About Van Vihar National Park


Bhopal, Madhya Pradesh

Best time to Visit

September to March

Nearest Airport

Bhopal Airport - About 16 km


Approx. 5 Sq. Km.


Maximum 46oC & Minimum 8oC

Nearest Railway Station

Gondia - About 10 km


The Park is open for tourists throughout the year.

The Van Vihar National Park is the lungs of the capital city of Madhya Pradesh. Though Van Vihar is declared a national park, it is developed and maintained as a modern zoological park, keeping the animals in their natural habitat.

Illegal activities around this beautiful and serene land pushed the government to protect this area, and thus it was declared as a national park in 1979. Located beside the famous Upper Lake, one of the two lakes of Bhoj Wetland, the park is a combination of rich wetland, plateau, meadows, and small water bodies housing a world of amazing creatures.

Van Vihar National Park is a gateway to greenery for the locals, and it is worth paying a visit if you are visiting Bhopal.

Major Wildlife

White Bear, Sloth Bear, Peacock, Painted Stork, Purple Heron, Munia, Barlet, Wagtail, Bulbul, Oriole, Kala Teeter, Blue Kingfisher, Phakta, Tree Pie, Drongo, Pintail, Spot Bill, Brahminy Duck, Gadwall, Panther, Jackal, Red-crested Pochard, Bar-headed Goose, Cotton Teal, Spoonbill, Common Pariah Kite, Great-horned Owl, Shikra, Marsh Harrier, Tawny Eagle, Kestrel, Lion, Leopard, Hyena, Cheetal, Sambar, Crocodile, Alligator, Nilgai, Jungle Cat, Blackbuck, Common Langur, Rhesus Macaque, Wild Boar, Porcupine, Hare, Tiger, White Tiger, Blue Bull, Monkey, Mongoose, Wild Dog, Python, Cobra, Monitor Lizard, Tortoise, Turtle and more.

distance from major cities

Bhopal – About 9 km
Indore – About 200 km
Mumbai – About 778 km
Delhi – About 795 km

near by attractions

Panchmarhi Hill Station, Satpura National Park, Bhimbhedka Caves.
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