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Wild Life Safari

The Resort is arrange wild life safari.
You can see the unique wildlife, flora and topography, and experience the landscape and food of the area.

The Little Rann of Kutchh

The ‘Little’ Rann of Kutch is a 4950 sq. km. saline desert in the Kutch Peninsula of western India that is dominated by vast salt pans, shrubby islands, seasonal nullahs, marshes and rocky hillocks or Dungars of volcanic origin. This unique landscape was originally part of the Arabian Sea. As the land separated from the sea by geological forces, it became a vast, featureless plain encrusted with salt that is inundated with water during the monsoon rains.

The Rann of Kutchi is a vast desiccated, unbroken bare surface of dark silt encrusted with salts that, after rain, transforms into a spectacular coastal wetland. It is a geographically distinct landscape that was once part of the shallow Gulf of Kachchh. The process of siltation of the marine estuary, as well as the area’s ongoing geological uplift, cut off its connection to the sea. Over time, the area became a vast salt-encrusted plain.

The Rann is a place that needs time, patience and keen observation to reveal itself fully. A walk through the shrub islands, a slow purposeful drive across the flats, climbing up one of the dungars or a conversation over chai with the herders and salt workers, can all be fruitful exercises in piecing together the puzzle that is the Little Rann of Kutch.

Desert Safari

Dhinga Masti Resort arranges (wild life safari) Jeep Safaris in the Little Rann of Kutch, and other cultural tours are also arranged to nearby villages, which offer an opportunity to get closer to the regional artisans and their work. Arrangement for camel cart and camel riding safaris can also be made.

The Wild Ass Sanctuary

The Wild Ass Sanctuary located in the Little Rann of Kutch covers an area of over 4954 km². It is also one of the largest wild life sanctuaries in India. This stretch of land in the Rann is the sole home of the Wild Ass in the entire world. This species hails from the horse family and has similar strength and grace. The Wild Ass that looks like a cross breed between Horse and Donkey can run at an average speed of 50 Kms per hour for long distance!!!

Apart from the Wild Ass, the Wild Ass Sanctuary is habitat to 100s of other species. The other major animals found here are Blue Bulls (Neelgai), Chinkara and the Black Buck. You will also find carnivores such as the Indian Wolf, Jackals, Foxes, Desert Cats and different species of snakes and lizards.

The Sanctuary, due to its very strategic geographical bird migration route location and its connection to the Gulf of Kutch, provides an important feeding, breeding and roosting habitat for a large number of birds species. According to an estimate about 70,000-75,000 birds nests in an area spread over 250 acres in Little Rann of Kutch.

The Wild Ass Sanctuary is a bird watcher’s paradise in the winter. As the monsoon finishes in this Indian Sub Continent, the land turns into a large mudflat and wetland giving migratory birds, especially the Flamingos a perfect place to breed. During monsoon, most of this land gets inundated by flood waters and innumerable seasonal streams and rivers. It turns into a vast marshland and becomes home to thousands of Greater Flamingos, Pelicans, Cranes and other water species. This is one of the rare areas where there are Flamingo Cities, where Flamingo breed.


Other Places of Interest:

Nalsarovar Bird Sanctuary:

Nal Sarovar Bird Sanctuary, comprising a massive lake and ambient marshes, and inhabited by migratory birds in winter and spring is a place worth visiting in Gujarat. It attracts over 210 species of birds in the winter, and harbours a variety of flora and fauna. Its migratory bird population includes Rosy Pelicans, Flamingos, White Storks, Brahminy Ducks and Herons. It is the largest wetland bird sanctuary in Gujarat, and one of the largest in India.

Thol Wildlife Sanctuary:

Another bird sanctuary in the vicinity is of Thol. Situated in Mehsana district and about 40 km from Ahmedabad, this sanctuary has rich variety of wild fowls, flamingos, grey pelicans, black ibis and a profusion of other wetland birds.

Narayan Sarovar Chinkara Sanctuary:

Yet another famous place of Hindu pilgrimage and a wild life sanctuary, famous for Chinkara or the Indian gazelle, blue bull, spotted deer, wild boar and rich variety of smaller wildlife.

Patan:

An ancient city of Patan, which was a capital of Gujarat in Medieval Times, has many tourist attractions. The City contains many Hindu and Jain temples as well as few mosques, dargahs and rojas. The city has many historical places also. The attractions include Forts, Vavs (Step Wells) and Talavs (Lakes).

Modhera:

Sun temple of Modhera is one of prime tourist locations of Gujarat. The temple, with splendid carvings, fine architecture and traditional erotic sculptures, was built in 1026 AD by King Bhimdev of the Solanki dynasty and is dedicated to Lord Surya, the Sun God of Hinduism. It is akin to the Konark Temple of Orissa.

Bhuj :

Bhuj is another historical city of Gujarat. The headquarter of India’s second largest district Kutch, Bhuj was established by Rao Hamirji in 1510 and was made the state capital by Rao Khengarji I in 1549. Bhuj is worth visiting for shopping rich handicraft material. From here, Bhuj, one can visit the largest flamingo breeding colony in the world.