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Tal Chhapar Sanctuary & Wildlife

About

Established in 1966, Tal Chhapar Sanctuary is located in Churu district of North-western Rajasthan in Shekhawati area. It derives its name from Chhapar village. The word ‘tal’ means plain land. Located in the fringe of the Thar desert, it is the refuge for unique antelope found in India, ‘the blackbuck.’ As its name suggests, the sanctuary is a flat tract interspersed with shallow low-lying areas. It is covered with grassland dotted by Acacia and Prosopis trees.

The region is subjected to wind erosion. Some exposed hillocks and exposed rocks of slate and quartzite are found at the western side of the sanctuary.

The vegetation falls under the category of tropical forest. Tal Chhapar sanctuary is notable for a unique grass known as Mothiya locally. The word “Mothiya” is derived from the word “Moti” meaning pearl. Mothiya has a very sweet taste. It serves as a food for blackbucks and birds.

Though small in area, it has a rich biodiversity. Mammals found here include blackbuck, jungle cat, chinkara and desert cat. The sanctuary is located on the passageway of migratory birds. Birds found here include harriers, eastern imperial eagle, tawny eagle, short-toed eagle, sparrow, and little green bee-eaters, black ibis, demoiselle cranes, Skylarks, crested larks, ring doves, and brown doves. The place is a breeding ground for blue- checked bee eaters and green bee-eaters.

When to go

The best time to visit the sanctuary is from November to February.

Trivia

The sanctuary was a hunting ground and horse pasture of erstwhile Maharaja Ganga Singh of Bikaner.

Quick facts

Location – Churu district, Rajasthan
Area – 7.19 sq Km
Nearest Airport – Jaipur (230 Km)
Nearest Rail Head – Chhapar
How to reach – Jaipur has the nearest bus station(215 Km) connecting Sujangarh-Nokha state highway
Famous for – Blackbuck
Months Open – Open round the year
Best Time – November to February

What's there

Mammals – blackbuck, jungle cat, chinkara, desert cat and desert fox
Birds – montague harriers, marsh harriers, pale harriers, eastern imperial eagles, short-toed eagles, tawny eagles, sparrow hawks, skylarks, brown dove, crested bee-eaters, black ibis, blue-checked  bee-eaters, demoiselle cranes
Reptiles – red sand boa, saw scaled viper

Images made at Tal Chhapar Sanctuary by our team

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