I was up early the next day and got ready in jiffy. The day was one of the highlights of my trip to the city of Bhopal. Being a nature lover, a visit to a National Park is always enjoying. This visit to the Van Vihar National Park Bhopal was no different. Though this park has been given the national park status, it is actually a zoological park and is managed accordingly. In 1983, the park was given the present status in order to save it from being acquired by private bodies for commercial purposes. The protected area status prevented the private companies to buy this prime property and saved a lot of animals that are kept in areas akin to their natural habitat.
None of the animals present in the park are captured ones. Either the animals have been orphaned in the wild and are rescued by the forest department or other state zoos have transferred their animals to this zoo. The animals which are carnivores are kept in huge enclosures with lots of open spaces. There is a huge diversity of carnivores ranging from tigers to hyenas. All these felines and the hyenas are treated to a balanced diet of optimum amount of meat as they require. There is a sizeable variety of reptiles as well such as snakes, gharials, pythons and crocodiles.
On the contrary the herbivores are kept in the open area of the park, where they are free to move around. Only the outer boundary of the park restricts them from leaving the park.
A large variety of deer such as sambhar, cheetal and blackbuck are present here. Apart from these, blue bulls are also present. The grass and plants present in the park grounds are enough for feeding the herbivores. In summer however, when the food is scarce, the park authorities provide fodder and other foods to the herbivores. There are a huge number of birds flying into the park due to its natural habitats. About 200 species of various birds come to this park, especially during the migratory periods. It was a unique experience visiting Van Vihar National Park Bhopal. With a lot of memories of this place, I started back as I had another place, Taj-ul-Masjid to visit.