About Wild Ass Wildlife Sanctuary
Wild Ass Wildlife Sanctuary, situated in the Indian state of Gujarat, is the
largest wildlife sanctuary in the country. In fact, it spans the entire area
of the little Rann of Kutch where small grass covered areas, known as baits,
forms the flora and is an important source to support the fauna of the
Asses consists of members of the horse family which are found in plenty in
the region grazing on the grass covered expanse. The asses are tough animals
with no match in the animal kingdom for the power and stamina they possess.
The best time to visit the sanctuary would be the post monsoon month of
October, when the grasslands are replenished with water and a number of wild
asses can be seen grazing upon and playing around in the area. The months of
December to March is the cooler period when the weather is ideal for a
wildlife safari. From April onwards, the heat starts building and it can get
scorching hot during May and June.
Wildlife Attractions in Wild Ass Wildlife Sanctuary
Asses are the prominent attractions and the animal found in large numbers
in the region. Herds of these animals can often be sighted in the area,
grazing on the patches of grass. It is an interesting experience to observe
some of their peculiar habits.
Besides the asses, other animals that can be found in the area include the
endangered Ghudkhur, Blue-Bull, Chinkara, Hedgehog and carnivores such as
the Wolf, Jackal, Fox, Jungle and Desert Cats
The avian population of the area is equally diverse with more than 300
species of birds already registered. Some of the famous birds include
Cranes, Flamingos, Houbara Bustard, Falcons along with a large number of
larks, another major attraction of the area.
The Rann of Kutch is also known for its varied reptile population such as
snakes, tortoises and lizards, most of which can not be found anywhere else
in the country.
To sum up, the Wild Ass Wildlife Sanctuary is habitat to around 93 species
of invertebrates that include 25 species of zooplanktons, 1 specie of
annelid, 4 crustaceans, 24 insects, 12 molluscs and 27 spiders.
Jeep Safari is an excellent option to explore the vast open expanses of the
Rann of Kutch. The experience of observing animal habits from close quarters
is enhanced by the salubrious climate and the breathtaking views of sunrise
and sunset. Safaris of various durations are organised but a trip of at
least three to four days is recommended to fully enjoy the experience.
Besides the wildlife of the area, safaris also cover a host of other
attractions including historic monuments, inland salt works and numerous
other places of interest. Camel safari can also be organised by the tour
operators, on request.
area around the Rann of Kutch is full of tourist attractions. Excursions to
a local Saurashtriyan village, famous for its handloom and dyeing units,
will further enhance your experience.
Those interested in bird watching and wildlife photography can go for
special photography trips and boat rides.
Trekking and camping with local migrating tribes are organised between the
months of July and September.
How to Get There
By Air :
Bhuj is the nearest airport, while Ahmedabad is
the most convenient airport, connected by Indian Airlines flight from Delhi
(6:00 & 18:15, daily) from Mumbai (5:30 & 19:30, daily) Kolkata
By Rail :
Viramgam is the nearest railhead. It is
connected to Delhi through the ALA Hazrat Exp. (11:50, Mon, Wed, Thu, Sun)
and daily to Mumbai through the Bhavnagar Exp. (21:25), Saurashtra Mail
(20:25), Sau Janata Exp. (16:35), Kutch Exp. (17:10) & Saurashtra Exp.
By Road :
Wild Ass sanctuary is connected by road to
other parts of the country. One can get to the park in a four wheeler,
preferably a sturdy vehicle like a jeep, as the roads may be a bit bumpy and
uneven as some points. To reach from Ahmedabad, take the NH8A to Sarkhej,
state highway to Bajana via Sanand, Viramgam, Mandal, Dasada and Zainabad.
Distances from Major Cities
129 km (NW)
- The two main entry points into the park are Bajana and Jinjhwada
- Park charges Entry Fee : Rs. 10 (Indians) & US$5 (foreigners),
Vehicle : Rs. 20 (Indians) & US$ 5 (foreigners), Guide : Rs. 30
(Indians) & US$ 5 (foreigners), Still Camera : Rs. 50 (Indians) &
US$ 5 (foreigners)
- Sanctuary timings are 6 AM to 6 PM.
- It is advisable to visit the sanctuary during the winter months,
especially if you are not used to withstanding high temperatures.
- Prior information about the timings can be of much help.
- Things to carry include sun screen cream, a sun hat, sunglasses and
other protective clothing for protection against the strong sun rays.
- Take along a camera and binoculars to enhance your experience. The
camera should be fitted with a sun filter.
- The conditions in the area can sometimes be a bit tough. The safari
should not be too demanding, especially for first time visitors.
Little Rann of Kutch is full of amazing surprises waiting to be explored.
The wildlife tours are coupled with visits to the local villages and
numerous other attractions. Click Here!
to book your tour.
Resorts in Wild Ass
want to experience traditional Rajasthani culture with a tinge of
modernism, the Rann Resorts located at the Will Ass Wildlife Sanctuary
is the place to be.
resort is located east of highway 10, providing easy access to the wild