Mahavir Harina Vanasthali National Park

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Mahavir Harina Vanasthali National Park
IUCN category II (national park)
Map showing the location of Mahavir Harina Vanasthali National Park
Map showing the location of Mahavir Harina Vanasthali National Park
Location Telangana, India
Coordinates 17°36′0″N 78°47′0″E / 17.60000°N 78.78333°E / 17.60000; 78.78333Coordinates: 17°36′0″N 78°47′0″E / 17.60000°N 78.78333°E / 17.60000; 78.78333
Area 14.59 km² (3758 acres)
Established 1975
Common Hawk Cuckoo Cuculus varius

Mahavir Harina Vanasthali National Park is a deer national park located in Vanasthalipuram, Hyderabad, Telangana, India. It is spread over 3,758 acres.[1] It is the largest green lung space in the city of Hyderabad.

History[edit]

The park was named after Mahavir, a Jain saint, in commemoration of his 2500th nirvan anniversary in the year 1975. The place where the park is located was once a private hunting ground for the Nizam, rulers of Hyderabad. A deer park was set up in order to preserve this precious heritage and rehabilitate it.

The Park[edit]

Animals living in this national park include a few hundred blackbucks (the state animal of Andhra Pradesh), porcupines, water monitors, short-toed eagles, Indian pond herons, egrets, kingfishers, cormorants and several other bird species

Ecotourism[edit]

Mahavira Harina Vanasthali is located in the outskirts of Hyderabad, on Hyderabad - Vijayawada road. It is easily approachable from the city. The park is maintained by the Forest Department. Guided tours are available within the park.

There is a shuttle service that take the tourists and visitors on guided tours, this also allows people to get up close to the blackbucks.

There is an entry fee for people who wish to enter the park by van or by car. Visitors can also climb a tower to view the animals.

Flora[edit]

  • Dry deciduous forest mixed with scrub jungle and grasslands.
  • The terrain varies from hilly to gently rolling. Sandalwood,
  • Rosewood, Palas, Amalthas, Albizzias, Accacias, Teak.

Fauna[edit]

  • Panther, Black Buck, Cheetal deer, Wild Boar, Civet, Porcupine, Peacock,
  • 30 species of Reptiles and over 120 species of birds.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/hyderabad/Nehru-Zoological-Park-blackbucks-get-new-home/articleshow/21564226.cms

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