Sarus Crane in Thol is the migratory bird who migrates from northern breeding areas to Thol lake as its southern wintering grounds. Sarus Crane bird is one of the rare birds who travel thousand kilometer from their native place to Thol once in a year. Many birds like Sarus Cranes who fly hundreds of kilometers to Thol for feeding, breeding and raising their young. Thol is a bird watcher’s paradise. Tourists coming to Thol enjoy watching Sarus Crane bird during the Indian winters.
Many birds mainly waterfowl inhabit this lake and come from as far as Siberia. Thol in Gujarat is a bird watcher’s paradise, one can find rosy pelicans, lesser and greater flamingos, crakes, brahminy ducks, purple moorhen, herons, white storks, various species of bitterns, grebes etc in the lake. Best time to visit Thol is in winter between November to February. However, migratory birds starts arriving in October and stay until April but their population reaches its peak in mid winter. Best time to see the birds is early in the morning and in the evening.
Thol Lake is an artificial lake near Thol village in Kalol area of Mehsana District in Gujarat, India. It is a reservoir made for irrigation in 1912. It is a fresh water lake same as Nalsarovar and is a marshland. Thol is a Bird Sanctuary since the year of 1988. It is a delight to watch Sarus Crane in Thol.