Destination: West India

When we think of West India, we think of the last and only remaining abode of the Asiatic lions, the Gir National Park in Gujarat. Today, the conservation efforts of the Gujarat government and forest management have seen the lion population reach in the range of 500.

The harsher and ever so unique habitat of Thar Desert is a beautiful sandy, brown expanse in the State of Rajasthan. Almost 3,000 square kilometres of this desert forms the Desert National Park. As exceptional as this National Park is, just as exceptional is its distinctive wildlife. The endemic reptile species like the laungwala toad-headed agama, spiny-tailed lizard, saw-scaled viper to name a few can be seen here; not to mention the charismatic mammals of the desert like the chinkara, Indian fox, desert cat, desert hare and many more. On the Eastern edge of this desert, in the ancient folds of the Aravalli Hills lies Ranthambhore Tiger Reserve, home of the most well-documented tigers in the world, reigning over ancient hill top ramparts and amongst ruined palaces on lotus covered lakes.

Living up to the adjective ‘interesting’ is the Kutchh Desert Sanctuary in Gujarat. It is a true saline desert, which seasonally gives rise to the saline wetland areas that last a couple of months before turning into a saline desert again. Apart from a heavenly spectacle of thousands of flamingos that flock to the Flamingo City here, it offers a glimpse into the wildlife of millions of years ago too. Fossils can be found aplenty on Jurassic and Cretaceous period rock remnants in certain areas of the sanctuary.

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