A stupendous attraction in Champaner is the fauna reserves in nearby areas. The variety and uniqueness of the birds and animals here awes many a nature lovers. If you too are passionate about sighting and photographing these mesmerizing creatures, or simply rejoicing in the serenity of being in the middle of nature, Champaner Heritage Resort is your ideal base. The property allows you easy access to several remarkable sanctuaries.
Each sanctuary here has something unique to offer.
Here are a few of them and the treasures that each one beholds.
At an hour’s drive from Champaner, Timbi Lake welcomes some rare exotic birds like the Eurasian wryneck bird (the one that can famously turn its head 180 degrees) and the black-necked stork every year. Some more migratory birds that love visiting Timbi Lake are: baya weavers, Asian open bill stork, red avadavat, sparrows and buntings. Overall, it has 124 species of birds, each commanding many, many snapshots!
Nalsarovar Bird Sanctuary
The Nalsarovar bird sanctuary is located around 200 km from Champaner. The picturesque sanctuary lets you witness a brilliant spectacle of migratory birds like pelicans, flamingos, cranes, geese, storks, spoonbill, swallows, osprey, ibises, eagles and harriers among others. It is centered around a huge lake of about 100 square km. There’s a 2km stretch of grassland and marshland to get to the lake. The entire ecosystem is so natural and serene that is makes it difficult to believe how close it actually is to the bustling city.
Jambughoda Wildlife Sanctuary
Located just 20 km away from Champaner, the Jambughoda Wildlife Sanctuary is as rich in landscapes as it is in fauna. Its lush forests make for an unforgettable visit. This is the place where you can sight the great leopard. With consistent preservation efforts in place, the number of leopards in the park has been increasing steadily.
Your safari will also take you up and close to nilgai (Asia’s largest antelope), hyenas, jackals, barking deer, chausingha (an antelope with four horns) and the sloth beer. So come with your camcorders and watch the Jungle Book come alive.
Vadhavana Bird Sanctuary
When it comes to variety and expansiveness, Vadhwana is the winner among bird sanctuaries. You can spend an entire day hiking through the park and keep coming across countless types of birds. The park located just 70 kms away from Champaner, even has a Celestron telescope installed to let you get a closer look at the beauties.
Most common sightings at the sanctuary include:
- Asian open billed stork
- Indian cormorant
- Common coot
- Black headed ibis
- Black ibis
- Great egret
- Tufted duck – a migratory bird from Europe
- Pied kingfisher
- Wire tailed swallow
- Ashy-crowned sparrow lark
- Comb duck
- Red headed pochard
- Red crested pochard
- Grey lag geese
- Cotton pygmy goose
Go to Vadhwana Bird Sanctuary for a day-long picnic, and whenever you need to rest and eat a hearty meal, head to the restaurant within the premises. It’s a nice place to rest for a bit before you embark upon the second half of your bird-watching safari.
Champaner Heritage Resort welcomes photographers and bird lovers for a stay. Enjoy a warm and comforting stay at our palatial resort and take a sojourn to these enchanting destinations for memorable pics. Our staff will suggest you the best attractions as per your interest and will also recommend the best time to visit these places to ensure a safe and successful visit.