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Set amidst several acres of grasslands, Blackbuck Lodge comprises 14 private, luxurious cottages and offers unparalleled wildlife viewing.

Each cottage has a viewing deck - where blackbuck and nilgai or blue bull antelope are often seen - as well as an array of contemporary amenities. All rooms have a sitting area, a bedroom with king-size bed, indoor and outdoor bathroom, tea and coffee making facilities, high quality bath linen, robes as well as air conditioning.

The lodge sits in an extensive area of savannah on the edge of Velavadar National Park, which is known for its population of the endangered Indian wolf. Aside from the remarkable wildlife viewing, guests can visit a local village in the Bhal grasslands, or take a trip to the nearby cultural sites of Bhavnagar, Palitana – home to the Shetrunjaya temple – and Lothal, which is an important archaeological site of the Indus Valley Civilisation.

A highlight of any stay at Blackbuck Lodge are the bush dinners, which are enjoyed under starry skies, with lanterns, a bonfire and an open barbecue.

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This accommodation is featured in the following itinerary:

Wilds of Gujarat

A fascinating introduction to some of north-west India’s lesser known wildlife in Mahatma Gandhi’s home state, Gujarat. Enjoy safaris to see Asiatic lion, endemic blackbuck and nilgai, together with a visit to the remote grasslands, lakes and marshes of Little Rann of Kutch, home to the endangered Asiatic wild ass.

  • When to go: Oct-Apr
  • Duration inc. flights: 11 days
  • Price inc. flights: From £4,945 pp
  • Trip type: Tailor-made trip idea
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Velavadar National Park

Velavadar is a peaceful sanctuary consisting of 35 square kilometres of savannah. Set between two rivers a few miles inland from the Gulf of Khambhat, the park is home to a couple of thousand endemic blackbuck. In former times these handsome antelopes were protected for hunting trips of the Maharajas of Bhavnagar.

  • Where: Gujarat
  • Ideal for viewing: houbara bustard, Indian wolf, jackal, jungle cat, sarus crane
  • Excellent for: Vehicle safaris