Kutch Desert Wildlife Sanctuary

Kutch Desert Wildlife Sanctuary

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Timings : 6:00 AM to 6:00 PM

Entry Fee : Weekdays
Indian Visitors - INR 250
Foreign Visitors - INR 1200

Weekends 
Indian Visitors - INR 280
Foreign Visitors - INR 1500

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Indian Visitors - INR 50
Foreign Visitors - INR 350

Kutch Desert Wildlife Sanctuary, Kutch Overview

Located 100 km away from Bhuj, the Kutch Desert Wildlife Sanctuary is one of the largest periodical saline wetlands in the world. Colloquially known as the "Flamingo City" this is the largest wildlife sanctuary with a vast expanse of about 7505.22 sq. km.

Situated in proximity to the submerged 5000-year-old Harappan civilisation of Dholavira, the Kutch Desert Wildlife Sanctuary also cites various fossils.

Excessive salt deposits here give the sanctuary a pure white surface that attracts all the more uniqueness. However, since the Kutch Desert Wildlife Sanctuary lies on the Indo-Pak border, some parts of the sanctuary are restricted to the public. There are some BSF areas as well.

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Animals Found at the Kutch Desert Wildlife Sanctuary

The Kutch Desert Wildlife Sanctuary preserves various species of flamingos including the greater flamingo. Some of the other species here include the Indian porcupine, spiny-tailed lizard, black-necked storks, wild ass and the Indian cormorant. With about 0.5 to 1.5 metres of water, this saltwater wetland also houses foxes, hyenas, chinkaras and nilgais. 

Besides being a wildlife reserve, the sanctuary also is a fossil preserve with numerous ancient dinosaur, whale and crocodile fossils. There are also an array of fauna fossils in addition to deep-sea creatures such as sea urchins and ammonites. These fossils are said to have been stored from the Dinosaurian and Tertiary periods.

Flamingo City

The Kutch Desert Wildlife Sanctuary is fondly known as the world's largest "Flamingo City". This saline desert land not only attracts thousands of flamingos but is also the only active breeding ground for the pink creatures in the world.

Housing mostly the Greater Flamingos, the Kutch Desert Wildlife Sanctuary also magnetises the Lesser Flamingos. Besides flamingos, there are 184 other bird species here. However, this famous Flamingo City would be found on the muddy grounds of Rann. 

How to Reach the Kutch Desert Wildlife Sanctuary

The Kutch Desert Wildlife Sanctuary is located way away from the Kutch city centre, at about 260 km from Kutch and about 110 km from Bhuj. Hence, even the nearest railway station is the Bhuj railhead which would be approximately a 4-hour drive to the sanctuary.

The closest airport facility is the Bhuj Airport in the IAF Campus, about 190 to 220 km from Kutch Desert Wildlife Sanctuary. The Rapar Bus station, situated nearly 65 km from the sanctuary is the nearest bus station. 

Best Time to Visit the Sanctuary

October to March would be the best time to visit the Kutch Desert Wildlife Sanctuary as the weather would be pleasant, devoid of the scorching Kutch heat otherwise. The winters at the Rann of Kutch is also a great time to go "flamingo-watching"

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