The Mahavir Harina Vanasthali National Park in India is located in the state of Andhra Pradesh. It is situated in a place named Vanasthalipuram, which is about 15 km from the capital city of Hyderabad. In years gone by the area was under the Nizam and was named after the Jain saint Lord Mahavira. The area was established as a National Park in the year 1975 to commemorate Lord Mahavira’s 2500th birth anniversary.
The main attraction of the park is the Black-Bucks which once had inhabited the grasslands throughout India. You will also find about 500 Cheetals and large herds of wild boar along with over 400 black bucks. The common animals that can be seen here are mongooses, monitor lizards and various types of snakes.
A huge variety of migratory birds, of about 80 species can be seen throughout the year. Besides these migratory birds you would also come across several other species of birds like peacocks, doves, pond herons, partridges, quails etc. The short-toed eagle is another rare specie nesting in this area.
There is no specific season to visit the park as throughout the year you will find its beauty and its riches. The Mahavir Harina Vanasthali National Park is open everyday (except for Mondays) from 9 in the morning to 530 in the evening. Sheds and viewing towers have been erected for rest and viewing animals respectively. A van is provided to the tourists to go into the forest and view animals from a close distance. Safari rides are anytime between 0930 hrs to 1730 hrs. Rates of admission are Rs. 5 per adult and Rs. 3 per child.