Godwit a migratory bird in Nalsarovar Bird Sanctuary

Godwit a migratory bird in Nalsarovar who migrates from northern breeding areas to Nalsarovar Lake as its southern wintering grounds. Godwit bird is one of the rare birds who travel thousand kilometers from their native place to Nalsarovar once in a year. There are almost 200 different species along with Godwits. They fly hundreds and thousands of kilometers to Nalsarovar Lake in Gujarat, India for feeding. Breeding and raising their young. Nalsarovar is a bird watcher’s paradise; tourists coming to Nalsarovar enjoy watching Godwit bird during the Indian winters.

Godwit a migratory bird in Nalsarovar
Godwit at Nalsarovar

More than 200 types of birds mainly waterfowl inhabit this lake and come from as far as Siberia. Nalsarovar in Gujarat is a bird watcher’s paradise, one can find rosy pelicans, lesser and greater flamingos, crakes, brahminy ducks, purple moorhen, herons, white storks, various species of bitterns, grebes etc in the lake. Best time to visit Nalsarovar is in winter between November to February. However, migratory birds starts arriving in October and stay until April but their population reaches its peak in mid winter. Best time to see the birds is early in the morning and in the evening.


Nalsarovar is a a serene marshland with shallow waters (4-5 ft) which contains 36 small islands. Nalsarovar-Ahmedabad distance is about 60 km located near Sanand Village, in Gujarat. Mainly inhabited by migratory birds as their wintering ground, Nalsarovar wetland is the largest wetland bird sanctuary in Gujarat, and one of the largest in India. Nalsarovar is a Bird Sanctuary since April 1969 and Nalsarovar is a Ramsar site since 24 September 2012. Godwit a migratory bird in Nalsarovar is one of the rare birds, which we can see in Nalsarovar.

It is in a lowest-lying area between the Central Gujarat and East Saurashtra. It represents a sea link that once existed between the Little Rann and the Gulf of Khambat.

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