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Blackbuck National Park, Velavadar

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Blackbuck National Park at Velavadar is situated in the Bhavnagar District of Gujarat state, India.Established in 1976 in the Bhal region of Saurashtra, the park is located around 42 km from the district headquarters city of Bhavnagar. Hugging the coasts of the Gulf of Khambhat on the south, it is spread over an area of 34.08 km2, which was primarily a "vidi" (grassland) of the maharaja of the princely state of Bhavnagar for hunting the blackbucks with his famous hunting cheetahs. On the northern side, it is surrounded by wastelands and agriculture fields. The national park has been classified as 4B Gujarat-Rajwada biotic province of semi-arid bio-geographical zone.Flat land, dry grasses and herds of antelope have always attracted visitors to this park which has a grassland ecosystem. Successful conservation programs for the blackbuck, wolf and lesser florican (a bustard) are ongoing. Considered to be an endemic Indian species, the lesser florican, which once lived throughout the country, has become endangered in recent decades. Today, the largest population is in this park. Local wolf numbers are increasing, as are striped hyena, with sightings quite frequent during daylight in winter 2012-2013.
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  • guaranteed to see the animals here. Also lots of birds and if lucky wolfs and jackhalls You have to pay for a guide, but they are quite good. Be careful as the cashier will definitely to pull you a le...  more »
  • I didn't know about Blackbuck NP before traveling to India. On the the advice of friends, we added it onto our trip to Sasan Gir National Park. The place is fantastic and definitely one of my favorite...  more »
  • This place is about 50 Kms from bhavnagar. We reached the park around 6:50 a.m and were amongst the first ones to enter. Lucky enough to be blessed with lovely weather we did a safari lasting around 1...  more »
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  • Another fantastic wildlife tourism park in Gujarat, as the name suggests, this national park is home to a rare species of blackbuck. Situated in Bhal region, this national park is a treat for the wildlife enthusiasts, as along with spotting the whimsical blackbucks, they can even sight sizable amount of bird species that consider the small wetland in the park their home. The best part is that you have the option to explore Velavadar on foot as well.
  • Good wildlife experience..blackbuck and bird viewing was good..Timings 6:00 AM to 1:00 PM and 3:00 PM to 6:00 PM. Wetland birds are missing when we visited. I personally felt that State Government must reduce entry fees to encourage more tourists..
  • Great place with hundreds or deers and Blackbuck. Closed in monsoon for 4 months. So entry in inside is not allowed in that period but still you can get the viewing from the road.
  • Awesome place for outing trip for camping exploring. The black bucks and deer is every were you can find it awesome living in natural environment very long curl horns and white colored alpino is awesome must visit one time
  • Best Grassland National Park in India