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Khichan is a small village which has a unique practice of feeding Demoiselle Cranes which arrive here in huge numbers during winter months. These cranes make one of the toughest migrations in the world by crossing the Himalayas to arrive at Khichan.

Lying 150 km from Jodhpur district of Rajasthan, the village Khichan is renowned for its tradition of feeding the Demoiselle cranes that migrate here from central Asia. This village plays host to almost 9,000 cranes every year. Travellers and ornithologists gather here to observe this annual spectacle. The village wakes up every day to the trumpeting calls of thousands of Demoiselle cranes in winter.
They are fed by the villagers twice a day. In the morning, they receive the grains in small enclosures in batches. After the feeding session most of them hang around the natural sources of water and sand dunes in the village.

These cranes are found in 47 countries and they make the migration from central Asia, reaching Khichan in large numbers at the onset of winter, where they nest in the warmer Indian climate. They arrive after a long and treacherous journey and many of them perish on the way due predators, fatigue and hunger.
Demoiselle Cranes are 85-100 cm long, with a white strip on the neck and a white and grey body. Their call is louder than the common crane and they are excellent dances. A special dance is performed during courtship which has sequences of leaps, bows, short flights and runs. They perform acrobatics also while dancing. They fly with their head straight and neck and legs stretched behind them. The cranes maintain separate social groups within a large flock. They fly at an altitude of 3000 - 5000m. While flying they mingle with other breeds of cranes and their population may be as high as 20,000 in a flock. They are omnivorous feeding on grains, nuts and worms.
Many people gather here to photograph the cranes against the backdrop of the desert and traditional Rajasthani houses of the village. These cranes have put Khichan on the travel map of Rajasthan.

Nearby places Train stations Airports
JODHPUR 142 Km 02H 11m
Jodhpur Junction
Phalodi 5 Km 00H 05m
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Summer 26 °C 42 °C
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Summers are very hot and not advisable to visit Khichan. During this period the Demoiselle Cranes leave for cooler places. Winter months specially November - early March period is the ideal time for visit.
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