Narayan Sarovar is home to a wide array of wildlife, including many species of mammals, reptiles, and birds, 15 of which are considered threatened. The principle species here is the chinkara, an Indian gazelle. In this harsh landscape, only animals well-adapted to the desert climate can thrive, with extreme heat, high winds, and frequent storms. For this reason, many species can be seen here that are not easy to find elsewhere.

The endangered chinkara is the only gazelle in the world with horns on both males and females. Of the roughly 7000 chinkaras known to exist, 80% of them live in Kutch, and since their primary habitat is the scrub and thorn forests so common here, Narayan Sarovar Sanctuary is crucial to their well-being. The sanctuary also houses many other mammals, from wildcats like the caracal (African or Persian Lynx) to desert foxes and the endangered Indian wolf, from spotted deer to wild boar. The ratel, or honey badger, renowned for its snake-killing ability and fierce self-defense against leopards, lions, poisonous snakes, and swarms of bees, earning it the title of “most fearless animal” in the Guinness Book of World Records, also lives here.

Flora:
There are 252 species of flowering plants e.g. Desi baval, gorad, hermo, ber, pilu, thor, gando baval, gugal, salai, ingorio,
kerdo, carissa etc.

‘Gorad’ and ‘Babul’ are predominant plant species. ‘Babul’ predominates the western zone having lime stone formation, whereas ‘Gorad’ is main species in the eastern zone, which covers extensive area. Some of the patches are also planted with Prosopis juliflora, which has started spreading in the Sanctuary, leading to decrease of grassy and herbaceous patches, but rate of invasion is less compared to extensive area of Prosopis in other parts of the district.

Fauna:
Important animals- Wolf, caracal, chinkara, desert fox, hyena, desert cat, porcupine, ratel, Indian pangolin, blue bull, mongoose, hare etc. Important birds : Great Indian bustard, lesser florican, houbara bustard, black partridges, harriers, common cranes etc.

Major Wildlife Attractions:
Narayana Sarovar Wildlife Sanctuary
The principle species here is the chinkara, an Indian gazelle. The sanctuary also houses many other mammals, from wildcats like the caracal (African or Persian Lynx) to desert foxes and the endangered Indian wolf, from spotted deer to wild boar. The ratel, or honey badger, renowned for its snake-killing ability and fierce self-defense against leopards, lions, poisonous snakes, and swarms of bees, earning it the title of “most fearless animal” in the Guinness Book of World Records, also lives here.

Birds abound in the sanctuary, with no less than 184 distinct species to be found here. All three species of bustards (the Great Indian Bustard, the Houbara Bustard, and the Lesser Florican) live here, as well as the Black Partridge, 19 different birds of prey, and many species of waterfowl. No bird lover will leave here displeased.

Best Time to Visit:
The months of October to March is considered the best time to visit the sanctuary.

Air: The neareast Airport is Bhuj.

Rail: The nearest Railhead is Bhuj.

Road: From Bhuj, 125 km away, buses go to Narayan Sarovar twice a day (morning and evening).

General Info / Tips:
Assistant Conservator of Forests
Narayan Sarovar Wildlife Sanctuary,
Kutch West Division, College Road, Bhuj, Kachchh, Gujarat .
Phone : (O) 02832 233304.

Location:
Gujrat, India

Nearest Access:
Bhuj (125-kms)

Wildlife Found:
Indian gazelle, Caracal, Desert foxes

Coverage Area:
444-sq-kms