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Location: Bhavnagar District, Gujarat, India
Area: 34.08 km2 (13.16 sq mi)
Nearest Railhead: Velavadar Railway station
Nearest Airport: Bhavnagar airport
How to reach: 42 km from Bhavnagar
Famous for: Blackbuck National Park
Months open: closed for the monsoon from June to October
Best time to visit: December to March
Velavadar is a village in the district of Bhavnagar, Gujarat. Velavadar is known for the Blackbuck National Park which is situated near the village. Gariadhar is the nearest town to Velavadar. Velavadar is a panchayat village spread across an area of 23 sq kms. The people of velavadar are friendly and there are only about 220 houses. The people speak Gujarati and also know Hindi and English.
What's Here: blackbucks, wolves, Macqueen's bustards, hyenas, foxes0, jackals and jungle cats
Where to go
The Blackbuck Wildlife Sanctuary is what Velavadar is famous for. It was established in 1976 and is spread over and area of 34 sq kms. Adjoining the sanctuary is the Gulf of Khambat. The sanctuary is mainly a home for Blackbucks, Cheetahs, Foxes, Pigs; Jackals etc. the birds of the sanctuary include Larks, Sand grouse etc. Roger Clarke in his studies said that the Harrier Roost found in the vicinity of the sanctuary is one of the largest on the earth. Kashtabhanjan Hanuman Mandir is dedicated to Lord Hanuman, the devotee of Lord Rama – An incarnation of Lord Vishnu. It is believed that Lord Hanuman was an incarnation of Lord Shiva. The temple is marvellous and has a lot of Positive vibes. The Maha Aarti is performed every Saturday. Ahmadabad, also called Amdavad, was the earlier capital of Gujarat which later shifted to Gandhinagar. The place is still the administrative headquarter of the state. On the Banks of Sabarmati River the place is a very famous tourist place. Also the city is under the Smart Cities Project started by the Govt on India. Amdavad is situated at an elevation of 53m with an area of 464 sq kms.The civilizations in Ahmadabad dates as back as 11 th century. The place was found as the city of Ashval. In 1573 the city was besieged by the Mughal and became a part of the Mughal India and later was lost to the Marathas in 1758. In 1818 the city became the Part of the British Empire as a part of the Bombay presidency. Lothal is one of the most popular sites of Archaeological survey of India. It is a site of the Indus Valley civilisation also known as the Harappan Civilisation. It is dated back to 3700 BCE. It is the oldest dock on earth. The name means Mount of the dead. It was an important trade centre where jewels, gems, were traded and so were wheat and clothes. The people of Lothal were masters of bead making. They had developed several techniques to make different kinds of beads all round and cylindrical, big and tiny plain and designer etc. though not yet it is on a pending list of the UNESCO sites of world. Junagadh is the head city of the Junagadh district of Gujarat, India. The name literally means old fort. The city is at the foot of the sacred hill, The Girnar Hills. The place is drained by the rivers Sonrakh and Kalwo. Junagadh has to its west the Arabian Sea. Junagadh has been ruled by several dynasties including the Mauryan, the Chudasama’s, the Sakas the Sultanate and more. It was established as a separate state after the Gaikwad Invasion. Junagadh fell in the hands of the British in 1807. Diu district is a part of the Union Territory of Daman and Diu, India. Diu is in the eastern end of the Diu District. Diu is a fishing town. Diu is at sea level and experiences a warm humid climate. Initially it was a town of the Saurashtra region of Gujarat. It was established as an administrative capital of the Portuguese state on the Indian subcontinent. The place remained a Portugal overseas territory till 1961, when finally the Indian Forces conquered the place and it became a part of the Independent India. It was a part of Goa-Daman and Diu till 1987. In 1987 Daman and Diu became the Union Territory and Goa was separated. Gir, also known as Sasan Gir, is a Wild Life sanctuary located in Talala Gir, Gujarat. The sanctuary is around 43 km/s away from Somnath. It was declared as a wildlife sanctuary by the Government of India on 18 th Sept 1965. The place has 7 perennial rivers – Godavari, Hiran, Shetrunji, Machhundri, Raval, Shingoda and Datardi. Climate at Gir is welcoming almost throughout the year. Gir is one of the wildlife sanctuaries which have caught attention of not only wildlife enthusiast but also others. This is because besides Africa, Gir is the only place on earth where one can find free roaming Lions. It is said to have more than 400 species of flora. Gir owing to a large variety of deciduous plants is western India’s largest deciduous forest.
How to reach
The only way to reach Velavadar is via road. First flight can be taken to Rajkot or Ahmadabad. From there taxi or bus is taken to Bhavnagar. From Bhavnagar taxi can be taken to reach Velavadar. The nearest railway station is that of Bhavnagar. Bhavnagar Railway station is connected to major towns and cities in India. From here Velavadar is easily accessible by road. Velavadar is well connected via road to nearby towns and cities. There are regular buses from Bhavnagar to Velavadar.
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