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Blackbuck National Park

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Understand

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

History

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

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

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

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 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

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

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

  • 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

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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