The temple and its surroundings had a tremendous soothing effect on us. But soon the boisterousness returned in my group when the children realized that we were off to Van Vihar National Park Bhopal. Working under the control of the Central Zoo authority, the park covered an area of 4.45 kilometer square and it had acquired its national park status in the year 1983. The beauty of the park is that the animals have been made to house in their clone habitats which is very conducive for their care and breeding. Although the park interiors had the look of a forest but barring the harmless visitors, the park has been very carefully guarded against poachers and other evil elements. Guards at various points assured that tourists are well informed and guided through the park but under no circumstances, the animals could be disturbed.
The park has a blend of captives and free roaming animals; the animals which are generally kept in cages are the dangerous carnivores which are looked after in their cages but the ones like the deer, sambhar and cheetal and herbivores are left to roam in the premise and just have the outer walls guarding them. Apart from the varied animals, there are hundreds of species of birds that are native to the land and there are also some who have migrated from faraway lands. If one is lucky, one could spot the deer near the numerous water bodies which can be a great sight to behold.
There are many officials within the park who look after the premise beautifully. Apart from the various scheduled officers at the job, the park authorities at Van Vihar National Park Bhopal also employ people on a daily basis to look after the work of the Park. The sun was setting while we were in the zoo and it was time to exit the premise. It had been a day well spent for the next day we had a different sightseeing lined up. It was the Bharat Bhavan Bhopal. Hoping the next day would also be as engaging as this one, we retired back to our hotel.