In the heart of the capital city Bhopal, on a hill adjacent to the Upper Lake, Van Vihar national park is located in an area of 445.21 hectares. In natural habitat, a variety of herbivores and carnivores are managed in line with the modern concept of Zoo Management.

The carnivores include tiger, white tiger, leopard, hyena and sloth bear. These animals are kept in captivity in large enclosures. It also harbours free ranging animals like chital, sambhar, black buck, blue bull, chousingha, common langur, rhesus monkey, porcupine, hare etc. The park also houses gharial, crocodile, turtle and a number of snake species.

The Upper Lake on the south west boundary attracts a variety of migratory birds during the winter. About two hundred species of birds have been sighted in the park. Some of the migratory birds that have been frequently sighted are pintail, spotbill, barheaded goose, spoonbill, painted stork, open billed stork and purple heron.

How to reach;

The park in the heart of Bhopal is about 5 km each from the railway station and the bus stand and is open throughout the year.

Content Courtesy : MP Madhyam.