Chestnut-bellied sandgrouse (Female)
Though they are found in hot and arid climates, they are extremely dependent on water and can travel as much as 80km in a day in search of it.
Chinkara / Indian gazelle
Subject very soft, but I like the colors. Driving down on Jaisalmer road, it's rather difficult to believe that there will be a sanctuary with this much life close by.
Chestnut-bellied sandgrouse - female (l) and male (r)
I will post some pictures from this small and little known wildlife sanctuary. The unique part is that this sanctuary has its own lake and lodge too. If you are driving from Jaisalmer to Bikaner, this sanctuary offers a welcome relief. The erstwhile hunting ground for the Maharaja of Bikaner, you can see hunting bunkers all over the place. Chinkara, blackbucks, neelgai, wild boar, deer roam freely in the grasslands. Saw pintails, grebes, teals, eagles (Booted, STSE, Tawny), vultures (white-rumped, Egyptian).
Now for some logistics. Unfortunately, it is only open for people staying in the Gajner Palace Hotel. The hotel is quite well managed. Safaris are costly at about INR 2500 for 1-1.5 hours. I was spending a day at the lodge and did 2 trips into the sanctuary. Considering the cost and the limited time, I don't think you would want to do too many safaris. However, combined with Jaisalmer and Bikaner / Jorbeed, I would recommend a stopover at the lodge and a safari too.
Saw this quite often on the way back from Binsar. Found it interesting, so sharing here. While driving, I saw that nearly each tree had these metallic cones on the bark of the tree to gather resin. There would be 2-3 of these cones on each tree.
View from Kunjakharak in Pangot
On the main road from Pangot, right at the end is what is known as Kunjakharak. There is a Forest Rest House there which is probably not all that functional. But trek a bit, during winters you can come across Goral grazing on the other side. Often, you can find Himalayan Snowcocks on the slopes. The view by itself is breathtaking. This was taken in bad light quite late in the evening.
It's almost monsoon and most parks are going to close for the season soon. One place I always look forward to going during the monsoon is Ranthambhore. The park is at its greenest best and Ranthambhore has so much to offer. Best part is that there are so few people around usually. This was taken from somewhere on the way to Ranthambhore fort. The drive through the Ranthambhore fort road can lead to some surprisingly good sightings too!