Little Rann of Kutch - Birding Special
Recommended for All Ages.
Popularly known as LRK, this unique ecosystem is extremely important as it supports the very unique wildlife of this region. Spreading across nearly 5000 square kilometres, LRK is the only place on this planet where the Asiatic Wild Ass (Equus hemionus khur) still lives.
LRK, because of its proximity to the Gulf of Kutch and geographical location, lies on the migration route of many bird species. Every winter this desert mudflat ecosystem is flocked with more than 50000 winged migrants, visiting LRK from different parts of the world, viz. - Egypt, Iraq, Tibet, Siberia and Europe. LRK is undoubtedly one of the best places to observe and study migratory birds. Due to its unique flat land, visibility is not a problem.
Apart from the birds, LRK is also home to different species of mammals - Desert and Indian Fox, Jackal, Nilgai and Wolf are to name a few.
Apart from the wildlife seen here, one more important reason to visit LRK is ‘Salt’. Salt forms an important and unavoidable component of our day to day life. LRK has been a traditional salt producing area and contributes to about 21% of salt production in India ! The economy of 107 villages that surround LRK is dependant on salt.
About 50,000 salt farmers (Agarias) are engaged in salt farming activity every year from September to March.