About LRK

Welcome to one of the most fascinating and unique landscapes in the entire world. Little Rann of Kutch in Gujarat, covers an area of 4954 sq. km. It is home to popular wild ass sanctuary located in this Rann. Known as Asiatic Wild Ass orKhur this species is one of the most endangered species in the world. To preserve the natural habitat of the area, this park was established as a sanctuary on 12th January 1973. Itis the 15th Biosphere Reserve in India frequented by flocks of migratory birds year-round thanks to its conducive geographical location. Migratory birds enroute this area and love to touch base with the dynamic Gulf of Kutch.

Besides the migratory birds abode, this sanctuary also provides conducive environment to a variety of other avian lives. There are many unexplored parts of the Little Rann of Kutch which is known to providing ideal breeding grounds for flamingos. The saline desert plains, rocky and thorn scrub, arid grasslands, plateaus to lakes, and marshes all constitute the area of this part of the versatile, and diversely fertile land making it an ideal ground for species to thrive in. Especially the plateaus of which there are around 74 provide the natural breeding ground for animals and various other life forms. These islands are locally called bets and large ecotone, transitional land. It is a type of land where two different ecosystems gradually meet. In this part of Gujarat both marines as well as terrestrial life forms thrive. This place also attracts a lot of rains during monsoons leading to floods. It is a key breeding place for prawns and a variety of sea lives, turtles, and fishes thanks to the mixing of tidal water from the Gulf of Kutch with the water from the rivers flowing in this area. The saline constitute of the area also makes for large salt panes. This area attracts many salt manufacturers. These manufacturers are locally known as ‘Agarias’ and engage in the occupation of preparing salt.

Fauna & Flora

This area is a transitional land spread across the Little Rann. Many of plateaus and islands known as ‘bets’, grow jungle grass and scrub and native plants. The greenery and bushes of this arile land also offers plenty of food for its variety of wildlife including the ‘Gudkhur’ (Asiatic wild ass) which thrive in this place. This khur species of wild ass is an endangered species and is not found elsewhere. It is a pleasant looking earthy brown member of the Equus genus (horse family). Catching the sight of playful ass in the herd, grazing, and galloping across the Rann is a treat for people visiting this area. Besides the khur, it also attracts pretty looking blackbuck (Indian antelope), nilgai or blue bull (India’s largest antelope), and the peaceful, playful herd of chinkara (Indian gazelle). These are some of the mammals found in the bets.

The hiding ground and construct also make it home to hunting animals of the wild such as the endangered Indian wolf, desert fox, and Indian fox. Indian jackals, desert and jungle cats, and a few hyenas species can also be found in this natural habitat of animals.

The mammals which serve as the prey to hunting animals are hares, gerbilles, and hedgehogs. Nature lovers can catch the sight of reptiles like a spiny-tailed lizard, monitor, red, and common sand boa. Varieties of venomous and non-venomous snakes like a saw-scaled viper, cobra, dhaman (Indian rat snake), etc, could also be seen during the safaris in the Rann.

Day 1- Ahmedabad Airport/Railway Station  – Little Rann of Kutch

Pick up from Ahmedabad airport and leave for LRK, which is around 110 km from airport and takes around 2 -3 hours to reach. After reaching, you will be check-in at the pre-booked hotel/resort/Lodge and take some rest. After lunch, we will be proceeding for our first safari. The tour will take you to the mesmerizing landscapes of LRK to watch and photograph bird frenzy. because the golden evening light starts to line in we’ll attempt to make images of untamed Asses against the sunshine capturing vibrant silhouettes and this is often also the time for a few raptors activity especially Harriers to roost which provides a perfect opportunity to form ground-level images.

Day 2 – 3:  Morning and afternoon Safari

The day begins early as we prepare ourselves to go to the second safari before the first morning light hits the Rann. we’ll be scouring vast expanses of Rann to identify and photograph raptors. Early morning is a perfect time to seek out a raptor on a kill if luck supports. Post safari, back at base we’ll discuss the result, learning, and challenges of the previous two safaris. Evening safari will just about be like that of the previous safari but with the main change in habitat. we’ll be going rich 40 km inside LRK which is all at once a special habitat. Chances of McQueen’s Bastard, Indian Courser, and Desert Foxes are high here.

Day 4: Morning safari then check out from and drop at Ahmedabad Airport/Railway Station

Early morning awaken and a head out for our last morning safari. We may dedicate this safari to watch and photograph the thousands of migratory birds and fowls that visit the Rann. After safari, back to resort, freshen up, have breakfast and then check out from the resort and drop you at Ahmedabad airport/railway station to board the flight/train for your home.

By Air: The nearest airport to reach Little Rann of Kutch is Ahmedabad Airport, which is around 110 km and takes around 02-03 Hrs drive

By Rail: Viramgam is the nearest railway station. LRK is  30 km drive from Viramgam. From Ahmedabad railway station it takes around two hours to reach Little rann of kutch.

By Road: You can reach Little Rann of Kutch by road from Ahmdabad airport/railway station.

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