Narayan Sarovar Wildlife Sanctuary

Narayan Sarovar Sanctuary is the only dessert forest of India situated at the north-western part of the country under the state of Gujarat. The Lakhpattaluka of Kutch district between Kori creek and mangrove forest, lies this wildlife sanctuary. This seasonal wetland is full of endangered wildlife species. The sanctuary is made up of thorny bushes and scrubs of different variety. This unique biodiversity is creating some rare animals, birds and flowering plants. This is the lone place where Cheetah is found in India. This sanctuary is been called as Chinkara sanctuary because of the frequent spotting of the Chinkara or Indian Gazelle animal. The harsh and dry heat, storms and high winds makes this place an uncomfortable one for normal living beings. But the animals, reptiles, birds and plants have adopted the culture of retaining the high heat through natural way. This place is occupied by 184 type of birds and 252 type of flowering plants. The Indian Gazelles are the single type with horns in male and female, found in all over the world.

Travel Tips

  • Best time to visit the sanctuary is September to January.
  • Carry light cotton clothes in grey shades which can create camouflage.
  • Avoid littering the area with plastic bags or chemical materials.
  • Do not create loud noises or talk in loud voice. This will create distraction in the animal’s mind.
  • Avoid going to the area which is restricted.
  • Do not take a stroll or walk in the area by your own.
  • Nearest bus stop is at Dayanagar which is 15km away.
  • There are no food and water found in this area. So visitors must carry their own food and bottled water.
  • Keep off all type of flashes of mobile camera and video camera.
  • Carry repellent creams to avoid the stings of the insects.
  • Carry emergency medicines and kit always.

When to visit

  • Jan
  • Feb
  • Mar
  • Apr
  • May
  • Jun
  • July
  • Aug
  • Sept
  • Oct
  • Nov
  • Dec
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  • 19.2° Max
  • 6.7° Min
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  • Carry Heavy woollen
Things to do

The sanctuary is composed of several endangered animals starting from Cheetah, Indian Gazelle, fox, spotted deer, blue bull, desert cat, pangolin, black buck, caracal, porcupine, wild boar. So, the best thing to do in this area is exploration. Plant lovers can take a look at its flora, fauna which are rare in type.

Getting Around

There are cars on hire available from Bhuj to come to this sanctuary. There are no other means of communication available to explore this place.

Places to Stay

How to Reach

  • Gandhidham Airport is the nearest airport from the sanctuary. It is 59km away from the place. Domestic carriers are available on daily basis which is connecting this airport with other major metro cities of India.
  • The nearest railhead is at Bhuj. This is connected via several trains with other major metro cities of India.
  • The nearest major town is Bhuj which is 125 km away. There are buses in the morning and evening time only to take the people at the place. Private cars can be hired too. They are available in Bhuj.

Surrounding Attractions

This sanctuary is famous for its preservation and recreation of Asian and African Cheetah species. There is a temple in the sanctuary area which is made of yellow sand stone and beautifully crafted. There are other temples like Koteshwar temple, Matano math temple are present here. Bustard sanctuary can be visited also. Lakhpat port is nearby to the wildlife sanctuary zone which offers a nice view of the wild sea.

Important Numbers

  • Police: 100
  • Fire: 101
  • Ambulance: 102
  • Assistant Conservator of Forest

Narayan Sarovar Wildlife Sanctuary

Kutch West, College Road

Bhuj, Gujarat, India