The Balaram Ambaji Wildlife Sanctuary is situated in the northern part of Gujarat in the Aravalli hills. The Balaram Temple and the Ambaji Temples lies in the two corners of the Balaram Ambaji Wildlife Sanctuary of Gujarat from which the sanctuary got its name. The Balaram Ambaji Wildlife Sanctuary came into existence on 7th August 1989 by the active initiation of the government of Gujarat. The sole aim of the Balaram Ambaji Wildlife Sanctuary of Gujarat is protection, propagation and development of wildlife and its environment.
The dry deciduous forests of the Balaram Ambaji Wildlife Sanctuary not only conserve the depletion of the Aravalli eco-system but also control the southward expansion of the Thar Desert. The area surrounding the Balaram Ambaji Wildlife Sanctuary in Gujarat falls in the catchments of Banas River and Sabarmati River.
The unique ecosystem harbours 483 species of plants including 107 of trees, 58 of shrubs, 219 of herbs, 49 of climbers, 40 of grass and 10 species of lower plants. Modad, khair, dhavado, saledi, kadaya, timru, khakhara, bor, desi baval, bili, dudhi, golar, kanji, indrajav, karanj, arjun sadad, jamun, behda etc.
The rare and endangered species of wild life that harbors in the Balaram Ambaji Wildlife Sanctuary are Sloth bear, Striped hyena, Leopard, Bluebull, Porcupine, Fox, Small Indian civet, Indian pangolin.
Balaram Ambaji Wildlife Sanctuary is the hub of numerous reptiles such as venomous and non-venomous snakes, monitor lizards, star tortoise, etc.
The bird population of the Balaram Ambaji Wildlife Sanctuary in Gujarat includes Stork, Osprey, Spoonbill, White backed Vulture, Black vultures.
Major Wildlife Attractions:
The rare animals include sloth bear, striped hyena, leopard, bluebull, porcupine, fox, small Indian civet, Indian pangolin and a number of reptiles including venomous and non-venomous snakes, monitor lizards, star tortoise etc. The rare birds of this area are adjutant Stork, spoonbill, osprey, white backed Vulture and black vultures.
Best Time to Visit The months of November to March is considered the best time to visit the sanctuary.
How to get there:
Air: The neareast Airport is Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel International Airport.
Rail: The nearest Railhead is Palanpur 20 Kms.
Road: Palanpur is 20 kms away.
General Info / Tips:
Deputy Conservator of Forests
Banaskantha Forest Division, Palanpur, Gujarat
Ph: (O) 02742 257084
Sloth bear, Leopard