Spread across an area of about 445 hectares, the oasis of lush greenery Van Vihar National Park lies at a distance of about 7kms from the main city. It is believed that the region which is now flourished with abundant greenery and huge variety of animals was once an infertile land and a habitat for animals that were orphaned from other parts of the state or zoos. Later in the year 1983, the park was declared as a National Park by the Government of India. In fact, today this place is a house to a variety of different species.
The fact that makes Van Vihar Park different from other parks is that within the forest premises you can see herbivorous animals roaming freely, whereas the carnivores are kept inside trenches in order to prevent poaching. While enclosed in bars these animals, especially the endangered species, are given proper diet and their special care is taken. Plenty of migratory birds and abundant flora fauna make it an ideal destination for nature lovers.