There’s a nip in the air, onset of winter in the otherwise heat-struck Gujarat and I took a trip down to the Blackbuck Lodge in Velavadar. The lodge is situated in the home of the Indian antelope, the blackbuck. A mere 2-hour drive from the city of Ahmedabad, it almost feels like something you could do regularly.
It is luxury amidst the wild grasslands. We reached in time for lunch and had a scrumptious meal in their restaurant that included succulent chicken & their special risotto. And post our filling meal, it was best not to dilly-dally and we headed straight for the evening safari to the National Park.
The lodge has guided tours with an immensely knowledgable guide who drove us into the wetlands & the grasslands alike. An ornithology aficionado’s paradise, the wetlands are lush with birdlife. We spotted the Indian Roller, endangered vultures & eagles. The park also boasts the world’s largest harrier roost – Montagu’s Harrier, Pallid Harrier and Marsh Harrier can be found with the Hen Harrier being occasionally spotted. The marsh lands are also populated with pelicans, cranes, herons & other water birds.
However, the mammals of the hour have to be the Blackbucks. In herds & clusters, you can see hundreds of Blackbucks across the wild grasslands of Velavadar. You can spot them with your naked eye, no need for binoculars. They are elegant & majestic. What is more even more elegant though, are the brass Blackbuck heads that the lodge uses over blown glass bottles to store the most luxurious bath & body products in their rooms. You can even purchase these custom glass jars from the lodge.
While the rooms are true to their wild surroundings, they emanate luxury in every corner. My favourite part? The Bialetti French Press in my room with a huge patio armed with sunbeams & a plunge pool that opens into the grasslands, wilderness as far as the eye can see.
After the safari & a quick dip in my plunge pool, we made our way to the Lodge Tent, a brilliantly done up lounge with the most stunning ceiling embroidered with birdlife native to the region, a chandelier, wooden bark centre table & the most tasteful trinkets. We played some jazz music and stood right outside the tent, over the deck & under the sky studded with stars.
For dinner, the chef whipped up a Quinoa Biryani to suit my diet preferences. And having it on the deck while we look at the grasslands underneath the stars, was even more magical. An early night in & we woke up the next morning and spent the wee hours of the day watching birds amidst the morning dew from the reception deck as we got served some coffee & cookies. The golden hour, just right as I spent a couple of hours pre-breakfast in their reading corner with the most well-curated selection of wildlife books.
The best part of the day, had to be the breakfast. A wide selection of Indian & continental delicacies. The eggs, waffles, sausages cooked to perfection. Paired with their fresh fruit juices & homemade granola, which is an absolute must try. I spent some time in my patio over my sun beds before we were invited to a tent at the edge of the property atop a tiny hill for some high-tea. A stunning spot to view the sunset & snack on finger-sandwiches & tea.
Done up in a beautiful printed fabric, the interiors of every element of the lodge emanate class while still very much being a part of the wild landscape it is located within. The lodge doesn’t try to be different, it has built its way into the park, around the wildlife. That’s the charm of the Blackbuck Lodge. In the many conversations I had with Mickey, the founder of the lodge, this is what he’d always say, ‘It is a lodge in the wild. I can’t take away that element.’ Every detail is curated, the trinkets across the property, the tableware is custom designed to include the blackbuck, the wild is as is, the lodge just built itself around it.
A prime example of life today. You cannot escape nature, we must live with it, embrace it. And whenever you need the reminder of how serene nature can be, drive down to the Blackbuck Lodge.
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Lovely! Well picturised
Loved reading this blog. It sounds so interesting. I have to visit now.
Nice, Surabhi! This blog with its beautifully composed pictures, creates a tempting imagery of this new wildlife escape! Must visit, and stock up on the lovely comfy Zanzibar gear!
Great read into the wild!
Mehirr Nath Choppra
Great read. Lovely images. Happy feeling. Recommended
Wonderfully written & photographed!
Nicely pictured & well written!!
Had read about this one a couple of days ago but the details that you covered in your write up made it all the way more exciting. Totally on top of my bucket list. 👍
Well done and do some more
Nath M. S.
An outstanding options & lots of choices 👍
Next time I am visiting India, I’ll be sure to book this magical place. Being with nature surely does wonders to your soul.
Beautiful article about a beautiful place!
Both you and the place look gorgeous Surabhi !!
Surely keeping this bookmarked
Jignesh Patel (D D)
Nice blog now I sure visit this place and looking forward from you to write more such places and things to do so I can visit and have fantastic experience lovely…SURBHI
Very well captured …the essence of the place..it’s been one of my favourite destinations since its inception and am so happy to see how well it’s shaped up …boutique lodge in the wild…excellent 👍
Ur blog takes me to that place virtually and m always inspired to visit that place
Congratulations for writing such wonderful blogs
And inspiring us to visit Thai se places
Looks like an awesome trip, great info thank you for sharing
Must do this sometimes soon.
Very nice pics of both You & the lodge , excellent! a must visit for weekend getaway from Ahmedabad.
Lovely pic, keep it coming love to read your blog
Very informative and apt description of this lovely property!!
This is such an elaborate review of your experience in the wild. The blog is well articulated and I had a visual of how your time must have unfolded. Thanks so much for sharing this and I look forward to reading more of such unique experiences.
It’s lovely Surabhi! Keep writing and imparting information. It’s a beautiful way to see things through others eyes !!
informative blog please keep writing thank you.
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