Wild Ass Sanctuary encompasses an area of 4953.70 sq. km. of the Little Rann of Kachchh and the districts of Surendranagar, Rajkot, Patan, Banaskantha and Kachchh. Easily spotted in big groups in the vast span of desert throughout the year, this population of wild ass is the only gene pool of Indian Wild Ass in the entire world and one of the six geographical varieties or sub-species surviving on the earth.
Owing to the uniqueness of the area and the existence of the rare and endangered species such as dalmatian pelican, lesser flamingo, sarus crane, caracal, desert fox, black cobra etc., the area is being considered to be declared as one of the world heritage sites. Internationally the area is recognized for its natural and geomorphological value and has high biodiversity conservation significance.
With the arrival of monsoon the landscape changes dramatically, when entire sanctuary area is filled with shallow fresh water. This stagnant water offers a vast feeding ground to the famous Kachchh prawns and several other birds, fish and invertebrates.
This sanctuary attracts many internationally threatened birds like houbara bustard, dalmatian pelicans, hawks, harriers and falcons. Many of these birds migrate to this area, which falls on the migratory route of birds coming to Indian subcontinent Large portion of Little Rann of Kachchh has been covered by Prosopis chilensis. The other plants and trees are: Morad, unt morad, theg, dolari, khijdo, kerdo, mithi jar, kheri pilu, akado etc.
Nal Sarovar ( 70 km from BAJANA)
Nal Sarovar Bird Sanctuary, comprising a massive lake and ambient marshes, and inhabited by migratory birds in winter and spring is a place worth visiting in Gujarat. It attracts over 210 species of birds in the winter, and harbours a variety of flora and fauna. Its migratory bird population includes Rosy Pelicans, Flamingos, White Storks, Brahminy Ducks and Herons. It is the largest wetland bird sanctuary in Gujarat, and one of the largest in India.
Thol ( 65 km from BAJANA)
Another bird sanctuary in vicinity is of Thol. Situated in Mehsana district and about 40 km from Ahmedabad, this sanctuary has rich variety of wild fowls, flamingos, grey pelicans, black ibis and a profusion of other wetland birds.
Patan ( 105 km from BAJANA)
An ancient city of Patan, which was a capital of Gujarat in Medieval Times, has many tourist attractions. The City contains many Hindu and Jain temples as well as few mosques, dargahs and rojas. The city has many historical places also. The attractions include Forts, Vavs (Step Wells) and Talavs (Lakes).
Modhera ( 70 km fromBAJANA)
Sun temple of Modhera is one of prime tourist locations of Gujarat. The temple, with splendid carvings, fine architecture and traditional erotic sculptures, was built in 1026 AD by King Bhimdev of the Solanki dynasty and is dedicated to Lord Surya, the Sun God of Hinduism. It is akin to the Konark Temple of Orissa.
Bhuj ( 240 km BAJANA)
Bhuj is another historical city of Gujarat. The headquarter of India’s second largest district Kutch, Bhuj was established by Rao Hamirji in 1510 and was made the state capital by Rao Khengarji I in 1549. Bhuj is worth visiting for shopping rich handicraft material. From here, Bhuj, one can visit the largest flamingo breeding colony in the world.
Dholavira ( 250 km BAJANA)
Dholavira is one of the largest and most prominent archaeological sites in India, belonging to the Indus Valley Civilization Dholavira was an ancient metropolitan city. It is located on the Khadir Island in the Kutch district.
Tarnetar ( 65 km from BAJANA)
Tarnetar is famous for its fair popularly known as the Trinetreshwar Mahadev Mela held near the Trinetreshwar Mahadev temple. Villagers from all over the region, dressed in their colourful traditional costumes and exquisite jewellery throng Tarnetar during this fair. About 100,000 people belonging to various tribes like Rabari, Kathi, Charan, Bharwads, Koli and other castes come to the fair. The fair attracts a large number of tourists from India and abroad.