Blackbuck National Park is a national park in India located at Velavadar in the Bhavnagar District of Gujarat.
The park was established in 1976 and is situated about 42 kilometers from Bhavnagar, the district’s official center, in the Bhal region of Saurashtra. It is spread out over an area of 34.08 km2, which was largely a “vidi” (grassland) of the maharaja of the princely state of Bhavnagar for hunting the blackbucks with his legendary hunting cheetahs. It hugs the beaches of the Gulf of Khambhat in the south. It is surrounded by wastelands and grasslands on its northern side. The national park is part of the semi-arid biogeographical zone’s 4B Gujarat-Rajwada biotic province.
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About Blackbuck National Park
A national park is a place that is entirely dedicated to protecting wildlife and biodiversity, and where it is prohibited to engage in activities like development, forestry, poaching, hunting, and grazing on planted areas. Their perimeter is strictly defined and defined.
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
The park lies between two rivers namely Parvalia and Alang, which drain into the Gulf of Cambay. During the monsoon, the area is often flooded. The blackbuck herds are mostly to be found in the northern part of the sanctuary, while the southern part has patches of thorn forest providing excellent opportunities for bird watching.
The Alang river forms the southern border of the Park and is the favorite retreat for wolves. The fertile soils are believed to have arisen from the sea. The mudflats are the high tide zones of the Gulf of Khambhat and the lower part is prone to flooding.
Blackbuck National Park History
In July 1976, the sanctuary was established as an initial 18 sq km protected area. The area was increased by 16 sq km in 1980, bringing the total to 34 sq km. Despite being one of the smaller national parks in the nation, it contains a significant number of species for the wildlife enthusiast.
Flora and Fauna At Blackbuck National Park
The park embraces about over 140 species of birds, 14 species of mammals, 95 species of flowering plants, and many reptiles.
The Blackbuck is considered sacred in Hindu mythology. It is locally known as kaliyar in Gujarati. Krishna Sara, Krishna mruga, and saranga are its Sanskrit names.
A small wetland in the southern part of the Park attracts birds like pelicans, flamingoes, ducks, waders, coots, white storks, painted storks, sarus cranes, etc. The Park is a heaven for demoiselle cranes, common cranes, and a variety of raptors including certainly spotted eagles and steppe eagles.
This is a unique National Park with exclusive grassland habitat, shrublands, saline plains, and mudflats. More than 1,000 blackbucks exist on the open grasslands of Velavadar.
Blackbuck National Park Timings
Timings:- 6:30 am to 6:30 pm.
The park is open most of the year but is officially closed from June 15 to October 15 during the monsoon season.
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Best Time to Visit At Blackbuck National Park
The months of December to March are the best times to visit the Blackbuck National Park.
Velavadar Blackbuck National Park Entry Fee
|LMV-Car (up to 6 people)||INR 400|
|Matador, Station Wagon (up to 6 people)||INR 1000|
|Heavy vehicle- bus (up to 60 people)||INR 3500|
|Per person (with prior approval)||INR 40|
Blackbuck National Park Ticket Price
|First 3 hours per vehicle/group||INR 400||INR 100|
|For each additional hour per vehicle/group||INR 50||INR 40|
|Photography (per trip/camera)|
|Still photography||INR 200|
|Documentary (with prior approval)||INR 10,000|
|Feature movie (with prior approval)||INR 50,000|
|Documentary (with prior approval)||INR 30,000|
|Feature movie (with prior approval)||INR 1,00,000|
Other Attraction At Blackbuck National Park
- Kashtabhanjan Hanuman Mandir
- Nalsarovar Bird Sanctuary
- Vishwakarma Mandir
- Tirupati Mandir
- Khodiyar Ma Temple Bhavnagar
Velavadar Blackbuck National Park Contact Number
Tel: 0278 288 0342.
Velavadar Blackbuck National Park Open or Close
Blackbuck National Park opens On 15th October.
How to Reach Velavadar Blackbuck National Park
Velavadar Blackbuck National Park has located 47km from Bhavnagar.
Velavadar Blackbuck National Park has located 47km from Bhavnagar which is the nearest railway station.
Velavadar Blackbuck National Park has located 47km from Bhavnagar airport.