Hyderabad: Looking for some pure air, trees swaying gently in the wind and some solitude? The Mahavir Harina Vanasthali National Park could be the place for you.
Serenely spacious and offering the same delightful peace round the year, this largest green lung space in Hyderabad is spread over 3,600 acres and boasts of southern tropical dry deciduous forests, dry rocky scrub jungle and grasslands.
Popular as the Deer Park, this former hunting ground of the Nizams is home to over 300 endangered black bucks, about 15 Chousingha or four horned antelopes, over 1,000 spotted deer, around 45 wild boars and 30 peacocks.
Apart from these, the expanse also has a Butterfly Park, which spreads over an area of one hectare and is home to over 60 species of butterflies. “In India, about 1800 species and sub species of butterflies are found and over 100 species are recorded in Telangana. Of that over 70 species of butterflies are found here,” officials said. This park has a compound wall to keep away poachers and stray dogs while seating arrangements, sign boards and labeled trees are attractions for children.
“The months of June to September are a hibernation period for the deer. If their population exceeds prescribed limits, they are shifted to Jinnaram, Adilabad, and Amarabad forest reserves. Three months back a python was sighted here, though we do not know where it is now. It may be in and around the extension layouts,” an official said. This park has also become popular with several morning walkers. “The park is open from 6 am to 9 am and from 10 am to 7 pm. About 300 to 500 people visit the park daily, including several families,” the official added.