Originally posted on my blog space - Travel on my mind
I saved the best for the last. I was completely charmed by the black bucks at Velavadar. Black buck national park, a flat grassland spread across 35 sq km, is an open canopy like the Savannah and its golden grass dotted with herds of Black bucks is a visual treat.Bus journey from Junagad to Bhavnagar was tiring as the March sun was fuming through the day. Surprisingly, in spite of the hot summers, finding an air conditioned bus was impossible. City of Bhavnagar where I stayed for the night in a heritage home, is about 45 kms from Velavadar and has many options for accommodation while Velavadar itself has a limited few – The Black buck resort right beside the national park offers luxury accommodation and a guest house run by forest department also close to the park with basic facilities.
As we drove towards the park area early next morning we were greeted by a herd of black bucks crossing the road. Sun had already risen, grassland shone reflecting golden light from the morning sun and herds of black bucks appeared strewn across the park.Few times a day, particularly morning and evening, herds of black bucks moves from one part of the grassland to other. It is the best time to watch and photograph the antelopes jump high in the air as they sprint across. Being a flat land sunset and sunrise are best seen here providing an incredible opportunity for photography which we unfortunately missed having entered the park after sunrise and in summers sun sets later than 6 pm when the park is closed.