Beyond the city | 6 nature trails near Ahmedabad for your summer explorations!

Beyond the city | 6 nature trails near Ahmedabad for your summer explorations!

Into the wilderness of our Gujarat!

It’s officially the peak of summer in Ahmedabad, and we all crave a break from the relentless heat, traffic, and chaos. Although our city's vibrancy is undeniable, sometimes we just need a dose of untamed nature.

So, we have curated a list of 6 nature trails near Ahmedabad, that are perfect for your summer explorations - think sanctuaries, forests, parks and more. Ditch the urban chaos, and get ready to reconnect with the wild side of Gujarat!

Nalsarovar Bird Sanctuary

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Known as the 'largest wetland bird sanctuary in Gujarat', Nalsarovar is a paradise for birdwatchers. Take a leisurely stroll along the lake's edge or set off on a boat ride on a birdwatching expedition to spot migratory birds like geese, ducks, and waders.

The sanctuary also offers picturesque sunrise and sunset views against the backdrop of the tranquil lake.

Distance: Around 65 km from Ahmedabad

Polo Forest

Steeped in history and surrounded by forests, Polo Forest offers a perfect blend of adventure and tranquility. Trek through ancient ruins, waterfalls, and lush greenery while keeping an eye out for diverse wildlife.

The forest's rich historical significance, coupled with its natural beauty, makes it an ideal destination for history buffs and nature enthusiasts alike.

Distance: Approximately 145 km from Ahmedabad

Velavadar Blackbuck National Park

Home to the graceful blackbucks, Velavadar National Park is a unique grassland ecosystem. Join a safari to witness the mesmerizing sight of blackbucks prancing across the golden grasslands, along with sightings of wolves, hyenas, and raptors.

The park's expansive savannahs and open grasslands provide ample opportunities for wildlife viewing and photography.

Distance: Approximately 145 km from Ahmedabad

Ratanmahal Sloth Bear Sanctuary

Tucked away in the Aravalli Range, Ratanmahal Sanctuary is a haven for the elusive sloth bear. Explore the rugged terrain on foot and keep your eyes peeled for other inhabitants like leopards, hyenas, and antelopes.

The sanctuary's lush vegetation and rocky outcrops provide a scenic backdrop for wildlife sightings and nature walks.

Distance: Approximately 200 km from Ahmedabad

Shoolpaneshwar Wildlife Sanctuary

Shoolpaneshwar Wildlife Sanctuary in Gujarat's western Satpura Range, is like a hidden gem waiting to be explored. Here, you'll find a mix of dry deciduous forests, riverine forests, and even some lush pockets of teak forests, along with farmland and two water reservoirs.

The sanctuary's main attraction is the striking Rajpipla hills, with the highest peak known as Dhanmal. The land slopes mostly towards the west, offering stunning vistas of rolling hills covered in thick greenery, shady valleys, dramatic cliffs, babbling streams, and refreshing waterfalls.

Distance: Approx 228 km from Ahmedabad

Gir National Park and Wildlife Sanctuary

Home to the majestic Asiatic lions, Gir National Park is a haven for wildlife enthusiasts. Embark on a jungle safari here to spot not only lions but also leopards, deer, and a plethora of bird species.

The rugged terrain, interspersed with mystical forests and rocky hills, adds to the thrill of the safari experience.

Distance: Approximately 330 km from Ahmedabad

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