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Chhapar Sanctuary, Ladnun


Tal Chhapar Sanctuary is located at a distance of 25 km from Ladnun. This sanctuary is famous for being home to the most elegant antelopes of India, 'Black bucks'. The verdant Acacia and Prosopis trees give a typical savannah look to the sanctuary. There are some seasonal ponds which serve as the water sources for the animals.This sanctuary is famous for a special type of grass called 'Mothiya' in the local language. The word 'Mothiya' is derived from the word 'Moti' meaning pearl. The seeds of the grass look like pearls and have a sweet taste. Tourists can enjoy eating these seeds which also serve as food for the black bucks and birds.

Tal Chhapar Sanctuary is a halting place for migratory bird called harriers. During the month of September, these birds can be seen in large numbers in the sanctuary. The other commonly seen birds are eastern imperial eagles, tawny eagles, short-toed eagles, sparrows, little green bee-eaters, skylarks, crested larks, ring doves, brown doves, blue jays and black ibis. Bird lovers can see migratory birds like demoiselle cranes in the month of March which come from Eurasia. In addition to black bucks, travellers can also see here desert foxes, desert cats, partridges and sand grouse around the year.


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