After enjoying the calming atmosphere at the dam the previous day my next destination was the Van Vihar
National Park. This morning I started early and after having breakfast and at a nearby restaurant I head towards the national park.
The national park was located in the area of the national museum, having visited it earlier I was familiar with the area and the time it would take to reach the national from my hotel. Thus I carried some snacks and biscuits for the journey.
There is an entry fee to visit the national park which is just Rs. 15 for an Indian national and Rs. 150 for foreigners. Upon reaching the
ticket counter I noticed there was queue, which was surprising since it was only 9 in the morning, I had to wait for about 10 -12 minutes for my turn to come.
Once I got the ticket I headed toward the main entrance, at the entrance there is a boar which displays facts and information about the national park. Such as it mentioned that it was the year 1983 when it was declared as one of the national parks in India and also that Van Vihar National Park is spread across an area of 4.45 sq km. upon knowing this I was really impressed me.
Without any doubt, it one of the most modern and greenest zoological parks which I had ever come across.
The biodiversity of the national park is divided into two categories, which are- herbivores and captive. I was able to spot several herbivores such as the sambhar, cheetah, blue bull, and blackbuck. The excitement while spot a rare animal is really amazing.
I also spotted many of the captive animals also such as the hyena, bear, tiger, snakes, crocodiles, and python. The national park keeps the animals in good condition; the one I was able to spot appeared healthy too.
It took me almost 3 hours to explore the entire park, and by the time I reached the exit I was really tired.