Monday, September 9, 2013

Tal Chappar - A Grassland Oasis (24th to 27th Oct, 2013)

Date: 24th Oct 07.30 pm to 27th Oct,2013 eve 2.00 pm (travel days excluded). The bookings for our New Destination Tal Chappar Wild Life Sanctuary & Nahargarh Sanctuary - Bird- watching trip are on… your seats now (see the details at the end)..... This is an exciting New Destination with a unique Grassland habitat surrounded by Desert that has recently come to limelight because of its Rarities. .... An offbeat destination that surprises any birder with its amazing quality and quantity of birdlife.....

TAAL CHAAPAR - A Grassland Oasis, Rajasthan

"Kesariya Baalam Aavo Ni, Padharo Mhare Des" this sign can be seen throughout the Shekhawati region of Rajasthan, to signify that THIS is the gateway to India. Perhaps this sign is best applied for the Migratory birds that enter the mainland India through this corridor..............
There are several incredible Bird-watching destinations in India.... some are frequently visited for their abundance and variety, while some are visited for the endemic species that they offer. However, there are very few destinations which can be termed as "Hidden treasures" and which have been seldom visited due to either ignorance or poor logistics..... Amongst them Tal Chappar WLS is on Top of the list.... It is truely an Oasis for Birds surrounded by Desert.

It is only in recent times that Tal Chappar has come to limelight, due to some credible work by Rajasthan's forest Dept. especially by the current DFO Mr.Surat Singh Poonia. He has transformed this place from a dry featureless scrubland to a bird rich habitat where amazing varieties and Rare species of birds can now be encountered.

The Tal Chappar sanctuary is located on the fringe of the Great Indian Desert and is Located at a distance of 220 km from Jaipur. It is a small but rich wildlife sanctuary in Churu district of Rajasthan between Ratangarh & Sujjangarh. The word "Tal" means plane land which is actually a flat saline depression with open grassland scattered with acacia and prosopis trees which give it an appearance of a typical Savanna. Tal Chappar Sanctuary is known for its enchanting natural beauty and a unique fragile ecosystem spread across 719 Ha. And is more famous for the amazing population of Black Bucks, having highest density in India harboring more than 2000 of these elegant antelopes.

The location of the sanctuary makes it suitable as a passage stop for many migratory birds travelling to India. Thousands of birds of various species either stop-over here on their passage to mainland India or spend most of the winter months in this bio-diversity rich grassland habitat.

Rarities Galore: Tal Chappar WLS has especially shot up in prominence due to some of the rare birds recorded here that include Yellow-eyed PigeonsStolickza’s BushchatSpotted CreeperLaggar FalconSpanish Sparrow, Eastern Imperial Eagle, Flocks of Demoiselle Cranes, European Turtle Dove, Lesser Kestrel, Rufous-tailed Scrub Robin, Spotted Flycatcher, Singing Bushlark, Eurasian Skylark, Water Pipit, Sociable Lapwings, Black-crowned Sparrow Lark, Raven etc.

The bounty of bird, spiny-tailed Lizards and rodent population also ensures incredible variety of Raptors including Greater & Indian Spotted Eagles, Tawny, Imperial & Steppe Eagles, Short-toed, Booted and Bonelli’s Eagle, Harriers, Falcons, Sparrowhawks, White-eyed Buzzard , Indian Eagle-owl and several species of Vultures.

The park also harbours several other migratory and resident birds in good numbers including collard Doves, Greater Short-toed, Rufous-tailed, Crested, Indian Bush, Bimaculated and Oriental Sky Larks, Peafowls, Wheatears, Pipits, FrancolinsQuails, Wyrnecks, woodpeckers, Bee-eaters, coursers, Cuckoos, Warblers, Wagtails, Shrikes, Rollers and owls.

The Saltpans near the North-western corner of the Park attracts a number of waders and other waterbirds including Sandpipers, Godwits, Avocets, Ibis, Storks, Stints, Egrets, Herons etc. which adds significantly to the list of this unique landscape.

Apart from the rich avifauna, Tal Chappar also hosts several other fauna that can be encountered easily including huge nos. of Blackbucks, NeelgaiDesert Jerbils, Desert Fox and Desert CatIndian FoxHedgehogs, Mongoose, Spiny-tailed Lizard.

It is just amazing to see the plethora of fauna in a land otherwise known as impoverished desert….. The best time to visit the Tal Chappar Wildlife Sanctuary in Churu is from September to March.

(Some of the images in this blog are courtesy: Mr.Nirav Bhatt)


Located in the vicinity of Nahargarh Fort, outside Jaipur the biological park is spread over 7.2 sq km of the Nahargarh Sanctuary It consists of quartzite and granite rocks and the  vegetation of the region is adequately represented through tropical dry deciduous and tropical thorn forests. It is a perfect thorn jungle dominated by Dhok (A. pendula), Salar (Boswellia serrata), Churel (Holoptelia integrifolia), Khair (Acacia catechu), Palash (Butea monosperma), Date Palm.

