Saturday, December 14, 2013

Khichan in Rajasthan, India: A must visit for nature enthusiasts

Demoiselle cranes, Khichan
Tucked away in a rather remote area of Rajasthan is a village called Khichan. Khichan is not a place that usually features in a tourist's list. It is one of those off-the beaten destinations that is well-worth visiting though.

You will likely hear of this place from birding enthusiasts, in fact  that is how I came to know of  Khichan. My  cousin Soma, who is an active birder told me about the existence of this place. She went there last winter and clicked some awesome pictures. Khichan is a must visit if you wish to witness quite an unusual sight.

Would you like to see hundreds of Demoiselle cranes in one place?
Khichan is where you can witness this amazingly beautiful and unusual sight.

Flocks Demoiselle cranes
Demoiselle cranes
Rajasthan, India

This migration has been happening since a very long time.The locals have helped in conserving and protecting this area. The cranes are fed grains every day and that is a lot of food! This has been possible because of monitory support from locals and donations from visitors and other organisations who are helping in preserving and conserving this natural phenomenon.

How to reach Khichan : From Jodhpur- You can take a train to Jodhpur in Rajasthan and hire a car from Jodhpur. Keechan is around 145 kms from Jodhpur. You can plan a day trip. Keechan will be on your way to Jaisalmer from Jodhpur. Jodhppur to Jaisalmer is around 285 kms and will take around 4 hours. There will be slight detour to Khichan but that is the best way to go if you plan to go from Jodhpur. The journey from Jodhpur to Keechan will take you around 2.5 hours. Keechan is not far from Pokhran which is around 66 kms away (around 1 hour).

Best time to Visit: Winter (October to March): November to February is the best season

Sharing some pictures from my cousin's trip to Khichan.

Demoiselle cranes, Khichan, Rajasthan,India
Khichan, Rajasthan, Demoiselle cranes 

Demoiselle crane Khichan


Indrani said...

Yes, a lovely sight to see so many of them together there. Great pics.

Ranjana Jha said...

Thanks so much Indrani.

Pattu Raj said...

Wow!. I have been there, and have similar photographs. It is a sight to behold. Thanks for sharing this.