The demoiselle cranes of Khichan • Rajasthan, India

Dive into the enchanting world of the Demoiselle cranes in Khichan, Rajasthan, India! In just over three minutes, our video guides you through an unforgettable story of the Jain's devotion and respect for life. Of how a simple act of sharing food has changed the lives of thousands of migratory birds. Experience this unique interaction between man and nature in our video that is also accompanied by an enlightening text about the cultural context of the place. Can not be missed! You will be surprised how much you can discover in such a short time.

This film was made on the basis of photos and videos taken during the trip India • Rajasthan and Varanasi (EN)

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The Jain religion is characterized by its great respect for life. This respect is sometimes taken to the extreme, so the most fanatical Jains wear masks over their mouths so as not to accidentally swallow a fly and move with small brooms in order to chase insects that might end up on their way. get crushed as they pass. Some Jain families are established in the small village of Khichan.


Khichan is a small village located a few kilometers from the town of Phalodi in the district of Jodhpur in Rajasthan, India. An inhabitant of the village, a follower of Jainism, returned there after having worked for several years in a state in eastern India, Odisha. This happened in the 1970s. He began to feed the pigeons in the village by regularly bringing sacks of cereals to a feeding area a little away from the village. And the pigeons liked it. They were soon joined by sparrows, squirrels and peacocks, symbols of India.

Demoiselle cranes

In September, a dozen Demoiselle cranes joined them. These migratory birds are found in Europe and Asia. Asian Demoiselle cranes cross the Himalayas every year to find milder winters in India while Europeans travel to Africa.

Demoiselle cranes in Khichan

Respect for the life of the Khichan Jains prompted them to protect these birds from stray dogs by creating protected places to feed the cranes. And the whole village began to feed them. Having become a major tourist attraction, these cranes are popular in Khichan from August to March. Donations from locals as well as tourists provide the 3 tonnes of seeds needed daily to feed these thousands of cranes, the number of which continues to grow. In 2010 their number was estimated at more than 15,000. Their number has continued to increase to this day.

about the place, Khichan:

Khichan is a small town in Rajasthan which would have remained in the shadows if damselfish cranes had not decided to stop there during their migration.

Spoken comments in the film: 

The inhabitants of Khichan had the good idea decades ago to feed the few demoiselle cranes that came to hibernate at the edge of their body of water. They are currently more than 20,000 coming to spend the bad season there after a long and perilous crossing of the Himalayas.



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The Khichan Demoiselle Cranes, Khichan, Rajasthan • India
cranes in flight, Khichan • India • Rajasthan

cranes in flight

demoiselle cranes at the water's edge, Khichan • India • Rajasthan

demoiselle cranes at the water's edge

group of cranes at rest, Khichan • India • Rajasthan

group of cranes at rest

thirst quenching cranes, Khichan • India • Rajasthan

thirst quenching cranes

Khichan, Rajasthan India

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