The Wildlife here includes Jackal, Hyenas, Mongoose, Jungle Cat, Neelgai etc, which are seldom seen as they are shy.... but the park scores points mainly because of the scrub-land bird species that are found here abundantly including the Rare White-naped Tit & Marshall's Iora, Also Rufous-fronted Prinia, Grey Tit, Black Redstart, Bluethroat, White-bellied & Small Minivets, White-browed Fantail, Eurasian Wryneck, Yellow-crowned Pied Woodpecker etc.

We will be visiting the Nahargarh Biological Park for Scrubland birds on the way to Tal Chappar....


Nature India has organized an exclusive Birdwatching trip to this paradise from 24th October to 27th October 2013 (travel days excluded). We shall cover The Grasslands of Tal Chappar, The surrounding Scrubland and saltpans and Nahargarh Sanctuary & Biological Park.

read our last years experience...

Have a look at some of the Trip reports & photoblogs on Taal Chappar WLS, Rajasthan


Tour Itinerary & Other Details:

Date: 24th Oct'13 morning 07.00 am to 27th Oct'13 eve 02.00 pm (travel days excluded)

Mode of Travel : Tavera Jeeps (From Jaipur to Tal Chappar and local travel) 

Overnight train travel can be booked from Mumbai..... however since it is a busy sector, the train bookings should be done soon to get the desired train and class .... there are several trains available for Jaipur from Mumbai....Nature India can ASSIST in bookings if required.

Rough Tour Itinerary:( Ex.Mumbai)
23rd Oct'13 (Wednesday): Departure from Mumbai to Jaipur 12216 +DEE Garibrath Express. at 12:55 Hrs (from Bandra) or any other train according to your convenience.

24th Oct'13 (Thursday): Arrival in Jaipur (7.10am) - Breakfast - Proceed to Nahargarh Sanctuary -  Birdwatching in Nahargarh Sanctuary till noon - Lunch - Proceed to Tal Chappar WLS - Check-in and Night stay at Hotel in Sujjangad (10 kms from Tal-chhapar WLS)

25th Oct'13 (Friday): Early morning bird watching @ Tal Chappar for Grassland species - Lunch - Proceed to the Scrubland and Saltpans towards North of Park - Return to Hotel in Sujjangad - Dinner and Night Stay.

26th Oct'13 (Saturday): Early morning Birding @ Tal Chappar for grassland species and Blackbucks - Lunch - Proceed to "Cow-shed" area towards the east of park to see Spiny-tailed Lizard, Desert Jerbils and birds like Spotted Creeper and other scrub-land birds - Return to Hotel in Sujjangad - Dinner and Night Stay.

27th Oct'13 (Sunday): Early morning Checkout from Hotel and proceed to board 12956 JP BCT Superfast Express @ 14:10 from Jaipur (lunch on the way)

28th Oct'13 (Monday): Arrive in Mumbai on 28th early morning by 07:30 Hrs.


Trip charges (Jaipur to Jaipur only)............. Rs.12500/-

Includes A/C stay in a hotel in Sujjangad on twin sharing basis with attached toilet, Local travel by AC Tavera Jeeps, Jaipur to Jaipur travel, Park entry charges, vegetarian food , Guide charges, Information articles & on board snacks and mineral water…….

This does not include travel charges from Mumbai to Jaipur and Back, Photography fees or any charges other than the above.

Group Size: Max.8 persons only

How to Registration: You can register by sending a confirmation mail to and by paying a non refundable Advance of Rs.5000/- after our registration confirmation on e-mail…..The remaining amount will be collected on the day of travel.

Kindly register soon as the train bookings are not easily available in this sector.

Stay Arrangement:
At BDS International, Near Sujjangad, Churu District in AC
rooms on twin sharing basis. Note: This is a remote place in Rajasthan, where the facilities are extremely basic.... and this hotel is the only option for staying near the sanctuary.....however, the Hotel is clean and food is hygenic. the hotel is situated approx. 10 kms from Tal Chappar Sanctuary.

Resource Person: Mr.Adesh Shivkar, Mr.Mandar Khadilkar 

Mode of Payment: You can either
1) Transfer the advance money directly to the HDFC A/c (Please send a mail for details).. please mention your name, date and other details….
2) Courier a cheque of Rs.5000/- as advance amount to the following address

Name: Mr. Mandar Khadilkar
Address: Flat No.2, Blossom Apts, LM Road, Below Shantighan Hospital, Kandarpada, Dahisar (West), Mumbai-400068

Please Note:
1) Once registered, the amount of Rs. 5000/- is strictly non-refunadable
2) Alcohol & Smoking is strictly prohibited on Nature India Tours
3) Nest photography or any collection of specimens is prohibited
4) Kindly register on this trip only if you agree with  Nature India's rules and policies

Please revert on ID, in case you need any clarification …..

For any other queries we are available on 9869071091 or 9820455713 (Adesh) or 9930318665 or 967518665 (Mandar).

Thanks for your patience.

Looking forward for a very rewarding trip with you all !!

Warm Regards,
Adesh Shivkar & Mandar Khadilkar
Nature India
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