Great Indian Bustard Sanctuary

Great Indian Bustard Sanctuary

Great Indian Bustard Sanctuary
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Sumithran
Navi Mumbai, India798 contributions
Dec 2021
The place is about 20 Km from Solapur. We visited the office at the entrance and the officer was quite helpful and mentioned that one Great Indian Bustard has been sighted some months back. He also told us that they are creating fire lines and due to tall grass, it may not be possible to sight any animals. He advised us to have a look from the watch tower about 500 m further ahead. We did not have any luck other than a few birds. The road condition is quite bad over the last couple of Km.
Written January 8, 2022
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Advandana
Painted Post, NY1 contribution
Dec 2017 • Couples
We visited after reading about this place on TripAdvisor, the administrator Mr.Chandrakant Hanmore was discouraging us, saying, the season is over and we will not be able to spot any birds or animals. Despite this we decided to visit, we were offered a tent as the cottages were full. A team from wildlife department dehardun was camping to study the fox.
Our tent was self sufficient and had 2 cots, sofa set, fan with a carpet spread. The toilets and bathroom were outside, so bit of a problem in the dark night. We enjoyed are stay, spotted some rare birds and even took great videos. The forest was dry and only greenery was the neem trees.
In all, loved being there and sure wish to revisit again during the season. We walked the jungle path and also climbed the tower, the view was spectacular. It is sad, that, this place isn't advertised much and even the forest department doesn't seem to do much to protect the great Indian bustard. In fact, every where, they seem to give reasons, for reduction of their population. Also tourist seem to be discouraged from visiting. I asked, if they need volunteers for any work during any season, he flatly refused. I think, some private organisations or NGOs need to interfere for the protection of this huge bird and it eggs. They say the eggs are eaten by predators before it is hatched. Sure, there has to be some way to protect it, why do we need a forest department, if they cannot really do anything to protect it?
Hope my review, is read by such organisations, who will come forward and help grow the number of our Great Indian bustard.
Well, do visit this place and you get to see spectacular sunrise, sunset, the moon and the glittering stars.
Written January 2, 2018
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Sudhir1955
Pune, India80 contributions
Aug 2014 • Friends
This is fantastic place for birders, One can cover grassland species here....Sandgrouse, Quails, Larks, Indian Coursers, Great Indian Bustard, Red Collered and Eurasian Doves. Also Black Bucks and Monitor Lizards, and Raptors such as Laggar Falcon, Bonnellis Eagle,etc
Written September 1, 2014
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Anand S
5 contributions
Dec 2016 • Solo
The Sanctuary is 22 km from Solapur. There are State run buses (Solpaur-Barshi road) every 30 minutes. The fare is about 30 Rupees and the buses take about 40 minutes to cover the distance. Alight at Nannaj stop and walk about 1 km on the Mardi road. Bikers usually offer a ride. The rest house is neat and clean and can be booked easily by contacting Mr. Vanmore (0217 2288961 or 0217 2288962). There are other officers who could help you with the booking (Mr. Dabhade, Mr. Rathod, Mr. Joshi). The rate is Rs 400 per room per night. The rooms have 24 hours water supply and there is a RO filter for fetching drinking water.

There is a caretaker cum cook called Nana who lives right next door. He serves all meals (home cooked) at reasonable price. Nana's father, Limbaji has a lot of stories to tell.

Do make it a point to visit a spot known as "50 hectares". You will be able to see more birds at this spot from 7 to 9 am or 4 to around 5 pm. You will not be able to see any bustards but the avian biodiversity is otherwise very rich.
Written January 1, 2017
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bdraj
Bengaluru, India80 contributions
Mar 2015 • Friends
The sanctuary is 22 Kms from Solapur. The last few Kms road is pretty bad....not maintained for years. Entrance fee for Two persons + car was Rs.160. You need immense luck and patience to sight the Great Indian Bustard ( Maldhok in Hindi). We spent a few hours in the morning and again between 4:00 PM and 6:30PM in the afternoon but no luck. We were shocked to learn there are only 4 Birds in the sanctuary now reduced from 14 in 2010. ( 41 in 1991) The decline as per the forest warden is due to a multiplicity of causes least of which was human in nature. The Birds were sighted just a day before we went as per the forest warden who spends the entire day inside a small circular hut with 10 inch slot cut out around the wall circumference for sighting the birds. The visitors are not allowed to move around anywhere else inside the sanctuary and must sit inside the hut and try their Luck. While our luck with GIB was bad, as a consolation we sighted a pair of Wolves come quite close to the hut ( about 100 -120 mtrs) apart from other varieties of Birds like Harrier Eagle, Collared Dove, the small Stone chat, Lapwigs,Babblers, etc
The foresters advise at least 2-3 days of continuous visits to the sanctuary to increase the chances of sighting the Maldhok,,,the Great Indian Bustard, August apparently is a good time to sight them as it is the breeding season and the males put up long drawn mating displays in the sanctuary thus increasing the sighting chances.
Written March 18, 2015
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ug_cal
Kolkata (Calcutta), India163 contributions
Sep 2013 • Friends
You have to leave your vehicle outside the entry gate and walk inside. The watchtower to the left of the entrance offers a bird's eye view of the sanctuary. A narrow path leads from the gate to the viewing hut. The narrow slits cut into the wall on three sides offer a low view of the forest. There are benches for visitors to sit on. Each bench can fairly accommodate two to three people, so if you are a large group, it can get quite crowded inside. Loitering outside the hut is not encouraged and too much movement can also scare away the bustards. One can see a lot of common birds and the blackbuck. But usually the blackbucks and the GIBs roam far away - so you need long lens for photography. Early morning and late afternoon are the best time to try your luck for seeing GIBs, the forest guard at the hut informed us. Note: No food, water or washroom facility available.
Written October 7, 2013
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thosani
Silvassa, India18 contributions
Jan 2014 • Family
Vehicles are not permitted inside. We went searching fir Blackbuk and GIB. We spotted Blackbuk but could not find GIB as they usually roam in the inner areas of the sanctuary. Watch tower stands good. Overall a visit is enough.
Written January 21, 2014
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068vivek
Pune, India7 contributions
Feb 2017 • Friends
This Sanctuary is famous for the rare bird great Indian Bustard,also known as Maldhok.This sanctuary covers an area of 8000 sq km and is natural habitat of Blackbuck,wolf, Indian fox and hyena.
Written March 18, 2017
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prakharsaxena
Solapur, India67 contributions
Mar 2017 • Business
A must go place for nature lovers. If you are lucky you may spot lots of wild animals and birds (like Blackbuck ,wolf, sand grouses, Indian courser etc). The accommodation in rest house is very much affordable and nice (for its cost)
Written February 2, 2018
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VikramPotdar
46 contributions
Oct 2016 • Friends
This is my favourite place for grassland wildlife photography. I often go there. The forest guest house is not a suitable accommodation but you can find many hotels in Solapur which is 25 Kms away and takes around 35 mins.
Written December 12, 2016
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