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Blackbuck National Park at Velavadar is situated in the [[Bhavnagar]] District of [[Gujarat]] state, [[India]].
 
Blackbuck National Park at Velavadar is situated in the [[Bhavnagar]] District of [[Gujarat]] state, [[India]].
 
===History===
 
This small part of Bhal region (34.52 sq.km.), which was declared as Blackbuck National Park in July 1976, is open grassland. The sanctuary has been declared primarily for Blackbucks. The beauty of the grassland is enhanced by the movements of blackbucks and nilgais, which one can see from long distances. The blackbuck is most conspicuous for its jumping over the levels of grass..The park is located around 72 km from the district headquarter city of [[Bhavnagar]].
 
 
===Landscape===
 
 
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]]. 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.
 
 
===Flora and fauna===
 
 
The majestic blackbucks are less shy of human being here and one has a sure chance of watching them in their natural mood, leaping high in air, running, feeding drinking, rutting and chasing. The herds of blackbucks are of different gender combinations like mixed, all males and all females. The courtship process in blackbucks is quite similar to what used to be called "swayamvara" in good old days. The males have to fight with other males to win over the females. This fight, which is a common sight at Velavadar during the mating season, may even be a fight to finish leading to the death of the weaker.
 
A small wetland in the southern part of the Park attracts birds like pelicans, flamingoes, ducks, waders, coots, white storks, painted storks and sarus cranes etc. The Park is a heaven for demoiselle cranes, common cranes and a variety of raptors including certag spotted eagles and steppe eagles.
 
  
 
[[Image:kaliyar.jpg|thumb|center|512x199px|Jumping Blackbuck ]]
 
[[Image:kaliyar.jpg|thumb|center|512x199px|Jumping Blackbuck ]]
 
The Park provides one of the world's best roosting sites to thousands of Harriers that arrive here from Central Europe for wintering. Peculiar courtship display by Lesser floricans could also be seen. Lesser florican is one of the fifty rarest birds of the world and the park has been supporting the breeding of quite a good number of this species.
 
An entirely different experience of the wildlife begins to transcend as the darkness falls. The persistent howls of jackal add to the feeling of true wilderness. The long, deep and threatening howls of wolves, occasionally penetrate the darkness .
 
  
 
[[Image:kaliyar1.jpg|thumb|center|512x199px|Group of Blackbuck ]]
 
[[Image:kaliyar1.jpg|thumb|center|512x199px|Group of Blackbuck ]]
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===Climate===
 
===Climate===
Climate of Velavadar as same as climate of Bhavnagar.[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bhavnagar#Topography]
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Climate of Velavadar as same as climate of Bhavnagar.
  
 
==Get in==
 
==Get in==
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==See==
 
==See==
 
Blackbuck, bluebull, wolf, jackal, jungle cat, fox etc
 
  
 
==Do==
 
==Do==
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==Sleep==
 
==Sleep==
  
* Very nice Gust house of Forest department Phone : (O) 0278 2426425. [http://picasaweb.google.com/tsi.gujrati/VelavadarStory#5190138180292794370 photo1] [http://picasaweb.google.com/tsi.gujrati/VelavadarStory#5190138227537434642 photo2]
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* Very nice Gust house of Forest department Phone : (O) 0278 2426425.  
 
* Jubilee Hotels Pvt Ltd, Bhavnagar
 
* Jubilee Hotels Pvt Ltd, Bhavnagar
 
* Nilambagh Palace Hotel, Bhavnagar   
 
* Nilambagh Palace Hotel, Bhavnagar   
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* Hotel White Rose, Bhavnagar  
 
* Hotel White Rose, Bhavnagar  
 
* Bluehill Hotel, Bhavnagar  
 
* Bluehill Hotel, Bhavnagar  
[http://www.cleartrip.com/hotels/india/bhavnagar/ Hotel booking in Bhavnagar]
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===Lodging===
 
===Lodging===
  
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Four camp rooms, dormitory facilities, an Orientation Center and a Campsite for nature education activities are available at the park.
 
Four camp rooms, dormitory facilities, an Orientation Center and a Campsite for nature education activities are available at the park.
 
Contact
 
Assistant Conservator of Forests,
 
Blackbuck National Park, Velavadar,
 
Bhavnagar. Gujarat.
 
Phone : (O) 0278 2426425.
 
 
  
  
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{{parkguide}}
 
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Revision as of 20:14, 12 June 2009

Blackbuck National Park is located near Near Vallabhipur, in Bhavnagar of India.

Contents

Understand

Blackbuck National Park at Velavadar is situated in the Bhavnagar District of Gujarat state, India.

Jumping Blackbuck
Group of Blackbuck


Climate

Climate of Velavadar as same as climate of Bhavnagar.

Get in

Bhavnagar is connected by daily flights, daily train and daily rivate buses (sleeper/setting, AC/Non-AC ) to Mumbai. The airlines are Indian, Air Deccan and Jet Airways. Most people in Gujarat travel by private buses (these are excellent modes of transport as the roads are among the best in India.

Hiring a taxi from Bhavnagar is the most convenient way to visit National Park.

Fees/Permits

Entry in the park is Free,

See

Do

The park can be toured by safari and also on foot. Experience of the wildlife like howls of jackal add to the feeling of true wilderness as the darkness falls.

Eat

Sleep

  • Very nice Gust house of Forest department Phone : (O) 0278 2426425.
  • Jubilee Hotels Pvt Ltd, Bhavnagar
  • Nilambagh Palace Hotel, Bhavnagar
  • Hotel Sun 'n' Shine, Bhavnagar
  • Hotel Apollo, Bhavnagar
  • Hotel White Rose, Bhavnagar
  • Bluehill Hotel, Bhavnagar

Lodging

Camping

Four camp rooms, dormitory facilities, an Orientation Center and a Campsite for nature education activities are available at the park.




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