Khichan Village is one of those villages that have sustained protection since generations. It is located near Phalodi at a distance of 150 km from Jodhpur in Udaipur district of Rajasthan. In the 19th century Khichan was famous for being the village of several rich Jain traders, who have now migrated to other important centres of commerce. Khichan is today famous for another migratory community that makes its home here for the six months of winter. These are the endangered demoiselle cranes, who have been coming to Khichan for generations. The numbers of these birds are dwindling fast elsewhere because of hunting along their migratory route and ecological imbalances in their natural habitat. These cranes arrive in Khichan in the month of August from Mongolia and Central Asia to spend the winter here.