop. Make Dhordo and Hodka villages of Kutch your base to visit here early mornings.
Brief History: The wetland reserve was given an official status in 2008. This has also been proposed as a Ramsar site.
Sunrise to sunset
By Road Chhari Dhand lies 54 km north of Bhuj. Bhuj is well connected by air, rail and road.state and private buses service the city from all major parts of Gujarat. Several private companies run sleeper buses (with a full horizontal bunk), leaving the city for Bhuj between 8pm and 11pm, arriving in Bhuj between 6am and 8am the next morning. These bus companies all have their offices around Paldi in Ahmedabad; Sahjan and Travels and Patel Travels are two recommended ones. There are also private sitting (non-sleeper) buses, and ST (State Transport) buses that make the trip for less money. Once in Bhuj, ST buses go to larger destinations around the district, private jeeps can also be rented (a good option for larger parties), and some smaller places can only be reached by chhakdas.
By Train Bhuj railway station lies on the western railways network
By Air The Bhuj airport lies 4 km from the city and has ample domestic flights from major destinations in India.