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Have a visual treat at Thol Bird Sanctuary!

GGN | February 12, 2014, 05:32 PM IST
have a visual treat at thol bird sanctuary

Ahmedabad :

Thol lake bird sanctuary is a shallow freshwater body surrounded by marshes on the edge and scrubby forest embarking the sides. The lake sanctuary, covering an area of 7 square kilometers, was officially declared a wildlife sanctuary in 1988.

Also called Thol Bird Sanctuary, this man-made wildlife sanctuary is located in Mehsana district of Gujarat.  Situated 25 km away from Ahmedabad, it is second most popular bird sanctuary in this area, after Nal Sarovar Bird Sanctuary.

This bird sanctuary has been developed on a water tank which was earlier used for irrigation. The huge tank, having water storage capacity of more than 80,000,000 cubic-metres, was constructed by Maharaja Sayajirao Gayakwad in 1912 AD.
The shallow water reservoir speckled with reed beds gives it a distinct ambience while being an ideal dwelling for varied species of birds and insects. The agricultural land surrounding the lake provide ample amount of food for quite a number of birds while the hydrological ecosystem takes care of the others. One gets overwhelmed with flocks of bird flying together and creating graphical patterns on the sky while long-legged elongated necked cranes keep stalking for fishes and small insects. The still and serene ambience of the locale gets melodiously symphonized with the echoing of thousands of birds and illustrated by the varied movements of these spirited creatures.   
A visual treat for any tourist and a treasurable experience for a bird watcher or ornithologists, this place is home to more than 100 species of birds.  Cranes, geese, flamingoes, pelicans, egrets, herons, spoonbills, ducks, whistling teals, Pied Avocet, Black-winged Stilt, Wooly-necked Stork, Greater Flamingoe, Pied Kingfisher, Southern Grey Shrike, Great White Pelican (Rosy Pelican), White-tailed Lapwing, Sociable Lapwing, Ruddy Shellduck, Bar-headed Goose, Greylag Goose, Kentish Plover and a Greater-spotted Eagle and many other migratory birds nest and breed in the lap of this nature’s exuberance.
The most commonly noticed Indian Saras Crane with its long bare legs, elongated head and red head gracefully pecks insects while walking around the lake with dance like movements. This bird which flaunts the status of being the tallest flying bird on earth is often see in pairs and has over centuries inspired poets and artists with its elegance and beauty.


Things to do

Thol Lake is an ideal destination to be away from the maddening rush of the city life. The place is worth spending an entire day capturing the different movements and behavior of the birds in alliance with nature.
While driving to the lake, keep a watch for the variety of birds which populate the pools and canals on the way. Toddle around the lake while you get acquainted to large and small, textured and plain, and their mesmerizing concord of sounds.

When to visit
Post-rainy season months, during November to February, is the ideal period to visit Thol bird sanctuary. You will be lucky enough to watch over 100 species of local and migratory birds during the day time.

How to reach there
Ahmedabad airport is the nearest airport which is 40 kms away from Thol. Ahmedabad bus station and railway station are nearest stops to reach Thol. From airport or railway station, you can hire a cab to reach Thol.  


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