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Tal Chhapar Sanctuary, Rajasthan

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Tal Chhapar Sanctuary is a sanctuary located in the Churu district of Northwestern Rajasthan in the Shekhawati region of India. It is known for blackbucks and is also home to a variety of birds. The sanctuary is 210 km from Jaipur on the fringe of the Great Indian Desert and situated on road from Ratangarh to Sujangarh. The Tal Chhapar sanctuary lies in the Sujangarh Tehsil of Churu District. It lies on Nokha-Sujangarh state highway and is situated at a distance of 85 km from Churu and about 132 km from Bikaner. The nearest railway station is Chappar which lies on Degana-Churu-Rewari line of North Western Railways. The nearest airport is Jaipur which is 215 km from Chappar.Tal Chhapar is a refuge of the blackbuck.Geography and geologyThe sanctuary is named after Chhapar village which is located at 27°-50' North and 74°-25' East. It is a flat saline depression locally known as a "tal" that has a unique ecosystem in the heart of the Thar Desert. Perched at a height of 302 meters (990 feet) above sea level. Tal Chhaper Sanctuary, with almost flat tract and interspersed shallow low lying areas, has open grassland with scattered Acacia and Prosopis trees which give it an appearance of a typical savanna. The word "tal" means plane land. The rain water flows through shallow low lying areas and collect in the small seasonal water ponds.
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  • I started my 13 day adventure of birding in India at Tal Chhapar and it was a great place to jump start my trip. We saw many new birds and mammals as well. Spent the first evening here and most of the...  more »
  • As one boards the train to Tal Chappar from a quiet railway station in Delhi Cantt , one is quite oblivious to the small journeys you encounter on your way . A 6-7 hour journey lands you in one of the...  more »
  • Dear Friends Tal Chhapar, a grassland forest, is a wonderful place for nature lovers and photographers where you can find mainly Black Bucks and lots of resident & migratory birds and late winters lik...  more »