Spread across an area of 800 acre, Nandanvan is a picturesque stretch of lush greenery that boasts a rich biodiversity. Located around 35 km from Raipur railway station, it is renowned for being home to several indigenous plant species that provide a healthy habitat for a wide variety of fauna. A major attraction here is the Khandwa Reservoir that hosts hordes of migratory birds every year and spans across a vast area of 130 acre. At present, four kinds of jungle safaris run at Nandanvan: the Lion Safari, the Tiger Safari, the Bear Safari and the Herbivore Safari. While the Lion, Tiger and Bear safaris are spread over 20 hectare each, the Herbivore Safari covers an area of 30 hectare. Nandanvan is home to four tigers, four bears and 106 herbivorous species including chital, sambar, blue bull, barking deer and blackbuck.

The safari area has been covered by a chain link fence of 5m and 1.5 m height which is inverted at the top at a 60 degree angle. For a safe and healthy environment inside the safari belt, over 55,000 saplings were planted and a green belt created. Nandanvan Jungle Safari was inaugurated by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on November 1, 2016. It was in 2011 that the Naya Raipur Development Authority (NRDA) decided to develop a world-class safari in Naya Raipur with the idea of getting visitors to enjoy the enlivening wildlife experience through safari vehicles.

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