Situated at Naya Raipur, nandan van zoo is one of the famous places to visit in the city. The zoo has many species of fauna with its prime motive to protect and conserve animals. With jungle safari and boating rides it is a perfect spot to spend the day with kids. It gives a manifestation to many species which are not very popular and on the verge of extinction. It is also impressive to watch the animals wander around the jungle. The facilities provided by the zoo are affordable and comfortable as well. Through the jungle, the zoo offers safari rides which last for about 2 hours and are very exciting for kids and animal enthusiasts. There is a lake which is known as Khandwa reservoir and is spread over 130 acres. There are boating rides in the zoo in this lake. There are also many species of birds that are free to fly in the jungle such as love birds, emu, owls, pheasant golden, and so on.
Four major safaris are offered by the zoo. The herbivores safari has covered an area of about 30 hectares where many species are widely spread such as blue bull and more especially the sambar deers and spotted deers. It is a great shelter for the animals surrounded by a forest of trees. Tiger safari is a safari that is spread over an area of 20 hectares and gives a wide exposure to a lot of Bengal tigers. There is also a lion safari where Indian lions can be spotted and it is spread over 20 hectares. There are also other carnivores and omnivores such as mongoose, leopards, four-horned antelopes and jackals apart from these, which roam freely around the forest area. There is a bear safari with about an area of 20 hectares which makes the visit more exciting with a collection of Himalayan black bears, albinos and so on.
How to Reach:
From the heart of the city, nandan van zoo at Naya Raipur is at a distance of 13.5 kilometers. To commute to the zoo, local buses, auto, taxis, and trains are available. To reach the zoo one can also use private or hired vehicles.
At a distance of 14 kilometers from the zoo, the closest railway station is situated in Raipur which connects to all major states and cities.
From the zoo, the nearest airport is situated at a distance of 30 kilometers.
To shuttle between the different places of visit, local transportations can be used.