Khijadiya Bird Sanctuary
Khijadiya Bird Sanctuary
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ronit gaikwad
Mumbai, India1,963 contributions
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Jan 2023
We were at Jamnagar for a halt and tour, and people knowing about the sanctuary had suggested that do visit the same. And the good part is since we were at The Fern, which is already on the outskirts, the sanctuary was a mere 10 minutes drive from the hotel.

The sanctuary has two paths one is 3.5 kms, where you need to go walking only, and the second is around 8 kms but the same can be covered by a car. Though the path which can be covered by car is entirely made up of stones and thus is not at all a good path for driving. We thus chose the 3.5 kms path.

Though please note the ticket booking center is at one part, and the actual entry to the sanctuary is a further 300 meters from the booking center. We covered around 2 kms of the path, but the sanctuary does live up to its name. We got to see the varieties and species of birds, which is never possible to see in daily life. We saw it all inside the sanctuary, from storks to pheasants to even wild boars. We even saw the grey and white pelicans and something known as a grey francolin. It was a mesmerizing experience to see and experience the birds in their natural habitats.

All in all, I suggest visiting the sanctuary. And if you are a bird lover, take a DSLR with a Zoom lens when visiting, and you will get to capture and witness a magical world of birds. Exceptional Experience !!!
Written March 21, 2023
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Anupama
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4.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2020 • Friends
From Jamnagar side, there was no mention of Khijadiya, rather Khimrana was written, which confused us. When we asked a tea vendor, he led us to the correct inroad. On going on that inroad, a few meters away, there was a little sign board (with dark background) with mention of Khijadiya in small font size. Tourism department should have large sign boards on the highway itself.
When we reached at tickets counter at 1 pm, they made us wait outside till 2 pm for tickets.

After all the pains, bird watching experience at part 2 of the sanctuary was fantastic. We're yet to visit part 1 .
Written December 4, 2020
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Tejas_S_Shah
Vadodara, India98 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2015 • Family
Khijadiya Bird Sanctuary is a bird sanctuary also known as safe haven for birds located in Jamnagar district of Gujarat, India. It has about 300 varieties of migratory birds.

The sanctuary is unique having both fresh water lakes, salt and freshwater marshlands.

One can find both sea and shore birds, here like Jackal, Wolf, Great Crested Grebe, Black neck Stork, Shikra, Lesser spotted Eagle, Black Ibis, Black-winged Kite, Brahminy Kite, Great Thick-Knee, Common Greenshank, Grey Francolin, Imperial Eagle, Little Tern, Black-tailed Godwit, Comb Duck, Common Crane, Common Teal, Pheasant-tailed Jacana, Dunlin, Garganey, Marsh Harrier, Northern Pintail, Shoveler, Pale Harrier, Demoiselle, Eurasian Wigeon,Cormorants and Darters. Among the other wild life found here are Blue Bulls, Jungle Cat, Mongoose, Indian hare and snakes
Written January 29, 2015
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travellerashok
Thane, India37 contributions
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Nov 2018
Khijadiya is a village near Jamnagar city (7kms) approachable by taxi as well as auto-rikshaw. You have to pay entrance fee as well as camera fee at the Bird Sanctuary office. There is a road cum bund. On one side of the road, there is sweet (fresh) water reservoir and salt water (salt pans) on the other side. No vehicles are allowed inside bird sanctuary. You have to walk the distance of approximately 2 kms. watching the birds on either side.When I visited (Nov2018). As you move inside you can see colonies of birds.
There were very few birds on the salty (sea) water since most of the pans were empty. On sweet water side I could watch many variety of birds. It was really a blissful experience. There were few visitors at that time. Carry drinking water.

Written November 25, 2018
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Ramaa B
Bengaluru, India64 contributions
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Mar 2018
The place was supposed to be visited at dawn just at sunrise. We were there at 6am but the gates were locked. A sleepy watchman let us in after we banged on the gates and he opened up a museum which was quite well presented with information about the bird sanctuary and sample audios of bird calls. But several displays didn't work. The ticket counter lady showed up almost close to 7 am and the sun had risen really well. In a place where time factor is crucial for optimum sighting, this sort of lazy behavior on the part of the staff is unacceptable, especially since they charge tickets. By the time we got tickets (they charge Rs 200 for camera - cell phone cameras don't count), and drove in search of the entrance gate (which was also locked and we found some gaps in the side to get in) it was way past that early morning time. Waterbirds like storks and cranes could be seen but not much else exciting. There are benches by water-bodies to sit and look for birds but you need time and patience. It was just a long early morning walk and not worth the camera fee or ticket fee.
Maybe in December of January more migratory birds could have been seen.
Written March 13, 2018
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Nishank S
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Located near jamnagar town around 25 kms away is a place for professional photographers n nature lovers. You must reach here early morning 15 mins before sunrise. The place hosts lot many kind of birds.
Written March 13, 2015
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TannedBrownGirl
Mumbai, India107 contributions
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Dec 2014 • Solo
The best time to be at this sanctuary is by 6am in the morning to be able to see the flight of the Pelicans. The last flight takes off by about 7am and you don't want to miss the 200-300 pelicans fly over your head to the feeding spot. I believe it's quite wonderful during sun-down as well.

