Van Vihar National Park, Bhopal

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Visit Van Vihar National Park to see a wide variety of animals living in natural, safe habitats. Since its opening in 1983, the site has blurred the line between zoo and national park, offering free-range habitats for a range of native species. Rent a bike and cycle around the park, or go by foot to enjoy the nature at a slower pace. Take a boat ride across the lake, from which you can enjoy great views of the park. The park also offers spaces for jogging and other physical activities. For Van Vihar National Park and beyond, use our Bhopal trip builder site to get the most from your Bhopal vacation.
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  • It is a zoo where animals are kept in open enclosures with moats / trenches. The zoo opens at 6AM and that is the best time to visit this place. You have the option of walking about 5km each way or re...  more »
  • Van vihar is an awesome place for all the animal and nature lovers. It is very well maintained. One can also use bicycle available at main gate at nominal price. If you fortunate enough you will be ab...  more »
  • The zoo is quite big featuring varieties of land animals as well as birds & repltiles. But when I visited, most of them went extinct. They provide two person driven cycles also for travelling inside t...  more »
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  • Van Vihar National Park is a national park in central India. It is located in Bhopal, the capital city of Madhya Pradesh. Declared a national park in 1979, it covers an area of about 4.45 km2. Although it has the status of a national park, Van Vihar is developed and managed as a modern zoological park, following the guidelines of the Central Zoo Authority. 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. No animal is deliberately captured from the forest.[1] Van Vihar is unique because it allows easy access to the visitors through a road passing through the park, security of animals assured from poachers by building trenches and walls, chain-link fence and by providing natural habitat to the animals.
  • Beautiful place. Park area is around 10km. Two different gates entry and exit. Have cycle facility to visit the entire park. Close view of Bear, tiger, leopard, panthers, snakes crocodiles etc.. Clean park.. Suggest to visit in evening time.. Nice lake view.. Cabs from van vihar are easily available from entry gate however not available after 6 PM.
  • Van Vihar National Park is a national park in central India. It is located in Bhopal, the capital city of Madhya Pradesh. Declared a national park in 1983, it covers an area of about 4.45 km2. Although it has the status of a national park, Van Vihar is developed and managed as a modern zoological park, following the guidelines of the Central Zoo Authority. 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. No animal is deliberately captured from the forest.[1] Van Vihar is unique because it allows easy access to the visitors through a road passing through the park, security of animals assured from poachers by building trenches and walls, chain-link fence and by providing natural habitat to the animals.
  • Amazing experience. Just the walk in the wild open air gives a nice feel. A few animals like tiger, lions, deers, bears, etc. can be spotted. But I would suggest that don't expect much from it in terms of 'national park'. But overall experience is good in terms of lakeside walk/bike-ride in fresh air not too far from the city. Although cars are also allowed at a fees of Rs.250/- but the best experience would be on a bicycle. It's better to take your own food if necessary. Not much is available inside.
  • The place was great, if you want to go on safari then please come before 3 PM. It would be better to go on safari than going with your own car because safari takes you to the other part of the zoo where as with your car you can only see the general part of the zoo. Price is 300Rs for safari. Price is 50Rs per head if you're in a car. There is no discount for any government personnel. Visiting the place on a working day is better as due to crowd on holidays the animals hide.

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