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Blackbuck National Park, Velavadar

 

Blackbuck National Park, Velavadar

Blackbuck National Park, Velavadar
IUCN category II (national park)
A blackbuck stag at the grasslands of the national park
Map showing the location of Blackbuck National Park, Velavadar
Location Bhavnagar District, Gujarat, India
Coordinates
Area 34.08 km2
Established 1976
Governing body Forest Department of Gujarat

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

Established in 1976 in the Bhal region of Saurashtra, the park is located around 42 km from the district headquarters city of Bhavnagar. 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 for hunting the blackbucks with his famous hunting cheetahs. 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.

Flat land, dry grasses and herds of antelope have always attracted visitors to this park which has a grassland ecosystem. Successful conservation programs for the blackbuck, wolf and lesser florican (a bustard) are ongoing. Considered to be an endemic Indian species, the lesser florican, which once lived throughout the country, has become endangered in recent decades. Today, the largest population is in this park. Local wolf numbers are increasing, as are striped hyena, with sightings quite frequent during daylight in winter 2012-2013.

Contents

  • Geography 1
  • Wildlife 2
  • Gallery 3
  • Tourist information 4
  • See also 5
  • External links 6

Geography

Map of Velavadar National Park

In July 1976, when the park was established, the initial protected area measured about 18 km2. In 1980, another 16 km2 were added, increasing the total area to 34.08 km2.

A southern portion of the park, which adjoins the Gulf of Khambhat, is in the Gulf's high tide zone and gets inundated with water. However, its semi-arid conditions, together with this inundation of seawater during monsoon, creates habitats suitable for various dependent fauna of the park.

According to a remote sensing study of habitat types, the park area is classified as follows:

The mudflats are the high tide zones of Gulf of Khambhat and the lower part is prone to flooding.

Wildlife

The fauna population of the park mainly includes blackbucks, wolves, Macqueen's bustards, hyenas and lesser floricans, with foxes, jackals and jungle cats as the main carnivores. Other species include wild pigs, hares and rodents typical of the savannah type grasslands and thorn scrubs.

Among birds, sandgrouse and larks are seen in fair numbers. According to Roger Geoffrey Clarke, the British harrier-expert, the harrier roost found at the park is one of the largest in the world.

Gallery

Tourist information

Though the park is open throughout the year, the period between monsoon and winter (normally, mid-June to the end of March) is recommended. The best time to visit is from December to March as many species of migratory birds including three species of harriers, the lesser florican, eagles and waders.

Bhavnagar Airport is connected with Mumbai by daily flights. The closest international airport is Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel at 153 km by road. The closest railway station is at the town of Dhola, which is about 50 km from the park. The ancient town of Vallabhi is about 30 km away.

The park has a bungalow operated by the government forest department where a stay can be arranged by prior booking. Right next to the park, there is a private lodge as well.

See also

External links

  • Gujarat Tourism: Blackbuck National Park
  • More photos of Blackbuck National Park
  • Blackbuck_National_Park travel guide from Wikivoyage
  • Blackbuck National Park information from a Bhal region website
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