Zainabad is a small village situated on the edge of the Little Rann of Kutch, a vast expanse of flat, salty and barren land. The 4,950 sq km sanctuary is the home of the Indian wild ass. These handsome chestnut coloured animals live in herds from 30 to 60 animals led by a strong male. Extremely hard to track down, it is a pleasure to watch them gallop at full speed (60 km an hour). The Little Rann of Kutch also attracts a vast variety of water birds and birds of prey. During the winter, it is a breeding ground for flamingoes and pelicans.
The best time to visit is late October to mid-March; it is very hot in June and inaccessible during the monsoon period.