Established in 1976, the Blackbuck National Park is situated in the Bhavnagar District of Gujarat, safely protecting the endangered species, while hugging the coasts of the Gulf of Khambat on the south. Spread over a 34.08 square kilometer area, which primarily was the grasslands of the Maharaja of the princely state of Bhavnagar. Located 72 kilometers from the Bhavnagar City, this park is made up of Flat Lands, dry grasses and herds of antelopes, with a certain southern portion of the park along the Gulf falling under a high tide zone that gets inundated with water at times.
These semi-arid conditions, however, along with the inundation of sea-water during monsoons, creates a unique habitat suiting the Fauna, which is dependent on the park. The fauna of this park mainly includes the Blackbuck, Wolves, Houbara Bustard, and Lesser Floricans, together with Foxes, Jackals and Jungle Cats as the main carnivorous species of this region. The other species habituating the park include the Wild Pigs, Hares and Rodents that are typically found in most thorn scrubs and savannah type grasslands.
The Birdlife of the park includes the Sand grouse and Larks that are seen in good numbers along with many migratory seasonal visitors. Although the park is open throughout the year, the best time to be here is between mid-June, to March end when many species of migratory birds including the three Harrier species, the Lesser Floricans, Eagles, Waders and many other Water-Birds arrive to spend their winter time. Accommodation options are aplenty around the park which also has a bungalow within the premises for visitors which is operated by the Government Forest Department where stays can be arranged by prior booking.