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Vanasthalipuram Deer Park, Andhra Pradesh

About Vanasthalipuram Deer Park

The Vanasthalipuram deer park about 16 kms. from the city is a recently developed park that situates on the Vijayawada highway. There is another charming picnic spot with a deer park about 24 kms. from Hyderabad at Shameerpet. It is located adjacent to the secretariat building and is one of the popular viewpoints of the city. Along with the deer one can also see an image of Buddha, which is a replica of that in Sarnath. This park provides a commanding view of the expansive valleys surrounding the city of Gangtok. The charming Himalayan spotted and musk deer may be seen here. It is a heaven for nature lovers. One can view the Red Panda and fleet footed deer in their natural habitat.

History of Vanasthalipuram Deer Park

The Vanasthalipuram deer park - Mahavira Harina Vanasthali is named after the renowned Indian saint Lord Mahavir in commemoration of his 2500th birth anniversary in the year 1975. Vana means forest, sthali means place and puram is locality or site. Once the Nizam's Shikargarh or hunting grounds, the Mahavir Harina Vanasthali National Park, is today home for a few hundred black bucks along with several species of birds. A deer park was set up in order to preserve this precious heritage and rehabilitate. The area is also regaining its former appearance with lush green carpet of grass. The black buck is considered the most handsome of all its kind with its spiralled horns that have corkscrew like turns giving them a majestic look. The beautiful black buck, known as Krishna Jinka in Telugu, was declared the state animal of Andhra Pradesh. Mahaveer Harina Vanasthali National Park provides the black buck its much-needed safe haven to exist. It is also home to many species of birds. The pond herons, egrets, kingfishers, cormorants can be sighted almost always.

It is maintained by the Forest Department and is not a part of city-town. Quite often travelers on the highway can see through the wire netting, little groups of deer. Visitors can take a ride inside the park sitting inside a van and get quite close to the deer, but then a small amount of fee is collected if one goes in by van or car. As such there is no entry fee. They can climb a tower and look at the animals. Timings: 9 a.m to 5.30 p.m, daily except Monday. Safari rides 9.30 a.m to 5.00 p.m

How to reach Vanasthalipuram Deer Park

  • Bus: City buses available from Koti, Dilsukhnagar, Secunderabad
  • Rail: Secunderabad Railway Station.
  • Air: Hyderabad Airport

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