BLACKBUCK (VELAVADAR) NATIONAL PARK
About Blackbuck National Park
Blackbuck (Velavadar) National Park is a unique one with exclusive grassland habitat, shrublands, saline plains, and mudflats. Located between two rivers, Parvalia and Alang, the park was established in the year 1976 for the conservation of Blackbucks.
The park used to be the private grasslands of the then Maharaja of the princely state of Bhavnagar. He used to hunt Black-bucks with his famous hunting Cheetahs. But after independence, due to excessive hunting, Cheetahs are extinct here, and the urge to conserve the only living Blackbucks in India was at its peak. Later in the year 1969, the grasslands were declared as a sanctuary and later on in 1976 declared as a national park with a total area of around 34 square kilometers.The park attracts many species of birds, mammals, flowering plants, and reptiles, and it is a heaven for Demoiselle Cranes, Common Cranes, and a variety of raptors including Spotted Eagles and Steppe Eagles.
distance from major cities
Ahmedabad – About 145 km
Rajkot – About 180 km
Mumbai – About 599 km
Delhi – About 1100 km