This beautiful, 34-sq-km park, an hour's drive north of Bhavnagar, encompasses large areas of pale, custard-coloured grassland stretching between two seasonal rivers and is famous for its blackbucks – beautiful, fast antelope that sport elegant spiralling horns as long as 65cm in mature males. Some 1600 inhabit the park, alongside bluebulls (India's largest antelope) and birds such as wintering harriers from Siberia (about 2000 of them most years). If you’re lucky, you may even spot wolves! A return taxi from Bhavnagar costs ₹3000.
Pay your fees (convert the dollar rate into rupees) and pick up a mandatory guide (who is unlikely to speak English) at the reception centre about 65km from Bhavnagar, north of Valabhipur. The park has a good road network and is best explored by car. Blackbuck Lodge can arrange safaris for nonguests (₹3000 per four-person jeep).