Wildlife reserves and national parks were born to preserve extinction and rarity of several species in order to maintain ecological balance of the ecosystem. There are several national parks and wildlife centuries maintained by central government of India.
The Mahavir Harina Vanasthali National Park located in Hyderabad is one of those rare national parks in India started in 1975. Its named after the famous Jain saint Lord Mahavir and its popular particularly as a home of Black Buck deer. Black Buck deer is the state animal of Andhra Pradesh and its population decreased sharply during 20th century and their extinction is very near if care is not taken. This national park is located just 15 kilometers away from Hyderabad on the way towards Vijayawada. Once the land of Mahavir Harina Vanasthali National Park was private hunting spot for rulers of Nizams.
Beside Mahavir Harina as the home of Black Buck deer, there are also other animals found in this park. The other animals which are found are Cheetahs, monitor lizards, porcupines and variety of snakes. Among the birds you can spot quails, cormorants, egrets, kingfishers, and pond herons for the bird watchers.
Like all the National parks have, Mahavir Harina Vanasthali National Park includes one exhibition hall where one can learn about wildlife conservation. This park is maintained by Forest Department and guided tours are available within the park. There is also availability of safari rides within the park premises to get close up looks of black bucks.
The working hours of this park are 9AM to 5PM and it’s open on all days except Monday. The price for safari ride is Rs 50 and entry fee is Rs 10. The tickets can only be booked through counters and no prior booking is taken. It’s on the way to Ramoji Film City on the National Highway 9. Mahavir Harina Vanasthali National Park is must see points of interest of you love nature and beauty.