Thol Lake Bird Sanctuary, Gujarat

Thol Lake located in the Mehsana district in Gujarat (a state in India), is an artificial lake built by the Gaekwad regime. This lake was built to provide water to the farmer for vegetation during draughts and during lack of rainfall. This lake was originally built like a tank in the year 1912 with fresh water. Since draughts and lack of rainfall is a common problem amongst the farmers, the lake has been providing them with water for irrigation. Now the lake is surrounded by various species of birds and is surrounded by marches.

Due to rare bird species being present in the forest surrounding the Thol Lake, the area was declared as the Thol Lake Bird Sanctuary in the year 1988. Since many migratory birds also used to visit the lake the area for the sanctuary kept increasing over the years while protecting other animals present in the surroundings. Later the Thol Bird sanctuary was converted into Thol Wildlife Sanctuary where the flora and fauna of the wildlife were being protected by the state government.

According to the Environment (Protection) act 1986, the Thol Lake Bird Sanctuary was declared as an Eco-sensitive Zone. There is a resort located beside the Bird sanctuary which provides tourists with a peaceful environment while enjoying nature. This Bird sanctuary is very famous amongst tourists and thrill-seekers as various camping and trekking programs are also organized throughout the year but the best season to visit the Thol Bird Sanctuary would be between November to February ideally.

Timings

Thol Lake Bird Sanctuary can be visit during the day time from 06:00 AM to 05:30 PM

Entry Fees

50 INR per Indian Visitors and $10 USD per Foreigner Visitors

Accessibility

Thol Lake Bird Sanctuary located at the distance of 50 KM from Ahmadabad and 55 KM from Gandhinagar, Gujarat

Gypsy Entry Fees

500 INR per Gypsy/Jeep for Indian Visitors and $40 INR per Gypsy/Jeep for Foreign Visitors (up to 6 persons)

Canter Entry Fees

1000 INR per Canter for Indian Visitors and $100 INR per Canter for Foreign Visitors (up to 15 persons)

Bus Entry Fees

3500 INR per Bus for Indian Visitors and $150 INR per Bus for Foreign Visitors (up to 60 persons)

Photography

200 INR per still Camera charge for Indian Visitors and $20 USD for Foreign Visitors

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