Nalsarovar Water Forest: Home of the Flamingos

The “water world”  of “Nalsarovar”  is the home to the graceful Flamingos ( Phoenicopterus roseus & Phoenicopterus minor ) .It’s a sight of a lifetime.

Through the blogs titled ” enchanted forests” I attempt to unveil to the reader  the numerous forms of  magical and enchanting nature .

Welcome to the water forest, Nalsarovar, abode of the flamingoes.

flamingos
flamingos

Sarovar”  literally translated from Hindi means a Lake.

Nalsarovar a world of water
Nalsarovar a world of water

Nalsarovar is however an enormous “water forest”  located a short 45 minutes by road (65 kms) from Ahemdabad. ( Gujarat, India)  . It is also one of  the largest  “Ramsar”  sites in India.

Water combined with marshy land make it an ideal habitat for hundreds of water birds, many of which migrate to  Nalsarovar from  the colder northern worlds.

migratory birds
migratory birds

The birds are best viewed from the flat  bottomed boats which are manned by extremely knowledgeable boatmen. Follow their advice and you will be witness  to one of the marvels of nature.

reach by sunrise for the best sightings
reach by sunrise for the best sightings

Personally did not go on a horse, but its an option with this cheerful  young jockey. Do observe the saddle.

want to go on a horseride?
want to go on a horseride?

Do write to me  at chandmukul@gmail.com and i will be happy to share more pictures and details. Also watch out for my blogs on the region in http://www.travelwithmukul.wordpress.com.

Leave you with  the  birds of this amazing water world

In Ancient Egypt the IBIS was revered .
In Ancient Egypt the IBIS was revered .
A brush with a darter bird
A brush with a darter bird

The parent bird was so agitated as the boat was within touching distance of its offspring ( in the foreground of the picture) that it flew menacingly  to peck the boatman. Did  The  Jacana  (Hydrophasianus chirurgus) know who was in charge ?

agitated bronze winged jacana
agitated pheasant tailed jacana

I have had only  a “fleeting glimpse of  half a dozen flamingos”  at an abandoned dock in  Mumbai years ago.The sights at Nalsarover truly reveals the magic of the flamingoes. what an eyeopener: they flock here in thousands.

flamingos and flamingoes
flamingos and flamingoes

Do keep an eye for more on the region.

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mukul chand

51 year old entrepreneur who has traveled extensively around the world for work and pleasure , is based in New Delhi, India. A passionate traveler born with a love for flora and fauna, is an active naturalist and amateur photographer. Here he shares his unique insight into Incredible India revealing its mysterious and exotic treasures. Writing from his heart he shares his experiences as he crisscrosses this vast and amazing land.

6 thoughts on “Nalsarovar Water Forest: Home of the Flamingos”

  1. I visited Nal Sarovar back in the ’90s. I understand it’s now been developed as a tourism destination, but back then we were on our own. The boatmen weren’t all that nice–took us out to the middle of the lake, then refused to go further or take us back to shore unless we paid more money. Turned into a scary situation. 😦

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