Nestled along the Velavadar National Park, Blackbuck Lodge is set in several acres of plains owned by its promoters who hail from a village in Gujarat’s Kathiawad Peninsula just about an hour from Velavadar. The barren lands were reclaimed over the years by planting indigenous vegetation and allowing the Savannah grasslands to take over the plains. This has created a wildlife paradise where herds of antelope, the endangered Indian grey wolf and globally-threatened birds can be seen.
The centerpiece of the resort is a water body that has been created like a natural lake with aquatic vegetation. Along the water body are canopied sit-outs from where you can get close views of birdlife on the edge of the lake.
Each of the 14 cottages of the Blackbuck Lodge are an en suite room with a patio, sitting area, bedroom, indoor and outdoor bathrooms, and a deck looking out to the exquisite beauty of the bush. The interiors are the right combination of the rustic and contemporary elegance - the bedrooms have polished wooden furniture and granite floors, rough-hewn stone walls, wooden logs carrying bedside lamps and an alcove along the window with mattresses and bolsters that can double as a sitting area with a view or a bed to sleep. Wildlife pictures, including original illustrations, abound in each of the rooms. The bathrooms are equally elegant with marble floors, tubs, high quality branded sanitaryware and accessories, and attractive light fixtures. There is also a bath-garden where you can shower under the sun or stars, in absolute privacy provided by the cottage walls.
The rooms are all provided with phone, fridge, tea-coffee maker, hair-dryer, high quality bath linen and robes, and luxury toiletries including disposable loofah, slippers, shower caps, shampoos, conditioners and soaps of reputed brands.
The USP of the cottages is the deck behind each bedroom which offers a view of the bush. Spot birds and butterflies among the plants, and keep a watch for blackbuck or blue bull antelope in the surrounding Savannah.
- Air Condition
- Built-in Safe
- Open Shower
- Hair Dryer
- Room Services
The 14 cottages, each with an ensuite bedroom and bath, are scattered around the grounds so that guests get complete privacy and yet are close enough to facility areas like the waterfront facing glassed-in dining room, the extensive natural history library, the proposed new pool and spa, the water bodies and a look-out point on a mound from where you can view some of wildlife.
Meals cover a variety of cuisine from Kathiawadi to Continental European, and much of the produce is home-grown.
The BBL Spa
The Blackbuck Lodge's soothing holistic spa provides a range of therapies and treatments that revitalize body and mind after a long day of exploration. At present you may enjoy your massages in one of our devoted cottage or should you wish to experience in your own cottage. Our proposed mud spa with two treatment rooms is centered around a lotus pond & organic garden, very soon we are opening.Download Spa menu
Note: To improve and provide more comfort to our guests, we have, for the time being, discontinued our spa services. We are in the process of refurbishing the place, and as soon as it is ready, we will update on the website.
Exclusive Meal Venues
One of the most exciting experiences of the Blackbuck Lodge is the Bush Dinner which can be offered within or around the resort. The most popular venue is among old trees and bushes beside a water body. Get there at sunset to enjoy the view of the last glow of the setting sun and the twilight among the unending bush. Guests booked for the Bush Dinner will find that tables and chairs, a campfire, lanterns, and open air kitchen have been set up before they arrive. Enjoy the serenity of the bush and the limpid star-lit skies while an elaborate dinner is prepared for you. A choice of meats and vegetables are barbecued on the charcoal, while the international cuisine of the Blackbuck Lodge is equally part of the Bush Dinner menu. What can be more romantic than dining under the stars in a wilderness setting lit by lanterns and a campfire? The Bush Dinner can be an exclusive arrangement for a couple, a group or even a corporate event.
Another opportunity offered by the lodge is a lunch or a dinner in the rural or pastoral setting of the nearby village. Rustic vegetarian food of the Kathiwad region can be enjoyed with shepherds in the midst of their settlements or farmers by the cotton and wheat fields of the Bhal. Traditional dances of the region can also be organised.
Pre-booking is recommended for a Bush Dinner or a Rural Meal.