About Van Vihar National Park

Located in the central Indian state of Madhya Pradesh, Van Vihar is one of the biggest National Parks in India. Van Vihar is adjacent to the Upper Lake that is located near the charismatic Shyamla Hills in the city of Bhopal. The animals in the park are kept close to their homes, making this place a natural habitat for them. Though Van Vihar is a National Park, it is managed as a modern zoo and is controlled by the Central Zoo Authority. The park is around 4.45 square km and is heavily guarded to prevent any poaching activities.

Most of the animals in the park are brought from other forests and zoos of the country. The authorities have taken special care of the animals as the national park is home to both Herbivores and Carnivores animals. Herbivores are not restricted to any area and they freely roam in the park whereas Carnivores are kept in enclosed areas. 
A visitor can either access the beauty of the park by walking or by opting for the safari. The road from where the visitor can access the park is covered by chained-fencing on both sides to prevent any poaching activity and make sure that animals stay safe in their natural homes.

There are many small ponds and lakes in the zoo where you can easily spot animals like deer, leopards, cheetah, and Nilgai. Other than these animals, one can also witness birds like wagtails, kingfishers, bulbuls, and a few migratory birds.

How to Reach Van Vihar National Park

Van Vihar National Park is around 27 km from City Centre. One can take the buses that run in Bhopal city throughout the day, covering each corner. You can also take private vehicles from City Centre to Van Vihar National Park. 

The railway station of Bhopal is around 6 km from the Van Vihar National Park and is easily connected by buses.

Best Time to Visit Van Vihar National Park

The best time to visit Van Vihar National Park would be between July-September as  you can witness the rare White Tigers. These are the months when the white tigers roam around the road and you can easily see them. 

Also, to see the finest migratory birds and a few rare birds, one should visit the park during the winter season (October - January). During the winter season, more migratory birds visit the various lakes in the park and you can easily spot them.

What Not to Miss at Van Vihar National Park

Things to do in and near Van Vihar National Park

Rather than taking your private vehicle in the national park, opt for the Safari in the park. Safari will take you in the interior parts of the park where one cannot go with their private vehicle

2. There are many small ponds inside the park. Rejoice yourself by relaxing around the pond and witness numerous birds flying over the pond.

3. Located around 2.6 km from the park, Madhya Pradesh Tribal Museum is one of the finest places to visit near Van Vihar National Park. One can learn about the history and the way of life of the tribal people. 

4. Rent bicycles that are available in the park and go cycling in the early hours of the day. 

5. There are many food outlets near the national park which serve some of the finest Bhopali food, Enjoy the very tasty and mouth-watering street food of Bhopal at the outlets. 

Attractions near Van Vihar National Park

Bhopal is a city for tourists where one can see places of historical importance, modern way of life and many popular monuments. 

Below are some of the best attractions near Van Vihar National Park

1. Sanchi Stupa: 
A UNESCO World Heritage Site, Sanchi Stupa is one of the most popular historic destinations of India. These historic stupas were built during the reign of Emperor Ashoka in the 3rd Century BC. The stupa is surrounded by many Buddhist monuments and is one of the best-preserved Buddhist monuments in India. 

Near the Sanchi Stupa, you will find the Ashoka Pillar, which is engraved in the Indian currency notes. Sanchi Stupa is around 23 km from Van Vihar National Park and easily accessible through the private car or government buses.

2. Birla Mandir: 
Located around 8 km from the Van Vihar National Park, Birla Mandir is situated on the Arera Hills of Bhopal. The temple is dedicated to Goddess Lakshmi (Goddess of Wealth) and consort of Vishnu, Narayan. The temple is one of the most popular religious destinations of Bhopal and is spread over an area of 7.5 acres. With lawns, green lush gardens and some fantastic sculptures and fountains, the temple is visited by many Indian as well as international tourists. 

3. Indira Gandhi Rashtriya Manav Sangrahalaya: National Museum of Mankind (IGRMS): 
Located around 4 km from Van Vihar National Park, IGRMS is the National Museum of Anthropology situated in the popular Shamla Hills. The museum throws lights on the prehistoric period of Indian history and the culture of Indian tribes. 

IGRMS is not only a museum but also an educational center where one can find some of the extensive collections of the ethnographic specimens of early humans. IGRMS is easily accessible by private cabs and buses.

Other Essential Information About Van Vihar National Park

- Location:
Lake View Walk Path, Krishna Nagar, Shyamla Hills, Bhopal, Madhya Pradesh, 462002.

