Tourism is one of the biggest sectors contributing to the development of any country. India is not an exception. Replete with natural spots and man-made constructions, this country has been able to make a respectable position in the world map. Gujarat, a north-west state on the west coast of the country has a lot of attractions from temples to architectural constructions and from beaches to wildlife sanctuaries. There are a lot of national parks and wildlife sanctuaries in Gujarat that fetch currency to the state government. One such sanctuary is Wild Ass wildlife sanctuary located in the little Rann of Kutch.
The little Rann of Kutch is a salt marsh that is situated near the Great Rann of Kutch in the Kutch District of Gujarat. Kutch Desert Wildlife Sanctuary, Kutch Bustard Sanctuary, Banni Grasslands Reserve, Chari-Dhand Wetland Conservation Reserve and Narayan Sarovar Sanctuary, etc. are some of the notable wildlife sanctuaries in the Rann of Kutch.
The Wild Ass sanctuary is noted as the last refuge of the Indian Wild Ass or Khur. This is nominated as a biosphere reserve and a World Heritage Site. If you want to visit this sanctuary, you should read the following:
This park was established in the year 1972. It came under the wildlife protection Act of 1973.
Area and location:
Covering an area of 4954 sq km. the sanctuary is located in the Little Rann of Kutch, in the north-west of Gujarat.
The main attraction here is the wild ass, which is the distant wild cousin of the tamed donkey. Other than this the Wild Ass wildlife sanctuary has 2 species of Turtles, 14 species Of Lizards, 12 Snakes and 1 Crocodile, 25 species Of Zooplanktons, 1 species Of Annelid, 4 Crustaceans, 24 Insects, 12 Molluscs and 27 Spiders, 4 Species Of Amphibians and 9 Mammalian orders with 33 species.
You would be enthralled to watch Jackal, Nilgai, Chinkara, Desert Fox, Blackbucks and Desert Cat in the sanctuary. 350 species of birds include Houbara Bustard, Demoiselle Crane, Crane, Vulture, etc. and many others.
Best time to visit:
May and June are the hottest months while January is the coldest one. So you can visit during the rest of the year mainly between September and November.
How to reach the park?
Bhuj which is almost 150 km away from the sanctuary is the nearest airport. For travelers preferring train, Dhangadhra is the nearest railway head. It is 22 km away from the sanctuary and 130 km from the state capital. This sanctuary is well connected with the major cities in Gujarat. Hence, even if you are residing in any other state transportation would not be a problem for you.
What else do you get?
There are lots of spots near the wild ass sanctuary like Rajkot, an important city in Saurashtra. The temples in Modhera and Pata famous for Patola saris are places worth a visit.
Thus there are a lot to see and do in the Wild Ass wildlife sanctuary. Once you plan to tour Gujarat, this sanctuary should be part of your itinerary.