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ACTIVITIES

  • Fishing in an artificially constructed lake within the camp
  • Jeep Safaris to the Wild Ass Sanctuary in Little Rann of Kutch
  • Cultural tours of local village Bajana which offers an opportunity to get closer to the regional artisans and their handicrafts.
  • Bird watching trips can be arranged to the wetlands around Bajana and in the Little Rann of Kutch.
  • Camel Cart and Horseback Safaris (On Request)

ATTRACTIONS
Saltpans

One has a chance here to see how salt is prepared out of saline seawater. On the peripherals of the Rann, there are ample saltpans, where salt manufacturers, locally known as 'Agarias' withstand great difficulties of living on the edge of the Rann and prepare salt. This entire area is a major producer of salt in India.

Nal Sarovar (70 km from Royal Safari Camp)

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 Royal Safari Camp)

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 Royal Safari Camp)

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 from Royal Safari Camp)

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.

Tarnetar (65 km from Royal Safari Camp)

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.

In all, the entire area is full of vibrancy and rich folk lifestyle. It offers you calm beaches, old and rustic forts and palaces, magnificent landscapes and the mudflat desert areas.

Lothal (117 km from Royal Safari Camp)

Lothal is one of the most prominent cities of the ancient Indus valley civilisation. It is situated near the village of Saragwala in the Dholka taluka of Ahmedabad district. Dating from 2400 BCE, Lothal is one of India's most important archaeological sites. Discovered in 1954, Lothal was excavated from February 13, 1955 to May 19, 1960 by the Archaeological Survey of India (ASI).

The excavations at the site have brought to light a well-planned city with rows of houses. All the discoveries prove that the city must have been a commercial centre and a part carrying on commerce with the hinterland as well as foreign countries.

Lothal's dock-the worlds earliest-connected the city to an ancient course of the Sabarmati River on the trade route between Harappan cities in Sindh and the peninsula of Saurashtra when the surrounding Kutch desert of today was a part of the Arabian Sea. It was a vital and thriving trade centre in ancient times, with its trade of beads, gems and valuable ornaments reaching the far corners of West Asia and Africa.

Other Sites

If you are eager to trace the old-time grandeur of Gujarat, Dhrangadhra Palace and Halwad Darbargadh are worth visiting places. Both the palaces reflect the penchant for art among the rulers of the princely states in Gujarat. Other places of interest are temples at nearby Pipali and Zinzuwada. The temple at Zinzuwadia has its own historical significance as it is one of the most revered places for the Solanki dynasty that ruled Gujarat for long

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