- Entree Fee: 
The fee structure of the National Park is as follows:
                       On foot/cycling: Indian - Rs 20 / Foreigners Rs 30

- Wheelers: Rs. 60 
Car/SUV’s: Rs. 250 

- Mini Bus:
Indians - Rs. 1100 / Foreigners - Rs 2200

- Movie Making: Foreigners - Rs 20000

- Commercial Photography: Foreigners - Rs 15000

- Internal Safari: Rs. 50 per person

- Opening Hours:
 Monday: 6:30 am – 6:30 pm (1st Aug to 30th Oct & 16th Feb to 15th Apr)
                                         6:30 am – 6:00 pm (1st Nov to 15th Feb)
                                         6:00 am – 7:00 pm (16th Apr to 31st July)

Tuesday: 6:30 am – 6:30 pm (1st Aug to 30th Oct & 16th Feb to 15th Apr)
                6:30 am – 6:00 pm (1st Nov to 15th Feb) 
                6:00 am – 7:00 pm (16th Apr to 31st July)

Wednesday: 6:30 am – 6:30 pm (1st Aug to 30th Oct & 16th Feb to 15th Apr)
                      6:30 am – 6:00 pm (1st Nov to 15th Feb)
                      6:00 am – 7:00 pm (16th Apr to 31st July)

Thursday: 6:30 am – 6:30 pm (1st Aug to 30th Oct & 16th Feb to 15th Apr)
                 6:30 am – 6:00 pm (1st Nov to 15th Feb)  
                 6:00 am – 7:00 pm (16th Apr to 31st July)


Saturday: 6:30 am – 6:30 pm (1st Aug to 30th Oct & 16th Feb to 15th Apr)
                6:30 am – 6:00 pm (1st Nov to 15th Feb)
                6:00 am – 7:00 pm (16th Apr to 31st July)

Sunday: 6:30 am – 6:30 pm (1st Aug to 30th Oct & 16th Feb to 15th Apr)
              6:30 am – 6:00 pm (1st Nov to 15th Feb)
              6:00 am – 7:00 pm (16th Apr to 31st July)

- Height
: Average Altitude of 497 meters

- Avg. Temperature (month wise):
January - 25° / 10°
February - 28° / 12°
March - 33° / 17°
April - 38° / 22°
May - 40° / 26°
June - 36° / 25°
July - 30° / 23°
August - t28° / 22°
September - 31° / 22°
October - 32° / 18°
November - 29° / 14°
December - 25° / 11°

- Distance from nearest Airport: Bhopal Airport (Around 15 km)

Places to Stay near Van Vihar National Park

1. Noor-Us-Sabah Palace:
Noor-Us-Subah or “The Light of Dawn” hotel is one of the finest hotels in Bhopal. The hotel is built in an ancient-royal way depicting the rich way of lifestyle of the Bhopalis. Located around 3 km from Van Vihar National Park, the hotel is amongst the highly-rated hotels in the city and provides the best lake view and panoramic view of the town.

2. Jehan Numa Palace Hotel: 
Elegant rooms, classy interiors and one of a kind architecture - Best describes this hotel. Jehan Numa Palace Hotel is literally like a palace. From the gentle welcome by the hotel staff members to its regal kitchen, the hotel will give the perfect royal stay experience.

3. Wind and Waves: 
This hotel is a very popular destination of Bollywood Films and many films are shot in the hotel balcony. Wind and Waves are located around 3 km from Van Vihar National Park and is located in one of the most vantage locations of the town. With its open-air restaurant providing the finest view of the Upper Lake, Wind and Waves is the perfect option for stay.  

Places to Eat near Van Vihar National Park

1. Tattenham Across the Orient:
The restaurant has been awarded the Certificate of Excellence for two consecutive years (2017 & 2018) and it has some of the finest mouth-watering dishes. Tattenham Across the Orient is popular for its Sushi, and people from around the city visit the restaurant to have a taste of its special dishes. 

Shahnama: Located around 2 km from Van Vihar National Park, Shahnama serves the best Biryani in Bhopal. Serving Vegetarian, Vegan, and Halal food, this restaurant serves some great finger-licking food items.

Under The Mango Tree: Located in Jehan Numa around 3 km from Van Vihar National Park, Under the Mango Tree serves its special Barbecue items alongside Asian and Indian cuisines.
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