The name 'Wild Ass Sanctuary' may sound a bit odd but in the Rann of Kutch this distant wild cousin of the tamed donkey has a huge area just to itself. A safari of the Wild Ass Sanctuary in the vast Rann of Kutch is a unique experience. The Rann of Kutch, in the north west of Gujarat is dry land full of thorny scrub. The area has many kinds of grass, which serve as food for Wild Asses.
Wild Ass Sanctuary is not only home to the wild ass but the sanctuary also has a number of other animals. Some of the wild animals that you may come across on your tour to the Wild Ass Sanctuary include chinkara, desert fox, jackal, nilgai, blackbucks and desert cat. The sanctuary has about 350 species of birds. Some of the species of birds you may come across are common crane, flamingo and pelican.
During winters the Rann of Kutch attracts a large number of migratory birds that come as far as from Siberia. Some of the migratory birds that visit Wild Ass Sanctuary include crane, demoiselle crane, vulture and houbara bustard.
There are a number of nearby tourist places that you can visit while on your tour to Wild Ass Sanctuary. You can visit Rajkot, which is an important city in Saurashtra. You can also tour Modhera, which is famous for its temples. Pata, famous for Patola saris is another place where you can visit.
Prior information about timings and other rules of the Wild Ass Sanctuary is an essential thing to do.
Summers are hot with May and June the hottest months. January is the coldest month.
How To Reach
Bhuj about 150 kilometres away is the nearest airport. The nearest railhead is Dhangadhra, which is about 22 kilometres from the sanctuary and 130 kilometres from Ahmedabad. Wild Ass Sanctuary is well connected by road with other parts of the country.