The guides here are local boys very well-trained to help you spot birds. So while their pronoun cations may not be accurate, their spottings are spectacular. My guide, Nilesh, carried a book as well as professional binoculars for me, making it a very thorough experience for me.

You can spot a lot of wet land birds here, some migratory, some local. The best time to visit is December-January. If the rains are good that year, the number of birds you will see automatically will be higher.

Try and look for jungle cats that are becoming rare to spot here. The other very rare bird that I spotted here is the Black-necked stork. Apparently there are only about 400 pairs in Aisa. And Khijadiya has just 2 pairs.

Part one was dry and hence didn't have much to see except the Common Cranes. They look spectacular in flight too.

I managed to see quite a few birds - Marsh Harrier, Purple Sun Bird, Purple Heron, Painted stork, Lesser flamingo, Great white pelican, Black-necked stork, Green bee-eater, Greater Flamingo, Western reef egret, Pied Kingfisher, Back Wing stilt, White throated Kingfisher, Wire-tailed swallow, Common Crane, Ring dove, Spoon bill, Small blue Kingfisher,Pond heron, White eye. I'm sure I've forgotten a few.

I also saw a jungle cat and nilgai.

The guides ensure that you don't leave the place with a feeling of wanting more. My guide Nilesh also sent me all the names of the birds with pictures on whatsapp on my request.

I haven't been to too many sanctuaries, but I must admit this was a beautiful experience.
Written December 10, 2014
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Siddharth S
Jamnagar, India30 contributions
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Dec 2013 • Friends
one of the best Bird Sanctuaries in India..best time to travel is early morning in Winters..you should be carrying a high zoom camera/binoculars..
for bird enthusiasts it is bliss..
Written July 10, 2014
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pritpatel23
Gujarat, India1 contribution
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Dec 2014 • Friends
Dear bird lovers we have an alluring sight for you. Khijadiya. We have our vibrant NRIs coming from all over the world to this captivating land in the migrating season. The weather is really pleasant and welcoming for these birds, and that is when you will be able to see the divergence of these birds.

Our eyes gleamed radiantly when we heard about this field trip to Khijadiya. The very name Khijadiya took us by surprise, as we had never heard of it before! In order to spot each bird, we had to become "Young Ornithologists" before going to Khijadiya. We were apprentice to our experts. We examined some silhouettes of birds that we might spot there through a ppt and referring to few links.

"Let's get the show on the road!" worked for us when we were at fingertips with ornithology. We packed our backpacks with lots of snacks and plenty of water with us, as the provisions are almost not found in the vicinity. Some of us were well equipped with our binoculars and digicams. (Believe me it’s a must because without it you wouldn't be able to sight them well)
"Awesomeness is on its way!"

We were off to Khijadiya at breaking-dawn 'cause we didn't want to miss the stunning sunrise and the pleasant chirps of birds. We were full of liveliness when we started to traipse for the best spot. Birds like the Flamingo, Black Drongo, and Pelican really mesmerized us by their vibrant features, all this was so enchanting- as we saw them live!!!

We were exhausted to the core, walking a stretch of 6.5 kilometers!! Early mornings, no breakfast, and the never-ending trek made our stomachs rumble. We managed to locate a nice cemented place to munch and stretch ourselves. This break helped us walk back and visit the museum ‘Khijadiya Bird Sanctuary’. This place gave us a good insight into knowing more details about birds found in Khijadiya. We learnt about their breeding, roosting, their nesting and migration.
"The way back"

It’s time to rock n roll!! Our teachers were shocked to see us up and roaring with energy on our way back too!! We definitely enjoyed a lot, singing and dancing on the recent Bollywood hits. We were really excited to share our experience with our parents and the world.

Grade 6 Team- The Galaxy School(Wadi Campus)
Written December 24, 2014
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MDMumbai
Mumbai, India61 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2011
This is a must visit place for all nature lovers. Just 10 km from Jamnagar, Khijadiya Bird Sanctuary is a real surprise. It is believed that close to 300 species of local as well as migratory birds can be seen here. As the bird sanctuary has both fresh water and salt water bodies, birds living in both habitats can be seen here. Even though we went in March, which is not the birding season, we were easily able to see atleast 50+ species of birds in just a couple of hours.

Do make sure you ask for a guide (its not at all expensive and the guides are truly knowledgeable about their subject) and visit the Information Centre at the Sanctuary's office. The guide will be able to tell you a lot of information about the bird photographs and specimens displayed here. This will help you in identifying some of the birds that you will be seeing later in the sanctuary.

It is very useful to have binoculars on this trip. But dont get disheartened if you dont have them. The guide will be carrying atleast two pairs of binoculars with him for your use and will provide every possible help in sighting the birds. In case you are a bigger group, ask at the Administration Office for more binoculars. They will surely provide if spare binoculars are available.

The sanctuary is large and nature lovers can easily spend a whole day there, maybe more. But it is possible to cover it in lesser time too. Do make sure that you have atleast 2-3 hours to spare for doing some justice to this place.

Your vehicle is allowed within the sanctuary, but you will have to disembark often to see the birds. Thus it may not be easy or comfortable for senior citizens, people with small babies, disabilities, etc.

Ideal time to visit would be early in the morning, around sunrise.

And finally, PLEASE RESPECT THE ENVIRONMENT YOU ARE IN. PLEASE MAINTAIN SILENCE AND DO NOT LITTER THE PLACE!
Written August 18, 2011
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