November opens its arms for flying species to have a joyride of Gujarat. As days grow shorter, millions of birds across North America prepare for one of nature’s great events: the autumn migration to warm winter climate. The Bird Sanctuaries of Gujarat are well maintained, equipped with all the amenitiesfor the flying species and provides them a safe place to dwell. Besides, it attracts many bird watchers from both India and outside.
In a view to promote eco tourism in Gujarat Shri Modi says
“Gujarat has a high level of biodiversity. It is blessed with a huge seacoast, Gulf of Kutch, islands and a variety of local and foreign birds. And so, the state government desires to develop eco tourism and to promote tourism activities for the bird viewers in the state.”
“It’s another beautiful winter and here we are waiting to welcome the wonderful flying visitors from
far reaching ends of the world. Government of Gujarat has truly created the best place for these winged wonders
” says Dennis James a bird watcher
Nal Sarovar Bird Sanctuary, Khijadia Bird Sanctuary, Thol Bird Sanctuary, and Porbandar Bird Sanctuary are the places in Gujarat where some of the rarest Bird species are found. Nal sarovar Bird Santcuary located 65 kms. from Ahmedabad is a shelter for around 2,50,000 birds. Rosy Pelicans, Flamnigoes, White Storks, Purple Herons, Kingfishers, Green Pigeons etc. are some of the notable Bird species found at Nal Sarovar Bird Sancturay. Recently Nalsrovar Bird Sanctuary had received a recognition from Ramsar Convention.
A flock of Crab Plovers,the Rosy starling from Easternmost Europe at times outnumbers the local starlings during winters and forms large winter flocks, apart from these Demoiselle Cranes from Siberia, Bar headed Goose from Himalayas, Ruff from England, Osprey from United Kingdom, Grey headed Canary flycatcher (a small passerine bird from Himalayas) and Granary from South Africa arrive at Khijadia Bird Sanctuary and various locations in Saurashtra.
“Early morning walks with the melodious sound of these feathered species makes the mornings more pleasant while it energizes me for the hectic schedule for the day ahead” says Balrambhai
Considering the high level of biodiversity in the state, Gujarat has developed its Bird Sancatuaries and attracted bird watchers from various parts of the world, giving a further impetus to tourism in the state. Tourism industry in Gujarat has marked a massive upswing with 30% rise in tourist arrival in last two year.State Government’s efforts in pace with the vision of Chief Minister, Shri Narendra Modi to promote the tourism Industry has reaped the fruits and placed the tourist destinations of Gujarat on the Global front.