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Van Vihar National Park

The Van Vihar National Park is situated in the heart of Bhopal City. 445.21 hectare degraded hillock along with private Village land was initiated in 1980 and finally notified as a National Park in 1983. With the dedicated efforts of the Park management this area has now been transformed into an oasis of greenery. The area today serves as the green lung for Bhopal City. Although, having status of a National Park, the Van Vihar is developed and managed as a modern Zoological Park, following the guidelines of the Central Zoo Authority. There are about 207 species of birds, 60 species of butterfly; animals like tiger, leopard, hyena, Sloth bear, lion, sambar, chital, etc. are also present at the park along with gharial, crocodile and several species of tortoise.The animals are kept in their near natural habitat. Most of the animals are either orphaned brought from various parts of the state or those, which are exchanged from other zoos. Contrary to the common belief, not a single animal is deliberately captured from the forest. Van Viharalso potrays an awesome landscape which dishes out incredible scenic beauty. The adjoining Upper Lake adds immense beauty to the landscape of Van Vihar National Park. The lake enlivens particularly when thousands of migratory birds alight joyfully on the vast stretch of water during the cold days of winter. Dusk provides a panoramic view of the sunset on the lakeside like a fireball drowning in water. Van Vihar remains open throughout the year, About 2.50 lakh visitors come to Van Vihar every year, and Free entry for school, college students and Senior citizens.

 

Getting there:

 

 By Air :

Van Vihar National Park is easily accessible by land, air and rail. It is situated 10 km from Bhopal airport.

 

  By Road :

Van Vihar National Park is easily accessible by land, air and rail. It is situated 5 km from Bhopal Bus stand.

 

   By Rail:

Van Vihar National Park is easily accessible by land, air and rail.