The dainty and elegant Demoiselle cranes are beautiful cranes which are native to Central Eurasia.

These  graceful cranes are extremely gentle and known as Khurja in Rajasthan due to the loud and distinctive  sounds they make.

vast group in flight
Flying over Mountains at Kichan

Demoiselle Cranes ( English), Khurja ( Rajasthani Hindi) or Anthropoides virgo ( Scientific name) are the Winter Guests of the village of Kichan.

Why  they choose to make this inconspicuous but beautiful village in North Western India their home from August till March every year is still a mystery. ( do read to discover this charming village)

They travel in thousands in flocks of hundreds crossing the highest mountains on the planet undertaking the longest and most arduous of migrations.

Behold this amazing natural spectacle as they bask in the sun on the shores of a village pond at Kichan, Rajasthan.

At this time of the year their homes in Mongolia are swept by cold winds and snow blizzards.

in hundreds
Our Winter Guests

The typical V-formations of Cranes helps them conserve energy and ensures a higher rate of survival as they undertake the strenuous MIGRATION across ASIA.

V formations
V formations

Graceful in flight, the tell tale sign of cranes of neck and feet extended is captured in the picture below.

The majestic beauty of Nature is well and truly represented by these Winter Guests.

take off
Take off

The Demoiselle Cranes exhibit an enchanting social order of which of  I will write about in the blogs to follow.

Am overwhelmed and in awe of these gorgeous beauties which  choose an area of a few square miles in the arid and dry desert of the Rajasthan. India to be their homes every Winter.

During the month of January the Winter Guests ( the Demoiselle Cranes) would outnumber their hosts ( the villagers of Kichan) in the ratio of 4:1.



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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.

30 thoughts on “WINTER GUESTS”

  1. They are awesome, some of them coming from here I imagine… to their winter place… There is an amazing documental film I never forget, do you watch it dear Mukul, The film by Jaques Perrin and the music by Bruno Coulais… I remember again. Thank you, love, nia

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      1. To be honest dear Mukul, my knowledge about bird world is not very well, but I do love them and you know how makes me excited when I see them or a different one. But yes, with camera you start to search and to learn too. Thank you, this was a wonderful connection for today 🙂 Have a nice weekend, love, nia

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  2. This is the wonderful flip side of the what we see in our autumn – the sheer size and noise of these many many birds is humbling. Great pictures as usual.

    Years ago I found this excellent teaching project for mostly American school children to track the migrations of birds, butterflies, whales and even plant changes as spring comes to North America. You might like to check it out, It’s called “The Journed North” at :

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  3. I am glad you liked my post “Out of the Box”. This post of yours is interesting because the aberrant seasons are altering habitats and migrations. In NYC we are having a very warm year and winter. Recently a painted bunting has made a nest in a park in Brooklyn and has been met with a sea of photographers and birdwatchers as it is unusual for this bird to be in our area, particularly in winter. The incredible shrinking of the Arctic ice and other natural changes will require us all to think out-of-the-box to positively contribute to our planet.


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