|Tal Chhapar Wildlife Sanctuary
Highlights: Salasar Balaji, Flora and Fauna of the Park
How To Reach:
By Air: Jaipur (at a distance of 189 kilometers) is the nearest airport.
By Rail: The nearest railway station is Chapper that lies on Degana - Churu - Rewari meter gauge line of North Western Railways.
By Bus: Churu is well connected to Delhi, Mumbai, Jaipur and other cities by a fine network of roads.
Tal Chhapar Wildlife Sanctuary is located in the Churu district of Rajasthan. It is located at a distance of 210 kilometers from Jaipur. Initially Tal Chhapar Wildlife Sanctuary was managed as a private hunting reserve of the Maharaja of Bikaner. Tal Chapper was declared as a Wildlife Sanctuary in the year 1962. The sanctuary is famous for the black-buck (Antilope cervicapra). Other animals found in the sanctuary are desert fox and desert cat.
The terrain of the sanctuary is almost flat and has low-lying areas with open grasslands. The grasslands are interspersed with Acacia and prosopis trees that give the sanctuary a look of the Savannas.
A large number of migratory birds visit this region during the month of September. Tourists can easily spot sparrow hawk, Ben harrier, Montague's harrier, imperial eagle, marsh harrier, pale harrier, tawny eagle, skylark, short toed eagle, sparrow hawk, ring drove, crested lark, brown dove, blue jay, black ibis, green bee eaters, demoiselle cranes, blue jays and cranes.
Special type of grass found in the Tal Chhapar Sanctuary is Mothiya. The word mothiya is derived from the word Moti (English word for Pearl). The seeds of this grass are pearl shaped and the grass has a very sweet taste. This is liked by Black Bucks and some birds.
The best time to visit Tal Chhapar Wildlife Sanctuary is September to March.
Here is a list of various Wildlife Sanctuaries and National Parks: