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'''Blackbuck National Park''' is located near Near [[Vallabhipur]], in [[Bhavnagar]] of [[India]].
 
 
 
==Understand==
 
==Understand==
 
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'''Blackbuck National Park''' at Velavadar is situated Near [[Vallabhipur]] in the [[Bhavnagar]] District of [[Gujarat]] state, [[India]].
Blackbuck National Park at Velavadar is situated in the [[Bhavnagar]] District of [[Gujarat]] state, [[India]].
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===History===
 
===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]].
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The Blackbuck National Park is located around 72 km from the district headquarter city of [[Bhavnagar]] in Bhal region. In 1976, Government on [[India]] has declared aprox. 34 Sq.Km. of grassland as National Park Blackbuck. The movements of blackbucks and nilgais (Blue bull) increase beauty of this park. The blackbuck is most famous for its jumping over the levels of grass. Since it is grassland, beauty of this park can be seen from long distant.  
  
 
===Landscape===
 
===Landscape===
 
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The park is surrounded Gulf of Khambhat on the south and by wastelands and agriculture fields on the other sides. It was grassland of the Maharaja of the princely state of [[Bhavnagar]]. The National park has been classified as 4B [[Gujarat]]-Rajwada biotic province of semi-arid bio-geographical zone.
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.
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===Flora and fauna===
 
===Flora and fauna===
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The distinctive horns of the Blackbuck are ringed with 1 to 4 spiral turns, rarely more than 4 turns, and can be as long as 28 inches (79cm). A trophy Blackbuck is 18+ inches. In the male, the upper body is black (dark brown), and the belly and eye rings are white. The light-brown female is usually hornless. Blackbucks usually roam the plains in herds of 15 to 20 animals with one dominant male.
  
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.
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On the open plain, the Blackbuck is one of the fastest animals and can outrun most predators over long distances. Its chief predator was the now extinct Indian Cheetah. It is now sometimes preyed upon by wolves, feral dogs, etc.
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.  
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The diet of the Blackbuck consists mostly of grasses, although it does eat pods, flowers and fruits to supplement its diet. The maximum life span recorded is 16 years and the average is 12 years. Mating season of the Black Buck rests from August to October and March to April.
  
 
[[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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The National Park is also one of the largest roosting ground of migratory Harriers (birds) in winter. The area also supports a sizable population of Lesser Florican (Monsoon breeding migrant) which can be seen from mid-July to November. The National Park also is home to 3 packs (a total of 11-19 individuals)of wolves.
  
 
===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]] [[WikiPedia:Bhavnagar]].However, in summers the temperature may rise to 45'C in peak summer as it lies in the Low rainfall ''Bhal'' region.
  
 
==Get in==
 
==Get in==
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[[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.
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Most people in [[Gujarat]] travel by private buses (these are excellent modes of transport as the roads are among the best in [[India]].
  
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.
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Hiring a taxi from [[Bhavnagar]] is the most convenient way to visit National Park.Taxi can be picked up from taxi stand near Ganga Jalia Talav.
Most people in Gujarat travel by private buses (these are excellent modes of transport as the roads are among the best in India.
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Hiring a taxi from Bhavnagar is the most convenient way to visit National Park.
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==Fees/Permits==
 
==Fees/Permits==
 
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Entry fees in the park are as follow.
Entry in the park is Free,
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==See==
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!width="125pt"|Indian (INR)
Blackbuck, bluebull, wolf, jackal, jungle cat, fox etc
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!width="125pt"|Non Indian (Equivalent INR of $)
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!Entry fee for: ||  || 
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|-
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|Adult || 20  ||  5
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|-
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|Child (3 to 12 years) and School tour || 10  ||  5
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|-
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!Vehicle Entry fee: ||  || 
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|-
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|Car (up to 6 persons) || 200  ||  20
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|-
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|Very small bus (up to 15 persons ) || 500  ||  50
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|-
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|Mini bus, Bus ( up to 60 persons) || 1750 ||  175
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|-
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!Guide Fee: ||  || 
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|-
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|First four hours per vehicle || 50 || 10
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|-
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|Every additional hour per Vehicle : || 20 || 5
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|-
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!Filming &  Photography fee: || ||
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|-
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|Non-Professional movie / Video camera || 0 || 0
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|-
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|Still camera photography (Professional) || 100 || 10
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|-
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|}
  
 
==Do==
 
==Do==
 
 
The park can be toured by safari and also on foot.
 
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.
 
Experience of the wildlife like howls of jackal add to the feeling of true wilderness as the darkness falls.
  
 
==Eat==
 
==Eat==
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Park officials (in Gust house) also provide food on request as follows:
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|-
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!width="275pt"|
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!width="125pt"|Indian (INR)
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!width="125pt"|Non Indian (Equivalent INR of $)
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|-
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!Lunch or dinner charges:  ||    ||
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|-
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|Vegetarian lunch or Dinner || 70  || 5
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|-
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|Non-Vegetarian lunch or Dinner || 110  || 7
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|Vegetarian breakfast || 40 || 2
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|-
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|Non-Vegetarian breakfast || 50 || 3
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|-
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|Tea or Coffee || 7 || 1
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|-
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|}
  
 
==Sleep==
 
==Sleep==
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* Very nice Gust house of Forest department Phone : (O) 0278 2426425. Rates of gust house are
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!width="275pt"|
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!width="125pt"|Indian (INR)
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!width="125pt"|Non Indian (Equivalent INR of $)
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!Rate for  Gust house (Per day) ||  ||
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|AC room ||  1500 ||75
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|Non-AC room ||  500 ||50
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|Dormitory (per Person per day) ||  50 ||10
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|Tent  ||  200 ||20
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!Camp Charges :  ||  ||
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|Number of beneficiary up to 35 ||  2000 ||  0
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|Number of beneficiary up to 70 ||  5000 ||  0
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* 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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* Jubilee Hotels Pvt Ltd, [[Bhavnagar]]
* Jubilee Hotels Pvt Ltd, Bhavnagar
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* Nilambagh Palace Hotel, [[Bhavnagar]] 
* Nilambagh Palace Hotel  
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* Hotel Sun 'n' Shine, [[Bhavnagar]]
* Hotel Sun 'n' Shine  
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* Hotel Apollo, [[Bhavnagar]]
* Hotel Apollo  
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* Hotel White Rose, [[Bhavnagar]]
* Hotel White Rose  
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* Bluehill Hotel, [[Bhavnagar]]
* Bluehill Hotel  
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[http://www.cleartrip.com/hotels/india/bhavnagar/ Hotel booking in Bhavnagar]
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===Lodging===
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===Camping===
 
===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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Four camp rooms, dormitory facilities, an Orientation Center and a Campsite for nature education activities are available at the park. For more detail contact to Officer-in-Charge of the park(Assistant Conservator of Forests) Phone: (O) 0278 2426425.
 
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Contact
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Assistant Conservator of Forests,
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Blackbuck National Park, Velavadar,
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Bhavnagar. Gujarat.
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Phone : (O) 0278 2426425.
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{{parkguide}}
 
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Latest revision as of 10:00, 3 May 2013

Understand[edit]

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

History[edit]

The Blackbuck National Park is located around 72 km from the district headquarter city of Bhavnagar in Bhal region. In 1976, Government on India has declared aprox. 34 Sq.Km. of grassland as National Park Blackbuck. The movements of blackbucks and nilgais (Blue bull) increase beauty of this park. The blackbuck is most famous for its jumping over the levels of grass. Since it is grassland, beauty of this park can be seen from long distant.

Landscape[edit]

The park is surrounded Gulf of Khambhat on the south and by wastelands and agriculture fields on the other sides. It was grassland of the Maharaja of the princely state of Bhavnagar. The National park has been classified as 4B Gujarat-Rajwada biotic province of semi-arid bio-geographical zone.

Flora and fauna[edit]

The distinctive horns of the Blackbuck are ringed with 1 to 4 spiral turns, rarely more than 4 turns, and can be as long as 28 inches (79cm). A trophy Blackbuck is 18+ inches. In the male, the upper body is black (dark brown), and the belly and eye rings are white. The light-brown female is usually hornless. Blackbucks usually roam the plains in herds of 15 to 20 animals with one dominant male.

On the open plain, the Blackbuck is one of the fastest animals and can outrun most predators over long distances. Its chief predator was the now extinct Indian Cheetah. It is now sometimes preyed upon by wolves, feral dogs, etc.

The diet of the Blackbuck consists mostly of grasses, although it does eat pods, flowers and fruits to supplement its diet. The maximum life span recorded is 16 years and the average is 12 years. Mating season of the Black Buck rests from August to October and March to April.

Jumping Blackbuck
Group of Blackbuck

The National Park is also one of the largest roosting ground of migratory Harriers (birds) in winter. The area also supports a sizable population of Lesser Florican (Monsoon breeding migrant) which can be seen from mid-July to November. The National Park also is home to 3 packs (a total of 11-19 individuals)of wolves.

Climate[edit]

Climate of Velavadar as same as climate of Bhavnagar.However, in summers the temperature may rise to 45'C in peak summer as it lies in the Low rainfall Bhal region.

Get in[edit]

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.Taxi can be picked up from taxi stand near Ganga Jalia Talav.

Fees/Permits[edit]

Entry fees in the park are as follow.

Indian (INR) Non Indian (Equivalent INR of $)
Entry fee for:
Adult 20 5
Child (3 to 12 years) and School tour 10 5
Vehicle Entry fee:
Car (up to 6 persons) 200 20
Very small bus (up to 15 persons ) 500 50
Mini bus, Bus ( up to 60 persons) 1750 175
Guide Fee:
First four hours per vehicle 50 10
Every additional hour per Vehicle : 20 5
Filming & Photography fee:
Non-Professional movie / Video camera 0 0
Still camera photography (Professional) 100 10

Do[edit][add listing]

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[edit][add listing]

Park officials (in Gust house) also provide food on request as follows:

Indian (INR) Non Indian (Equivalent INR of $)
Lunch or dinner charges:
Vegetarian lunch or Dinner 70 5
Non-Vegetarian lunch or Dinner 110 7
Vegetarian breakfast 40 2
Non-Vegetarian breakfast 50 3
Tea or Coffee 7 1

Sleep[edit][add listing]

  • Very nice Gust house of Forest department Phone : (O) 0278 2426425. Rates of gust house are
Indian (INR) Non Indian (Equivalent INR of $)
Rate for Gust house (Per day)
AC room 1500 75
Non-AC room 500 50
Dormitory (per Person per day) 50 10
Tent 200 20
Camp Charges :
Number of beneficiary up to 35 2000 0
Number of beneficiary up to 70 5000 0

Camping[edit]

Four camp rooms, dormitory facilities, an Orientation Center and a Campsite for nature education activities are available at the park. For more detail contact to Officer-in-Charge of the park(Assistant Conservator of Forests) Phone: (O) 0278 2426425.




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