Tal Chapar SanctuarySujangarh in Rajasthan’s Churu district needs to be explored for its innumerable sightseeing options but is not properly unraveled due to other prime tourist highlights like Jaisalmer, Bikaner, Jodhpur, Jaipur and Udaipur. Tal Chapar Sanctuary in Chapar village located close to Sujangarh, off Nokha-Sujangarh State highway, at a distance of 85 kilometers. It can also be accessed from Bikaner which is 130 kilometers away and Jaipur 210 kilometers away. Extremely popular for the antelope Blackbuck in India, Tal Chapar is salt lowland known as ‘Tal’ or ponds with a distinct ecosystem.
Lying at an altitude of 900 feet above sea level Tal Chapar Sanctuary has plane land and scattered lowlands with Savanna like tropical vegetation, rich in Acacia and prosopis trees at intervals. The rain water which flows through the lowland accumulates in ditches and become shallow ponds also known as ‘Tal’. Rock formations of slate and quartzite makes up the various hillocks and mounds in the sanctuary. The reserve is rich in biodiversity and is home to several animal and bird species like skylark, ring dove, crested lark, blue jay, brown dove, sand grouse, partridge, desert cat and desert fox.
Migratory birds like tawny eagle, eastern imperial eagle, sparrow, short toed eagle, demoiselle cranes, black Ibis, little green bee eaters, sparrow hawk, and marsh harriers visit the sanctuary between September and March. The Mothiya grass which grows from round pearl shaped seeds in the sanctuary is very sweet in taste and is fodder for the Black buck. The Tal Chapar Sanctuary has two forest guest houses which can be availed by visitors on prior booking administered by the Deputy Conservator of Forest. The reserve is ideal for visiting in the winter months from October to February.
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