Blackbucks at Velavadar National Park

You call it the picturesque sight of serene lush green surroundings, Velavadar Blackbuck National Park in Bhavnagar offers something exciting to everyone. This park houses the population of blackbuck herds which is a rarity in India. This park was built in 1976, and by the year 1980, its area was extended to double its original area. Currently, the park is spread around 34 square km. It is the roughly one-sixth size of the city of the capital of Gujarat.

Nature Lovers Paradise

Thanks to its elusive and luxurious appeal this park acts as the magnet for nature lovers and wildlife enthusiasts. This National Park was a private possession of the Maharaja of Bhavnagar initially. Those visiting this place will also catch the sight of the sizeable amount of birds besides the native blackbuck herd.  There are animal species that find this small wetland to be their abode which includes India’s largest herds of antelope. The other species which finds this place as its natural habitat is the Indian nilgai (another Indian antelope). Jackal, wolf, jungle cat, and fox are other attractions of this park.

Nature lovers visiting this park may use Jeep safari to roam around or opt for trekking to explore the best of Velavadar National Park. A word of caution! Avoid visiting the Velavadar National Park during the monsoon region as the area is excessive rain and flood vulnerable.

In the avian species, this park is populated by flamingos, white and colored storks, pelicans, three kinds of cranes, and many birds of prey. It also attracts the rare Stolizca’s Bushchat which is one of the rarest migratory bird species that love the captivating blue sky above and clear mirroring water beneath.

Fauna & Flora

Besides the antelope, there are other mammals spotted in the Velavadar National Park which are Indian Wolves, Blackbuck, Striped Hyena to name a few.

Birds found in the park

Velavadar National Park is home to some of the rare migratory birds like Stoliczka’s Bush Chat, ar Falcon, Black-Shoulder Kite Shikra, and Florican. Indian birds like Saras Crane, Short-Toed Eagles, Kestrel, Lagg Flamingos, Pelicans, Storks, Ibises, and Spoonbi can also be seen here.

Day 1: Ahmedabad  – Velavadar

On arrival at the Ahmedabad airport for this wildlife journey.  After reaching, you will be taken to Velavadar, which is around 150 kms from Ahmedabad and takes around 3-4 hours to reach. After reaching, you will be check-in at the pre-booked lodge and take some rest. After lunch, you will leave for a safari ride in Velavadar National Park. After the safari, back to the lodge, Have dinner. Overnight stay at Velavadar.

Day 2 – 3: Velavadar National Park

We will leave for the morning safari, early morning safaris have more chances for sighting the animals. You explore the fauna and flora of the National Park. This safari lasts for around three hours, then return to the lodge. Then freshen up, have breakfast, and rest for a few hours.  After lunch, you will leave for another afternoon safari. After the safari, return to the lodge to relax. Enjoy the delicious dinner and overnight stay at the Velavadar.

Day 4: Velavadar – Ahmedabad Airport 

We will leave for the morning safari then return to the lodge. Then freshen up, have breakfast.  Check out and drop you at Ahmedabad Airport to board the flight for your home. Trip Ends

By Air: The nearest Airport to reach Velavadar is Bhavnagar (72 kms) & Ahmedabad (155 kms).

By Rail: The Nearest Railway station is Dhola (50 kms) and Bhavnagar ( 45 kms)

By Road: Ahmedabad is well connected to Velavadar by road, which is around 152 kilometers and takes around 4 hrs drive from Airport.

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