Blackbuck Safari from Ahmedabad (2 Days)
Explore Velavadar National Park a beautiful sanctuary created for saving the Blackbucks. The migratory birds from Central Asia, Siberia and Europe land here during winter. A small wetland in the southern part of the Park attracts birds like pelicans, flamingos, ducks, waders, coots, white storks, painted storks and sarus cranes, demoiselle cranes, common cranes and a variety of raptors including certag spotted eagles and steppe eagles. Private round trip transfer, safari with naturalist and full board accommodation is well included in this tour.
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What's included :
- 1x Breakfast
- 1x Dinner
- 1x Lunch
- Accommodation included: 1 night
- Private round trip transfer from Ahmedabad hotel/ airport
- 1 Nights accommodation at Blackbuck Safari Lodge or similar
- Monuments entrances of sightseeing places mentioned in the itinerary
- 1 Time gypsy safari in Blackbuck National Park at Velavadar with naturalist.
- English speaking tour guide in Lothal.
- Applicable GST (government taxes).
- Entry/Admission - Velavadar Black Buck National Park
What's excluded :
- Any air fare
- Camera charges at monuments
- Gratuities optional
- Expenses of personal nature like liquor, laundry, tips, telephone, fax, internet etc.
- Or anything not mentioned above.
Day 1: Ahmedabad - Velavadar National Park (145kms/ 3hrs approx)
Stop At: Velavadar, Velavadar, Bhavnagar District, Gujarat
Pick up from your hotel and drive to Velavadar National Park via visiting Archaeological remains of a Harappa Port-Town. Lothal - literally “Mound of the Dead”, is the most extensively excavated site of Harappan culture in India, and therefore allows the most insight into the story of the Indus Valley Civilization, its exuberant flight, and its tragic decay. Once a sleepy pottery village, Lothal rumbled awake to become a flourishing centre of trade and industry, famous for its expertly constructed system of underground sanitary drainage, and an astonishing precision of standarized weights and measures. Unlike many other doorways into Harappan culture, Lothal passed through all the phases of the society, from earliest development to most mature. In the height of its prosperity, it not only survived but was strengthened by three floods, using the disaster as an opportunity to improve on the infrastructure. The fourth flood finally brought the settlement to the desperate and impoverished conditions that indicated the end of a powerful civilization.
Roam the ruins with your heart open to the ancient, and with the help of the local museum here, allow yourself to be transported to an era 4,500 years ago, and see in your mind’s eye the palace on high, and the artisans and crafts below, and the bustling dockyard that once reached out to the rest of the world.
After sightseeing drive back to Ahmedabad and drop off to your hotel.
Continue drive to Velavadar National Park and check in at safari lodge. Dinner & overnight at safari lodge
Duration: 5 hours
Accommodation included: overnight at safari lodge.
Day 2: Velavadar National Park - Ahmedabad (145kms/ 3hrs approx)
Stop At: Velavadar Black Buck National Park, Adhelai-Velavadar Link Road, Velavadar 364313 India
Breakfast at lodge followed by safari in Velavadar National Park. Formerly the private grassland of the Maharaja of Bhavnagar, where he would hunt blackbucks with his famous hunting cheetahs. Today, the blackbuck is considerably more endangered, and so is protected from hunting, but this sanctuary is just a tiny patch of safe ground for the blackbuck to inhabit. Created in 1976, and nearly doubled in size in 1980, the park now covers 34 square km, which is barely one-sixth the size of the city of Ahmedabad. Of this area, already small, only a little over half (17.5 square km) is usable grassland. An additional 5 square km are covered by the invasive prosopis shrub, and just over 10 square km is made up of saline lands and high tidal mudflats. These mudflats are the high tide zone of the Gulf of Khambhat, and the lower part of the park (not just the tidal area) also floods every so often.
The blackbuck for which the park was created lives mostly in the grasslands on the northern side. Found only in South Asia, the blackbuck once lived all across India, but now the largest population is here, and few are found outside Gujarat. The conservation of the blackbuck here has been a big success, however, it remains endangered due to its dependence on such a limited area to live in, but the local population has risen from a low of 200 in 1966 to around 3400 now. Given such a large population in such a small area, the chances of spotting one are very high, especially since the wide open grasslands make it easy to spot these animals leaping high over the grasses. The breeding seasons are October and February.
Other animals in the sanctuary include the nilgai (another Indian antelope), jackal, wolf, jungle cat, and fox, but the other main attraction is the bird life. Pelicans, flamingos, white and painted storks, three kinds of cranes, many birds of prey, and the rare Stolizca’s Bushchat all live here, mostly in the southern part of the park, where all the wetlands lie. The extremely rare Lesser Florican, one of the 50 rarest birds in the world, breeds here. If you’re lucky, you might see one of its characteristic courtship displays, in which a male will jump upwards out of the grass to impress females. In the winter, thousands of harriers arrive from central Europe to spend the cooler months here; you can see them in the evenings coming back from feeding around the neighboring cotton fields. One in particular, the Montagu’s Harrier, is a major predator of the locust, a great problem for farms all around the area; as a safe haven for the pest-controlling harriers, the park serves an important role in local agriculture .
The park is closed for the monsoon from June to October, and the best time to visit is winter, from December to March, when you can catch the bird population at its greatest, and avoid the stifling summer heat.
After lunch drive to Ahmedabad and drop off to your hotel / airport.
Duration: 7 hours
No accommodation included on this day.
Departure Point :Traveler pickup is offeredAirports
- Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel International Airport, Hansol, Ahmedabad, Gujarat 380003, India
Departure Time :Suppliers and travelers coordinate start times within the given time periods. 9/9/2020 - 5/31/2021
10/1/2021 - 5/31/2022
Monday - Sunday: 07:00 AM - 12:00 PM Monday - Sunday: 06:00 AM - 04:00 PM
Return Detail :-
Hotel Pickup :
- Confirmation will be received at time of booking, unless booked within 3 days of travel. In this case confirmation will be received within 48 hours, subject to availability
- Not wheelchair accessible
- Stroller accessible
- Near public transportation
- Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
- This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
- This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate
- You can present either a paper or an electronic voucher for this activity.
- If you cancel at least 7 day(s) in advance of the scheduled departure, there is no cancellation fee.
If you cancel between 3 and 6 day(s) in advance of the scheduled departure, there is a 50 percent cancellation fee.
If you cancel within 2 day(s) of the scheduled departure, there is a 100 percent cancellation fee.