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Thol Wildlife Sanctuary

Location: Gujarat

Main Wildlife Attractions: Great White Pelicans, flamingos,geese, Sarus Cranes

Coverage Area: 153 sq.kms

Established: 1972

Best Time to Visit:October to March

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Most of us have always longed to master their exceptional abilities but our dreams have remained unfulfilled. However we can derive some consolation from seeing and admiring them and what better place to watch them at than the Thol Wildlife Sanctuary.

Not just bird lovers but common tourists visiting the state of Gujarat should include the Thol Wildlife Sanctuary as part of their tour itinerary. Located at a distance of about 40 km from Ahmedabad, the state capital, the Thol Wildlife Sanctuary is in the Mehsana district and definitely worth a visit. Anyone is sure to feel delighted on seeing so many beautiful feathered creatures together at the same place.

Thol Lake encompassing an area of 7 sq km has marshy fringes. Scrub forests also surround the sides of the high banks. This makes it the ideal spot for a large number of migratory birds particularly those who belong to the category of waders and waterfowls. The Thol Wildlife Sanctuary is their temporary sojourn for the winters and so it is best to visit this Lake Sanctuary in the months between October and March. When planning a trip keep in mind that

Nearest railway head is Ahmedabad

Nearest airport is Ahmedabad

It is well connected by roads to Ahmedabad

The birds who make the Thol Wildlife Sanctuary their temporary home include great White Pelicans, Flamingoes, Mallards, Greylag Cheese, Sarus Crane, old spotted fly catchers, Eurasian Curlews. In fact the sanctuary has shot to fame for them. The sight of such a large array of birds and their cacophony as they vie for space in the Thol Wildlife Sanctuary gifts all the visitors with pleasurable moments.

It is indeed an ornithologist's paradise but those who are not hard core birdies will also thoroughly enjoy a visit to the Thol Wildlife Sanctuary. It has been fascinating people ever since its inception in the year 1912.