Though bird watching as recreation is more popular among overseas visitors than Indian nevertheless it is becoming popular. In Western India, in the state of Gujarat, there are many destinations that are seeing the light of the day thanks to active promotion by the Government and agencies promoting tourism.
Gujarat has an affinity with the Ethiopian Zoogeographic region and the flora and fauna differ much from other regions. This is the state in India that is home to the Asiatic Lion and wild ass. Incidentally, the home of the Asiatic Lion is Gir equally popular for the presence of striking avifauna. Another major destination popular among enthusiasts is Rann of Kutch which is in the far west where salt mining takes place. The unique geography and terrain are home to many exotic and endemic species not found anywhere. In recent times many groups of birders have started making a beeline for these destinations.