Nalsarovar Bird Sanctuary

Wildlife Reserve in Eastern Gujarat

This 121-sq-km sanctuary, 60km southwest of Ahmedabad, protects Nalsarovar Lake, a flood of island-dotted blue dissolving into the sky and iron-flat plains, and its surrounding wetlands. Between November and February, the sanctuary sees flocks of indigenous and migratory birds, with as many as 250 species passing through. To see the birds, it’s best to hire a boat (around ₹200, negotiable, per hour). A taxi from Ahmedabad costs around ₹4500 for a day trip; combine with visiting Lothal (40km south).

Ducks, geese, eagles, spoonbills, cranes, pelicans and flamingos are best seen at daybreak and dusk, so it's worth staying overnight in the luxury tent accommodations run by Gujarat Tourism, 1.5km from the lake. The sanctuary is busiest at weekends and on holidays, and best avoided then.