The Indian Desert which is also known as the Thar Desert, is a
continuous part of the contiguous land mass of the great
desert of Sahara & Arabia. The desert has a variety of
ecologically interesting land forms. At places water and
wind erosion have washed away the soil leaving behind only
gravel and stones. A characteristic feature of all
deserts is salt flats of various sizes and depths, mostly
shallow which dry after the rains the largest of these flats
is the Greater Rann of Kuchchh. Visit to the
variety of ecologically interesting land farms; the pride of
the Thar desert in Gujarat State is the extinctions Flamingos
which nests and breed here in their natural habitat and the
tour also takes you to visit of nature’s most enchanting
underwater splendour at the marine national park.
[These Eco Tour Programs are best
run with minimum 6 travelers to a group & more]
RANN OF KACHCHH -
The Indian Desert, which is also known as the Thar
Desert, is a continuous part of the contiguous landmass of the
Great Deserts of Sahara & Arabia.
The desert has a variety of ecologically interesting land
farms. A characteristic feature of all deserts is salt flats
of various sizes and depths, mostly shallow, which dry up
after the rains. The largest of these flats is the Greater
Rann of Kachchh.
Each one of the formations is unique, curios, interesting and
support a wide spectrum of plant and wildlife. The variety of
colourful insects includes the loctus, grass hopper, dragon
fly and over 17 species of beetle. There are 47 reptile
species which survive in the rocky and sandy region of the
desert a prime example is the spirey tail lizard with its
stumped head and flat spirey tail. Another example is snake
that merges so well in the sand and dried vegetation that
unless the area is scanned inch by inch, it is rarely
impossible to discover it.
The desert is very rich in avifauna both in species as well as
in number there are over 300 species of birds found here some
are resident and many are winter visitors. Otherwise silent,
the common sand grouse are noisy at the water hole, where they
appear every morning in huge numbers. The whole environment
resounds with their chatter & twitter. Apart from these, there
is no dearth of colourful birds here beaters, Rotters, larks,
fly cathers, warblers and white checked bulbuls.
Over 100,000 greater flamingoes assemble in May-June as their
last stop are the way to their annual nesting site somewhere
in the Greater Rann of Kachchh, Gujarat.
A VISIT TO THE FLAMINGO CITY
In the greater Rann is a challange, the spectacle
of 100,000 nests and nearly 300,000 flamingos in the salt flat
of Rann is one of the treasured moments for a photographer.
The flamingos distribute in the desert by late November with
the juveniles and stay along the extensively long shores of
salt lake, till the end of June. Lesser flamingos arrive from
East Africa and feed with the larger ones in the desert
marshes. For demoiselle cranes, the desert is enroute for
marshes. For domoiseelle cranes, the desert is enroute for
warmer lands. Thousands of cranes cross the Thar in winter.
The pride of the desert however is the Indian Gazelle -
elegant swift and vigilant. The salt flats need special
maintain for their being the unique habitat holding the
dwindling population of about 100 wild asses (in little Rann-
a sanctuary for wild asses).
MARINE NATIONAL PARK
Nature’s most enchanting underwater splendor. The
Coral belt falling with the Gulf of Kachchh, between Navlakha
and Okha is distinguished by rare presence of living corals.
Only marine Eco-system where live Corals can be seen with
naked eye just below the water surface.
Rarefauna - a network of 42 Islands with coral reefs
and mango grove forest. Beside the pearl oyster, about
1000-1500 different species of Marine animals and plants find
shelter here 225 different species of algae, 400 species of
fishes including 16 of sharks, 70 varieties of sponges 300 to
400 species of Mollusces reptile, snakes and turtles.
Famous for rare species BONNELIE which is only found at
two other places of World.
Three marine mammals- Dolphins, Whales and dugong. Dolphins
growing upto 2 meter in length live in groups and are commonly
found with in this area.
The Gulf of Kachchh is one of the very few places to have many
rare and colorful Corals: Marine Bhota and Mangrove Swamps
vital to marine ecology. It covers and area on 500 sq. kms.
from Okha to Sachana, on the North Western coast of Saurashtra.
The Marine National Park is India’s first national marine
UNDERWATER PHOTOGRAPHY OF CORAL
TREASURES AND PEARLS WOULD KEEP YOU SPELLBOUND FOR REST OF THE
Clear crystal waters give you an opportunity of
doing brave adventurous diving, underwater photography or
scuba diving (you must have your own equipment and a life
jacket for such sports). Here you will be able to touch Puffer
Fish, Sea-urchins, Octopus, Ridley’s Turtles and Sea Dolphines!
And a chance to take photograph of this unknown treasures.
If you are lucky you may find an outsize pearl of rare luster!
With your underwater photography can reveal the secrets of the
Corals, the Sea horse and the colorful ink-throwing squids.
There are hardly any sharks about in the cold winter waters!