The park gate opened late, we saw few blackbuck close to our forest lodge.They might have came near the balcony at night. Our guide amit was on time. A very enthusiastic lad. First thing he informed that dogs from the nearby village have entered the sanctuary and changed the trail of the blackbuck.They were all scared and went in the middle of the grassland.
This safari we spotted harriers, eurasian larks, hoopoe, bee eater, common cranes,stonechat , shovelar and lastly the predator wolves near the wetland. It was pack of 5 roaming separately and this made the blackbuck conscious. We saw thousands of blackbuck in one corner of the grassland all together staring at the predator. With a nasty stare at us the wolves went inside. We scanned the entire wetland and grassland in search of hyenas but with no such luck we decided to return. While returning we were greeted by an albino antelope and a baby krait snake surrounded by larks.
Though this park is of Blackbuck ,tourist are not permitted to get down fro the vehicle while they are on safari.
The park opens at sunrise till sunset.
The park closes in the Monsoon. The yellow grassland turns green and it becomes home of some dangerous reptiles like saw scaled viper, common cobra, common Krait, monitor lizard and hence forth.
Also from mid august till mid october the magnificent bird Lesser Florican visit the park for courtship.
We left the place next day after morning safari and lunch. At 4pm we had our bus from Bhavnagar. By 9/9.30 we reach Jamnagar
Where to Stay at Blackbuck Sanctuary
There is a beautiful forest department guesthouse Kaliyar Bhavan were only 4 rooms are available . Due to rush its very tough to get its availability.
Also BlackBuck Lodge -(a luxurious stay) is also located outside the park gate .But its extremely costly.
How to book the forest rest house at Velavedar?
You cannot book it via internet or phone call
you need to send Demand Draft by the name of RFO velavedar ( DD only from State Bank of India)
You need to send the DD to
Assistant Conservator of Forests
Blackbuck National Park,
Block S-10 Annexe Building
Email : email@example.com
Forest Range officer: Phone: 0278-2920222
At Kaliyar Bhavan Rest House
Vegetarian Gujarati Lunch /Dinner Cost 140 rs for Indian and Foreigner-10$
Tea /coffee -14 rs Indian and 2$-foreigner - (right outside the gate of the sanctuary there is a tea stall where you can get tea at 5 Rs)
Breakfast 80rs Indian and 4 $ foreigner
Individual entry fee to the park : 40 Rs India and 10$ foreigner - Per Day
Entry fee of the vehicle ( up to 6 people) 400 Rs and 40$ for foreigner
Photography (still) 200Rs per camera ( Indian) Perday 20 $ (foreigner)
Documentary -10,000 Rs for Indian and 1000$ for foreigner
Guide fees Rs 100 for the first four hour per vehicle /per group
Additional per hour -40 Rs
Foreigners need to pay 100$ for first four hours and the 40$ for additional .
Payment needs to be paid directly to the guide.
Our Guide name was Amit Velavadar.He was knowledgeable about birds.